Bone Broth

I’ve never been a bone broth type of person.  I could say more on why, but it turns out every sentence I wrote sounded badly judgmental, so I deleted those.  I had turkey bones from Thanksgiving, gleaned from my relatives’ house, so after making soup yesterday and picking off all the meat off the bones, I thought, hey why not try to make a broth from these bones?  They still look good.  So in they went, into the Instant Pot!  If nothing else, at least I’ll drink it and tell you how it went.

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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.

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.