Immuno-Boost

Yesterday I was planning to eat ramen for dinner, but then the hubby said he was feeling like something light and healthy, which usually means he’s exhausted and needs an immune system boost!

So I made this, instant pot congee.  I think it turned out fairly good and I would make again.  I also made him a smoothie and put all kinds of stuff in it that the Internet says is good for you– spinach, lime, berries, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, chia seeds, Greek yogurt.  Next time, more ginger, cause he couldn’t taste it this time.

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Cooking on the Fly

Running out of time, we made this.  Out of the ingredients that we had around, because our Blue Apron delivery failed, yet again.  Somehow being in the middle of nowhere is difficult for them.  So I searched for something I could do with chicken drumsticks and a bunch of basil I had pulled off our basil plant to save them from thrips earlier this week.  I didn’t have enough tomatoes, so we substituted with some tomato paste and water.  Overall, the taste was good and maybe I would make it again, but with the proper ingredients.

Trinidadian Food Adventures

Seriously, it has been a long time since I’ve had a cuisine that is brand new to me.  Today it was Trinidadian food!  I had roti and some yum oxtail stew.  It was all delicious, if not a little bit strong.  After that meal, I had major food coma, wasn’t even hungry for dinner!

Anyway, someday, I want to learn how to make roti, because it is yum.  After I learn a million of other things I have put in the “someday I want to learn” category.  You know.  How to skate, how to cook like Gordon Ramsey or maybe my mom, how to play piano like Tiffany Poon or maybe just improve, how to exercise like a personal trainer or maybe just exercise, how to clean like Marie Kondo or maybe just clean regularly, how to design and DIY like Grace Bonney and Joy Cho.. or maybe.. just..  the list goes on.  I don’t know what it is, this quest to be amazing, or even, just, good, at so many things.  I feel like when I was younger, it seemed there was more time to really dig into things, to actually be good at something.  And now, I feel pulled in so many directions, with information flying at me.  There is no shortage in the information, no shortage in pins to be pinned.  I see amazing things all the time, and I can pin them so fast.  But what I don’t see is the actual work that it takes to get there, where they started.

Yesterday, we had a new couple over, and we shared some of our experiences and they shared theirs.  Anyway, we didn’t know each other that well, and the wife commented to me that she heard I was a super foodie!  Oh my goodness.  I was a little shocked, because usually it’s people who actually can cook well who get that kind of name.  I guess my Yelp Elite badge has been spoken about.  I was actually kind of embarrassed.  Also, it has been awhile since I’ve tried anything really really new.  So when our new friend who has Trinidadian roots commented on how she missed the food from home, I was eager to find out what kind of food that might be, and whether we could find it.  Those are the perks of living in a place that is relatively ethnically diverse.

I also made this the other day, and it was pretty yum.  I’m digging these one-pan meals, oh yeah.

Shabu Shabu

Went to a shabu-shabu restaurant today.  It was delicious, but kind of expensive!  I love shabu-shabu.  It is perfect comfort food, yet not heavy like most comfort foods.  It’s also perfect for the winter months, and warming oneself up, especially since our gas bill was enormous!

Next time I go to a Japanese market, I know what I’m getting!  Really want to make this someday: this shabu shabu

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up!  Hubby and I will be heading to my parents’ place.  I don’t think I’ll be doing any of the cooking this year, but it’s still fun seeing what is out there.

For all my gluten-free friends or friends who have gluten-free guests, food.com put out a list of Thanksgiving gluten-free recipes.  In particular, I’d love to try the polenta but it looks lengthy.  I also want to try a stuffed mushroom recipe someday.  I LOVE mushrooms.  Anyone have any favorites?  Hello?  Hello?  Anyone out there?

 

Cooking Terms Demystified

Sure wish I had something like this when I first started cooking!  Would’ve saved me from some confusion.

Today I finally put my stand-mixer to use!  I’m not sure it was really that necessary but seriously, it’s pretty fun.  My only question now is how long do I whisk until smooth and is it possible to over-whisk mochi “batter”? (would it be called batter?)

 

Food Bill and Budget

I LOVE sushi.  With that said, I’d like to see if we can cut down on costs and waste less.  I’d also like to learn to cook more, of course.

Therefore, this link of best food blogs for eating on a budget is going to be of use to me in the future.