Friday, January 16, 2015

Lunch Week 2: Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice
A really simple yet delicious lunch this week. Honestly, it took me only an hour from start to finish for make about 8-10 servings of this lunch. I took some chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) and sliced them into strips. Then I cleaned and chopped up some vegetables which were onions, red bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, and bok choy. But before you do all that, put the rice on. I use an electric rice cooker which is amazing. It's basically set and forget. While the rice cooks, saute your other ingredients. Start with the chicken and cook through completely. I only season it was soy sauce and sriracha. Then cooked the vegetables. I alternate the soy sauce and sriracha seasoning with the vegetables. The ones that do not get that seasoning just get salt and pepper. This prevents the dish from getting overly salty. I cooked everything separately and then tossed it all together (except for the rice). Again, from all the washing, chopping, and slicing, it only took me about an hour. Not bad. Not bad at all.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Baking: Pizza

So here's a closer look at my contribution to the FBM Holiday Potluck this year. Like I mentioned in the previous post, I participated in a chopped challenge like cook off. We were given a list of ingredients. And from that list, we had to choose 4 out of the 5 and use them in a dish of our choosing.
The ingredients in my basket were beef, cheese, canned soup, winter squash, and pretzels. After thinking about it for awhile, I opted to use all but the pretzels. And then I had to decide how I'd like to showcase the ingredients. I finally ended in choosing pizza.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FBM Holiday Potluck 2014

The Holiday FBM Potluck is always a stunner. And this past year was no different. Just look at the spread below. There was so much food that I couldn't even capture it all in one picture shot.
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Lunch Week 1: Turkey Patties and Potato Au Gratin

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Turkey Patties and Potato Au Gratin
While most people are dieting and trying to keep their new year's resolutions, I'm more concerned about eating well and using up ingredients let from the holidays. In my pantry, I had lots of potatoes and vegetables to be used. I hate throwing things out so instead, I made this week's lunch out of it. With the potatoes, I decided to make them au gratin because I also had leftover milk and cream. With the potatoes, I decided to also make turkey patties to be a bit more healthy. I had ground turkey meat in the freezer and lots of other vegetables like carrots, onions, and celery.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas Dinner 2014

I like entertaining. I really enjoy hosting friends and family. So when the big holidays come around, I'm usually the first to volunteer to host. And my family is happy to give it to me. No cooking or cleaning for them!
Unlike Thanksgiving, I start off the Christmas dinner with a variety of appetizers. I space the appetizers and dinner 2 hours apart so people have time to eat and graze before dinner later on. The spread includes shrimp cocktail, meats and cheeses with accoutrements, nuts, and vegetable crudite with homemade ranch dip. I like providing a variety of meat to cheese to vegetables to seafood with my spreads. It's a good variety that allows everyone to a little something.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Feast of the Seven Fishes 2014

Every year, I like to do something special during the holidays with Mr. M&P and I. We end up spending so much time hosting and seeing family and friends that there isn't much time to devote to ourselves. With that said, years ago, I decided to do a special Feast of the Seven Fishes for just us two. It's just a nice gesture to celebrate another year together. This year, I decided to do an Asian theme for the seven course.
First course, shrimp har gow or crystal dumplings. I chopped up some shrimp with pork fat and bamboo shoots. Then I made wrappers with wheat starch and tapioca starch making a translucent skin when cooked. I added a little bit of cilantro on top for extra flavor and color. These actually turned out to be pretty good but the wrappers were so difficult to work with. Even with my dumpling making skills, I could probably never make these again just because they were really difficult.

As for the taste, I really enjoyed the sweetness of the shrimp with the fattiness of the pork. The bamboo shoots added a nice textural contrast to the softer proteins. The wrapper became slightly chewy but soft.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays Readers!

In the spirit of all that is jolly and bright right now, I'll be taking the rest of the year off from blogging. But don't you fret. I'll still be doing lots of cooking, baking, and eating in the background. So 2015 will still be packed of delicious delights to share with you.

So please enjoy your holidays and new year. May it be filled with delicious memories!

Cheers!
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