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Okay, so I lied. . .

5 Mar

Not too long ago, well okay – a month ago today, I wrote a post titled Traditional Turkish Cooking and talked about attempting to cook traditional foods everyday (or every other day).  Clearly, I lied.  I have made absolutely no effort, whatsoever, to cook Turkish foods.  I’m not entirely sure why.  I’m still very interested in attempting it but I’ve just been so side tracked by cooking with zucchini, quinoa and Asian vegetables and sauces that Turkish food just isn’t a priority.  So I am writing this as a reminder, mainly to myself, that I will attempt different recipes at least once a week.  I’m not promising any photographs or recipes, unless of course I succeed and am proud of what I’ve cooked.  Heck, I may not even mention I’ve attempted cooking something if it turns out absurdly awful.

There are two reasons why I may not even mention the failed attempts, should they happen.  Number one, I feel like I would be failing my ancestors should I fail.  I’d feel as though cooking certain foods should just come to me, naturally.  Yes, I do realize how crazy that sounds.  Try not to judge too harshly!  Number two, well, I’ll probably try the recipe again till I succeed, in which case I will go on to write about the win rather than the lose.  I’m a perfectionist and have a hard time giving up on things.  Especially things that I am passionate about.

As you can see, I’m trying not to give up on this.  Trying is the key word here :).

Sweet dreams, good morning, hello/goodbye.

-D

PS

The two tables I am refinishing (dining room table as well as coffee table) should be done within the next two weeks, I’m hoping.  I reiterate, I never thought refinishing was so tedious.  Stay tuned for pictures of all the refinishing projects!

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Traditional Turkish cooking

5 Feb

The next few weeks, rather than solely focusing on baking, I’ll be delving more into the world of cooking. Cooking that my mum and the women of my family know by heart. Cooking I have no idea how to do.

Stay tuned. This should be interesting.

-Denise

Creative outlet!

2 Feb
What have I been up to the past couple of days??  I feel like I haven’t written in eons.  Which I know is completely untrue but it just feels that way.  No judging, kay?  My couple of days have consisted of absolutely nothing really, aside from feeling ill.  Ill due to homework and headaches, which I haven’t really had in while.  I guess it was about time.I’ve realized something though.  Going a couple of days without cooking or baking kills me.  Accounting isn’t a creative course, it’s a straight forward balanced out course (with a few grey areas).  So where do I let out my thoughts and creativity?  Aside from this mini-blog, I cook and I bake.  As well as a couple of DIY things I have going on.  BUT —when I don’t do anything creative for a couple of days, I’m not myself.  I’m grumpy and mean.

In order to save some of my friends from a whiny bitch fest, I decided to bake.  I swear, I did it for my friends, no one else!  Just kidding.  Clearly, I needed a way to get some “colour” into my life, the bleak black and white world of accounting and business math just wasn’t cutting it for me.

Rather than baking a cake, or the miniature kind I adore OH SO MUCH (cupcakes, if you didn’t get it;)).  I decided to bake muffins.  It’s been years and years since I’ve baked muffins.  Shocking.

I decided to go with something different, not typical blueberry muffins that I tend to run towards, but instead, cinnamon muffins with a sugary glaze topped with walnut scraps.  They sound good, eh?  I thought so too.

Keep reading for the up-coming recipe and pictures :).

-D

eggs IN toast.

31 Jan

I woke up this morning, feeling kind of….grumpy.  All I’ve done lately is school, school, school.  Aside from baking. But things just seem very, boring?  Yeah, I’d say that’s the right word.  Boring.  Maybe even repetitive.

So, I thought I’d change it up a little bit.  I’m not morning food person.  Actually, that could almost be deemed a lie.  I love pancakes and waffles and bowls of delicious fruit, even oatmeal.  Not bland oatmeal, oatmeal with maple syrup and brown sugar, or apple cinnamon.  Mmm.  However, when it comes to eggs and cereal.  I gag.  I don’t know why, but eggs, especially eggs, make me want to throw up.  I don’t mind so much if they’re covered in stuff to the point that I can’t taste that gross eggy taste, but if they’re not.  Gross.

You’re probably thinking “Okay?  I swear I see eggs in the picture….”.  Well, you do.  I was reading a blog last night, in bed, when I ended up coming across a woman around my age saying she used to hate eggs, but she decided to give them another shot.  In my mind I was thinking, “Oh my!  How bold of her!!!” (no sarcasm!!).  It made me realize that I haven’t had eggs in years.  And if she could do it, so could I!

Yeah, …no.  I made myself eggs and toast.  Eggs IN toast.  I made them all pretty, cut out stars in each and even topped them off with salt, pepper and feta.  They looked good and I was excited!

Big mistake.  Gag gag gag.  I’m not an egg person.  I cannot do it.  I can’t venture out of my comfort zone, which I thought I could do.  I like trying different things, different foods, different drinks.  Eggs are just not my thing.

If you have any suggestions on how I could POSSIBLY become an egg enthusiast, let me know.  Otherwise…

Forever an egg hater,
-D

PS
I did finish one whole piece of egg in toast.  Just to let you know:).

A quick and easy brunch, lunch or dinner

23 Jan

I’ve realized lately that I don’t cook much at home.  When I’m not studying, I’m usually out and about and always grab something to eat at a restaurant or something of the sort.  And when I am studying…well I usually just snack on almonds or popcorn, and tons of coffee.  I figured, I should start to change that nasty habit of mine.

While going through some recipes on a couple of websites -which I’ll list at the end- I decided to make quiche.  I’ve never made quiche before.  After deciding that, I had no idea what would be the “best” recipe.  What I did know is that I wanted to combine a couple of ingredients.  So rather than following one specific recipe I kind of did my own thing :).

The Recipe:

12 tablespoons  bread crumbs
1 cup diced up honey ham
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup spinach leaves (or 6 or so leaves)
1/3 cup green pepper
4 large eggs, 2 egg whites
2 tablespoons chopped onion (you could use green onion too, if you so choose)
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375°degrees

Spray bottom and sides of cupcake pan with olive oil and sprinkle each cup with one tablespoon bread crumbs (crust for the quiche!).  Gently shake so that it is evenly distributed.

Place ham, green peppers, spinach and cheese into each cup.  I made some with just ham, spinach and cheese and others with everything.  The cupcake pan is perfect!

In a medium bowl beat eggs and egg whites, continue by beating in the cream, milk, salt & pepper, dijon and onion.  You may choose to put the cheese into this mixture rather than in the individual cups, however I chose not to and it turned out fantastic.

Bake for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, or until they are firm.

A great dinner with a side of salad!!  Healthy too:)  Well, somewhat.