Archive for June, 2012

Noodles…yum :)

Posted: June 27, 2012 in cooking

My Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup!

My mom is awesome. There’s really no other way to describe her. For example, one (of the many) awesome things she does is she makes soup. Not just any soup, but chicken noodle soup, and I swear to whatever god you find significant that her’s is by far the greatest ever! Now every once and again I get to play my part in the creation of the soup; the making of the noodles. Now I’m not taking about opening a bag and pouring the contents into boiling water, no I’m talking about actually legitly making the noodles. And let me tell you, it makes it all the better! I use an Italian pasta maker wich I turn to create the noodles to the perfect thickness before plunging them into the water untill they are al dente. Trust me, home-made noodles are the best kind of noodles you’ll get.

First wiz two cups of flour, a pinch of salt, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 2 eggs and 3 egg yolks in a food processor (or by hand if your like me and don’t own that specific piece of technology) untill resembles coarse bread crumbs. Tip into a bowl and knead for a few minutes to form a dough, turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, . wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1/2 an hour.

Cut the dough in 1/2 and roll out until thin, than run through the pasta machine on its widest setting several times, than adjust the width by 1 every time you pass it through untill it is 1mm thick. hang it over the back af a chair while you work with the other one. pass the sheets through the pasta cutter making the noodles about 1 cm wide, or cut them by hand.

Boil the pasta in salted boiling water untill al dente(about 1 1/2-2 minutes) or, if your making a soup throw them in with the broth and let them cook that way!

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Ice-cream Sandwiches

Posted: June 24, 2012 in cooking, treat

In a past post I described the B.L.T as the king of sandwiches. I lied. Although the B.L.T does have a very, very high standing in the world of sandwiches; no sandwich (no matter how stacked with the goodness that is bacon) stands a chance against the true king of them all… the ice cream sandwich! Now, not all ice-cream sandwiches are created equal, but I dare say the ones I make and sell at the market… are pretty friggn awesome. Whatever ice-cream I am selling that week at the market are suddenly taken out of their natural habitat (an airtight container), scooped and squeezed between two fresh home-made chocolate chip cookies. Now just sit with that in your mind and try to tell me your mouth isn’t watering.  Ya I know, it shouldn’t be humanly possible to make something that good, but apparently it is. So, I have two suggestions to fulfill you obvious craving: either come over to Lasqueti some Saturday and find me at the market or, go to La Dolce Amore Gelato; home of the best ice-cream in the history of time (1590 Commercial Dr Vancouver,BC).

I bid you good eating!

More Ice-Cream: Orange Syrup

Posted: June 19, 2012 in cooking, treat

On Saturday it will be my second week of selling ice-cream at the Lasqueti market; i’m super excited! This week I’m making: orange creamsicle, chilly chocolate and vanilla. I’m most excited about making the orange creamsicle because it’s going to be AWESOME!!! What I will do is make a standard custard base, mildly flavour it with orange extract, than during churning I will incorporate candied orange zest. Once it is done I will ripple it with home-made orange syrup. It’s gonna be gooood.

So, I’ll keep you all posted on the proses, but here’s the syrup recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1 cup orange juice
  •  1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional)

Preparation

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients and, if desired, orange liqueur in a heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.

 

Just so you know, I didn’t follow the recipie exacly so, if you fell comfertable improvise a little!

WARNING!!!

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Skilz

This post is a warning. Not about bears, flesh-eating tadpoles or aliens. No… this is a warning about papers. Our story begins last weekend, in Vancouver, at a wedding . You could say it had a divers and ‘spicy’ theme. And as decorations there were hot peppers; sprinkled around the table. I was with a friend.

“I’ll eat one if you do…” he said.

“Fine,” I foolishly replied.

The peppers looked like your average chilli, the kind used in chinese ‘sweet chilli sauce’, I knew I could take it. I was wrong, I discovered that almost immediately after biting it down to the stem. It was hot, way beyond my heat threshold, and it burnt my mouth for a very, very long time. After seeing my reaction, my buddy chickened out and didn’t eat one after me. Darn.

When I got back to Lasqueti my friend told me that what I ate was much much hotter than a chilli, and that’s why you never assume – cuz it makes and ass out of you and me(or in my case… just me).

There’s one more thing you need to know… he video the whole thing via his cell phone and put it on facebook and you tube. So here’s the link so you too can watch my pain and suffering. Enjoy! And consider yourself warned!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENnLdLJDIMw&feature=share

 

P.S. I don’t use my real name nor did I name the video.

Well, summer’s just around the corner (I hope you’re as excited as I am!:) and therefore so is my summer job. I’ll make you guess! No, it’s not a paper rout, keep going… close but nope! I don’t walk dogs or mow lawns. This summer I will be continuing with the business I started last year. And what might that be you ask? Ice-cream of course! My family loves ice-cream and when I say love I mean buckets upon buckets of pure ice-creamy goodness. So last summer I started selling my homemade gourmet ice-cream at the Lasqueti Saturday Market and it was a total success. So, naturally I had to do it again this year. I’ll be keeping you posted by weekly on all the flavours. This week I will be making: chocolate, vanilla and an almond caramel.