Friday, April 1, 2011

Comfort foods for the meteorological trauma of April Fools Day.

So for a very long time now macaroni and cheese has been the bane of my self taught culinary existence.  A combination of poor luck and impatience seems to perpetually leave me with curdled milk or cream and an unusable and inedible mess afterwards.  Well not today(by pure luck)!  Today i made macaroni and cheese with a couple twists that popped into my head.  Instead of regular mac i found a cool looking ruffly pasta that i decided looked fun, i also added in some smoked paprika, cayenne, artichoke hearts, and garnished with asparagus.  The cheese sauce was a combo of heavy cream, sharp cheddar and mozzarella and the topping was a combination of panko and about 10 fortune cookies placed in a ziplock bag and(after removing the fortunes) bludgeoned the bejeezus out of with a cutting board.  It turned out really well, if any survives till monday maybe it will make an appearance on the 4th floor at school.  Here are the pics.  I didn't really document the cooking process as my cameras battery was dead, these photos are courtesy of my roommate who also happens to be a far superior photographer than i am, so a shout/thank out to him.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Second Chances

So it has been a while, for this publication a lifetime actually as i had originally intended to abandon this project because of laziness and lack of motivation.  But recently it seems that it might not be such a bad idea to give it another shot so here goes.

Tonight was a revisitation to one of my earlier unpublished creations, General Trogdor's chicken.  The idea behind the dish was to make a sort of rip off of general gau/tso/tsu/random iteration of three letters chicken, that was simply hot enough to burninate your face off.  And while i think it could have been hotter i dont think it would have been completely edible if i had succeeded in that endeavor.

It began with the sauce, half a jar or orange marmelade, blood orange juice and pulp from two oranges, zest from one, and some ponzu.  Added in after it heated was garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, mustard powder, ginger powder, cayenne, sriracha, and some green tea to give it a little more of a liquid base before it got reduced, and finally i added some smoked paprika and unsalted peanuts.

With the sauce started the chicken was next.  It was very basic, i just floured the chicken and then seared it on a small pan in some sesame oil.

The ribs were almost an afterthought to the meal that i slapped together while the asparagus was steaming.  I seasoned them and then slapped together a dry rub made from brown sugar, ginger , mustard powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne.  After rubbing the ribs i seared them on a grill pan, and then put some ponzu into the remaining rub to make a quick glaze to brush on them as they cooked.  After searing the outside real good i transferred them to the oven to finish baking for 15-20 minutes.

And with that the meal was done.  Eating happened, it was good.  Tomorrow should be a long series of pistoral adventures as i try my hand at one new pastry recipe at least and multiple batches of cookies, and breaking in the new crockpot.  Excitement!!

finished products for tonight, served with a magic hat Vinyl because dammit i deserved it.