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Miriouma


Miriouma
 
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Living In: Spokane, Washington, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
When I'm not painting (MirioumaArtworks.net) or writing, I'm usually cooking. Sometimes I do them all at the same time! I have three sons aged 4, 9, and 13 - I love to see the faces they make when I put "weird" food on the table.
My favorite things to cook
I'm known for making good soup - it's a staple dish at our house. I hardly ever use a recipe; it's more fun to throw things in the pot that you think will taste good. I love trying ethnic and Middle Eastern recipes - things like tagine, couscous, and hummus. And I'm a sucker for baklava and cheesecake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and I used to order baklava from Swiss Colony at Christmastime. One year when I was about 16, I discovered that my high school French teacher was actually Greek. So I asked her how to make it. She taught me how over the phone, and I've been making it every Christmas since.
My cooking triumphs
I learned how to make great homemade pizza when I owned a copy of Anna Thomas's "New Vegetarian Epicure". I've tried other recipes, but nothing has ever beaten that one. That cookbook was my foundation for learning how to cook healthy meals. So I would say as far as cooking "triumphs" go, just learning how to use fresh, healthy ingredients was it.
My cooking tragedies
Raspberry Chicken Tarts: The recipe said to make little phyllo pockets and place a dab of the chicken/rasp. mix inside. I was short on time, so I just layered it all in a casserole. What a mess! It tasted awful and mostly got thrown out. My First Thanksgiving Turkey: Nothing short of disastrous. Frozen in the middle, burned on the outside. I think I actually cried that year! Lesson learned.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Kung Pao Chicken
I guess 3 stars = "good". Not great, not excellent. I see no point in reviewing a recipe after making adjustments, so I made this as written. Tasty, although I wouldn't call it kung pao. Just a spicy Asian stir-fry. Authentic kung pao should not be swimming in sauce, so I think the amount of sauce was right, if not the consitency. It would be better with less cornstarch, and if you like more sauce you could always make some extra on the side. No dried hot peppers? No ginger? I should have known better... It's a good basic recipe on its own, though, could be used as a starter for other things.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2009
Melting Moments III
These were great! I made them with strawberry jam in the center for a Christmas party and everyone loved them. I'd say that other reviewer either flubbed an ingredient or needs to check his/her oven calibration.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2007
Chicken Tikka Masala
This dish had a wonderful flavor and the recipe was easy to follow. I didn't have the grill handy to cook the chicken, so I modified the recipe using the broiler setting in my oven. Still a lovely dish. Like other reviewers, I cut the salt back to 1/4 the original amount. Next time I'll try the grill and will add garam masala.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2007
 
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