Curried Chicken Salad + Garlic Naan

October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

You guys are so lucky.  You get another two-for-one deal today!  This is the last of the dinners that I made back in October when I visited my boyfriend, which means that sadly this is the last post (for a little while, anyway) that will have beautiful pictures, and you’ll have to deal with photos from my subpar camera until I go back north to visit him again.

Now, I have a somewhat icky story about the lemongrass that we used for this recipe.  We got it at Whole Foods, pre-prepared (i.e. reduced to little sticks that we just had to chop up, instead of having to peel, clean, and do various other high-maintenance things to it), and though it was pretty tough to chop up, we did so and assumed it would soften when cooked.  It didn’t.  There were little tough bits of lemongrass here and there (not very many, but enough that it was noticeable for me at least) and, when the boyfriend and I were having leftovers one night, a small and sharp sliver of lemongrass got lodged in my throat, stabbing me every time I swallowed.  I spent the next hour or so alternating between trying to wash it down with bread and water and shoving with a toothbrush down my throat in an attempt to dislodge the offender.  I did get it out eventually but because of that ordeal I must recommend that you use ground lemongrass instead of fresh. *shudder*

Now that you’ve all lost your appetites, on to the recipes!

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Spinach, Feta, & Bacon Pizza

October 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

Last week I decided that I really wanted pizza.  So, I threw together a dough recipe that I’ve worked with several times before with delicious results (here!), and set it to rise for the requisite two hours.  I came back to check on it… and it had done nothing.  It hadn’t risen one bit.  What??  I thought maybe it was the yeast I’d used; I’d only had it for about a month but figured it could be a fluke bad batch, so the next day I went to the store, got a new jar, threw together another batch of the dough, and, drumroll, same results.  But this time I decided, what the hell, I’ll plastic-wrap it, put it in the fridge, and try to make pizza with it tomorrow just the same.  And, as it turned out, the dough worked just fine, and as an added bonus, I accidentally discovered how to make deep-dish pizza!  My theory is that since the dough didn’t rise, it didn’t get the air into it that it usually does, so it was much denser, and when it cooked it rose some but stayed dense.  Delicious.

(Incidentally, I still don’t know why the dough wouldn’t rise, but it wasn’t my yeast, because I used the same stuff to make bread the same day and it worked beautifully.  If you have any ideas on this, please let me know!)

Feel free to modify the toppings to your tastes!

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

Continuing my attempt to get this ridiculous backlog of recipes/posts up here, let’s shift gears and move from dinner on to dessert.  I came across this cookie recipe while browsing through the very long list of food blogs I frequent, and decided that it was sufficiently different from my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe that it would be worth trying.  (…no but who am I kidding, you really never need an excuse to try a new cookie recipe!)  They turned out great, disappeared quickly, and the dough was pretty delicious too, which is always a plus, because who doesn’t sneak a spoonful or three of cookie dough before you bake it?  So, without further ado, here’s the recipe.

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Chicken and Lemongrass + Kale

October 17, 2010 § 1 Comment

I have a ton of midterms/papers/other obligations this week, and what do I do?  Update my blog, clearly, because I have a ridiculous backlog of lovely pictures and lovely recipes to share with all of you, my faithful readers. (…cricket…cricket…)

This recipe comes from one of my boyfriend’s friends, who got it out of an unknown newspaper and changed it up a little.  We altered it a bit as well and ended up with something halfway between the original and his friend’s version.  It was pretty delicious, so here you go!

chopped lemongrass

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Espinacas con Garbanzos + Tortilla de Patatas

October 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

So, I’m back and I’m exhausted.  I have a bunch of exciting posts for you that I will be crafting and putting up over the next few days.  They are guest-starring my boyfriend and my boyfriend’s awesome camera!  Sadly these means that although the quality of photos will skyrocket over the next few posts, after that it will go right back to the unhappy level of my own little point-and-shoot.

The first dinner we made was Spanish-themed, which was exciting because most of our joint cooking falls in the Asian or Indian category (and, indeed, we did two other meals this weekend, one in each of those areas).  We got both of our recipes from Deb over at the wonderful and inspiring Smitten Kitchen.  Part I of the meal was Espinacas con Garbanzos, also known as Spinach and Chickpeas, and Part II was a Tortilla de Patatas (potato tortilla, which is different than the corn/flour tortillas you buy in the grocery store).  We made a couple minor changes in things, and both dishes were delicious, although I think in retrospect some of our technique could have been improved.  I’ll share my thoughts with y’all regarding what we did and what we should have done at various points along the way.

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English Tea Scones

October 3, 2010 § 3 Comments

Last night I came to the unhappy conclusion that there were not enough baked goods in my apartment (despite my boyfriend having sent me a care package of absurdly good cookies last week).  To remedy this, I decided that scones were in order, but I wanted to do more traditional, unfussy, and not-super-sweet ones, a) because of aforementioned cookies satisfying my sweet tooth for the moment and b) because I did not have any fancy ingredients on hand, and I am an impatient person and did not want to pop over to the supermarché down the street.

So, I found these!  They are reasonably quick and pretty darn easy, and also taste quite yummy if I do say so myself.

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