Thursday, December 15, 2011

Back in the saddle - Chicken pot pie

Sometimes taking a break is a good thing.

And a big thank you to everyone who has been understanding during this hard time (the first year anniversary of my mom's death is the same date as my birthday - and, yes, it is/has happened this month).

I will share with you today something I made a couple of weeks ago.

Chicken pot pie.
 No recipe but just lots of (hopefully) pretty pictures of food.

Homemade biscuit dough.
The filling was a simple rough with shredded (cooked) chicken, peas and spices.

And, of course, there was a serving for the dogs.

I brushed some egg wash over the dough and it went into the oven.

After 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven they looked like this:

Chicken pot pie is the embodiment of comfort food.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful (pre) holiday season.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Spicy Cornish game hen

Spicy Cornish game hen.
I will have to admit I have just not been myself lately. 

Intermittent posts and the ones I have done are less then stellar.

I will tell you why.

But, wait, Gourmet Runner did a great post about what (she) people love and hate about a blog posts. You must read it - it is brilliant.

But, back to why my posts have been intermittent:

This month will mark the one year anniversary of my Mom's passing. And the unfortunate thing? The anniversary of her death is the same day as my birthday.

Yes, you read that right.

So, while I have been hyper-kinetic and running twice a day (two miles (each) while trying not to think about things) I have been cooking.

How did the Cornish game hen turn out?

Not too shabby.

I tend to over cook chicken out of a freakish fear of salmonella poisoning but that is an issue for another post...

To get back to my reference to the Gormet Runner's post:

I definitely prefer posts that are honest. 

I dislike blogs that are happy all the time and I have an equal dislike for the super dismal ones. 

I hope this one is somewhere in between. 

My sister is determined to not celebrate my birthday on my actual birthday (just for this year) and it is nice to have a big bucket of siblings that are facing the same anniversary so it is not like I am facing it alone.

On the upside - I am contemplating getting a Christmas tree and dowsing it with 20lbs of tinsel - but I fear the ensuing trip to the vet's office because my dogs just cant stop inhaling the shiny stuff off the tree:-)


Friday, December 2, 2011

Local sushi place

So I did a search on Yelp and found a sushi place near me that had good reviews.

I hate to be too judgemental because any restaurant can have an off day - but the thing that first stood out was that the avocacdo in the california roll was brown...

This is not a good sign.

And the salad was drenched in a heavy/creamy dressing that was just a bit too much.

And the biggest disappointment was the miso soup.

I love miso soup. It is salty and savory with seaweed and all things I love. 

This one tasted like they reheated the miso soup left over from last night dinner and dumped in a bunch of water - not good...

The high point was the tuna roll.

And, yes, I did take most of it home and Abby got to enjoy a couple of the tuna rolls - Connor enjoyed the cucumber rolls - he is odd like that:-)