I am not sure what it is, but I have been seriously craving fish recently. Which is definitely not a bad thing! I didn’t want to get stuck making the same old fish dishes that I always do, so I was on a Pinterest search for some unique new recipe ideas. I found a recipe from Jamie Oliver that sounds too delicious not to try.
This summer has definitely had more rain than usual in the Rockies. Luckily, we finally have had some sunshine! My plants are just as happy about it as I am; especially my basil. I have four basil plants, two opal and two sweet basil, and they have gotten HUGE! I keep them potted indoors, since it is so cold up here at night. They love water and sunshine, but other than that are pretty low maintenance. If you aren’t growing your own herbs, you should try it! It is so easy and nothing beats fresh herbs on your food, especially when they don’t cost almost $5 for a package.
We are back from our adventure to Panama! We spent twice as much money as we had budgeted, but we learned a lot about what we will do for our NEXT trip. This was the first time I have looked forward to returning from a trip. Don’t get me wrong, the trip was amazing… and two and a half weeks off work- awesome! But, for once in my life I have a job that I love and a home that I look forward to coming back to. Most of all, I was excited to cook for myself again. By the end of our two weeks in Panama, we had eaten enough onion rings, fish and chips and tacos for quite some time. I was excited to cook HEALTHY options!
The holidays are just around the corner; what will you be making? For those of you who are not sure, I’ve compiled a list of my top 30 favorite holiday recipes. There are some sweet, some savory, some for the early morning and some for late night. Enjoy!
Looking back, it is surprising how many of the Thai dishes we made in the scorching heat of Chiang Mai are a much better fit for the snowy, cold winter in Colorado. Tom Yam soup is a staple in Thai cuisine. It is even easier to make than coconut curry and also extremely healthy. This is a shrimp Tom Yam, but you can easily make it with veggies or any other protein. This dish is spicy, but has a bright acidity from the lime and lemongrass.
With finals for culinary school right around the corner, my classmates and I have been scrambling to lock down our externships. When meeting with my advisor, I was told that I had the potential to pursue something big, even bigger than anything in Colorado. It really got me thinking and motivated me to settle for nothing but the best. I booked my flight to NYC and set up stages at a couple Michelin Starred restaurants, Eleven Madison Park and The Modern. Both stages went great; I was stoked! EMP seemed a little too military-like for me. Only Sous Chefs were allowed to plate the food and you weren’t allowed to talk in the kitchen. The Modern, on the other hand, let their cooks do much more and everyone seemed to be having a great time during service. I was offered a paid externship with The Modern and will be starting in April! I am excited to experience something new and take the next step in my career.
While making unbelievable amounts of sushi at school the other night, it dawned on me that I have never shared any sushi recipes with you all. I was actually pretty surprised in myself, especially after working at Morimoto and telling you all about it! I promise I am here to make up for it with my spicy tuna and sushi rice recipes, as well as some cool tricks I learned in school.
Morimoto was back in town this past week and was intimidating as ever. On Friday night I was asking a co-worker to sneak me a piece of steak to eat. While I was asking, his eyes widened and he turned on his feet and went back to grilling. I turned around to see Morimoto in my station just standing there looking around and scoping it out; horrifying. On Saturday night, he made this amazing sushi cake type thing with ten pieces of every sushi filling you could imagine; if I can find a picture of it online I will share it with you.
It has been a rough past few days for me. On Friday I went swimming off one of the piers near Waikiki; while climbing up the rocks to get out, I slipped and stepped on Wana, a Hawaiian sea urchin. Let me tell you, you do NOT want to come in contact with a sea urchin. Ever. I had probably over 40 spines in my big toe and second toe. A nice local man helped me pull a lot of them out, but I still had a dozen or more that had broken off in my toes. After missing two days of work and spending the weekend soaking my foot in vinegar they are still not completely out or healed. Not to mention I also got almost 20 mosquito bites Friday as well…. Even in Hawaii, life is not always perfect.
Wow, I feel like I have been going, going, going the past week or two. I have hardly had anytime to focus on my blog and get posts written; sorry if I haven’t been giving all of you the attention you deserve! I am working like a madman, but it is paying off! I have been training on grill and am LOVING it! Definitely need some practice but it is so exciting moving up in the kitchen finally.