Friday, January 14, 2011
Over the past few days the ice and snow have taken over the city. Atlanta completely shut down.
Restaurants, grocery stores, schools, daycare centers; hardly anything was open.
The interstate was entirely white. There were no white, dashed lines separating one lane from another. No HOV lane. Just one enormous white road covered in ice, with vehicles zig-zagging all across it. Every other mile was a stalled car, a vehicle facing the wrong way on the interstate, or an abandoned car followed by lightly snow covered foot trails from its owner, who decided to walk the rest of the way.
My car slid a few times. There were times when I didn't think my poor little car would make it to my destination. But we did!
I wasn't able to drive back home and I have a great connection to a hotel in the city, so I stayed there for 2 1/2 days. Everything was great. Until my phone died, with no phone charger.
Those 2 1/2 days made me realize that we rely to heavily on our electronics. Without my cell phone or laptop, I felt like I was disconnected from the entire world! But this is the world we live in.
Anyways, I was starving by the time I drove home. I was not about to pay for the expensive room service at the hotel I was in, and all nearby restaurants were closed.
So I whipped up a quick soup with the few ingredients I had in the fridge.
It included shrimp, bok choy, and a wonderful curry paste.
It was delicious, and the spiciness of the curry paste warmed me up quickly. I added some sweet thai chili sauce after I plated it (which I did not show in the video). The chili sauce took it to another level.
My mother loved it. I just finished the last bowl and she looks at me and says, "So are you going to make this soup again soon?!"
I'm going to show her this video and she can make it herself. :)
Well guys....here is my first cooking video. I have a few technical difficulties and the lighting was horrible, so please bear with me! Sorry if you don't like the music, but I got sick and tired of listening to only my voice. I will try to figure out how to make the music not so annoying next time. Hopefully I will be able to do more videos if I have time and they will begin to improve!
Thanks for watching
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The more I write in this blog, the more I realize how much of a picky eater I used to be! There are so many foods that I love now, but disgusted me for most of my life.
Mussels and clams can be added to the list.
Clams always looked unappetizing to me, and mussels both looked and sounded unappetizing. I mean, who wants to eat the 'muscle' of an animal, right?!
That's what I used to think.
When I got older, I realized it was a mollusk. But by then, it was too late. I couldn't get the whole 'muscle' thing out of my head.
One day, after going out with one of my best friends in the whole world, I realized that I needed to be more adventurous with my eating habits. My BFF will try just about anything once. Her motto is....if it tastes good, eat it!
She really inspired me.
Actually, she kind of made me feel like a little scaredy cat. I'm a chef....A CHEF....but I won't eat anything out of the 'norm'.
I would cook it. But I would never eat it.
This 'picky' side of me has changed drastically. I'm more like my BFF now.......almost. I'll try most things at least once, and I usually like it.
Now I am completely in love with mussels and clams. I usually eat them with a lemon-butter-garlic sauce. I tried a new recipe tonight that came out wonderfully.
Lemongrass, a little coconut milk, and sweet delicious shallots. Doesn't get any better.
I always use Prince Edward Island Mussels (PEI). I think they taste the best and they don't have a ton of grit inside of them. They are definitely worth the extra $1 per pound.