Creating recipes take time, a lot of patience, and a whole lot of ingredients. Sometimes a recipe will be successful and other times it’ll be a disaster. This is when you’re ingredients go to waste unless you still eat your creation. Sigh.Read More
It’s been a while since I posted a book review. It’s not because I haven’t come across great reads. On the contrary, I’ve come across more than enough good books to post on here. Most of my time has been spent in the kitchen baking and trying out new recipes.
Yesterday we tried making pizza. Let me tell you, it was a long process and this was without making the sauce from scratch. It wasn’t the best tasting pizza but not the worst either which is why I won’t post any recipe for it. But this is what learning is all about, right? We also made pigs in a blanket and binged on Loacker wafers. It’s fair to say that it was an indulgent night.
The night ended with me continuing a new culinary book I’ve been reading. It’s called Keys to Good Cooking by Harold McGee, a New York Times Bestseller author. It’s not a cookbook but I would call it a kitchen essential. McGee breaks down the processes in making food. For example, McGee will explain why your meat is too dry or how you can keep it juicy. He also delves into several ingredients and what they can be used for. A bonus is for his quick explanations on processes such as making jams and spreads.
Finally got my hands on one of these beauties. Now, I was contemplating a cappuccino machine but currently don’t have the space. So why not get the French Press? It’s perfect for small spaces and a quick caffeine boost. Oh and the coffee comes out delish!
- Though it’s best to start with whole beans and then grind them, you can definitely use ready-to-brew ground coffee. The best amount is one tablespoon for every cup of water you add. So, let’s say you want to make four cups of coffee, you would need four tablespoons of ground coffee. Now that you have added your ground coffee, it’s time to boil water. Tip: Do not try boiling water in the French Press. Boil the water in a pot or teapot.
- Once water has boiled, let it sit off the fire for 30 seconds. Then, slowly pour the water into the French Press. You can stir the coffee a little. Tip: Make sure your utensil is of plastic or wood material so it won’t scratch the press.
- Cover the press and let the coffee brew for four minutes.
- After four minutes, slowly push the plunger down to separate the grounds from the coffee. Now you can enjoy your French Press brewed café. Tip: If you made more than you need, you can save the rest of the coffee in a glass jar or bottle. Do not leave the coffee in the French Press cause it will keep soaking the grounds.
French gastronomy is an art in itself. Just like the French woman, it has no need for fancy introductions or explanations for existing; it just is.
Below are 7 rules and suggestions that will change your dining style significantly. They are regularly used by the French and probably underestimated by the rest. Let’s get started.Read More
The balance between work and home life hasn’t been so easy for me these past few weeks. You may have noticed in my lack of posting on the blog. It may be because of the, what seems to be a never-ending, winter. I even blogged about the negative impact winter can have on people; it’s not a good feeling.
But what better way to get over this than experimenting with new foods and dishes? I call this dish Pepper Penne. I didn’t know how delicious this dish could be. When my mom made it, I couldn’t resist trying to make it myself. It came out very delicious and I had a great time cooking it. If you want to get the recipe, see my steps below.Read More
I was browsing through some images and found some of my favorites. These pictures describe my life at this moment. The image above is a great salad I bought from Trader Joe’s; it’s very tasty!
Below you can see some of the groceries I bought and Maggie in the kitchen. Lately, I’ve been showing her how to cook! Yeah you read right. And she loves it. Last night I turned on some melodies (Yann Tiersen to be specific) and sat her down on the counter. She helps me with the beginning process of cooking. After that, the cooking gets intense and her job is over.
On another note, I’ve been trying to make time for painting and my health. Those are two goals that I will focus on next year. I definitely need to start eating healthier. Not that I’ve been eating terribly but improving is never a wrong option.Read More