Scripture Case Pattern

Monday, February 28, 2011

Lame Boyfriend

I once dated a boy who kept telling me that a woman's job is to entertain their man, have babies, and work in the kitchen.  He also told me that I better not let myself get fat after I have babies.  What a loser.  For years I've been trying to prove him wrong about a woman's role, and so what do I do?  I choose a career path that would put me in the kitchen, I have two kids, and I love to make my husband happy, especially through food.  But through these years of trying to be more than what he said I was going to be,  I've become more independent, confident, and fulfilled.  I've pursued things that I probably never would have; I've accomplished more than I could have wished; and I made sure I married a man that was all for me reaching my full potential and not expecting me to wait around on him every second of the day waiting for an opportunity to please and entertain him.  I married a real man. (I love you, Tim!!) So, take THAT loser ex-boyfriend!

Friday, February 25, 2011

My full time job is mommy...

People at school never hesitate to inform me how easy I have it because I don't have to work full time while going to school like they do; I get to stay at home all day and just relax, work on homework during my loads of free time, and just do whatever I want to do.  Obviously these people have never been a mom and a wife. All I can do is just smile and say, "yep, I have it soooo easy.  Thanks for pointing it out."  Maybe if I slept in until noon, then went snowboarding for a few hours before class started and then went to school, I could have something to complain about...life would be waaaay too hard and busy to get anything important done.  I'm glad I have my classmates to keep me in check. 

Baptisms #2 and #3

We had two more kids get baptized a couple of weeks ago and have another one in a week.  I better get my butt into gear now and finish that one soon so I'm not up until 2:00 AM on the morning of the baptism trying to finish it.  I don't know why procrastination insists on being my best friend and why I allow it.  I need to grow a pair and end that relationship, but not today. I don't feel like it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sous Chefs

I am such a lucky mom.  I not only have one amazing sous chef, but TWO!

Some of you are already aware of Gavin's knife skills.  This kid sure makes a mean salad.
*Sleeping on the job is not a good idea.  I may need to fire him.  Just sayin'...*
 (Pictures from my mom's site)

Kade has started to take an interest in cooking.  If anyone is at the stove, he feels it necessary to be there with us. He is amazing at holding a wooden spoon perfectly still in a pot or pan.  

I think there's something about mom-mom's house where these kids feel the dire urge to help cook.  Kade likes to help at my house, but you couldn't catch Gavin dead or alive helping me out...only at mom-mom's house.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Orange Chicken Recipe

This is Chef Wan Ho (American name is Jerry) Kou's original Orange Chicken recipe.  Jerry is my Asian cuisine teacher.  This past Wednesday he treated us to his version of Orange Chicken, and it was delicious. It isn't like Panda's orange chicken, so don't go into it thinking it is, but it is just as delicious.  This recipe makes a lot, so adjust as needed.

Cut 4 lbs. of dark chicken meat into about 1 1/2 inch chunks.  Squeeze juice from 2 lemons on top of chicken.  Add 1 T salt, 5 T sugar, 1 t sesame oil, 1 T vegetable oil and some cornstarch to the chicken.  Mix together and marinate at least 1 hour.

Batter:
2 c all-purpose flour
2 T yeast bloomed in 1 c warm water (add a pinch of sugar to help the blooming)
1/2 t salt
about 2-3 c of water
Combine flour, yeast/water mixture, and salt.  Add enough water to make a smooth batter.  Dip chicken pieces into batter and deep fry until a deep golden brown.

Sauce:
3 pints pineapple juice
2 pints fresh orange juice
5 lemons, juiced
1 c sugar
2t salt
cayenne pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Saute fried chicken and sauce together.  You probably won't need all the sauce, so add as much or as little as you'd like.

There ya go.  I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sushi!

Busy, busy, busy.  I can't believe that each quarter gets even busier than the last.  This is nuts.  I need my snuggie, James McAvoy, a jar of frosting or three, and a nap.  Maybe one day.  This has been a pretty exciting quarter.  I'm taking some really fun classes: Asian cuisine, Intro to Pastry, and Garde Manger (Garde Manger is cold prep like salads, sandwiches, hors d' ouvres, appetizers, even sausages!, curing, smoking, ice carving (yeah, I get to take an ice carving class!!), fruit sculpturing, etc...pretty sweet!).  

The other week, we had a guest chef come and teach us about sushi! mmmm....  It was awesome!  I probably ate my weight in sushi, or at least it felt like it.  I took lots of pictures and videos.  The video below is kinda long, but is full of neat tips and tricks.  I can't remember exactly what is in each video and I don't have the time re-watch them to find out, but I DO remember that there's some good stuff in them.  :) I wish I could remember the chef's name because he was fantastic and deserves credit.  If I remember it, I will post his name.  If you have any sushi questions, please feel free to ask and I'll answer them to the best of my ability.  Enjoy the pictures and videos!
(We learned the ins and outs of making awesome tempura, hand rolls, inside-out rolls, regular sushi rolls, how to fillet and cook eel and an amazing sauce to go with it, and of course all about sushi rice)