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.
Sometimes I wonder what people did before food blogs, FoodGawker, Yummly and Food Network began… All I know is that my cooking wouldn’t be nearly as diverse if it weren’t for them. I know there is a lot of hype about coming up with your own recipes, but personally I like hearing about everybody’s great ideas. It enables me to think out of the box and develop my own recipes as well. And sometimes, I just enjoying cooking a recipe straight from another blogger- that is exactly what I did for this. Thank Mel!
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.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (or just a great weekend for everyone in other countries)! If you follow me on Twitter you probably saw some of my photos from my family trip to NYC for the holiday. What an exhausting “vacation” it was. If there is anything the Morris family knows how to do is eat their way through any city. We are the type of family that plans the entire trip about where we are going to eat next; rough life for a foodie like me right?! I can thank my Mom for that! I was able to try bone marrow for the first time at Il Vagabondo, which I was very excited about. I ordered the veal shank, which came with a tiny marrow fork right in the top of the shank. I spread it on bread and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I also spent the entire afternoon on Friday going door-to-door of my top 8 dream externship restaurants to talk to chefs and submit my resume and cover letters. As of right now I have three “trails” set up, which is like a working interview for an externship. They are at Eleven Madison Park, The Modern and Bouley. Although, my true dream externship would be to win the Basque Stage and spend 3-6 months in the Basque countryside!
I know it may seem weird, but I have still eaten quite a bit of soup here in Hawaii. I love making soups and stews because I feel like it gives me room to be creative. I can throw whatever I want into a soup/stew and whip it up pretty quickly. Because of that, soups are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in your kitchen. Also, they are great if you don’t have time to stand over your stove while making dinner. You can be getting ready, taking care of the kids or just kicking back watching Top Chef while your soup works its magic.
Just a quick Hawaii update before I introduce our awesome guest blogger for today. I have finally moved in and (I think) got everything I need- i.e. bedding, my sweet air mattress, a bike, a surfboard, staples- after spending almost all the money I had to get me on my feet. Keep your fingers crossed for my stage at Morimoto Waikiki tomorrow night! It is so great here, everyone seems super nice and the weather WAY beats Colorado’s freezing winter! Although I will admit I’ve got quite the sunburn at the moment, that’s OK though. As for our guest blogger today, I would like to introduce you to Quynh from QlinArt whose blog is perfect for today, because much of the food here in Hawaii also has a lot of Asian influence. She has quite a cool background and not-to-mention awesome photography, so check her out:
Spicy, Creamy Green Lentil Casserole
I realize it was a little backwards to post the dessert half of my spaghetti squash dinner first, but let’s be honest that is always the best part! (Also don’t forget to go over and enter my coconut oil giveaway here!) Here is how I used the other half of our seven pound spaghetti squash. I was kind of winging it with this recipe, which caused a bit of challenge naming it. This recipe is a great way to enter fall; you get to use your winter squash, but still get a summery feel with the Mediterranean flavors.
I was watching a Next Food Network Star rerun the other day and got a good laugh out of Wolfgang Puck bringing one of the contestants back inside the house to show her how to make risotto. I am sure many of you saw this episode too. I was amazed that a person would make it that far on a show like that without knowing how to make risotto! I guess that shows that TV is not always as realistic as we may think. Come to think of it, I also watched a 24 Hour Restaurant Battle where the girl who was going to be the head chef had never even worked in a restaurant before!
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you already know how much I love trying new exotic flavor combinations. The weirder the combination, the more interested I seem to be. I’m not sure why this is but it’s kind of funny to me now because I was such a picky eater as a kid and never was interested in trying new things. The only vegetables I ate until about high school were peas, corn and mashed potatoes… how things have changed.
I recently read an article about edamame and all of its amazing health benefits. If you don’t know much about edamame, it is a green soybean that is a great source of protein, contains all 8 essential amino acids and has no cholesterol of trans-fats. It is high in fiber and iron as well. I’ve like edamame for a while now, but this just makes eating it even better! It is a great addition to many meals and is definitely one to try if you haven’t yet. This dish is simple- marinated shrimp and rice with edamame. When sautéing the shrimp, deglazing the pan adds a ton of flavor that regular sautéing wouldn’t.