Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday is the new Thursday for me....

I am supposed to post for Barefoot Bloggers on Thursdays but for some reason I can't seem to get it together and make it on time. I have decided that Tuesday will be my new Thursday that way I am always ahead instead of behind....  Todd of A Cooking Dad has chosen Indonesian Ginger Chicken. This is the kind of recipe that 75% of my family will eat. All I needed to do was add some brown rice and a fresh salad and dinner was served. I enjoyed the flavours of the ginger, soy, garlic and honey. I also used a little brown sugar in my marinade. My husband and I both love spicey food. We always have chili oil made ahead of time to add to our food. It was a definite "must" for this dish. I would say that this recipe is a keeper. How can you go wrong on a 5 ingrediant meal? I chose to use thighs since it was the only chicken that I had in the freezer with the bone in it. I will go for the white meat next time. I would also add some gingered carrots from Trader Joes for some extra vegies. Thanks Todd for the great choice!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Learning how to make Curry Chicken...

 We have friends/neighbors living here from Australia.  I have been wanting Thili to show me how to make her famous Chicken Curry. She showed me how to prepare three of her special dishes and then we enjoyed a great dinner together. Our dinner consisted of Thai beef salad, Chicken Curry with steamed rice and Dahl (red lentils with chilis, garlic and tumeric).  The combination of flavours and spices were amazing. She has promised to show me how to make Butter Chicken next! It was a fun evening enjoying there company and eating wonderful food! Thanks for the cooking lesson Thili!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Paris and why I love it!

I received the movie Julie and Julia for Christmas. I really love this movie! It has so many of my favorite things in it; cooking and Paris too name a few. After watching the movie and discussing it with Mark, I decided to pull out my Ina Garten Barefoot in Paris Cookbook and make the Boeuf Bourguignon. I have got to admit I didn't know how good it was going to be. An entire bottle of red wine seems like an awful lot to someone that will drink half a glass and be done.... This was AMAZING! The best part was that it tastes even better the next day as leftovers. We had this along with a Arugula Salad and crusty sourdough bread. YUM! YUM! This got me started on a French kick. I love Paris. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary there. I had to find more recipes to try. I then made the steaks with Bernaise sauce for Anna's birthday. This was absolutely decadent. Whipped egg yolks and lots of melted butter come together in a wonderful sauce that is almost the consistancy of homemade mayonnaise. I know that I need to cook French food in moderation or neither of us will be able to fit into our clothes : -) ! But we are having fun enjoying some new recipes and a completely foreign cuisine.

Trying New Things

This past year has been a year of change. We moved from a huge running community to an area that does not have the biking and running trails...