Part of being on a budget means not going out to eat. I have acknowledged the fact and have focused on cooking. So why no cooking posts? Mostly because I completely forgot that I had a camera to take the pictures with since I used to do it with my iPhone which I no longer have. So after a beautiful and meditative walk with my wife in a Lancaster park yesterday, I decided to take some great food pictures. What better recipe to start with than my blackened cod (though today we substituted for another white fish).
First of all I’d like to apologize for disappearing like that but if you follow me on Facebook you’ve probably seen some mention of recent changes and a big announcement. Well, the fact is that we have moved to the U.S. and are currently living in Pennsylvania. We’re discovering a whole new world out here, looking for work, setting up life and getting things moving. But right before we left, we went to Klosters a few times.
Most people who know me know that I really don’t like cheese. It isn’t that the idea is something I don’t like, I actually love the idea and really wish I could like it but the flavor is just beyond me. I love the texture, I love how it looks but the taste and smell are just beyond me. Until know. But first, we’ll paralyze a few taste buds with a wee sip of the good stuff.
So part of being on a budget means cooking at home and since I’ve been home quite a bit more recently I was able to make one of my favorites: Risotto. This rice dish is made with arborio rice and requires quite a bit of attention. The first thing I did was fry up the rice with some great olive oil.
To part ways you first must cross paths with people you want to share the road with. And for us there’s no better place to share time with than Italianni’s. Abundant food, great service and a warm atmosphere. We were able to share another meal the with friends recently and did we ever enjoy it!
The other day I was in the mood for Pasta Amatriciana. Since I’d never made it before, I decided to go ahead and try. It turned up to be real simple! I read several recipes and decided to adapt to my taste.
I should probably start this off with a warning: this is not the quickest recipe in the world but is great for those times when you really want to put together an amazing meal that takes more time than effort.
July 15, 2012: Raúl Rodas has won the World Barista Championship! Congradulations to Raúl and everyone who has supported him in chasing the dream. You can watch a replay of the final round and the announcement here: http://new.livestream.com/worldcoffee/WBC2012finals
So we’ve been on a roll this week! First we churned out the asparagus soup, then we made the spanish tortilla and now we’re making baked wings. So we’ve been trying to eat healthier and we’re finally making quite a bit of progress so I decided to share one of my wife’s favorite meals: wings. You can buy a tray of them at the supermarket and since the oven does all the work, you can make as many as you like! First step is to mix the wings with some olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix them around so they get evenly coated.
It’s a great to be back in the groove of cooking again! For supper, and possibly straining the bounds of our diet, I decided to make a Spanish tortilla (a Spanish style omelette). We really like it because it’s tasty, satisfying, quick and easy to make and it just tastes so good. Don’t sweat, don’t fret, I’m here to guide you step by step. First peel a russet potato (that’s the baking kind) and cut it into cubes. Pour about 2 cm of olive oil and fry the potatoes. You’ll know they’re ready when the turn a delicious golden brown.
So it feels like forever since my last post. We’ve had one computer die on us, another one refuse to revive and thankfully I have my super secret backup which is dragging me towards the light. Dice we’re on a budget lockdown, we’ve been eating at home more and more so today I have a few really easy and delicious recipes for ya!