Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Tuesday Thoughts and Tastes...
On the dock today is yet another group of assignments for my newest endeavor. Have ya'll seen the Clean Eating Academy? It's pretty cool! One of the skills I've wanted to develop for years has been my knife work in the kitchen. I've planned to take some local classes, but then my schedule always goes wonky. When I saw an online course, I thought - Hey! I can do online! It's not like Sur la Table is going to offer me a class at 10pm simply because that's when I have time to do it, lol. So, I signed up. And I'm loving it!
Nutrition isn't a foreign subject to me, as you know, but kitchen skills? Hmmm. I'm self-taught, and my food is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. But if I can get through one (just ONE) cooking session without dropping a knife on my toes or trimming my nails (oops!) then I'm doing stellar. So... knife skills. Yeah, let's work on those. [Insert sheepish grin here, haha]
Here are a few pics from my assignments recently...
Different styles of cutting - and it's been a lot of fun learning how to hold the knife. My speed has suffered greatly, lol, but I haven't lost any fingernails lately. ;-) Each assignment is photographed and uploaded so the instructors can grade them. So far I'm doing great! Woot!
Also in those pics you'll see a couple recipes - the first is my very own homemade vegetable stock! Yay!!! I've always wanted to make my own, but have been intimidated by the process. What the heck was I worried about?? It's so easy! And the result was amazing! It was so good! I used it in my very first batch of homemade Minestrone (another assignment)! Which was... well, the broth & veggies were fantastic! The beans were a challenge, lol.
The second recipe you see in my "cutting" pics is a ratatouile style vegetable stew. And may I just say - OMG!!! I was eating it right out of the pan! I haven't gotten my grade yet on that one, but I kinda don't care, lol. So.Darn.Good!!
After that was done, I settled in to make dinner - I'd prepped it so it was ready to go when I finished my assignment. And these recipes I can share - fabulous!!!
pork recipe is from Bon Appetit and you can use whatever protein you like. I had a pork tenderloin handy, so that decision was easy. I also subbed in Bragg's Liquid Aminos instead of the soy sauce. The rice - I used this recipe from Epicurious but cooked it in vegetable stock. Yummy!!! Then the steamed asparagus was a simple ziploc steamer bag with some Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb. I gotta tell you - it was tough to not go back for more!
Apart from my adventures in the kitchen, I have finished up 12 more continuing ed credits for my various certifications. I've also played a lot with this little guy...
Speaking of my garden - Wooohooo!!!! It's doing great! Knock on wood. My asparagus plants are sprouting - too bad I can't harvest them this year, lol - they need another year to establish. I was really worried about them since as I mentioned before, I, ahem, planted them all upside down. My bad. But... they're growing!! And I put in some stock (flowers) in the beds to attract the bees. That worked out a little better than I anticipated. There are definitely bees in the garden now. That's good, right? Sort of. See, me and bees don't get along. I know the garden needs them, but they scare the bejeebers out of me. Yes, I'm the goof doing the shaky-shaky-boogie when they fly near me.
And... I have the best husband ever. Look what he got me!!!
Ok, I've gotta get back to work. Need to gather supplies for the next set of assignments :-) Fun!!!
Oh, and I have to spend some quality time at the dealership while my car gets it's "mandatory" service. Ugh. At least this time I won't have to do my cardio while I'm there. Lol!