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Recent Cooking [Jun. 19th, 2012|07:20 am]
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.

[User Picture]From: porsupah
2012-06-19 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a nice little selection! I've become quite a fan of oyster sauce - it's remarkably useful stuff, whether as a minor addition to quite a different sauce, or in conjunction with something to take it in a new direction, like black bean. I don't tend to use fresh peppers that often, simply for the convenience of spice mixes - a Berbere mix I keep on the shelf works beautifully at providing that characteristic zing. Also, I've been finding Chinese preserved vegetable combos in jars can work wonders, adding a good deal of complexity to the overall flavor, just with a teaspoon or two of, say, preserved mustard (as in the plant, not the seeds).

Nothing wrong with frozen potstickers! Whilst it might be fun to make them from scratch too, get some decent frozen ones, and they're entirely satisfying, particularly when properly cooked, for that authentic finish.

The "filling" for the cobbler does sound rather good - those additions surely would enhance the fundamental flavors very nicely. =:9
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-06-20 02:38 pm (UTC)
I do like to use a dash of oyster or black bean sauce in most of the Chinese food I cook. I like the earthy note and umami it adds.

Making potstickers is kinda fun. The trouble is you can't just make 8 as a side dish. :P So I only make potstickers now and then, when we have a party or we don't mind them as a main dish. (Attempts to freeze my homemade potstickers haven't produced really great results, or that would solve the problem nicely.)
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2012-06-20 12:40 am (UTC)
*drool* Come cook for me and Weasel please? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-06-20 02:39 pm (UTC)
Sure! I'll handle the groceries, you cover transportation. :D
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2012-06-20 02:57 am (UTC)


I'll have to try that, never thought about using strawberries for it.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-06-20 02:40 pm (UTC)
Works really well. I wanted ot use them since they were nicely in season. I think my ideal cobbler is blueberry, though. :9
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2012-06-20 06:57 am (UTC)
OMG Alton Brown's cobbler. YES! Good eats for the win!

God I miss that show. ;.;
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-06-20 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, was a great show. Since we got rid of cable a while ago, I havent seen a new episode in ages. Food Network is terrible about releasing their shows, unfortunately.
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[User Picture]From: sayh
2012-06-20 02:54 pm (UTC)

I am hungry...

*hopes the train can speed up a bit so he'll get home faster to Swandoggies Burritos*
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2012-06-21 11:30 pm (UTC)

Noms? Nom nom nom?

Sheeeeeesh, now I'm starving.
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