I’ve been making steak dinners for Chris for over two years, and the main thing I’ve discovered is the only thing you need is salt, pepper, butter, and a good cast iron skillet. Without a grill, the meat makes more even contact and gets a much better crust. I also prefer to serve steak with mashed potatoes since they soak up resting juices or pan sauce better than just about anything. The steak itself also doesn’t need to be an expensive cut as long as it is cooked and cut correctly to avoid chewiness. This dinner all together cost less than ten dollars for 2 hungry people.
Chris never seems to like it when I make fish, so tonight I thought I would venture into unchartered territory and make something seemingly difficult: Hollandaise sauce. What I found was this: the only trick is to keep whisking for about ten minutes and serve immidiately! With glass of white wine, this makes a perfect meal!
I make stir fry at least once a week, because it’s cheap, full of vegetables, cooks very quickly, and is absolutely delicious. I’ve tried a million different recipes, and I’ve found that a good stir fry is all about the sauce. Some people just add soy sauce until the meat and vegetables are well seasoned, but this way is so much better. You can serve it with rice instead of noodles, but the noodles soak up the sauce much better in my opinion.
This is an easy chicken curry that can be whipped up in the time it takes you to cook up some rice. If you can’t get your hands on Ajvar, just use a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and some dashes of hot sauce. I was out of jasmine rice so I served this curry with wild rice tonight. It was really good!
Candy is one of those things that is way too intimidating to me. Boiling sugar, thermometers, silicon mats, tempering chocolate, equipment I don’t have…. Did I mention boiling sugar? It’ll be many years before I feel comfortable making candy. But luckily, recipes like these give me the feeling like I’m making my own candy without all the hassle. And Germany doesn’t carry Almond Joys (At least no where I’ve seen), so there you go…
Since we have 800 pounds of pumpkin (or at least it feels like that much), I had to make something with pumpkin for lunch. And this was really yummy! Pumpkin is super nutritious and can work well in savory and sweet dishes, but you never see it in savory dishes! (at least I’ve never seen it) Pumpkin can do so much more than just become pie, and this pasta is the tip of the iceberg!
Chicken Tikka Masala is a great week night dinner because it is good with tons of veggies and cooks up really quickly. To make it lower calorie, just switch the heavy cream for diet cream. To lower the cost of the ingredients, use chicken thighs instead of breasts, and use frozen veggies instead of fresh!