ひさしぶり!Long time no see!

Well, it certainly has been some time since I last updated. Several reasons, the main one being – I’m not really into all this blogging. But I have recently heard that I do actually get readers. So here goes nothin’.

Uhhmmm….

On the [Kitchen Adventures] series: If you’re wondering why there does not seem to be a lot of variation in what I make – that’s because I use up all existing ingredients before going out to buy some new ones.

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Beef, Veggies, RiceRice, Sausages, Egg, and Spinach

Beef, Beans, RiceSpring Rolls

Pasta, Sausages, Pasta Sauce, TomatoesRice, Egg, Sausages, Tomatoes, Chips

[Book Chronicles]: I’ve definitely been reading more regularly, still not daily, though. 😦

I have this book called How to Study Your Bible Workbook. I’m trying to go through that, but it takes a lot of time, so I don’t get to  do so often.

I’m considering another series of sorts: it’s gonna be called “Shopping Cart” and it will be about … yep! you guessed it! Groceries!! 🙂

(Give me a break. I like coming up with these names.)

Anyway, I was out grocery shopping the other day, and I was looking for rice. On the shelf with the packs of rice, I saw a pack of Basmati Rice – that made me laugh. I remembered this.

 

 

 

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Kitchen Adventures: Episode 11

Again, I wanted something simple, so I made this:

d.06 - Demae Ramen

I added spring onions, spinach, and an egg.

That’s it.

Here it is

d.06 - Demae Ramen, Spring Onion, Egg, Spinach

Simple, eh?

I did not add all the seasoning packs included in the package.

Also, if you wonder about lunch – why I don’t seem to post about them as much. It’s coz I eat at the school cafeteria.

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Kitchen Adventures: Episode 8

On the 6th of April, I had his for lunch.

l.05 - 6th.Apr - Eggs, Spinach, Tortellini Käse

Finally, something different!

That’s Tortellini Käse and eggs and spinach … And cheese.

My second attempt at making an omelette also failed. It looks nothing like it is supposed to.

I had tried this Spanish dish before, you see. (At least, I think it was Spanish.) And I wanted to try it. It was yellow. And it looked like some sort of omelette to me, and it had green thin leaves inside (in other words, it had veggies). I thought I could try imitate it.

That’s definitely not what it looked like.

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Kitchen Adventures: Episode 6

On the 5th of April, I had this for lunch. I did not make dinner the night before, coz there was a grill party.

l.04 - 5th.Apr - Chicken, Tortellini Käse, Veggies

Chicken, pasta, veggies, the usual … With a twist.

Pasta and veggies prepared the same way (just noticed I’ve been overcooking them).

The chicken meat, I cut up. As you can see,  I sometimes made shapes.

After cutting it up, I (sorta) covered it in Cayenne-Pepper powder and fried it.

l.04 - Chicken in Pan

I said the pasta’s prepared the same. That is true, but not everything is the same. I used a different type of pasta for this one.

It’s called Tortellini Käse.

Tortellini Käse

Käse means cheese. It’s pasta with cheese inside. They aren’t noodles.

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Kitchen Adventures: Episode 5

4th of April

Lunch is two phases of chicken cooked, pasta, and veggies.

l.03 - 4th.Apr - Two Phases of Chicken, Pasta, Veggies

“Two phases of chicken cooked” mean only this: that I cooked chicken meat and the chicken egg. So it all goes full circle.

Pasta and veggies jumbled together again in pot.

My plan for the 2 chicken phases was to envelope the chicken meat in in scrambled egg – kinda like an omelette. One look at the picture, however, will tell you that I failed in that aspect. The egg is (slightly) burnt and all messed up.

I fried the chicken before adding it to the would-be messed up omelette.

This is how the pan looked after the frying.

l.03 - pan after frying

It was during this episode that I learned that I could leave the pan submerged in water while eating, and get to cleaning it after eating. It would make it easier to clean this way.

And to think I thought people who left dishes and pans submerged in water were just being lazy.

If I had known, I wouldn’t have scrubbed so hard last time.

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Kitchen Adventures: Episode 4

On the 3rd of April 2014, this is what I had for dinner.

d.02 - 3rd.Apr - Chicken, Pasta, Veggies

It is chicken and pasta and veggies.

Not much can be said about this. Process is similar to ones used before. Both the chicken in this meal and in the first lunch were fried and with pepper. The differences are in this one, the chicken is obviously not cut up, and in this one, I believe I added a dash of spicy paprika. It wasn’t spicy when I ate it, though.

The pasta in this one, I think is the first time I made pasta that wasn’t either overcooked or undercooked.

The veggies were thrown into the pan when the chicken was nearly done.

I also turned down the heat for this one.

Here are some more pictures:

d.02 - in the making

Oh, and I started with the meat again, I think. I didn’t take a picture with the veggies.

And here is the pasta pot boiling.

d.02 - bubbling pot

It was during this that I started taking picturs of the process.

Also, a neighbor called Mai told me that you know the pasta is done when you can cut through it with your fingernails.

That’s one reason why I got this one right.

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Kitchen Adventures: Episode 3

On the third of April 2014, I made this:

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Though it looks similar to the meal the night before, it was prepared differently. Notice how the vegetabes are mied in with the pasta on this one. This is because I mixed them in with the noodles while preparing the noodles. Also, some leftover noodles from the night before were mixed in with the noodles that were to be cooked for this meal.

I did not use the microwave for this one. I took out the fish and veggies from the fridge and left them alone for a while … At least, that’s what I think I did. My memory of the defrosting period is hazy.

The process I took to make this was eventful – not a word usually associated with cooking, and not one that would describe the ideal cooking scenario, but that’s how it was.

What I cooked first was the fish. In hindsight, I think I should’ve started with the pasta. It takes longer after all. When I was making this, I knew, in the back of my mind, that the pasta would take a while. But I wanted to get on with my fish experiment.

THE FISH EXPERIMENT

I placed the last two pieces (I had cut it up into four pieces, remember?) on the frying pan (this seems to be the piece of kitchen equipment I use the most).

Note that I did not oil the pan first.

What I did, after placing the fish, was pour milk over the sides of the fish in the pan.

For all you cooking savvy people, I know what you’re thinking: that this was a bad idea … Or at least not a very good one. I’m still convinced I can pull it off with some more improvising and practice … And attention.

Why attention? I will get to that in a while.

After pouring the milk, I got the two condiments I had at the moment: black pepper and paprika, and seasoned the fish and the milk in the pan. Then I got the lid of the pan (I think that lid belongs to that pan, coz they fit), covered the pan, and … Get this: started to shake the pan.

Sound crazy, yet? This is apparently how I prepare meals. Hey, you should’ve expected something like this when you read about the milk.

Well, it seemed reasonable to me while I was doing it.

My purpose for this was to get the seasoned milk over the fish, too. So that the fish would be doused in milk with pepper and paprika. Why didn’t I just laddle the milk? Coz I was using a spatula, and there wasn’t enough milk to laddle, anyway. (And yes, I tried it with the wooden spatula I was holding.)

Anyway, after that, I left it alone, and started with the veggies and the pasta. But, while I was preparing them and heard a sizzling kind of noise. I turned, and saw, to my surprise and horror, that the milk had evaporated, and that left in its place was a thick crust of whatever was burnt in the process. My surprise was due the change, and my horror was due to the fact the I would have to scrub the pan clean afterwards.

I noted that I had not thought of turning down the heat (it’s an electric stove), so I turned it down at that moment (much too late), took of the lid of the pan (which used to be transparent, but was all fogged up when I took it) and placed it near the sink, and then proceeded to move the fish unto my plate. Much to my amusement (despite the situation), I found two silver (color of the pan) areas shaped like rectangles when I took the fish from the pan. It was a relief to see those two rectangles, because that’s two areas I wouldn’t have to scrub as hard.

THE PAN

I got the pasta and veggies and places them on an adjacent stove.

I believe at that time I then started to scrub the pan clean. I remember quite clearly being tempted to leave some brown areas on the pan, and let others think it’s always been like that. But I mananged to scrub it clean and I do believe, that when I finished scrubbing it, it looked cleaner than before I used it.

THE PASTA INCIDENT

Another thing I remember was sitting by the kitchen table checking to see if anyone’s online to chat with, yet. I remember scheduling a Skype appointment with my friend Patrice.

Just then, I heard another sound. It was more of a whistling kind of sound, and I turned and saw, more to amusement and surprise than horror (I think I was more amused than horrified by any of the unanticipated turn of events in this whole episode) that bubbling water was overflowing from the pot with pasta. I quickly got up, turned the heat down (yes, I had’t done that the either), thought that next time I should turn down the heat, got the pot, and the white plastic colander (I learned this word from watching Blues Clues) and drained the water.

Then I transferred the pasta and veggies unto the plate. I hadn’t bothered with rearranging the food, so it looks a little messy on the picture, but and I think it adds style to it.