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!