Sunday, 29 September 2013

Recipe Challenge Update

So, as you know I started a recipe challenge a few weeks ago, where I picked a bunch of recipes out of a cookbook to test how good the recipes are and grow my skill level.

It's been going good so far. I picked a few new recipes to add to my weekly line up and some of them have been very successful and some of them not so much. I have crossed of the recipes that I have made so far.

My Recipe List:
1. Baba Ghanoush
2. Naan Bread with Mango Chutney
3. Sweet and Sour Chicken Salad
4. Noodle Salad with Meat and Nuts
5. Tandoori Chicken Kebabs with Raita
6. Samosas
7. Beef with Black Beans
8. Lamb Biryani
9. Asian Noodles with Pork
10. Caribbean Coconut Chicken Nuggets
11. Baked Cod with Potatoes, Olives and Tomatoes
12. Paella
13. Brazilian Fish Stew
14. Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
15. Russian Cheesecake
16. Chocolate Souffle
17. Cherry Clafouti
18. Rhubarb and Apple Tart Tatin
19. Mississippi Mud Cake
20. Chocolate Madeleines

Recipe Reviews
Baba Ghanoush - easy to make and tasted good but not as good as my favourite store brand.
{Sorry I forgot to take a picture.}

Lamb Biryani- was a flop. I followed the recipe and in the end it had little flavour. The spices must have gotten lost in all the rice the recipe calls for. I also found out I do not like lamb (tastes a little too musky for me). I think I will leave this recipes up to the experts.

Brazilian Fish Stew - was awesome! It was easy to make. The coconut milk mixed with the red curry, cod, potatoes, carrots and spinach was incredible.  The dish had just the right amount of heat and wasn't too fishy. I would make this one again.

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni- Easy to make. I did cheat a little in that I used fresh, flat lasagna sheets instead of cannelloni shells because it makes it easier to stuff. You just spread the mixture out in a line and then roll. I also cut the lasagna sheets in half as to have the right proportion of pasta to filling. My family loved it so it is a definite remake and it freezes beautifully.

Chocolate Souffle - In choosing this recipe, I knew this recipe would definitely challenge my skills. The souffle tasted really good but it did not come out like the picture in the cookbook. Since this was my first time trying a souffle I felt like the recipe should have gone into more details for each step (ie. if you can use a hand mixer to whip the egg whites into stiff peaks or by hand.) I will try this dessert again (because I love chocolate and I want to figure this dish out) but with a different recipe that has more details.

Cherry Clafouti- So delicious! It was a dream to make. Since it is no longer cherry season, I had to make the dessert with frozen cherries and it still turned out great. Definitely making this recipe for my next dinner party.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Fall 2013 - Shopping List

As my magazines subscriptions arrive, I am getting more excited for fall. Here are some of them.

Fall 2013 - Shopping List shoes / Topshop leggings /  Zara handbag / Jade Jagger earrings  / 
Michael Kors watch / Essie nail polish

Friday, 13 September 2013

Trying Adobe Photoshop Elements 11

Since I can remember, I have always gotten a giddy feeling every time I buy new piece of technology {ie. new computer, I Pod, or cell phone} or software. I am not too sure what it is that causes my giddiness, maybe it's installing something and getting it to work or that I get to try out something new.

I ordered Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 this week and  was so excited for it to arrive. I must have checked the online order status a million times. Thankfully, I only had to wait two days.

I have been looking for something to edit my photos that is quick and easy to learn because nap time really flys by when you are editing. I heard that a lot of people like Photoshop Elements for editing photos for both blog and home use so I thought I would give it a try.

The program was super easy to install onto my computer. The only thing is that I wished it came with a paper "how to" book instead of having to look everything up on the internet. {I am paper person, meaning I love the feel of a book in my hand that I can highlight and make notes on the pages.}

I can't wait to get started and share some of my pictures with you.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Recipe Challenge: Caribbean Coconut Chicken Nuggets

The first recipe I tried on my recipe challenge is Caribbean Coconut Chicken Nuggets from the cookbook "Food Lovers: Round the World Cookbook". I chose this recipe for two simple reasons:  I needed something quick for my son's lunches and chicken breasts were on sale (The Chief Purchasing Officer of our family {That's Me} likes to stay on our weekly budget).

The chicken nuggets were easy, quick and healthy to make. The recipe called for frying the chicken nuggets but I baked them to make them a little more healthier. My 2 year old gobbled them up. I had extra nuggets so froze the remaining nuggets in freezer bags of 10 {what I thought a serving size for 2-3 would be}.

We enjoyed the nuggets a few days later. We simply pulled the nuggets out of freezer and heat up in a frying pan with a little olive oil. They keep in the freezer very well and were just as tasty as the first time I made them.

I give this modified {baking not frying} version of the recipe two thumbs up.  
Caribbean Coconut Chicken Nuggets 
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