Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 43 - Lovely Lemony Curdy Pud, aka Lemon Pudding

Hello my fellow people! Today we made Lovely Lemony Curdy Pud, which is really like a lemon souffle. We think.

We chose this today because we were in Granbury for the whole day because my grandparents got a lake house and they're remodeling it and we wanted to see it, so we did. What we did at the lake house was walk around their neighborhood, looked through the canal, met some people. We had to watch out for nails on the staircase and in the rooms. I like the outside of the house. I'm not quite sure what the inside will look like yet, but I think it's going to be awesome.

It's going to be so super cool.

That took part of the day, then we went to the Granbury Square where there was a Pirate Festival going on. It was pretty cool because they have a tea house, an art studio, a cooking supply shop, a playhouse, and a fabric shop! I LOVED the place.

We also went to out to lunch at a bbq place, and we had ice cream, and we walked around a lot, so we didn't really want to make a dinner tonight. So we decided to make this Lovely Lemon Pud because my mom found the recipe and Jamie says it's, "Dead easy," and my mom didn't want to help us make anything super big, so we decided this would good.

It was semi 'dead easy'. You actually have to mix two different things. You have to mix butter, sugar, lemon zest, flour (we used GF Red Mills), milk, lemon juice, and egg yolks.

And then you have to blend egg whites which is annoying because if you get one little strand of yolk in it the whole thing doesn't get fluffy.

But this was my first time when that didn't happen! 25 thumbs up for me!!

The egg whites got super fluffy, I mixed in the rest of it, and it made an awesome looking kind of fluffy looking mixture that is now cooking.

I'll be back in one hour to say how it tasted. Stay tuned.

Here it is, done.  It separated...pudding at the bottom, cakey stuff at the top. It was pretty good to me.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 42 - Mexican Bean Wrap

My mother and father had a staff party 'cause my dad works at a school. He wanted to thank the teachers by throwing a party. So my mom had already made beans, the cilantro rice, and some chicken. There were about 40 people coming, so we had to make a lot of food.

Jared helped a little

We still had to make our recipe for the day. We had no idea what to make but we wanted it to be Mexican food. My brother Jared was playing a game. He's addicted to it, says my brother, AJ. And so I had to make the recipe.

My mother found the recipe on Jamie Online. I was able to use beans, corn tortillas, our chicken, and cheese.

Mashing Beans

It was kind of like a fancy quesadilla, in a way, because you sprinkle the cheese on, add your mashed up beans, chicken. You do this on one side of the tortilla and fold it in half.

Then you flip it over with a spatula and let that cook for a few minutes.

It was good. 2 THUMBS UP! But it could have used a little more cheese.

This was another day from Sophie, the Cooking Girl, seen on Fox 4, channel 9!!!

Oh! Jamie Oliver is having a news letter, and we're going to be in it! We'll post it, but tell people! Take the challenge!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 41 - Pot Roast Meatloaf

Cookbook - Jamie's Food Revolution

This is Jared.  I'm writing the post tonight because it's 9:30 and Sophie went to bed before writing it, so even though I did practically nothing with dinner,  I am writing the post.  Actually my mom is writing it, I am dictating and taking the credit, so it's all okay.

I don't really know what we did so I'm just going to wing it.  I think Sophie cut up some onions and stuff.  

Then she mixed it with the meat and formed it into a loaf.  

Sophie got to use the very cool meat tenderizer to smash crackers.

Then she baked it.  She, like, put tomatoes, and something else in a pan and cooked it, then put on the meat when it was cooked, then baked it for another 5 minutes or so.

Oh yeah!  I forgot!  They added bacon to it and that was probably the best part of the whole dish because bacon is my life.  Not really, but I love bacon.

The meatloaf was pretty good.  I enjoyed it.  With ketchup.

1 1/2 THUMBS UP, but Sophie would give it 2 THUMBS UP if she was awake.

Good night!  Jared.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 40 - Chargrilled Asparagus

My mother went to a goat farm today because she's writing this awesome new book. It's a mystery and there's a woman who talks to goats (she's called a goat whisperer) and then there's this woman named Harlow Cassidy and she's a fashion designer, so, yeah. She went to a goat farm to learn about goats and she came home with two containers of goat cheese.

This is the goat cheese from Latte Da Dairy Farm

Those two containers were full of Mango Tango goat cheese and an herb goat cheese. The recipe we did was so we could use the goat cheese, which didn't work out so great.

It was supposed to be hard goat cheese,
but we used the soft goat cheese and it got all melty

Me, my brother, my mom, my dad, and my mom's friend tried the cheese. Of course my mom and her friend liked it okay, but me, Jared, and my dad didn't. I liked the mango one better because it wasn't as strong. It would be good on a bagel because it was light and creamy. Almost like a cream cheese.

Back to the recipe. We did chargrilled asparagus. There was one thing in it that we didn't know what it was so we used bell peppers instead. And since we didn't like the goat cheese, we used fresh mozzarella instead. I'm not a big fan of asparagus so I just ate some and I thought it was only 1/2 to 1 THUMB.

I didn't try the bell pepper.

Today was not such a good cooking day. But it's day 40 and we're bound to have some mess ups and things we don't like, but we keep going!

Oh, we also made BLTs with avocado to go with our veggies and they were great!

And that's another day with Sophie, the cooking girl!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 39 - Salsa

Cookbook - Jamie's Food Revolution

Today was pretty good. To top it off, I made some super good salsa. Salsa is so easy to make. Extremely. It's probably the easiest thing we've ever made. And that's really saying something because we've made a lot of easy things.

All you do is chop together a clove of garlic, some green onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and chile (which we didn't use). Do this really finely, and I'm getting really good at chopping things finely, in my opinion.

I think my chopping skills are getting better. I'm quite happy about that because that's cool because now I can become a better chef.

Put it into a bowl after it's all finely chopped together. Put in some salt and pepper, and mix it. Squeeze in some lime. And then you're done.

We made some really good tacos tonight and my mom's really good rice recipe. It's SO good that Jamie Oliver should add it in his next book. The rice is good because it's made with love...and chicken broth. And it tastes really good. Tomatoey.

The tacos have potatoes and carrots and ground beef all cooked together.

Bam! You have a super good meal. One of my absolute favorites.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 38 - Fish Cakes

Today was the first day of school and it was okay. I have pretty good teachers and everything, but I'm sad because this school thing is really going to make it harder for us to cook because we have to balance our homework and stuff.

But I'm going to do my best. I found a couple of easy recipes for emergencies like when we don't have enough time to cook something big.

Tonight we made fish cakes.

Now I know it sounds really kind of weird, but it looks pretty good. It's basically like a potato biscuit with fish in it. It was medium-ish to make in difficultly. We peeled and chopped potatoes and put them in salted, boiling water. Then when they're halfway cooked, you put the fish in a colander and steam it.

We used tilapia, but the recipe called for salmon.

Once they're both done, you mash them together, add egg, parsley, flour (we used gluten free, of course), and lemon zest. Jamie sure does like his lemon zest.

Then you make it into patty shapes.

Next you get a frying pan that's hot, put olive oil in it, and basically fry them. Ta da, you have successfully made some fish cakes.

Everyone LOVED these.
Jared said: "These are the best things EVER."
Sophie said, "Yummy!"

PS: We also made Gluten Free biscuits to go with our fish cakes.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 37 - Gluten Free Monkey Bread

We have brunch at my aunt and uncle's every once in a while. The whole family comes, most of the time. Something they always make is this thing called Monkey Bread. It's this dough rolled in balls with a carmel topping. It's very sweet, very good, and addicting. Every time we go, it's gone in fifteen minutes. Not surprising with 9 cousins and 8 adults.

The Monkey Bread is made out of biscuits (from the refrigerator section at the store), so which means Jared, of course, can't have it because, of course, it has wheat in it.

And so it's torture for Jared every time. He's like, "Errr, I wanna eat it, I wanna eat it."

Today it was brunch again, so Jared said, "Mom you gotta look up a gluten free Monkey Bread recipe," and so she did. And there was something about it on Jamie Oliver's website! Not quite one of his recipes, but my mom said this would be okay, just for today.

We started at 8:00 this morning. We used a packaged gluten free bread mix which you can buy at Kroger, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Central Market, and probably other places. We got ours at Sprouts. It was Hodgson Mill bread mix.

My mom made the mix with the bread machine because me and my little brother were watching a show and it was early. So when that was done, my mom called me over to make little balls out of the dough for the monkey bread.

First I melted 1/2 stick of butter. Then I mixed sugar with cinnamon, quite a lot of cinnamon you will need. Then what you do is make the dough into balls.

They don't have to be perfect since you just have to go into a little dish. The dough was very dough-y-ish. It was very, very sticky. We just kind of set it in the butter, and then you plop it into the cinnamon sugar, and then you roll it around, then you drop it into a bundt pan.

Then you let it rise and then bake it for 45 minutes and then you let it sit for 5 minutes. It'll still be warm.

Then you enjoy!

I thought this was gluten free Monkey Bread was delicious. This and the regular Monkey Bread tasted pretty similar. Jared thought it was really sweet, but it's nothing compared to the Monkey Bread that my aunt makes.

That one is a lot more sweet. My older brother has been attacking it all day. He loved it. So did my dad.

2 THUMBS UP and now Jared has Monkey Bread!