Thursday, 30 December 2010

Eating Out

I haven't had the chance to do much cooking lately. With two chefs in the family and only one tiny kitchen, I don't get a turn very often.

Here is a restaurant review of a place we went to a few days ago.

I had tandoori chicken and nan, two of my favorites.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Apple Pandowdy

I found this recipe on Cook's dot com and I'm going to give it a try soon. I got two different types of apples for a better flavor.  It's rather like peach cobbler I think, only with apples. I got the idea from America's Test Kitchen, but their recipes are always too complicated, so I went with the easy way instead. In their version you have to make a pie crust. Not that that's so horrible, it's just that my kitchen is tiny and rolling out dough isn't fun. I believe I got granny smith and braeburn. According to the Cooks Thesaurus I actually made a good choice completely at random.

Apples are considered magical because when you cut them in half, there is a star inside.

Wheat Dough Pizza

I got a late start on the day and didn't have breakfast. So I decided to make pizza for lunch.  Using the wheat pizza dough I made in the bread machine a few days ago, I put together a pizza from items on hand.

Pizzas are a great way to use up bits of meat, cheese and veggies.  On mine I put fire roasted tomatoes in sauce, grilled onions, browned kielbasa sausage, shitake mushrooms sliced thinly, and medium grated cheddar cheese. I'd already added oregano to the dough.

This dough was a lot stiffer than what I'm used to. Even though the recipe said it was enough dough for 2 large pizzas, I could only spread it out far enough to make one rectangular pizza. I had already used about 1/5 of the dough for breadsticks the other night.  But still, there is no way that would have made 2 large pizzas, even with allowing the dough to relax several times.

It made for a very hearty thick crust chewy pizza though. One and a half pieces were all I could eat. The rest went in the fridge for tomorrow.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Bread Machine Pizza Dough

I just put some pizza dough in the bread machine. I couldn't find my usual recipe so I got one from another book I've been meaning to try. This one is half white and half wheat flour. I'll like it fine, but I'm not sure my boyfriend will like it.
The bread machine sounded a bit clunkier than usual. I hope it's okay.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Sugar Cookies

I found four cookie cutters in a never opened package at the thrift store. The bear design was really cute.  There was a bear, a snowman, a tree, and a bell.

I tried a new recipe for sugar cookies and found out my boyfriend doesn't like frosting on his. So I just used colored sugar I made in a baggie. Evidently I don't like sugar cookies without frosting, but they are lovely to look at.

Why You Never Fry Gnocchi

If you need a good laugh, watch this: