Jilara (jilara) wrote,

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A cooking weekend

I did a lot of cooking this weekend. First, I took a trip to the 99 Ranch market, then to Trader Joe's for ingredients. I then made some oriental-style tripe, which turned out fantastic. I mucked with the recipe a bit to use three kinds of mushrooms (button, shitake, and wood ear), and made it a bit hotter. Definitely a winner. Then I invited Chris for dinner, and did what I call "17th century fusion" for dinner. Basically, the pork loin recipe was based on 17th century tastes, in the marinade and spicing, which used an orange-based custard sauce with vinegar, but I also added baby bok choy (instead of cabbage) and orange segments. Then I did brown jasmine rice with saffron and truffle oil. Dessert was apple compote with raisins topped with meringue. I used my own apples, fresh off the tree, and only about a tbsp. of sugar in the whole thing, and beat a lump of Chinese yellow sugar to powder in the mortar and whipped it into the egg whites (which I did with the egg beater, not the mixer), more into the whole Zen experience of making it than just creating food. The whole dishful disappeared between Chris and myself.

Yesterday, I did Chinese Chicken Feet, like for the dim sum restaurant, from a recipe I got off the internet. Yeah, it's labor intensive, but I was cooking for the experience, again. I think I need to cook them for an extra hour, next time, as I couldn't quite suck the gelatin off the bones. Close, but not fully there. Next time. The taste could have used some extra green onion and star anise, but was pretty close. And I have leftovers in the fridge!

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