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Drum lessons were quite good. Now if only I would practice more regularly. But, I am getting better.

I made some Baklava for a gathering I'm going to this afternoon. I am pleased with it. I cut down on the sugar a bit, I used 3 parts unsalted butter to one part salted butter, and the nuts are a mixture of walnuts, almonds and pistachios (4:2:1 ratio of nuts respectively). I have packed the baklava and it is ready for transport. Done and done! I used clover honey. And I think I prefer using ground cinnamon in the syrup instead of just cinnamon sticks. I may have to try the ol' stick method again later to compare.

I fetched my alcohol and distilled water and mixed 'em up. Yes, that works great as an eye glass cleaner. I have made a bottle up to take to work for when I smudge my glasses there, and soon I'll refill the original bottle of cleaner I got from the optometrist when I purchased my last pair of specs. QED.

Now to go take care of some other things before I head out for the forseeable future.

I hope everyone is having a grand Saturday!
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So, here is how you make the Stuffed Salmon Recipe. For the full instructions, consult this cookbook by Jacques Pepin.

So, the first thing you want to do is make the dough. It's flour, butter, water, a little salt. I forgot to take a picture of this part. But you freeze the flour in advance, keep the unsalted butter chilled. Combine ingredients until just combined, then roll out to an 16x10 size. Fold it three ways like a letter, then roll it out again, then chill for 45 minutes, then repeat. Chill until ready to prepare the dish.

Damn, I'm miffed I didn't photograph this part. Ah well.
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Today's plan features goofing around with the drums and making crab cakes.

In particular, I will be making coconut crab cakes.

Crab Cake Recipe from Food Network )

But I also wanted to try a sweet/spicy sauce to go with these crab cakes as an alternative to the Coconut Basil Mayonnaise. I surfed the net and couldn't quite find a recipe that spoke to me, so I winged this part entirely. We'll see how they go with the cakes later.

Here's what the experimental sauce consists of:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 mango, pureed
1 jalapeno pepper, pureed
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon shredded coconut

So, I pureed the pepper and mango together, then mixed all the other incredients together with the puree in a saucepan and boiled it for about 15-20 minutes until the sauce was thickened. When I tasted it, I had the desired sweet 'n heat combo I was looking for. The spice isn't overpowering, in my opinion.

I'll actually make the crab cakes later on. If the band gets together tonight, I'm bringing that. If we don't, guess who has a lot of crab cakes at her house?

Baklava!

May. 28th, 2006 06:07 pm
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I'm going to a bbq party tonight. Since booze and meat will be plentiful, I've decided that nuts and phyllo dough need to be added to the mix.

Baklava is actually quite easy, albeit a tad time consuming.
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I managed to get some sorting out of my study. I got rid of a trash baggy of stuff I no longer need to keep. I need to do more, but it's a start. I also measured out the area I want to reorganize.

Rambling on study reorganization )

In other news, I made Cook's Illustrated's Potsticker recipe. They were quite good. I need to perfect the amount of water required for steaming however...that or work on the temperature during steaming. I also became a little more proficient on my stuff 'n wrap dexterity. Their dipping sauce is tasty, too, though I didn't put in the sesame oil, since I forgot to buy some. Still, it was nummy. I froze some uncooked potstickers for another time.

After my Potsticker hijinx, I watched North Country. It was like Erin Brockovich with the accents from Fargo. Charlize was good, but I think Reese still deserved the Oscar she won for Best Actress. Reese was destined for an Oscar since Freeway.

I don't think I commented on Battlestar Galactica's season Finale. I loved it. Especially all the bad hair. We didn't see what happened to the bitter "They killed my baby!" Sharon, yet, But Hilo was still around. And yet Number 6 and New Sharon are now on New Caprica. I shall speculate some things I think will occur:
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Well, I gotta go get ready for work, so enough of my yackin'.
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Today's activities:

  • went to my drum lesson.

  • Made some rather spicy turkey chili with black beans and pinto beans for tomorrow's game at [livejournal.com profile] rpmiller's domicile. [livejournal.com profile] patricks will be GM-ing.

  • Sundry housecleaning and chores.

  • Made corn muffins to go with chili.

  • Tested chili and proceeded to prompt a full scale evacuation of my sinus cavity.

  • Watched Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I enjoyed it. Definitely a cute date movie.

  • Did a little mini-spa action: facial mask, bath in rose bath salts.

  • Watched Elektra. God, what a turkey. If Jennifer Garner wasn't so cute...



All in all, a grand day.
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When I need to use a recipe that requires milk, and all I have or want to use is soy:

Use to Replace Milk

* soy milk
* nut milk (made from almonds)
* rice milk (sweeter than soy milk) in baked goods, curries, and lighter cream soups and sauces
* oat milk or mixed-grain milk in baked goods, curries, and lighter cream soups and sauces

Use to Replace Buttermilk

* 1 cup plain non-dairy milk (soy, nut, rice, oat, or mixed grain milk) + 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
* 1/4 cup silken tofu + 3/4 cup water + 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar + pinch of salt (blended together)

Use to Replace Cheese

* soy cheese
* soft tofu + a dash of lemon juice instead of cottage or ricotta cheese in dips, sauces, smoothies, and pies
* smoked tofu instead of provolone and mozzarella
* oil-cured black olives instead of Parmesan or Romano cheese
* nutritional yeast flakes

Use to Replace Butter (in recipes)

* soy margarine
* 7/8 cup canola or corn oil = 1 cup butter

Acquired from here.
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I like listening to Robert Earl Keen's "The Front Porch Song" followed by Lyle Lovett's "This Old Porch". I imagine their days as roommates were pretty darn hilarious.

I am proud of my mad prepping skillz, yo. I will make a German Apple Pancake for tomorrow's potluck. In order to make sure my cooking goes quickly tomorrow, I have prepared the wet and dry ingredients and set aside. I'll just need to chop and cook the apples, mix the dry and wet ingredients, and toss it on a platter and head to work. I have also made a caramel sauce to go with it.

I made some acquisitions at Best Buy tonight: Fiona Apple's latest CD, and a Green Day concert cd.

Work was productive. I had a scare when a motherboard swap did not go as smoothly as planned. I had to assemble and reassemble that computer three times. I'm not sure what the problem was, I didn't really do anything differently, but the third time was the charm.

Tomorrow night is wine tasting, and preparation for the cakes I'll be making for a friend's party on Saturday. I'm thinking of a spice cake and a regular vanilla-esque cake. Word on the street is that my friend is not a fan of chocolate.

I have been goofing off with the Sims 2 again. Time to quit that and get back to music.

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