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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:03 pm UTC

Did everybody eat out all week?
A big pot of spaghetti sauce with meatballs, spicy sausage and smoked pork left over from the cassoulet. And a skillet apple pie, but I only made it to use up some vanilla ice cream I made months ago that I just found in the freezer. Really.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:53 pm UTC

The closest I've come to cooking this week was putting a frozen dinner in the oven for 20 minutes...

I love to cook, but between work and dietary restrictions, I'm either too tired or it's just not appealing anymore :(
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby studyinserendipity » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:14 am UTC

PictureSarah wrote:The closest I've come to cooking this week was putting a frozen dinner in the oven for 20 minutes...

I love to cook, but between work and dietary restrictions, I'm either too tired or it's just not appealing anymore :(
Aww, that's too bad. I hope you can get back to cooking again soon!

I totally forgot to post this: In honor of Shackleton's Birthday on Monday, I made Individual Baked Alaskas!!!
They were awesome, and rather easy (as in I thought these things would have no wiggle room and end up melting all over the place or take the entire day to make, but this was not the case!)
1. Bake brownies in a muffin tin, so you get little circular brownies.
2. Cover and freeze brownies for half an hour.
3. Soften ice cream and put 1 scoop on top of each brownie circle.
4. Cover and freeze for about an hour.
5. Make meringue.
6. Mound meringue on top of ice cream and brownies.
7. Bake at 450 degrees for about 5 minutes.
THEY WERE SO DELICIOUS OH MY GOODNESS! And the coolest part was having them already made into individualized cakes, so they were easy to serve. It would be cool to do it as a kind of dinner party dessert, and guests could bring different types of ice cream. Or you could try different cakes (instead of brownies) and different types of ice cream.... A+++++, will find multiple excuses to make again.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:38 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:Did everybody eat out all week?
Ya, work during daytime, study at night-time and tiredness on other nights from having studied the rest of the nights = takeaway or cereal. But I slow-cooked some lamb shanks that have made lovely leftovers, and we had some sausages and veg the other night. Also, a pegu club and a margarita :P

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:12 am UTC

I honestly can't remember anything I made this week. We had gammon with roast veg Tuesday, but other than that it's been fairly easy, ovenable stuff (like, put things in oven on baking tray(s), nom 20 mins later). Planned another shepherd's pie this weekend :)
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:56 pm UTC

I didn't make anything special this week either. During the week it's mostly omlettes and basic things like that. Today's the weekend, though!
Today I made whole-grain rice and to accompany it, some green peas with dill. Turned out rather well.
I also made a chocolate-mousse cake. The base is made from chocolate, butter, egg yolks and whipped egg whites. The mousse uses more chocolate, amaretto liquor, eggs and whipped cream. Overall it has 450 gr. of dark chocolate and nine eggs. It's a... rich cake... I should take a picture tomorrow, when I bring it to the family dinner.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:38 pm UTC

Bean & lentil soup...yes, one of those again.
sausage balls (w/ chorizo, tomato, ample cumin, and no bisquick).
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Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:39 am UTC

Baked blueberry cheesecake with a blueberry ganache topping.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby ilokoipi » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:17 pm UTC

Today I made myself happy and bought meatball sauce in a can. Nobody else in the world probably likes it, but to me it's on my top 3 best edible things that come out of a can. Added some cream and seasoning and ate with pasta and cooked carrots.

Monday I made a big batch pasta salad with peas, sweet corn, red bell peppers, tuna, feta cheese and mayo and ate it for two whole days. I'm sure it doesn't actually count as a salad, but I'm not fussed.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:19 pm UTC

Bacon, mixed beans, and rice (red beans and rice, basically).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:33 pm UTC

A pork roast seasoned with a dry rub of kosher salt, orange zest, maple sugar, hot chili pepper powder, cumin and garlic salt. Rubbed all over the meat then sealed in a vacuum bag overnight, seared in a cast iron skillet and roasted at 350 sitting on some sliced onions. Made a pan sauce with some beef stock, OJ and maple syrup. Very tasty. Served with fries cooked in the duck fat left from the cassoulet. If the pork hadn't been "enhanced" it would have been even nicer.
And a big pasta casserole made with loads of mushrooms minced and fried (in chef-speak I made duxelles) layered with rigatoni in cheese sauce and baked. Been chipping away at it for lunch all week.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:16 am UTC

Pot-roasted leg of lamb with white wine, garlic, rosemary, oregano, swedes and carrots.

Lamb cutlets with green beans and mash.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:17 am UTC

Kisir, with a garlic yogurt sauce. The 7-Eleven ep. of Undercover Boss was full of favoritism and feel-good situations1, but I saw that stuff for, "lunch," and thought, "mmmmm." I'm ~90% sure it was kisir. Even if it wasn't, I've found a new good and cheap food!

Hot pepper mash (I never put the requisite effort into it for a proper paste :))

1OTOH, 7-Elevens have been quite nice, IME...
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby ilokoipi » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:22 pm UTC

Today I made a dark chocolate cake(ish thing) with assorted nuts (pistachios, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts and peanuts). Turned out yummy, although a little on the dry side. Will have to remember to make a run to the shops tomorrow to buy some ice cream to go with it.

Earlier I made grilled sandwiches consisting of bread, mayonaise, cheese (lots of) and tuna. Again, a little dry, but otherwise very tasty.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:29 am UTC

I tried to make these. Mine fell apart as soon as they hit the water :oops:. I think all these recipes must have a finer grind of bulgur wheat than I can get, which probably absorbs water more readily (the kisir was a little mushy, too). So, I ended up making a steamed version, re-using the yogurt sauce from my last post.

If I can get the ratios right, I think a pot-sticker cooking and eating process would be amazing
(boil/steam, brown in oil, and eat w/ an oily and spicy sauce).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:23 pm UTC

That sounds like an interesting recipe, cerbie. I think I'll try it! And don't worry, plenty of stuff doesn't work the first time you try.

For example, yesterday I made tomato soup but it didn't turn out great. It's good, but could be better.
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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:51 pm UTC

Today I regressed to a child and made chocolate cornflake cakes!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:08 pm UTC

Pasties with roast lamb, gravy, swedes, carrots and green beans.

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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:50 pm UTC

I have just put a beef stew in my slow cooker. Beef, leek, carrots, potatoes, and a mix of bulgar wheat/split green peas/barley to make it thick and om nom nom.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:43 am UTC

Yesterday I tried my hand at home-made paneer again, and did a bit better than before, but still not firm enough. I didn't really give myself enough time to press it as much as I should have so I'm not that surprised. I used it for saag paneer. Made it kind of hearty this time instead of the usual puree; I used one package frozen and one package fresh baby spinach, and a can of diced, roasted tomatoes instead of pureed. Just as tasty, and a little more interesting-looking. Also some grilled chicken with a tikka marinade, which was an interesting experiment.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Slurgi » Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:00 pm UTC

Although this is just breakfast, I had a bit of reheated rice/soy, slices of sharp cheddar cheese, and green onions fried into eggs.

I recently started adding green onions to a pan to sauté a bit before cracking some eggs overtop the onions, then cooking the eggs over hard (that's how I prefer them, though that's certainly not the preferred way of eating them, at least in Iowa). Usually I sprinkle a bit of Lawry's Seasoned Salt on them. I find cooking eggs this way to be only marginally more effort but 10x more awesome.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Lunarsweets » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:50 am UTC

I feel outdone. Especially after reading all eleven pages. But today I made:

A Cesar Salad. Nothing special. Cesar dressing, croutons, Romain lettuce, and some Parmesan cheese. It was good, but I think I should choose a different brand of dressing next time. This one has some spice, which I find disgusting in a salad.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:24 am UTC

Skip the bottled dressing. For some reason, bottled Caesar dressing tends to suck. Luckily, the ingredients for a proper dressing are easy to find. The Wikipedia article on Caesar salad has a list.

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Postby studyinserendipity » Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:55 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:Yesterday I tried my hand at home-made paneer again, and did a bit better than before, but still not firm enough. I didn't really give myself enough time to press it as much as I should have so I'm not that surprised. I used it for saag paneer. Made it kind of hearty this time instead of the usual puree; I used one package frozen and one package fresh baby spinach, and a can of diced, roasted tomatoes instead of pureed. Just as tasty, and a little more interesting-looking. Also some grilled chicken with a tikka marinade, which was an interesting experiment.

Man, if I could make paneer, I'd never eat anything else. That's awesome.

More wonderfulness from the wok! Beef strips with carrots and ginger in an orange sauce over jasmine rice. I threw in some cilantro because I have a ton of it left over from last night's enchiladas, and found it pleasant but perhaps a bit too much. Next time I'll stick to the basic recipe (and not mistake a tsp for a tbsp of sesame oil).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:37 am UTC

Making paneer is actually pretty straightforward, if a little time consuming. Give it a try!

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:13 pm UTC

A chicken tagine with artichoke hearts, chickpeas and preserved lemon (preserved them myself). Seasoned with onions and a bunch of a spice mix called Baharat-I could mix my own but the Spice House makes a very nice one and it's very convenient. I added too much liquid at first, so I scooped most of it out and simmered the chickpeas in it until it was just coating them, then stirred them into the chicken to finish. A very filling lunch-I didn't want much dinner at all yesterday.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:42 am UTC

La Choy Chicken Chow Mein...turned into a soup, with bulgur wheat, turmeric, ginger, horseraddish, mashed peppers, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, home-made mustard (more turmeric in there, too), and garlic, with a touch of sesame oil at the end. Basically, anything that gave any tingling in my sinuses when I sniffed it went in, as the goal was not to make tasty soup. Surprisingly, though, it was quite good. I will have to try something like it in the future, but with all fresh ingredients (the obvious flavor enhancers, pet-food-like "chicken," and uber-sticky, "gravy," do put a damper on it, on top of the soggy vegetables).

Then, plain miso soup, for some steaming liquid with salt.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

Nath wrote:Making paneer is actually pretty straightforward, if a little time consuming. Give it a try!

He's right! Give it a try! I think the key to getting it nice and firm is to make it ahead of time, press it well, and then refrigerate it overnight. But it definitely takes less than an hour (I'm tempted to say about half an hour?) from start to pressing, and pressing is where you just leave it alone with something flat and heavy on top, so you can go do something else.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby ilokoipi » Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:33 am UTC

Yesterday (or possibly the day before, I'm confused) I made about hundred vegetable patties. (Made of carrots, potatoes, onion, parsnip, celery root, garlic, eggs, cream, cheese and flour and herbs and spices). Turned out very good, I ate them with barley and red lentils and sour cream sauce. Now I have plenty left over and decided to freeze them and finally use my freezer for something else than storing ice cream and ice cubes.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:10 pm UTC

Company dinner-
Twice baked cheese souffles
spinach, mushroom and almond burgers
crispy fried tofu and sweet potatoes with peanut sauce
Lemon-herb butter glazed broiled salmon
green salad
cinnamon-chocolate chip shortcakes with vanilla ice cream
Vegetarian friends who will soon be moving to California.
A meal with lots of stuff that I made in advance, so there wasn't that much to do at the last minute. Plenty of leftovers for lunches, too.
Today is almost all snacking.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:43 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:spinach, mushroom and almond burgers
crispy fried tofu and sweet potatoes with peanut sauce


Maybe you could share the recipes for these?

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Amarantha » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:51 am UTC

Pita pizzas. And we only went to that much effort because all the local takeaway sarks. *bes desperately tired*
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Postby PAstrychef » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:49 pm UTC

The burgers were this recipe from the NY Times. I added some cumin, just because I like it. I would have liked to have gotten the bulgur really dry, but didn't squeeze it that well.
The crispy tofu and sweet potatoes I got from Molly Katzen's Still Life With Menu, but it's easy enough to describe.
You need extra firm tofu, sweet potaotes, cornstarch, veg oil for frying-peanut or canola are best, peanut sauce.
Get some extra firm tofu. I used a box that had 19 oz. of tofu.
Line a plate with 3 layers of paper towels, drain the tofu and put it on the towels. Top with 3 more layers of paper towels. Put another plate on top and weight down the tofu with about 5# of weight. A bag of flour, a few big cans, whatever. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Peel off the paper towels and cut the tofu into 1" cubes. Spread it out on a plate.
Get 2-3 sweet potatoes. I used 2 huge ones, each weighed over a pound. Peel them and trim them into rectangles. (Use the scrap for mashed sweets for another meal)
Put a big sauce pan of water on to boil and add some salt. When it's boiling add the tofu and let it cook for 5-8 minutes. Scoop it out and drain it. Spread it on a plate with some paper towels.
Boil the potato cubes in the pot for about 10 minutes, or until they're just soft. Drain them and spread them on a plate with some paper towels.
You want the cubes to be as dry as possible.
Put about 1" of oil in a large frying pan. Heat it over medium heat. While it's heating put 1/2 cup of cornstarch in a plastic bag and dredge the tofu cubes a few at a time. Shake them in the strainer to get off excess cornstarch. When all of them have been coated, fry them until they're golden brown and cripsy. Do the same with the potato cubes. I like using chopsticks to turn the cubes as necessary. Drain them on (still more) paper towels.
Serve with any peanut sauce you like, or sweet chili sauce, or even ranch dressing.
This much was enough for 6 people as part of a larger menu. (see party above) There was about 1 cup of leftover cubes.
These re-heat well in a hot oven.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Lidwiz » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:07 am UTC

For dinner tonight I had leftover cheater's Spanish rice that I made over the weekend. It's a ridiculously easy recipe that I came up with one day when I was in a hurry:

1 C white rice
2 10-oz cans Ro*Tel (any canned diced tomatoes with green chiles will do)
1/2 to 3/4 C water
1 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Oregano, cumin, and onion powder to taste

Put the rice, tomatoes, herbs and spices and 1/2 C water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, simmer 15 minutes. Stir in beans, if the mixture seems dry add a little more water and bring back to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Eat.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:54 am UTC

Lentil, red chori (azuki?), spinach, and mushroom curry
Steamed buns; some of them filled with the above, others filled w/ smoked pork
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:47 am UTC

Kitchen sink quiche, which ended up containing baby portabellas, zucchini, vegetarian meat-like crumbly bits, corn, and some cheese. Plus herbs. Served it with some simple guac and some mango salsa. The salsa wasn't homemade and unfortunately the mangoes in it were not ripe so it was kind of sour, but everything else was great. Now I have a strawberry rhubarb crisp in the oven that has goodies in it like flaxseed and blackstrap molasses. It's going to be tasty as hell.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:55 am UTC

Raw mangoes are great with a bit of salt and red chilli powder (not chili seasoning). Though I don't know what to do with them if they're too ripe to be raw and too raw to be ripe. Some sort of tangy salsa seems like a pretty good use for them then.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:58 am UTC

It would have been fine if I'd been using the salsa as a condiment or a topping, but on its own, it was a bit overwhelming. I'm used to mango salsa being made with sweet, ripe mangoes and so this was a surprise.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:35 pm UTC

Today I made chocolate and cheese brownies, as well as a veggie jambalaya. Sort of. It's good, anyway.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby poxic » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:09 am UTC

A couple of days ago, I found myself with a bunch of fresh-ish grated Parmesan (the real stuff, not the vaguely cheeselike granules from a round green box). I also had a freshly-cleaned nonstick frying pan and some time to kill. I tried making Parmesan Crisps.

Here's the recipe. Ingredients: some real grated Parmesan. Directions: make a small pile of cheese in a pan that's fairly hot (mediumish temp). Tamp it down so it's flat but not too thin. Wait around until you can see that it's browning. Flip it over carefully and let the other side brown a bit.

I was patient enough to make four of them (five, actually, but the first one wasn't melted enough and it crumbled to bits).
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They're about the size of a circle made with your thumb and forefinger, or a bit bigger
I added crushed garlic to a couple of them, which was interesting but not as wonderful as I thought it would be.

Now I have to figure out what to do with them. They aren't really good for snacking on, since it's like eating a spoonful of Parmesan. The recipe I first read for this (from a Mollie Katzen book, years ago) suggested breaking them into pieces and putting them over a salad or soup. Since I haven't had either for a while, I'm just nibbling on a bit of one now and then, then thinking "yep, kind of an overpowering flavour".
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