Sunday, November 13, 2011

wafts of baked nummyness fill the air ♥

Another experiment of sorts =) My buddy Drago gave me his pumpkin goop so I could make something with it. Unfortunately, I only got it this week even though it's been removed over 3 weeks ago. I'm a tad iffy to it's wholeness so I did freeze it as I knew I could only make anything from it this weekend. I ended up defrosting it, but then realized he never separated the seeds. I was too lazy to do it haha so I bought a can of pumpkin puree instead and used that to make ze creation.

It smells soooooo good! I made pumpkin cheesecake. Now, I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie and I'm not a big fan of cheesecake, but this mixture *drools* it's AWERSOME!!

Here be the recipe:

At first, as I was mixing it, I thought once again there may be too much nutmeg - I found out when I made some spice cookies that nutmeg doesn't quite sit well with me, it's fine in poulet milk but not in baked goods (poulet [pronounced: pull-ehtt] milk is what I call eggnog because the name for it in French is "Lait de Poule" with is basically "chicken milk"). Anyhoo, I digress. Once I started mixing the spiced with the cream cheese, the nutmeg smell wasn't quite as strong and burning me nostrils and tasted rather good. Yes, I am guilty of licking batter!! =D

There's a nice sour cream topping that you bake just enough so it sets. Now it's in the process of slowly cooling. But my place smells soooo nice. It's really fun to bake, also very relaxing. Although, I'm sure there must not be another nut like me lol I started baking around 1:30am, it's now 4:47am and I still need to wait for it to cool down completely before putting it into the fridge. Were I to live alone, I could probably sleep for a bit, wake up in an hour or so and put it into the fridge. However, I live with a veeeerrry curious kitty who loves to lie down in things, I'm sure my pie tray would not be an exception. Thankfully, I'm not super tired, although I am getting there. Oh well, I'm off to watch another episode of "Nobuta wo Produce" to pass the time =3

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Exploring the unknown...

Is it weird that the first time I ate squash was on Oct 17th? No matter! The fact of the matter is that I've tasted it and now, am curious to taste those of which I have not.

My first time tasting butternut squash was when I stumbled upon a recipe in a very old magazine I had lying around that I just happened to pick up and flip through "butternut squash and rosemary soup with parsley yogurt" It sounded so good and it being Autumn, butternut squash is everywhere. So out I went to buy this funny looking squash and make this recipe that had me ever so curious. It was super nummy!

This week I decided that I wanted to try other squashes. I'm curious to how they taste but I also want to be eating healthier so think of it as killing 2 birds with 1 stone. They be some tasty birds mmmm

Tuesday, I decided I wanted to try another recipe with butternut squash. I made Hobakjuk following this recipe: I even made rice cake balls *is all proud of self*
The recipe called for 2 or 3 butternut squash, having only one at home, I went out to buy another. While I was out I also picked up a few more things. A spaghetti squash, an acorn squash and gingersnap cookies. My buddy Drago gave me his pumpkin goop (from the one he carved) and I'll be turning it into pumpkin cheesecake in a gingersnap crust nom nom nom the recipe looks delish! But, I digress.

Once home, I found out my biggest pot could only hold 1 squash and so I only used the one I already had, leaving me a spare butternut squash to experiment some more at a later time =D

There was so much leftover Hobakjuk that I ended having to freeze some, afterall, I live alone. I can't possibly finish it all in one week and not get tired of it. It's really good, but to eat it everyday might be a tad too much. I invited my mouman over so she could have some, she really liked it ^_^

I posted about my eagerness to experiment with squash on fb, and one of my friends noted that she likes roasting spaghetti squash with a bit of butter, salt & pepper and then just eating it like that. I decided, that would be my supper as I just happened to have a spaghetti squash (and well, I LOVE butter). *nods* I only made half of one as it was fairly big. Roasted it in the oven with butter, a little olive oil, herbal salt and freshly ground pepper. 35 mins later, my supper was done and I was salivating from the smell. So soothing. I can't believe I waited so long before trying squash, but I'm happy I finally did.

I also have an acorn squash and the perfect recipe for it. *drools just thinking about it* Doesn't that look sooo good? I can't wait to try it.

I'm really happy with this whole discovery because I've found a joy of cooking. It's sometimes hard to find that motivation to cook for myself, because it's just me that needs feeding. I know that when there's someone else here that I can cook for, I tend to feel more motivated to cook things. I kind of miss that. But I love discovering new things, and the fact that this includes food.. it gives me motivation to actually cook supper =3 Hopefully, once the winter squash season is gone, I'll be able to find other experiments I'll want to try.

Butternut squash and rosemary soup with parsley yogurt

Hobakjuk (Butternut squash porridge with rice cake balls)

Oven Roasted Spaghetti squash with butter, olive oil, herbal salt & freshly ground pepper

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Being young is fun!

Ok so I hadn't done this in over a decade, but I guess you can count it as my "celebrating my youngness" mwahahaha
I just turned 31 although I don't feel a day over 4! (minus my old bones lol) I totally went trick or treating this year XD and OMG was it ever fun!!! I may have lied about my age, but isn't the whole thing of dressing up for Halloween pretending to be something you're not? So, it's all good =D Some guy asked me if I was 15, so I went with 15 1/2 mwahahahaha thank god no one asked me what year I was born in.. I'd have to do some seriously fast counting (I suck at math lol). It was loads of fun and I got me a bagful of candies. I didn't go alone, I went with my best friend lil' Drago. =3
We got some compliments for our costumes.. my buddy scared a few kids (big & small) lol
He was a really good Frank (from Donnie Darko), looming behind me, not speaking lol My costume was a blue Totoro gone wrong.. I named it "Pedo T" LOL but because nobody could guess what I was, I went to a Halloween party on Saturday and even there got soooo many different guesses. There was: penguin, badger, panda, kitty, donkey, bunny. With all the little kids hovering around, I figured saying my costume was a "Pedo T" might be slightly frowned upon.. So when asked I went with "a bunny and badge hybrid" lol It worked hahaha