I have no photo of this…but i swear i made it! It was gobbled up before i got the chance to even take a photo. This is probably my favorite thing ever to cook. Firstly, its very special so its even more satisfying to eat! the reason it is special is because it takes about four and a half hours cook time in order to complete all the steps and to ensure the meat is tender. The meat was so tender that it fell to pieces! We cut it with a fork not a knife. There were many many ingredients including cubed beef, bacon, 4 cups of wine, lots of beef broth, garlic, onions, carrots ect….ALL THE GOODS! It was delicious. Definitely my favorite meal to make and eat. I will always make this when i want to impress :)
Midterms are finally over!!! Thank god. a week of hell all culminating in the worst day yet of two of my hardest midterms back to back in the morning. I dont think i have ever studied so hard. To make up for this morning i was excited all day for the lunch i was going to make…I was going to come back and make this tuna macaroni salad that i have been making since i was a really little girl. In it i put peas, shell pasta, garlic and onion powder, salt, mayo, and pepper. SCREW THE PEPPER!! I am so mad! My day was rough enough and this made me so angry :( I made the whole pasta salad and tried one delicious bite. It was so good that i was jumping up and down in the kitchen. no joke. my roommates made fun of me. However, i decided it needed a little pepper so i nonchalantly reached into the cupboard for our industrial sized pepper container. I turned it upside down and gently shook the bottle…to my horror the cap fell off and the entire sixteen ounce container spilled into my pasta salad that i have been craving for a week! I wanted to cry. My roommates laughed. and then they told me to take out the garbage. obviously they were very sympathetic to my pain. I attempted to salvage the food and eat it anyways but it was so peppery my mouth is on fire :( what a day…at least later we will all be celebrating the end of testing! …gotta look for the silver lining.
Wow i am so behind! Classes are really starting to get busy and midterms are around the corner! the weather is also starting to change which means of course i have caught the most horrible cold! Whenever i am sick i really crave comfort food so i have been making a lot of it. When i think of comfort food, im thinking french or italian. Starting with last week i decided to have some homemade pomme frites and steak! It was delicious. I wasnt sure what type of meat to get so i let the butcher on arthur avenue decide for me. He gave me huge strips of the thinnest sliced beef i have ever seen. I think it was a top round? Anyways, i ended up just briefly searing either side and topping it with my usual mushrooms sauteed in garlic, onions and wine. The Pomme Frites turned out really well too. They took a lot longer than i had expected and stuck to the pan (so next time i will most likely line the pan with tin foil and lots of pam or butter) but they were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! Before baking them i cut the potatoes up and tossed them in a mixture of olive oil, corse sea salt and pepper, as well as freshly chopped rosemary. Im really glad the meal worked out seeing as halfway through the cooking process we had a fire drill and i was forced to leave everything! I did take a picture but it came out blurry, luckily today i get to pick up my camera at best buy! It broke a month ago and has finally been fixed!
wow so much has happened in the last few months, what a whirlwind! The summer was so incredibly busy that i never even got a chance to blog about it or talk about all of the great culinary creations i made. Mostly this was due to my acquisition of a summer job at an AMAZING new restaurant in Minneapolis. Its called the Mill Valley Kitchen and is a northern california inspired farm to table concept restaurant. It was my home this summer and i loved every minute of working there! Every item on the menu was the freshest and best quality produce/meat. The food was cooked in healthy ways but was still delicious! No butter was even used….the restaurant also disclosed all of the nutritional information so customers knew exactly what they were eating…i was only a host there but was lucky to be able to work with mill valley during its opening so i got to see everything being set up! It really taught me a lot about how to open a restaurant someday…i was also trained in on every position. So that was that. made a lot of friends, made a lot of money, and i learned a lot.
In addition to my job and random culinary pursuits/farmers market visits i also really started to focus in on what i want to do for a career. I can rant about it later but basically i have become really interested in the local organic food and the sustainability/health issues that the citizens of america are now facing. Ive been watching all sorts of documentaries and reading many books (which i can do shout outs to later because there are some really good sources!) and they have taught me a lot about what our bodies actually need and thrive on…it has really changed my own preferences for what i eat. Anyways i really want to finish my education by switching into a food studies and nutrition track. Im ready to conquer this! i dont care where i end up whether im working for the foodnetwork (please please!) or some other food corporation or have my own restaurant OR even if i end up being a lobbyist working towards better food laws in school systems or for what we put in foods…i just need to be in the industry!
Anyways, now i am back at college! i now live in a classic new york bronx cramped apartment with six other unique amazing girls! most of all i am so happy to finally have a kitchen and not be forced to eat horrible food at the school cafeterias anymore. (maybe someday i can have an impact on the foods theyre giving us!) So for now i will just be photo updating on any delicious masterpieces that i make over this sophomore year in college! Heres to a good year, even if it is pouring like hurricane irene right now.