June 19th, 2012

Ratatouille: Kiss the Cook

Recent Cooking

This past weekend I got a chance to spend a bit of time in the kitchen creating fun things.

From left to right:

Potstickers -- frozen, granted. But they turn out very nice if you defrost them in the microwave then toss them into a pan with a shallow slick of hot oil. Mix in a bit of chili oil and roll them around while they're frying. Then, just at the end, splash some soy sauce in. Personally, I love the flavor you get when soy sauce cooks quick in oil.

Hoisin chicken and vegetables -- chicken thighs marinated in a little soy sauce and lemon juice. Stir fried with onions then the heat is reduced and the other veggies (simple items like carrots) are added and sauce. Let it simmer for a minute and it's good to go.

Rice -- simple enough!

Szechuan beef and broccoli -- Beef, onions, bird chilies, garlic, broccoli, and peanuts. A dash of oyster sauce and soy sauce. Spicy but not one-dimensional.

Strawberry Cobbler! (This was a different night's dinner in case you were wondering.)

I basically followed Alton Brown's blackberry cobbler recipe. Though I threw in a pinch of baking spice and brown sugar in the dough. The strawberries were stewed with a fig-infused balsamic vinegar, a little vanilla, and a pinch of mint.