Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cookbook "Adventures": Salmon and Wasabi Ravioli with Kaffir Lime Cream

I have to be honest that this isn't much of an "adventure," since I've been making this recipe for almost a decade... but it is from a book by an author who was one of my very favorites when I first started cooking: Donna Hay. As soon as I read this recipe title, my reaction was "Well, obviously I'm going to have to make that..."


Lots of random bunny snuggles to post today. The guys are all totally in love, and seem to get more and more affectionate with each other every day.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Everyday Yumminess: Perfect Ricotta

So, I am about to blow your mind by telling you how to make the world's easiest, most delicious fresh ricotta... while spending a total of about 5 minutes in the kitchen. Best. Recipe. Ever.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Everyday Yumminess: Grilled Chicken with Lemon Fregula

I'm on a mission to start using the cool ingredients in my pantry rather than just looking at them. This weekend the pantry item I decided to play with was fregula, a toasted Sardinian pasta. Turns out it's absolutely delicious...


More shots of Rico and his friend Charley this week... After watching them fight for over a year, it still makes me chuckle to see them so happy together. Whether they're snacking on some carrot tops that a nice lady brought them...
or practicing their synchronized lounging...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Chemistry Adventures: Arugula Noodles

This was a quick and easy little chemistry adventure that ended up being pretty awesome. I saw the recipe over at one of my favorite places to get molecular gastronomy guidance, and instantly knew I had to give it a go.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bunnies al Fresco(-ish)!

So, there are still a couple feet of snow covering the yard, but I decided to get the bunnies some fresh air today. I set up a litter box and a rug on the porch, sat down in my reclining patio chair, and observed the cuteness. Perhaps the most adorable moment I captured was after I had gone in to fetch a hoodie (55°F only felt warm enough for a T-shirt until the wind kicked up):

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Quick update on the bunnies. Everyone is happy and healthy and adorably in love with one another. Charley and Rico have a weird bond that cracks me up while warming the cockles of my cold cold heart.

Chemistry & Cookbook Adventures: Shrimp Mosaic with Avocado-Melon Salsa

As I've mentioned, I'm playing with meat glue these days, but I can't really explain why I made this dish. I had some shrimp. I had some meat glue. I read a recipe in Ideas in Food where you glue a bunch of shrimp together. Seemed like the universe really wanted me to try it. Who am I to blow against the wind?

Chemistry Adventures: Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Celery Root Cream

This isn't much of a post, I suppose. I made an awesome celery root cream the other day while learning how to perfectly cook scallops. I also made my first-ever home-cured bacon, using meat glue for the first time in the process. The only natural next step was to glue some bacon to some scallops, cook to perfection, then serve with that sauce...