Monday, March 19, 2018

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

I'm back from India and I'll be blogging about it over on my travel blog, if you're interested.

I'm not the biggest fan of quinoa. I find it too fine of a grain and it gets stuck all in my teeth and the texture isn't the most appealing to me. However, whilst in Lisbon last October, we went to this delicious restaurant called A Cevicheria and had what they called "quinoto," which was quinoa risotto. It was so creamy and decadent and delicious, I decided that it was the only way I was going to be eating quinoa ever again.

Since we had some quinoa in the pantry already, a few days after our return, I gave it a go. It wasn't the prettiest looking dish, but it was really tasty and comforting and because of that, I thought it was worth sharing.
2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
4 cups chicken stock, room temperature
½ cup cream
¼ cup grated parmesan

Monday, March 5, 2018

Korean Steamed Egg (계란찜) (2)

Currently, I'm in India. It's my second (and final) week here and I am loving it. India has been on my bucket list for almost two decades and I'm excited to be crossing it off.

Meanwhile, I'm here to share a somewhat mundane dish, but one that I love. It's just so simple but when I'm at a Korean restaurant and they bring this out as part of the free banchan (side dishes), I'm ecstatic, even though it's probably one of the cheapest dishes to make. I shared a steamed egg post previously and though the ingredients haven't really changed, I've since changed my technique for cooking and preparing the dish so I figured it was time for an update.
¼ cup broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)
¼ teaspoon salted shrimp (새우젓), or substitute with ¼ teaspoon salt or soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 eggs
+ scallions for garnish

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

George Michael Eats: Peanut Butter Biscuits

I gave myself a little pause on this blog because this is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby and there aren't supposed to be any rules or schedules. I think from now on, I'll just be posting occasionally when the mood strikes and when I have something that's actually worth sharing. I mean, I think it's obvious that my passion for this has slowed; I went from posting every weekday to every other day to once a week and to whatever I'm doing now.

That being said, I'm returning from my hiatus with a really fun post. It's become a tradition to make a homemade treat for my dog, George Michael, on his birthday. I'm a bad mom and I don't remember his actual birthdate so I've been saying it's the same as mine. So, every year, we just celebrate his birthday on Thanksgiving. Usually, his cousin Coco comes over so it's a nice opportunity for him to share his birthday treats with a friend (or tolerable acquaintance).

In 2016 I made a full on cake, which in retrospect, I should have maybe saved for 2017 because GM turned 10, which is kind of a milestone birthday. However, 2017 was also the year we wanted to have the most low-key, low-maintenance Thanksgiving (complete with full on pajamas as our holiday outfits) so a quick little biscuit seemed like the most appropriate endeavor.
½ cup natural peanut butter (no added oil, salt, or sugar)
1 egg, room temperature
½ cup natural applesauce (no added sugar)
¼ cup milk
¼ cup rolled oats
¼ cup finely chopped carrots
¾ cup flour

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