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XiaoSiobhan


XiaoSiobhan
 
Home Town: Irving, Texas, USA
Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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My robot army will protect me
About this Cook
My cooking is like comedy- it's usually good, but when it's bad, it's really bad. I'm a college student and I live at a co-op with 120 other people. That means I have access to a restaurant-quality kitchen and a wide array of ingredients. Plus, if I "make enough for everyone", I don't have to pay for my Saturday night culinary experiments directly out of my own pocket. It's like having a giant toy. Envy me.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy the challenge of coming to a poorly-stocked pantry and making a tasty meal. I love cooking Indian food- I can't think of anything that can be made in huge batches and taste as good as Indian food does. And that includes soup and spaghetti.
My cooking triumphs
JalapeƱo brownies. They sound weird, but they taste so good.
My cooking tragedies
I had a recipe for sweet potato pancakes and I had never used it before. I don't know what happened, but the pancakes came out sour, burnt on the outside and liquid on the inside. That wouldn't have been so bad, but I had fed it to about ten people before I finally got around to tasting it.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Giblet Gravy II
I'm not a gravy person but you can't have Thanksgiving turkey without gravy, you'd have a riot on your hands! However, this recipe was quite tasty and super easy. Even my stepmom who hates organ meat liked it. I made stock from the giblets and then pureed the stock and giblets before mixing them into the roux. I didn't find it to be too bland but then again I used tons of garlic in my turkey brine and my stock was well-seasoned.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2008
Thai Pumpkin Soup
Delicious. The basil is absolutely what makes this dish work. Ended up chopping up the entire stalk of lemongrass and throwing in some ginger and extra garlic as the soup's flavor was a little on the bland side, although that might have been because I used a red bell pepper since I live with people who can't handle a little spice in their food and also because I used store-bought stock (no, it wasn't broth). I will definitely play with this recipe.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2008
My Favorite Sugar Cookies
Very nice basic sugar cookie recipe. Perfect for decorating or kneading in some spices for flavor- I used cumin on some and cinnamon on the others. I had to make some changes based on lack of ingredients- for about half the flour, I substituted bread flour and I used butter instead of shortening. I'm pretty sure that the people who gave this recipe one star were at high altitudes. I definitely did not have a problem with the recipe being too dry, even after the top of the dough got dried out from me forgetting to cover the dough in the fridge.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2008
 
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