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Heidi's Book of Noms

May 1, 2009 7:55 am 
Updated: May 1, 2009 12:39 pm
I've been in the kitchen a lot, lately, but I've also been really busy so I haven't had as much time to blog about it. I kind of wonder why people think of cooking as a chore, or something to skimp or cut corners on. Cooking to me is stimulating and relaxing. It keeps me moving around and keeps my mind active. I really can't stand TV, and one can only play so many video games.

I did a nice stiry fry on Monday night with crispy noodles. I'm still working on the crispy noodles. Its hard to get the right noodle crunchiness. I may bake them and see what happens. I have also decided I don't like the way tofu breaks up in the stir fry and leaves little bread crumb tofu nubbins behind. Like an amoeba or something.

Anyways, I had another thought this week...sometimes its easy to want to be timid or gentle with food in the kitchen. I realized this, and started acting different towards my food. Its MINE. It's on MY schedule. I'm not rushing around for it. It's going to be patient and wait for me. In any kitchen battles, I will win. How do you like THAT whole wheat bread?

In fact, whole wheat bread is still my nemesis. I have formed an attack plan and will carry it out probably some time in the next two weeks. It involves Gluten flour, oats, and honey.

The Bernard Clayton bread book my dad gave me last year is kinda funny. In it the author says something to the effect of "Bread making is not a gentle art, especially when you are kneading by hand. Don't baby the dough!...Don't be gentle with it. Smack it down hard. Let them know something great is going on! The dough loves it!"

This book is a good source of amusement.

Last night while my hamburger buns were rising I tried to make home made miso ramen. This is something I loooooved in Japan. Of course, it wasn't quite as good or the same as miso ramen in the Hokkaido Ramen Yokocho, but it was good. Tonight is pulled pork with belle's hamburger buns, some coleslaw, and home made bbq sauce from this site. I'm also attempting the cheesecake tonight as a birthday present. Wish me luck!
May 1, 2009 8:46 am
TV is like junk food...enjoyed once in a while, it's okay. Too much and there may be lasting detriment on one's health. When you make the crispy noodles, what kind of noodles do you use? Do you want them all crispy, or just parts of it, like in Chinese chow mein?
May 1, 2009 9:16 am
I also find cooking very stimulating and relaxing.
May 1, 2009 10:20 am
I don't find cooking relaxing but I've come to enjoy it somewhat as I am cooking more and more new recipes for my boyfriend and I. I wish someday I will come to love it but for now I am keeping an open mind.
May 1, 2009 10:38 am
People who consider cooking a chore probably lack inspiration. It happens to everyone occasionally. That is why I love this website. It inspires me!
May 1, 2009 12:37 pm
I used soumen (Japanese noodle, like fettucine) because I had so much of it sitting around. I pan fried it in some oil. The first time I only fried one side, and it was okay. It was kinda crispy but not like the restaurant style crispy noodles. The second time I used old noodles that had sat in the frig a few days, and crisped both sides. It was way too hard to cut. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
May 1, 2009 12:39 pm
I agree! This website always has me thinking of new things I can make. Sometimes I fall asleep thinking about cooking and food. It kinda creeps me out.
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About Me
I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
My favorite things to cook
In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
My cooking triumphs
I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
My cooking tragedies
dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
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