Monday, May 7, 2012

Food and Books

Well, while the original experiment with my roommate with the allergies has ended, I'm still cooking, quite happily.

I always seem to have an abundance of parsley around - the fresh stuff. And I'll blame this on The Hunger Games.

See, my roommate and I who still cook together stumbled upon this recipe for rabbit stew in The Unofficial Hunger Games cookbook, and it calls for fresh parsley, but not much.

But, then there are the rolls. Now this was originally a pot pie topping, but they make great rolls by themselves:

2 cups Self Rising Flour
1 cup softened butter
1 cup sour cream (give or take a little)
1 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp fresh herbs

Mix thoroughly - it will still be slightly sticky - and put on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for about 10-20 minutes, or until golden brown and delicious.

But this still leaves me with way too much parsley. I found a pasta and white sauce recipe that I can drown a cup of it in, hopefully that will be enough!


Okay so this recipe here: with some elk sausage mixed in was wonderful! I added a dash of white wine and it was wonderful! I don't recommend adding any salt, especially with the sausage.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pork Roast: 18 hours later

Pork roasts are versatile. Using the most basic of seasonings, they can turn into a wide variety of dishes.

Toss a couple of onions and potatoes into the slow cooker as well, and it can easily become a very hearty meal for a week.

Now, notice I mention slow cooker. This usually takes about 4-6 hours for a 3 pound roast, on low. 4-6 hours. Not 18.

Yes, we had a pork roast that sat in the slow cooker on low for 18 hours. Parts were burnt. Thankfully it wasn't on high, lest it all be burnt.

It wasn't bad, just a little dry.

I managed to rescue it with salsa and a can of diced tomatoes. I pulled the pork apart with a pair of forks, tossed it (with its juices that were in the slow cooker) into a skillet with part of a jar of salsa and a can of diced tomatoes.

Simmered it all on low for about an hour, (lid off) and the pork was no longer dry! We plan on turning it into yummy enchiladas.

In the end, it turned out all right, but seriously. Don't leave a pork roast in a slow cooker for 18 hours.

If anyone was wondering, I didn't survive the zombie apocalypse. I was turned turing my attempt to get rescued! I then nommed a human in revenge.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Food During a Zombie Apocalypse Day 6 - Zombie Nutrition

I am still alive, but I wanted to talk more about zombie food.

I touched on how brains are a sometimes food for zombies.

Brains are popular, but they are in scarce supply and only getting scarcer as more and more humans are eaten for food. Don't let them go to waste, for sure, but they should only supplement your diet, not be the entirety of it.

Look at the various bits of flesh and see how you can adapt them to more conventional recipes.

Keep in mind that there are only half the number of humans left. What happens when all the humans are gone? You're going to want to start thinking about alternate food sources!

Pigs supposedly taste like humans - but will they support the false life that zombies have?

Tomorrow is the last showdown! One last hurrah to try and get the remaining humans out. Good luck to all of my fellow humans who must brave the zombie horde today. I will see you tomorrow - or not!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Food during a Zombie Apocalypse - Day 3

I hunkered down yesterday in my stronghold, avoiding all zombies. Instead, I made yummy food!

I made Greek, it turned out all right. Used chicken sausage because that's about all that's available in non preserved, non Italian form. I highly recommend using a heavier meat than that though. The chicken was yummy but the flavor didn't stand out.

A slightly spicy sausage would also go well with it, the cream sauce turned out very light and yummy. Feta was also a very good garnish cheese.

As a zombie apocalypse food, it's very good for early in the stages - helps use up some of the perishable foods like cream and sausage, and provides slow release energy in the form of carbs.

Zombies could also enjoy this dish, possibly with a nice human thigh or liver. Brains are a sometimes food, didn't you know?

Speaking of the zombie apocalypse, the humans were able to slaughter a huge number of zombies last night, pushing the numbers low enough for them not to be a concern until about midday today.

And today I'm going to run away to the other side of the state where the zombies have yet to get to (they don't do well crossing mountains).

Yesterday's update never came because I was swamped with homework, sorry!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Food During a Zombie Apocalypse - Day 1

So it's day one of the zombie apocalypse. All you need is a little common sense and a nerf blaster, right?

Not really.

How do you expect to eat? Where are you getting food from? Dining halls are death traps. As are any food selling locations.

Little known fact: Zombies only hunt between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Evolutionarily speaking, it doesn't make sense for them to try and hunt when there are times of little food. Kind of like how polar bears hibernate.

So how do you use this to your advantage? Avoid *becoming* zombie food by talking to a veteran human. Learn what "camping" and "building hopping" are and how to use them to your advantage.

Building Hopping - moving between one building and another without spending too much time outside to minimize zombie food possiblities.

Camping - staying in one building for long periods of time (sometimes till the zombies stop hunting for the day) to avoid exposure risk

Sack lunches are your FRIENDS. Those combined with camping work really really well!

I'll update this post again at the end of the day to tell any horror stories trying to get to class!


So I survived! Day one is done! I only shot 1 zombie, and only saw 2 where they could have gotten me. Stay tuned tomorrow for zombie cooking tips!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gyros & Tzatziki

Now that my finger is healed up (for the most part) I'm back to using the blender (at least, the food processor attachment).

As a fan of gyros and doner kebabs, I decided to make some for my roommates. The recipe for the meat was pretty easy (I used Alton Brown's recipe) though finding a regular (not non-stick!) loaf pan proved futile. Pyrex makes a very nice glass thing that is vaguely loaf-pan shaped.

I managed to not get my finger caught in the food processor, and managed to puree two pounds of lamb in about 4 batches in a tiny food processor attachment to the stick blender.

Keep in mind that onions hate being processed even more than they hate being chopped. Onions usually don't bother me much. My eyes will water but what ever. However, when I ran that thing through the food processor, I had tears streaming down my face. I was about ready to get out my roommate's chemistry goggles that she uses to chop onions!

The fun (and yummy!) part is always the tzatziki. I don't use Alton Brown's recipe, I think that it's overly complicated. Really, you only need greek yogurt (or regular yogurt that has had the water drained out) a cucumber, garlic, and dill.

Remove the seeds from the cucumber and salt heavily, cut side down. Mince the garlic (as much as you'd like) and mix it and the dill into the yogurt.

Rinse the cucumber and chop it up, and then mix the pieces into the yogurt. Viola! Tzatziki!

Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and crumbled feta all go well for people to make their own gyros with!


So it ended up more of a meatloaf consistency than a gyros meat consistency. Very very yummy, but it didn't congeal right. If you can, do it on a rotisserie. If not, pan fry the meatloaf like bits and it works just fine, even if it's not long juicy strips like you get from the doner kebab stands!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Battle of the Blender

So, I was going to update a few days ago (my roommates were moving in, it was nuts!) but I managed to get my finger caught in a blender and couldn't type.

I learned some important lessons when trying to make hummus:

Hummus should not be made with a stick blender, they jam... (The blender was not ON when I stuck my finger in there, I promise. I'm not that stupid.) Preferably with a food processor.

Don't cook with sharp things when you're overly tired.

Hummus with blood is not yummy.

If you've stuck your finger in a blender and don't make any noise, your roommate is going to assume you're making smoothies with red berries until you explain.

Did you know that low blood pressure can make you lose sight AND hearing?

ALSO! This kitchen has become blood thirsty. My roommate cut her finger while washing a knife a couple of days after I tried to blend my finger.

Anyway, I will have a real update soon. The tip of my finger hurts and so it's hard to type. (Left index, no it didn't require stitches).