Archive for September, 2010

Adventures in cooking

Ever since I got married, I really dug down deep and was convicted to learn how to cook.  My general cooking consisted of a lot of cereal, pasta, and frozen pizza.

Armed with a lot of new great kitchen appliance gifts, a spice rack, and a really cute apron, I set out to dive into learning the basics.  I’m a complete novice, and so I’m starting out slow.  Anything with more than 5-8 ingredients scare me away.  I’ve been trying out mostly recipes from Allrecipes.com and Cooking Light Magazine.

Disclaimer:  the following pics are only of the good things I’ve made.  Unfortunately I failed to take pics of the bad stuff, but I promise to do so in the future (hopefully there aren’t too many more…)  I’ve tried to make at least 2 new things a week and I would say 25% of the things I’ve made have been a hit.  The others generally just turned out too bland.  These include (but not limited to):

  • Baked Cod dish
  • Panang curry (found out later I used the wrong paste 😦 )
  • Once awhile back I made a really bad chicken casserole thingy that NEVER cooked and we had to give up and eat pizza.  I realize now that I think I used frozen chicken breasts and not fresh ones.  boo!

Now, to the good stuff.  All you cooks be nice.  I give myself a lot of credit for these but I know I have a long way to go 🙂  Don’t worry, I’m not delusional.

Hit #1: Chicken Paremsan

After breading the chicken breasts (which I felt really cool while doing), you fry them and then bake them in the oven for the last few minutes along with grated parmesan and pasta sauce mixed with a little balsamic vinegar.  Then put over pasta, and it looks beautiful!  I say, restaurant quality even.

Hit #2:  Beef Stroganoff

This one was the most involved recipe I have ever tried.   Additionally, it involved waking up in the morning to prep all the stuff (left) in the crock pot.  Strips of steak, onions, garlic, white wine, mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, spices, sour cream….  Then, let cook for 7-8 hours, to get the pasta sauce.  It was so tasty!  and my proudest achievement yet.

Next up:

  • Chicken pot pie (in the slow cooker again- an amazing invention I must say)
  • Panang Curry Attempt #2 (I got the right paste this time!)

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Last night, to relieve some stress, I sat down to play me some Bejeweled on the xbox.  I’m actually pretty good.  (I know, it’s sad.)  I got my highest score so far, over 800,000.  It shows you your ranking in the world, and I was something in the 2,000s.   I was pretty amazed.  That’s pretty good right?  In the world??  And I was playing for fun.

I thought: what if I actually practiced. What if I could get a world record??

Dan and I recently watched The King of Kong, a documentary on a challenger trying to beat the world record for Donkey Kong.  It sounds funny, but it’s actually a great drama.  There is a whole council set up to verify scores and establish official world records.  (available streaming on netflix)

Then I thought, I could try to get a documentary started on me attempting to get a bejeweled world record.  Harmless little Asian girl vying for top merits in an arcade game.

I asked Dan if he would support me and he said yes, absolutely.

This morning, Dan sends me an article of the current world record holder:

Are you effing kidding me?! over two BILLION points?? He actually BEAT the game- I didn’t know that was possible?  Bejeweled/Pop Cap founder explains that this player Mike, achieved the highest calculable score, causing his score to actually flip and go into the negatives.  He is featured on Bejeweled.com.

I felt like I did in elementary school when I was planning on being the first Asian female President of the United States and then I found out you had to be a native-born citizen.  My hopes and dreams were crushed.

For now, I think I’ll stick to recreational bejeweled and keep searching for another claim to fame.

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