Sunday, April 6, 2014

Megan's Cookbook Post 21

I'm really happy to say that I was able to make four recipes over the past two weeks like I said I would. After talking about my project in front of the class on Friday I began to freak out. My idea for my presentation was to talk about how food is important in families because it creates time with them that you might not have. I definetly need to think about my talk more in depth but I am a little bit relieved that I have an idea. Even though I'll be working on my talk over the next couple of weeks I'm definetly going to try and keep making recipes because I feel like I need just a few more. I'm nervous about my talk but I'm confident that it will be good. This week I made brocolli quiche, pork tacos with mango kiwi salsa, monkey bread, and chicken fried rice. These are some pictures!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Megan's Cookbook Post 20

I'm extremely disappointed to say that I didn't make any new recipes for my cookbook. I used to be excited to make new recipes but as the year has gone on I just want to eat dinner, do my homework, and go to bed. It's really hard for me to do this project right now becasue of lacrosse. Since practice takes up a good part of the day, it leaves me little room to cook and do homework. I know I've been saying this the last couple of weeks which is awful but I'm going to try my hardest in order to make several recipes during the next couple of weeks. I'm definitely feeling the pressure of needing to have a finished product by the end of this, and I ultimately hope that everything comes together as I imagine it will. I'm going to try and make at least four recipes before my next blog post. That's two recipes a week and I hope I'll be able to get that done. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Megan's Cookbook Post 19

This week I wasn't able to make a new recipe. I had lacrosse conditioning every night and the research paper to write. I know that's not an excuse but that's some of the reasons I wasn't able to get to it. I'm staring to realize that I'm losing interest in my project. I don't want to not be interested but it's starting to be an ordeal and not enjoyable. This makes me sad because I picked this project thinking I was going to love it but in reality I don't. Lacrosse is starting up this week and it makes me nervous. Since I didn't play a winter sport I had tons of opportunities to make recipes. My fear is that I won't be able to find time during the week. I hope that by only having to write one blog post every two weeks it will help get my project in the right direction and ready to present by the time that we're supposed to be ready by. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Megan's Cookbook Post 18

This week we were asked to answer three questions. What do you like about 20 time? What do you not like about 20 time? And what would you have done differently about your project. First of all I love 20 time. I think that it is a great project to do. It makes you focus on something that isn't related to school. I think it's a good project because it lets you do something that you've always wanted to do or that you enjoy. This is important to me because all of my classes have such a heavy work load and I get to receive a large chunk of my final grade doing something that I love. 

There are only a few things that I don't like about 20 time. One of the things is that since I have a whole year to work on it, it's hard to set goals and stay on track. Obviously no other class is like this in that they give you a project that you have the whole year to work on, and I've learned that I don't like such a broad time frame. When break comes and all of my classes are finishing up material I still have to work on my 20 time project. Although I love the project as a whole, sometimes it feels like there is a huge weight on my shoulders. 

There is only one thing that I would do differently for my project. I would have made sure to make at least one recipe a week no matter what. If I would have done that I would have been so much further ahead of where I am right now. It sounded so easy to me when I picked my project but it turned out to be incredibly challenging to carve out 1-2 hours in order to make a recipe. I regret not staying on track as much as I wish I would have because now it's coming to an end and I'm nowhere near as far as where I would want to be. Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to really try and catch up on the time that I didn't spend making recipes. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Megan's Cookbook Post 17

Over the past two weeks I didn't cook anything. I was going to make several recipes but that just didn't happen. My original plan for this project was to make a cookbook with recipes that I made on my own and make it available on ebook. Although I think that I might put all of my recipes into a book that is tangible because I don't think I'll be able to finish in time. I'm also getting nervous for the presentation because I don't really know what I'm going to talk about. So far I've become more aware of what goes into the meals that I make but I don't exactly know if that's considered a learning experience. I was considering on talking about how people, especially young people, should learn to create good eating habits at a young age. Since I've started my project I've tried to make healthier recipes not because I feel obligated to, but I've learned that it's the better choice and it makes you feel better when you know you've eaten something that is good for you. This coming week I'm going to make a new recipe and try to stay on track. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Megan's Cookbook Post 16

am proud to say that this week I was able to make two recipes. I am pleasantly surprised because I make my recipes when my mom is home because she helps guide me into the right direction and she was in Colorado until last Saturday. Instead of making them without her I just made dinner and dessert for tonight. For dinner I made my own version of chicken stir fry! I love stir fry and I haven't had it in forever so I decided to make it for dinner. The stir fry was similar to the white bean chili in the you have to time everything. It's not like meatballs where you add everything in and just let it cook. The meal itself only took 30 minutes to make which reminded me of Rachel Ray's show 30 minute meals. In my stir fry I added a ton of vegetables. I had at least eight different kinds. I cooked the hardest vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower first and then started to add in the others that didn't need as much time to steam. I only had put in two tablespoons of oil when I realized it was getting dried out so I just added chicken broth to try and make it healthier by the time everything was done cooking my rice noodles had just finished soaking. I was completely taken back by how perfectly everything worked out. The noodles were a little hard but when they were added into the stir fry they soaked up the sauce an softened. My mom said it was the best stir fry because there was so many vegetables in it. In my opinion it was amazing but I wish I didn't make so much because there's so much left over we'll be eating it for at least a week straight. 

The second recipe I made was a strawberry and raspberry type of cobbler. I don't know exactly what I'm going to call it but it was amazing. I put slightly sugared cut strawberries and raspberries into individual baking holders and I made a crumble to put on top. This was very challenging for some reason because I had to start over twice because I made way to much for the amount of fruit. It was hard to measure how much flour I needed in comparison to the brown and white sugar. I couldn't see if it was good or not until I added the butter, but in the end it can out perfectly. I'm going to try and make two recipes next week like I did this week because I feel like I haven't made enough recipes yet. Here are some pictures of what I made this week!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Megan's Cookbook Post 15

This week I made my own recipe for one of my favorites meals of all time. I made a recipe for white bean chili! This is one of my favorite meals because I think it tastes really good and it never gets old no matter how much of it I eat. Since it was so cold this week I thought I would make my own recipe. When I went into my pantry to get the ingredients I accidentally grabbed hominy instead of beans. Hominy is a puffed corn that isn't traditionally used in chili. When I began adding my ingredients into the pot my mom didn't notice that I was using hominy. It was only after I had added it in the pot that she noticed I had used it. Instead of telling me to start over she asked where I had gotten the idea to use it and I told her that it was a mistake! Apparently she said it tastes really good in some chili so I just kept it in my recipe. Although I had used hominy I also added white beans because after all it is white bean chili. 

This was an overall simple recipe to make because since it's chili you could alter the amount of ingredients added in to make it perfect. When I was done cooking it I was pleasantly surprised by how good it tasted. I wasn't expected it to taste bad but it had far exceeded my expectations. My mom said that it was one of the best white bean chili recipes that she had ever tasted and I actually believe her because I think it's the best that I had ever tasted as well! I enjoyed this chili so much that I ate it the whole weekend while I was recovering from my surgery. I was slightly disappointed that I only made one recipe this week but I'm going to try and make two next week. Here's a picture of my white bean chili!