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S’more-cakes

My progression to making up s’more-cakes this morning started like this:  1. I want pancakes.  2. Maybe chocolate chip pancakes.  3. Oh look, a modification next to the recipe to make graham cakes.  4.  Oh look, there are mini marshmallows in the cupboard next to the chocolate chips.  5.  Oh my god – s’more-cakes! (At this point, you should picture a gigantic light bulb above my head!)

The basics – take your favorite buttermilk pancake recipe and replace half of the flour with graham cracker crumbs.  You can buy these in a box, or crush up some whole graham crackers very very finely.  Don’t add the chocolate chips or marshmallows to the batter.  Instead, pour some of the batter into your warm pan and quickly add the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows  into the batter/pancake.  Like this:

Let the pancake cook until it is almost ready to flip.  Keep pushing the marshmallows down while the pancake is cooking.  Right before you flip it, it should look like this:

I would recommend cooking the pancake a little bit longer on the first side than normal.  Of course, turn down the heat a little bit so it doesn’t burn!  This is because once you flip the pancake, you only want it to cook for about another minute so that the marshmallows don’t completely melt away.  Once you’re done, you should have something like this:

They were quite delicious!  I would serve them immediately after cooking, so that the marshmallow doesn’t get hard and weird.  They were quite sweet and moist, so they didn’t need any topping (besides, syrup would just be strange!).  I’m not sure it this is the perfect way to make s’more-cakes, but it was certainly a tasty first try!

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

More food!  In addition to the crockpot, I also received a pizza stone and peel for Christmas.  I was pretty excited about this – I hate how pizza tends to be soggy in the middle and burnt around the edges, so I was pretty sure that the pizza stone would solve all of my problems.

The inaugural pizza was BBQ chicken.  I bought the dough fresh at the grocery store and topped it with barbeque sauce, a ton of red onion, bacon, chicken and mozzarella cheese.  In reading the instructions for the peel, they noted that you should dust it with cornmeal before putting the dough down.  I would like to know their definition of the word dust, because my pizza got horribly stuck!  I had to lift up the edges and keep throwing more and more cornmeal underneath the pizza to make it slide off the peel and onto the stone.  I did manage it eventually, and a major dinner crisis was averted.  So, in all – a liberal coating of the peel would be a good idea!

Verdict?  The pizza stone rocks!  The bottom of the crust was crispy, but the inside wasn’t overdone.  It was probably the best pizza I have ever made!

New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t usually make new year’s resolutions, but this year I’ve made a few.  A major one is to get back to posting regularly!  Secondary to that, I’ve decided that I need to entertain more at home, so that might benefit the blog as well, since there is usually food involved in entertaining!

Speaking of food, I got a crockpot for Christmas!  For its inagural run, I decided to make a recipe from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, which I also received for Christmas.  There is an entire chapter devoted to slow cooker and pressure cooker recipes.  Eventually I settled on Lamb Vindaloo.

I was a little concerned about my ability to find a boneless leg of lamb, but it was right there in the Star market by my work.  It was a little over five pounds – huge!

After trimming off most of the fat (and skin?) I cut the lamb up into big chunks, about 1½ inch cubes.  After seasoning with salt and pepper they were seared in some oil.  It smelled so good!

While this was going on, Tim played sous-chef and chopped onions and garlic.

I cooked down the onions, then added spices and then the garlic.  This also smelled wonderful!

The meat and the onions were refrigerated separately overnight and then in the morning I dumped them all into the crock pot with some broth and let it cook all day.  Once I got home I thickened the sauce with some flour, added some fresh cilantro and made some basmati rice.

It was a wonderful meal!  And it made so much that we had leftovers for days – which is an amazing thing considering the voracious appetite of my sous-chef!

I have a feeling that the crock pot will be making many appearances on our dinner table for the next few months!

Fajitas

It’s been a while, huh?  I’ve been too busy to blog, too busy to craft really.  34 day until my PhD defense, so not to much time for anything!

But we did make a tasty dinner last night, fajitas!

Two small steaks were rubbed with salt, pepper, and a little taco seasoning and grilled.  The peppers and onions were sliced thin and cooked in some butter with the rest of the packet of taco seasoning until they were tender.  The meat was sliced and mixed into the veggies.  So so tasty, with the added bonus that the meat isn’t overdone by cooking it pre-sliced.  Served with a little guacamole, some refried beans and plenty of cilantro, it was a pretty tasty dinner!

In Celebration of Pi

For those out there less nerdy than me, Pi day was on Saturday.  (It was also Einstein’s birthday.)  To celebrate, I made meat pie!

Meat pie is something that my French-Canadian grandmother always makes on holidays.  It is very tasty – she usually has to make two to feed all of us pigs!  I’ve never made it before, and it always seemed a little tricky, according to my mom.  And then I found out why – there’s no actual recipe! It’s all stored in my grandmother’s head, and unfortunately I’m not telepathic.  I called her to ask her how long and what temperature to bake it at, and she said “until it’s done”.   Ahh, family recipes!

So, with some vague instructions, I made a meat pie.  And now I’m going to share with you how it’s done.  (I’m also sharing this with future me, so I can’t forget!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp. flour
  • cinnamon
  • ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • two pie shells
  • one slightly beaten egg white

Directions:

  1. Brown the beef, draining off about half of the fat when it is finished.
  2. Add water, and then flour in small portions until a slight gravy is formed.
  3. Add cinnamon (about 1 tsp) and cloves (about 2-3 tsp) – until it tastes good.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Put first pie shell into the pie dish.
  6. Add meat to pie shell
  7. Top with second pie shell, pinch closed and cut a few slits in the top.
  8. Brush the top with the egg white.
  9. Bake at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes, until the top is a nice golden brown.

A Weekend in Pictures

We had a great weekend!  We started off by making this really tasty dish with mashed potatoes, cabbage, onion, garlic, leek (I like leek, I’d never had it before!) and yes, of course… bacon.  (But only a tiny bit, really!)

leeks make food colorful and pretty

the finished dish, along with some steak and beer

Sunday we went to Dim Sum downtown (sadly, no pictures… we ate all of the food too fast).  We had pork buns, sticky rice, noodles with some sort of beef in them, turnip cakes and something else that I don’t know the name of, but I know that I like it.

After that, we went to the science museum to see the frog exhibit – Tim loves frogs!

some type of bullfromg

some type of bullfromg

a green frog with sticky toes

a green frog with sticky toes

can you find the frog?

can you find the frog?

poison dart frog - so pretty!

I also got a book from the library!  Charted knitting designs!

continuing to fuel my addition

continuing to fuel my addition

I’ve already opened it up and tried out a pattern I’ve had my eye on, the ribbed spindle.  I think it looks like mitosis and that makes the science nerd in me oh-so-very happy.

not as hard as it looks, really

not as hard as it looks, really

I also learned how to do a tubular cast on.  I would not encourage anyone to try and learn this at 1am.  Not my best idea ever, but I did eventually understand it.  And look how pretty my 1×1 rib looks as a result!

harder than I thought it would be

harder than I thought it would be

I have grand plans for this swatch and these new things I’m learning.  I’ve done a lot of math so far.  It hasn’t all been pretty, especially when I sometimes can’t count – but I’m excited about it all the same!

We Eat Too Much Bacon

I was just getting ready to post about the yummy dinner we had on Sunday when I realized it contained bacon.  As did the last like 5 food things I’ve posted.  You people must think we eat nothing that doesn’t contain bacon.  I swear that’s not true!  But, at least I’m not posting bacon-food everyday!

So, a little while back I found this recipe from The Pioneer Woman and immediately decided that I needed to try it.  Basics: lemon pepper chicken breast, bacon and cheese (we used pepper jack for a little kick).  It was by far the tastiest sandwich I’ve ever had – served up on a tasty fresh bun.

In the background you can see we had this with some fake poutine.  (And also some yellow wax beans – vegetables are tasty too!) I say fake because my grocery store sorely dissapointed me – for weeks they’ve been tempting me with cheese curds (which are extremely rare to find here) and when I actually went to buy them, they were no where to be found.  And of course when I asked about them, no one had any idea what the hell I was talking about.  Where’s a Canadian when you need one?  So, we substituted some provolone instead.  It was passable, but I can’t wait to get back to the great white north and get some good stuff!


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