November 12, 2011

Asian Day

It was a day full of asian-ness.

I went for dim sum at Rol San with Jen, Trevor, Roe and Steve. It was fun and enjoyable - not quite as good as the Grand but still good (review to follow).

Jen, Trevor and I followed that up with going to see Asiansploitation sketch comedy troupe at the U of T campus. We all enjoyed it. Personally, I found it a bit more amateur than I expected, but funny nonetheless. Trevor had an old classmate in the show, which makes him the non-asian person who took the two quasi-asians to the show. Jen and Trev got interviewed by U of T reporters while I made myself scarce. I never did find out what they said...

After that we got dinner at Swatow. I enjoyed it despite being still full from dim sum, but unfortunately Jen and Trevor didn't agree. Trevor was brave enough to try the "special soup" though, so kudos for that. :)

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November 14, 2011

Titles Without Posts.

Sometimes, it's just better without the post.

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The Fart That Wasn't

(Titles Without Posts)

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November 15, 2011

Beets and Wings


i once made roasted beets that were the best things ever - these weren't them. They were good, but they were a bit too moist and did more steaming than roasting.

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November 16, 2011

Chicken Bagel


I brined the chicken breasts before pan frying them to keep them juicy. Bagels from Costco are better than grocery store bagels, but not as good as Jewish bakery bagels. Sadly, I don't have any of the latter near by.

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November 18, 2011

Ginger Fried Rice


1oz of ginger, 1 bunch of green onions, processed.
Add a ton of salt.
Then pour 1 cup super hot peanut oil over it all.
You now have delicious ginger sauce that's good on everything, especially vegetables.

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November 19, 2011

Mom's Birthday

We celebrated Mom's birthday today and for a quick but super-over-the-top 3-course celebration.

1st course: Roasted mini-potatoes, brocolli and striip loin steaks
2nd course: Steamed lobster (mom has a huge steamer that can fit 2 lobsters per level)
3rd course: Apple pie, chocolate cake

Stuffed!!

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Ribs


After a couple of horrible experiences at Baton Rouge (worst value ever!) I will stick to home made ribs with home made bbq sauce. MUCH better. Also, less text = more room for pictures!

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November 20, 2011

Jen's Bread


Jen invited me over for lunch and fed me this artisan bread that she's making almost daily. It's REALLY good - the crust is shatteringly crisp.

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November 21, 2011

Lemon Meringue Pie


Made this for Naomi's birthday. Standard America's Test Kitchen recipe, done in my convection toaster. Oops, small thumbnail. Click to enlarge.

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November 22, 2011

Lobster Pasta


Lobster pasta made with frozen lobster tail meat. I think I'll stick to whole lobster from now on, it wasn't very tasty.

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November 23, 2011

Mango Ice


I bought a blender, the Ninja Pro something. I wanted a Vitamix, but they're too expensive. This was only 70 bucks and does pretty fantastic ices with frozen mango and yogurt.

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November 26, 2011

Pie Baking Tips

When making apple pie, there are 3 tips that are often left out of most recipes.
  1. Bake on the lowest rack to ensure the bottom crust bakes crisp. (If you're confident in your bakeware, you can even use a pizza stone. Try to have borosilicate glass pie plates.)
  2. The pie is done when the filling starts to bubble. Anything less and you risk uncooked apples and uncooked thickener paste - slip a tray under it toward the end of cooking to catch the drips
  3. You MUST let the pie cool for at least 3 hours. The filling needs to cool to gel, or itll run all over the place. If you want to re-warm it after that, you can.
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November 30, 2011

Mango Smoothie


Still playing with the blender. I bought berries as well.

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