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.

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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

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?)

 

Random Experimental Yummy Tea

Just have to share this!  Today I tried this and it was yummy–

Numi Chocolate Roobois Tea (herbal, thus has no caffeine!)

A spoonful of mango honey from Honey Pacifica

Original flavored almond milk

= Delicious milk tea without caffeine!  Yum.

Me and you and peach pie

I’m not a baker.  But one day, when I was with my fiancé at a couple’s house, and the wife was giving us some delicious hummus, I asked about her KitchenAid mixer.  She told me she used it all the time, and she even made hummus in it!  I was amazed.  She asked me if I wanted one.  Did I want one?  I wasn’t sure what to say.  I was not a baker.  But I knew that a KitchenAid standing mixer was an item that many girls coveted, and so I wasn’t about to turn one down even if I never needed or wanted one.  Sure, it’d be nice to have one.  She surprised me by saying that she had an extra, and I could have it as my wedding gift.  What?  That’s not what I was expecting!  I felt grateful and a little sheepish.  So here I am.  A non-baker, with a KitchenAid standing mixer.  I do not bake because I do not eat sweets often.  But today, I want to bake.  This recipe for peach pie looks easy yet tasty enough, so I’m going to try it.  We’ll see how it goes.

Anniversary

Yesterday was our one year anniversary.  I was going to write a post about it, but I guess I got busy with other things.  We took a weekend away which was nice, but by the time we got back, there were a lot of things to do!  Laundry, work, and finding a nice “romantic anniversary dinner” recipe that would be easy enough to pull off.  Apparently there are lists of these things on the Internet, you know?  So I tried to make steak for the first time by myself.  Well it wasn’t exactly stellar.  I cooked it longer than I intended to and put too much salt.  But it was okay.  I think Hubby was touched, which is what counts.  Today I’m trying another one on that Internet list.  It’s a baked chicken with tomatoes and garlic and kale, and it was pretty easy, so far.  We’ll see how it turns out!

I’m kind of pooped now, after two part-time jobs during the day and feeling the kale bits on the kitchen floor with my feet while prepping.  Yes, something about that tires me out.  My head is aching, but the chicken is in the oven.  Phew.

So seriously, what am I supposed to write?  Oh boy, what is a girl to do!  Marriage is a strange and funny thing, and there are some things that just have to be kept between the two peas.  That’s the hard thing about it.  On the one hand, it’s my marriage right, so I should be able to talk about it?  But on the other hand, we’re two and yet one.  It’s all intertwined and yet not.  That’s the funny thing about marriage.

I seriously have arm cramps from whatever I did today (blowing bubbles for kids?  throwing a bouncy ball?  I have no idea..) so I will continue this line of thought later.

I’ll leave you with a quote I found that resonates with me.

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. – Andre Marois