Cooks Illustrated has provided me some fantastic fundamentals in cooking. My grandma started buying me subscriptions to the magazine years ago and not a single publication has had the pages un-turned. Now I use their website as well to easily tag recipes and other helpful info to aid in my future cooking endeavors.
I turned 30 this year. For my birthday I had a wonderful weekend of cooking. Between 2 days I cooked I think almost 60lbs of meat. this is a shot of the before-pile. I was so caught up in the prep, cooking and consumption that I didn't take any after pictures. But dream with me a little and imagine what this could turn in to.
Another poor quality photo but I swear the food was amazing. I loved the simplicity of the dish. The crisp sugar snap peas, zesty lemon chicken and aromatic potato's (I tossed in some bay leaves and garlic cloves while the potato's boiled... I think it made a difference) really all came together quite well.
First item of business: apparently I need a better camera cause this shot does not do that meal justice!
All great things of this world have a beginning. In the hopes that this will be one of those things, we here begin.
Broccoli is super. Not only is it jam-packed with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium and fibre, but it's one veggie that refuses to be just a side-dish. Nobody puts broccoli in the corner.
I have the honor of knowing a woman who lived in Taiwan for a couple years back in the day, as a missionary. One of the things she brought back from her time spent there was the Pei Mei Chinese Cookbook Vol. 1 published in 1969. You can grab a decent used copy on Amazon for about $15. I knew I wanted my own copy after my friend invited me over for a Chinese feast one afternoon, where we sampled no less than half a dozen dishes from the book.
Made my first fruit tart over the past couple days. The crust was pate sucree (basic sweet crust). The filling was a custard that I tried to thicken with flour and corn starch. The top was just fresh fruit with an apricot glaze (just warmed up apricot preserves with a little water so I could paint it on).
If you have tender ears, heads up on this one. These guys cook like a boss and don't hold back. While their demeanor may not be appreciated by all, the don't lack passion or inspiration with the creations they come up with.
Tomo Sushi in Atlanta with a friend/vendor on a recent work trip. Expensive but delicious and inspirational presentations. I don't remember exactly which fish this was. It wasn't mackerel or needlefish. The flesh was minced with some green onion and white wine vinegar I think. Good stuff.