This week’s challenge was Australian. Given my fiance was born in Australia, I figured the logical course of action was to ask her mother for a recipe.
For this week’s post, I used more garlic than should be consumed by two people in any one sitting. I’ve been toying with this idea for a while, and since this week’s challenge was garlic, I jumped at the chance to actually try it out. Instead of adding garlic to the batter, I was going to coat my fish in roasted garlic first, then apply the batter on top.
This week’s challenge was a bit of a pain. The theme of the week was “TV show inspired“. Not being one to watch much television, I had to ask my fiance for possible inspiration. Given I took the recipe from a book, I will not include it here. However you can pick up the Nero Wolfe Cookbook by Rex Stout at your favorite book retailer.
Poaching is a cooking method I tend to avoid, both when making food and when ordering food. As such, when I saw that this week’s challenge was poaching, I was completely unsure of what I would make.
This week’s challenge on the 52 weeks of cooking was Jamaican. Being completely unfamiliar with Jamaican cooking, I had to rely on a recipe for a jerk chicken marinade. I did, however, substitute the scotch bonnets for jalapeños as I couldn’t ignore the part of my brain that told me that anything that requires gloves while preparing and has huge warnings about pain if your rub your eyes probably shouldn’t be consumed.
As such I am not including a recipe for this, as it’s not really all that interesting.
This week’s challenge for the 52 weeks of cooking was vanilla. I’m not a big fan of vanilla as a flavor, so I wanted to challenge myself to make something a little out of the ordinary. For the whole week since the last challenge I’ve been scratching my head trying to figure out what to make, and I settled on making some form of shrimp dish. This whole thing was experimental, and I don’t think I’d do it exactly like this again, but I’m documenting it here both for the challenge and for posterity in case I want to come back and see how I made this dish before.
I’ve been following along with the reddit 52 weeks of cooking challenge. This week’s challenge was “Ingredient you hated as a kid“. Unfortunately I could not pinpoint a specific ingredient I disliked as a kid, so I ended up having to ask my mother. Her answer? Peas. Apparently.
With that in mind, I set about making split pea soup with the added challenge that not only had I never made split pea soup before, but I had also never had it.
Roast chicken used to scare me a bit; I could never quite get it right for some reason. With practice, though, it’s become a really nice staple meal used in the normal rotation. This week’s excuse to make roast chicken was as part of Reddit’s 52 weeks of cooking challenge. This week was a one pot meal.
After a failed attempt in 2012, I decided to do an all digital 365 project in 2013 using Tumblr as my medium as it felt appropriate. Looking back, the project as a whole almost felt like a chore. The purpose of a 365 is (hypothetically) to force you to take more pictures, to always have a camera on you, and to look at everything as potentially photographable. Unfortunately, it just proved that my normal, day-to-day life is pretty boring.
(If all you want to do is look at all the pictures, look here.)
Butternut squash soup is one of my staple meals when the weather turns cold.