Tuesday, March 29, 2011

first recipe

I wanted to have more discussions bout cooking and food on my blog but I don't feel right about posting recipes that I didn't make up myself. So I have starting writing down all my ideas in an attempt to try them, I will post my adventures here.
Yesterday it was Chicken lemon potatoe pot pies.  I LOVE chicken lemon rice soup and starting  thinking that it would make a tasty filling for a pot pie. So here it is...
Obviously you need a pie crust you can buy one but I think homemade is always better and more fun too.  This is the pie crust recipe I use..http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Never-Fail-Pie-Crust-II/Detail.aspx

-Roughly 1lb of chicken ( I used breasts but you could use thighs too.)
-1 onion diced
-3 cloves garlic
-3 stalks celery roughly chopped
-The juice and zest of 2 lemons
-1 egg
-2 lrg poatoes cubed and cooked
-1/2 tsp oregano
-1/2 tsp basil
- 2 cups chicken broth
-freshly ground black pepper

Boil potatoes and set aside. In a medium to large skillet cook chicken in olive oil just over medium heat just til cooked through.  Set chicken aside in a plate.  In the same skillet sautee onion and garlic, when soft and translucent add celery and chicken stock In a seperate bowl juice and zest lemon then beat egg into lemon juice. After about 3-5 mins of celery and onions cooking add potatoes and chicken back to the pan, add the spices then stir in lemon egg mixture.
Let simmer so that it can the juices can thicken up.
Pour into pie crusts and cover with top crust. Bake at 350 for about an hour or til golden brown. 
This made 1 large pie as well as 3 mini single serving pies which I froze for later. And a single pie crust that I froze and will use later for a cream pie.  I was fairly happy with results it had a pretty good flavor. I thought next time it might be nice to put lemon zest in the dough.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mennonite girls cook indian food?

When Nicole came last week, (she was here from Wednesday 'til Sunday) I wanted to blog about our adventures in indian food cooking.  I was going to take pictures but that day Michael had the camera so alas I have no pictures to show.  Wednesday we made samosas, that yummy sauce that goes with the samosas, ground beef curry, basmati rice and unsuccessful naan bread.  The samosas were delicious and not very hard just time consuming.  Nicole got frustrated filling them and they went from normal samosa size to perogie size and then calzone size.  The big challenge was the sauce.  In order to make it you need tamrind.  It is a very strange fruit? Nut? Something strange.


Lets just say it, they look like poo. But you crack them open and we made a paste out of the pulp in the food processor then we made the sauce. In order to make the naan bread we had to have bread flour, unfortunately the only bread flour our co-op had was multi grain.   Our bread was very healthy tasting to say the least.  Hard and crunchy and just plain not good.  Do not made naan with multi grain flour.

Then on Thursday we made butter chicken, basmati rice and cauliflower curry.  Butter chicken was amazing and I will be putting that on our regular dinner rotation, we all loved it.
On Friday we made a sort of shrimp stir fry curry and rice, then we made the chai tea cake for her birthday.  I made butter cream icing for the first time.  Very successful.

I really love kitchen adventures, and I hope to start focusing on cooking a little more in my blog maybe posting some recipes.  Eli likes to sit in the baby carrier while I cook or he sits in his vibrating chair and watches me, its awesome to see that I can still do the things I love with the baby, as he gets older I hope to get him helping in the kitchen.  Some of my most fond memories are cooking with my mom.  Making perogies or cookies or whatever it was always fun and I always learned a lot.  I hope to pas those sorts of memories onto my babies.

  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gun day

I've been taking the hunters safety course in the evening 2 nights a week.  it's fun because they have an indoor range and when we finish our book work we get to go shoot. Lots of fun.  Most people do not realize that this class is actually a government requirement in order to be a gun order and or to hunt.  You cannot apply for a firearms liscence without proof of passing the course. There is a provincial text book and a federal text book.  I took my provincial test and passed with a 94%.  Tonight is my last night, I will be writing my federal test tonight as well as the restricted test which will allow me  to possess and acquire handguns.  Once there is proof that I have passed these test and successfully completed the course I can then start the application process.  Its alot like applying for a passport you need gaurenters and references.  It is not nearly as easy to buy a gun as people think it is. I like to target shoot and I plan to try upland game bird hunting next fall.
 Update:  i got 100% on the federal!! And 94% on the restricted!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Allergies?

Pretty much since the beginning Eli has had a rash on his face, at first it looked like infant acne, then it got worse.  Turns out its eczema.  I have had a lot of problems in the past with eczema and when we saw the doctor, he looked at my arm and then announced, "He has eczema, looks like he got it from you, its hereditary." AKA you broke your baby with your sucky genetics. Thanks. He's also been kinda colicky so my health nurse suggested cutting out dairy in my diet. Frankly that's just mean! ALL of my favourite foods are dairy, cheese, cheesecake, ice cream, ice cream cake, you can see where I'm going here. Either way I've been clean for almost a week, his face looks a ton better (although that could also be the medicated cream).  But he is in a WAY better mood most of the time. Now its still too early to tell but I feel like this little change has made a difference in his over all mood.  I'm hoping to see if it does anything for my skin, nothing yet, but it hasn't even been a week so you never know.