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14 October 2008 @ 12:44 am
Food Blog #1  
So in the never-ending quest to express myself creatively, I've taken a big interest in cooking. Since I'm home all day and my mom gets home from work at five, I've started making dinner to be ready for her when she gets home. Since I'm not sure where else to put it, I've decided to use this as my food-blog journal, to keep track of the recipes I come up with :) Feel free to ignore them, its more for my personal record than anything else.

Monday, October 6th, 2008:

We had pork chops to cook with on monday, and since I'd never cooked pork chops before I wasn't quite sure what to do. I decided to use my knowledge of steak as a safe estimate. I marinated the pork in a sauce I developed on the spot, including the following ingredients (measurements are approximated):

1/4 cup Pinot Grigio (White Wine)
1/4 cup Red Wine (some cheap brand)
1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Honey
1/2 Hot bell pepper
1 Tsp. Tobasco sauce
1 Tbsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Spike (Salt substitute)
Small handful of Black Pepper seeds

I marinated the pork chops for about two hours, tenderizing them beforehand to soften their texture. I cooked the pork chops on a low heat for about 30 minutes, using a cast-iron pan with grill-lines. I only turned it three times, giving it ten minutes on each side (approximately). When it was finished I garnished a plate with a mixture of brown sugar, white sugar, and salt, plating the pork chop over the garnish and spooning out a serving of sweet rice to finish it off. (We had no vegetables so there weren't any to serve with it).

I'm really happy with how it turned out! I usually don't like pork chops, but I was very proud of the meal :)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008:

For Tuesday we had a pack of nine organic hotdogs to have dinner with. Initially my mom had the idea of beans and wieners, but I thought that'd be kind of boring so I wanted to stretch my comfort zone a bit. I decided to make three different types of hotdogs.

First I took (I think) six hotdogs and slized them horizontally to create hotdog strips. The end pieces I used to simply grill on the same cast-iron pan as monday night, until they were crispy. The middle slices I cut in half and covered in a mixture of flour, brown sugar, white sugar, and salt and then deep-fried them for about 5 minutes to make hotdog chips.

I took four more hotdogs and marinated them in the same sauce from monday night for about 30 minutes, giving them a sweet and tangy taste and then grilled them the same way I had the first set of hotdogs.

To create the sauce, I used the leftover marinating sauce from monday night and added about 1 1/2 cup ketchup, a tbsp. red wine, 1 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp. honey, and about a cup of the flour/brown sugar/white sugar/salt mixture. (Oh and a dab of tobasco sauce and pepper seeds). I poured the sauce into the two small glass cups and placed the sliced and grilled hotdogs in that. Then I quickly mixed together some boiled baby carrots, corn, with salt, pepper, spike, and a piece of hot bell pepper. And that's about it!

Oh and with the meal I also made a drink made out of milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and sugar, to contrast the saltiness of the meal. It was very refreshing!

Both meals were pretty good, though I was happier with the porkchops than I was the hotdogs. Tomorrow we'll be working with chicken :)