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Flat Out Pizzas

Friday, April 29, 2016, 08:58 PM (2016-04-29_205831)

Meredith and I made Flat Out Pizzas. I made two different ones.

The first was supposed to be a reuben pizza. I tried to make Thousand Island dressing (halved) but I didn't have ketchup so I used BBQ sauce. Also, this recipe just isn't very good. I think I keep going back to it since I don't have dressing. But this one was particularly bad.

Also I used Trader Joes Pastrami which wasn't very good. Or at leats not in place of corned beef. Overall, it just wasn't very good.

I also made one with BBQ sauce, cheese, and roasted peppers. Topped with an egg and Sriracha on top.

Meredith did something similar. She used vodka sauce with part-skim mozzarella cheese. She also topped it with a fried egg and some basil

Seitan Balsamic Stir-Fry

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 08:49 PM (2016-04-28_204958)

I worked really late and needed to make something fast. I also wanted to use the new type of seitan I bought (pictured below) so I made a quick stir-fry. It was just a one kohlrabi and a quarter head of cabbage. I roughly halved my usual balsamic sauce though I probably should have done a full amount.

There were two real problems with this dish.

  1. I needed to cook the kohlrabi longer. It was undercooked and bitter
  2. That seitan is pretty bad!!! I would not buy it again

It was nice having a quick and easy meal, but this was not a good meal

Jerk Chicken Tacos

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 08:44 PM (2016-04-27_204439)

Like 2016-04-18, I made jerk chicken tacos with the leftovers from 2016-04-07 (See that page for more details and inspiration).

Not much to it. I reheated it from frozen with a little bit of steam and then added salt. Other than that, it was pretty simple.

I had two as tacos and then one just the meat.

Yakitori Quail Eggs, Fish and others stuff

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 09:11 PM (2016-04-20_211102)

This seems like a big meal, but it wasn't too hard. The main part of the meal was also the smallest, the yakitori.

Meredith made yakitori quail eggs from this Ottolenghi recipe (local). Meredith followed it pretty closely except did it with fewer eggs. Also, she skewered the eggs before grilling them. Also, she just eye-balled the marinade.

We did the boiling for about 2.5 minutes but (likely because of the altitude) it was just barely soft-cooked.

The came out really good. Like a small ramen egg. Maybe a bit richer. But we need to let it go a bit longer next time. The sesame salt was also good.

Other than that, it was a mix of thing. We cooked a frozen fish thing from Trader Joes. Sadly, we didn't really read it and it was covered in olives. I was able to ate some of it but I mostly had the kabocha squash and asparagus for dinner.

Yakitori Soy grilled quail eggs with sesame salt (From Ottolenghi)
Local Copy (U: guest, P: name of my dog, lower case)

Quail eggs before starting Marinated
Skewered Ready to grill
On the grill The fish

Salmon and Chicken Burgers

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 08:38 PM (2016-04-19_203831)

Quick and fast meal. A chicken burger with some vodka sauce and roasted red pepper and a salmon burger with a little bit of mayo and Diablo sauce on the bottom plus more red peppers on top.

Quick, easy, and good.

Jerk Chicken Tacos

Monday, April 18, 2016, 08:32 PM (2016-04-18_203258)

I reheated the leftover frozen jerk chicken from 2016-04-07. I put it in a small pot with a tiny bit of water to steam and defrost it (which then used it's own water to keep steaming). I also added a bit of salt which it really needed.

I did it just like last time including using Diablo sauce from Torchy's.

It actually worked pretty well to defrost it like that. I liked having something easy. We will start keeping some stuff like this in the fridge.

Taco Stew

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 09:48 PM (2016-04-17_214841)

We realized we hadn't had taco stew in a long time so we decided to have it. We used the regular recipe but also added some worcestershire (which worked pretty well). Not really much to it. It is a simple and easy meal.

Oh, and we used tons and tons of zucchini

Foi Thong and then Ramen Rice Krispies

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 09:31 PM (2016-04-16_213114)

Foi Thong Ramen Rice Krispies

Looks gross!?!?! Yep!

We were invited to a "Mad Science" party like last year. We tried to make Foi Thong from Siam Sizzles (local). The general idea is that you pour egg yolks into bubbling simple syrup.

Rather than do it with Jasmine syrup, we steeped the simple syrup with lavender. We made a bag with cheese cloth. The flavor of the lavender was really, really evident and good.

But, I do not know if it was the lavender, the cast iron pan, or something entirely else, but half (or more) came out black and icky. I mean, really, really icky colored. The syrup was not black at the end so I am really not sure how it came out so black.

Either way, it was really not something we wanted to serve. And, despite doubling it, there really wasn't enough.

So, we pivoted and made Ramen Rice Krispie. Sure it was something we've made before but it was certainly interesting and different so we went with it. We just followed the recipe except doubled the butter as noted. They came out pretty good. I like this recipe, even if it is strange

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