Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 8 - Evolution Cucumber Salad and Baked Cod Wrapped in Bacon with, Basi

Cookbook - Jamie's Food Revoloution

Tonight I, Jared, was feeling strangely exuberant so I made ‘dos’ dishes. I made some cod with bacon wrapped around it. A fun fact is that bacon is my favorite food. Also, I made some cucumber salad that I only had a bite of because I’m not a big cucumber fan. I do like pickles, though. Pickles have that weird pickle flavor while cucumbers are just crunchy water.

The salad was quite easy to prepare. All you do is skin some cucumbers (from my sister’s school class garden), cut them into bite sized pieces, add olive oil--6 tablespoons to be exact, two tablespoons of lemon juice, a bit of salt and pepper, and last, and definitely least (‘cause I didn’t like it so much), a tablespoon of plain yogurt. It called for chili and mint, but I we didn’t have those so I didn’t add them.

I give it an 1/8 of a thumb up, but everyone else thought it was super good and give it 2 THUMBS UP. My padre said that we should chill it for a while to make it better.

Moving on the the cod. It was super duper yummy because of the bacon, and because of the cod even though this was the first time I’ve ever had cod. I used some basil, but you can use rosemary. You slice it, mix it with olive oil, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, put bacon strips around it and bake for 10 minutes at 475 degrees.

Next time for us, but the first time for you people reading, you should halfway cook the bacon so it’s actually crunchy by the time it’s done cooking. It’ll be very crunchy.

I would give this 1 3/4 THUMBS UP, but my parents and brothers give this 74...I mean, 2, THUMBS UP.

My dad said this was an $18.00 plate entre that you can make in approximately 1/2 hour and for way cheaper than $18.00.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 7 - Potato

also called: Baked Potato Skins with gorgonzola, rocket, and mustard fruit

Dear John,

Today I made so yumalicious potato skins. They when yummy!!! Well..

Bye & Love,

Savannah Curtis

Okay, that was from Dear Jonathan, the movie otherwise know as Dear John. Now I haven't seen that movie but the girl named Sofia, also known as Sophia with a 'ph', really wants to see it. From there I figured that they write letters to each other, hence the name of the movie, and I wrote a letter as seen above.

Now as you might of guessed I, as in Jared, made some potato skins.

It was easy!!

I got a potato, poked holes in it with a fork, and covered it with olive oil.

Then I cooked them at 400 degrees for an hour and then cut them in half, scooped out the insides, and put them into a biggish bowl. Yes, biggish. Mix with cheese and scoop back in!!!

Very yummy if you ask me but if you don't ask me they're still very yummy.

Then you add rocket (if you don't know what that is, don't fell like a loser, I didn't either) but we used oregano and it worked just as good.

So... until next time... (did you notice that I always say that at the end? It's cause I don't know what else to say...). So...until next time...

7 (or 2) THUMBS WAY UP

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 6 : Chocolate Biscuits with Soft Chocolate Centers

From Jamie Oliver's Website

Okay, today, (dramatic pause) I made some very yummy chocolate biscuits!!!

Sorry this post is so late, tonight we went Hobby Lobby, then to Pei Wei (all fresh!), then to Target and it ran late so we got home at like 7:50.

First, let me just say it. I don't love a lot of chocolate. It's too...chocolaty.

But I went for it anyway.

I found the recipe on Jamie Oliver's website. The biscuits I just finished making were chocolaty. I didn't love 'em because of that, but they were pretty good.

Now even though we went to Target and got groceries, my mom didn't get butter so I had to use shortening. I didn't even know what shortening is. And I used Bob's Red Mill GF baking mix instead of flour.

The recipe says the cookies are crumbly and the are. My mom said they'd be great with coffee. Of course she likes anything with coffee.

Here I am rolling out and cutting the dough.

Here they're going into the oven.
Although they were kinda dry, with milk they were great!! I really like the gooey stuff on the inside (which is just chocolate chips).

These were really good and I liked them.

1 1/2 THUMBS UP.

So until next time...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 5 - Evolution Salad and Jam Jar Dressing

Cook book: Jamie's Food Revolution

Okie-dokie. Today me, as in Jared, not Sophia, made a salad. Now I, for one, hate salads, but when I made this blog I vowed to myself that i would try everything that I made, so I tried it.

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I even kinda liked it, and that's really saying something. It was called Evolution Green Salad with JamJar dressing. I made the lemon dressing with was just salt, pepper, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice. I liked it. My mom said it was fresh and light. Everyone liked it.

The salad recipe calls for bacon but its too fatty and we didn't have any so we used ham. We cooked it in a frying pan till it was crispy. It also had parmesan cheese slices. They were good.

Thats about all I gotta say. Until next time...


One and a half thumbs up

Day 4 - Baked Pudding

Cookbook: Jamie's Kitchen

This is probably my favorite dessert I've ever tasted! Ever. Except besides tiramasu (maybe). It has a light fluffiness like tiramasu. It's really creamy. You take a bite into it and there's the gooeyness and fluffiness of it, so it's a really good combination.

You let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes. It stays warm so the outside isn't too hot, but then the warm gooeyness inside kind of spills out.

And actually this recipe itself is gluten free! We didn't have to replace anything. It uses rice flour instead of wheat flour, which was the best part. You do have to be a chocolate lover for this, though.

It wasn't that hard to make, but it is difficult for when you're a beginner because you have to separate the eggs because you need the whites for part and the yolks for part, so it's harder for beginners because if you've never done egg whites before it is difficult.

We also had to do the chocolate and espresso early but we didn't have any ice tray molds so we used an old halloween jello mold which was funny.

We also didn't know if it was supposed to be unsweetened chocolate or not, so we used chocolate chips and eliminated most of the sugar because we figured the sugar in the recipe meant we were supposed to use unsweetened chocolate, but it turned out great.

All in all, I thought if this was judged in a restaurant, it would get 5 stars.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 3 - Classic Tomato Spaghetti

Cookbook: Food Revolution

Jared wasn't here again today. He was over riding bikes with his friend, so I made classic spaghetti from the Food Revolution book.

Me and my mom decided to add our own spin by putting in balsamic vinegar (which my mom loves, and I think is okay), Shitake mushrooms, and fresh oregano from our garden. Well, we really don't have a garden but we have a flower bed that has flowers and oregano, a dead cilantro plant, and a really huge basil plant.

We did two types of pasta.
We did quinoa pasta which is gluten free and really yummy.
And we made regular spaghetti.
This is something I will definitely make again because I liked the homemade sauce and how it tasted. It tasted different than the processed type you buy at the store because you can actually feel the tomato in it and the other ingredients. In the jar sauce it's kind of slimy and has no texture. Feeling the tomatoes is better if you like it chunky. Which I did. The fresh basil is better because you can taste it and it really spreads the flavor and you get a piece of basil in each bite. You get the real natural flavor.

This was very easy to make and very tasty so I think you should try to make it at home.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 2 - Poached Eggs

Cookbook: Food Revolution

Today is Day 2. My brother went to skateboard camp so I made poached eggs, Jamie Oliver's recipe from Food Revolution.

I had no idea what poached eggs would taste like, look like, or even what they were.

What we did to make it was get some water simmering in a flat saucepan.

Crack the eggs into a little bowl. Once the water is simmering, then pour the egg very lightly and gently in one motion then let the egg sit in the water for 2 to 4 minutes.

At first it looked really weird. It separated and looked like hair flowing in the water. But then it looked like a seal formed, like on a hard boiled egg, and then you just take it out. You can have it either runny, or you can have it with a hard yolk.

I made a sandwich for my dad with a poached egg, ham, and toast and he loved it.

Me and my mom had it with an English muffin.

I didn't think I was going to like it because it floated in the water and looked watery, so I thought, "Ew, it doesn't look that great," but then it tasted just like an over easy egg to me. So I really did like it.

I will make it many more times!

Happy Cooking!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 1 - Chicken Chow Mein

Cookbook: Food Revolution

Okay, this evening me and Sophie made some Chicken Chow Mien from the famous Jamie’s Food Revolution cookbook and we made it gluten free. Surprisingly, it was good.

**One quick note - cut the water chestnut in half, it’ll be way better.

If you like chow mien, then you’ll love this. If you don’t like chow mien, then definitely don’t make this.

Now my senses tell me that you might be wondering how we made it gluten free since chow mien is, like, noodles.

I knew it!!

I was right. You want to know!

Well, the answer is simple, my young padawan (that's from star wars in case you didn't know). All you do is use rice noodles instead of wheat noodles. But that's not all. You also need wheat free soy sauce. Call right now and you’ll get one bottle of wheat free soy sauce.


So, yeah. Until next time!!!

Happy cooking!

left- wheat free;

right - with wheat

1 THUMBS UP because we need to find better noodles. The wheat was too mushy and the rice was too thin. We'll do it again, though.

Day 1-Sophie

Hi, my name is Sophie!!! I want to support the Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution because it's better for our country and Jamie Oliver's right, people are dying of obesity and aren't living good lives. I think I can make a huge difference just by helping people become more healthy.

I'm doing this blog with my brother because I think it's a good way for us to become part of the Food Revolution. We're going cook 6 months of Gluten Free food, but we're going use Jamie Oliver's recipes and his ideas about the food revolution.

I hope you follow along and see how we do, and hopefully we will inspire you to cook healthier just like Jamie Oliver inspired us.

Day 1 - Jared

Hey everybody!! I'm Jared. So this is a blog about kids cooking. Me and my sister, Sophie, are going to try to cook something different every day for about 6 months and we're using Jamie Oliver's cookbooks and his food philosophy.

But I'm gluten free. So we're going to have to tweak the recipes a bit.

I want to do this because:
  1. I want to experience some new foods
  2. I'm tired with what I eat. Right now, out of 7 days, I have Mexican food 4 times. I mean, I like Mexican food but after a while it gets old.
  3. I want to support Jamie Oliver's food revolution because Americans have a few issues with their weight and their health. When I first saw the Food Revolution show, I really felt "Empowered by the Eagle" (that's from Nacho Libre, who could thin out with the Food Revolution, too).
  4. It inspired me to really want to help and support what he's doing. So we're doing it, too.
One recipe at a time.