I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t inspired by Julie & Julia… but that isn’t the only reason why I’ve taken this cooking challenge. 🙂
When I first started cooking I was very limited to scrambled eggs, bok choy with soy sauce, and can’t forget the college staple food, ramen.
Well now I’m 25, living on my own and too far from home to rely on my family to have dinner ready for me, though they do send food home with me when I come to visit. 😀 So what better time to start than now. Better late than never, right?
I started this challenge at the end of September when my friend, Pauline, and I went on a mission to find an instructional cook book at borders. Who knew there were so MANY cookbooks! We browsed through various “How-to” cookbooks before landing on “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School”. It had everything we were looking for, tips, techniques, tools, pictures, step-by-step pictures on what the dish is supposed to look like, how could we go wrong!?
I hastily read some tips and tabbed the recipes I was anxious to make…
I brought some to my niece and she said “NO!” Few minutes later she comes to me with cookies in tow! 😀 Test, successful!
A little bit of Guiness Stout and a couple hours of simmering can go a loong way. Chuck roast, bay leaves, thyme, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, and a touch of dill.
Searing the chuck roast. Need to work on the searing so that the black smoke and black bits don’t appear, but I think I got it off in time so that the roast wouldn’t taste burnt. It did take a day or so for the burnt smell to escape the place.
Braising the roast in red wine vinegar with a little bit of flour, bay leaf, thyme, onions, and carrots. Turned it every 30 minutes with the help of my boyfriend! 🙂
Sliced pot roast and potatoes. Served up with a little bit of rice.
Monday morning holiday breakfast. Cheese omelet with toast for 2.
Sugar coating the plum compote.
Sweet buttermilk shortcakes cooling off. It wasn’t as flaky and airy as I’d like it to be, notes for next time.
Buttermilk shortcakes topped with plum compote and whip cream. At least it’s supposed to be whip cream. Tasted like it, but didn’t have the consistency of whip cream. Next time I better beat more air into it
First attempt at poaching eggs. I didn’t think it went well at first, because the pot was a mess of egg whites, but after spooning the egg out of the pot, it looked great and tasted that way, too.
Decided that it would be nice to open my own restaurant, for a day at least 😀
Onion and garlic hamburger, topped with more grilled onions and bacon. Can’t forget the toasted buns. However, I did forget the cheese, but I didn’t miss it.
Hamburger and fries with a side of pickles. Homemade fries with a little salt and pepper! My goodness, delicious. Next time I’ll brine my own pickles.
That’s it for part 1. More foodie to come.