Category: Mess Hall

Catching Up

Catching Up

So, at some point, I fell behind in posts for what I was cooking, and then fartehr behind, and then I stopped cooking for a while, with the end result being that I no longer remembered how long things had taken me, or what trouble I ran into (except that my BĂ©arnaise sauce came out way too green, and that I did something that decreased the sweetness in the Coconut-Chocolate Tart).

I was going to do catch-up posts anyway, from my pictures, but I just discovered that I forgot to take photos of some of the finished products. So! Instead, I’m going to do a complete list of what I made last year, and then post the completed dishes that I have pictures of at the end.

What I’ve Made So Far:

I think that was everything.

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Barbeque Bacon-wrapped Chicken and Italian Marinated Mushrooms

Barbeque Bacon-wrapped Chicken and Italian Marinated Mushrooms

So, this one was a bit of an ambitious meal for someone just starting out. Both recipes included sauces you make, and instead of subbing them out, I went ahead and made the Italian Spice, Spicy Italian Dressing, and Barbeque Sauce. When I had those, I started the meal. By the end of it, I’d lost track of how long anything had taken.

Prepped
Prepped
Prepped
Prepped

There’s a bunch of substitutions in this one, because I thought I had spices that I didn’t. I’ll probably have to make the barbeque sauce again once I use this up, just to know how it’s supposed to taste.

Oh, and I did remember to take the chicken out to defrost that morning, but apparently a day in the fridge was not enough. I still had to stick them in the microvwave.

Substitutions/Changes:

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Maple Glazed Donuts

Maple Glazed Donuts

These ones aren’t from the Wheat Belly Cookbook, but I figured I’d post them anyway. On the plus side, I can link the recipe this time: Maple Glazed Donuts at Savory Lotus.

On Wednesday I decided randomly to try and make some non-wheat donuts I’d bookmarked a while back. I wanted a treat and did have anything in the house. I should probably plan ahead for that from now on. I have discovered impatience doesn’t go well with baking.

Substitutions/Changes:

  • Ground almonds and coconut for almond and coconut flours. I’ve decided the difference must be the fineness of the grind. These turned out a little coarse.
  • Butter for coconut butter.

Mistakes:

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Cajun Chicken Cutlets and Spinach Gratin

Cajun Chicken Cutlets and Spinach Gratin

I already knew I liked Cajun chicken, so this seemed like a safe bet to start. The book suggested pairing it with the spinach gratin, so I tried both at the same time.

Substitutions/Changes:

  • Ground almonds for almond meal/flour, because I’m still not sure what the difference is.

American to Canadian:

  • Whipping Cream for Heavy Cream (which doesn’t seem to be a thing up here).

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Mini Baked Egg Casseroles

Mini Baked Egg Casseroles

I very rarely cook, but as I’m shifting my eating habits that’s looking less and less sustainable. (Especially now that the restaurant I went to for lunch has unfortunately closed.) As a way to try and get myself cooking on a regular basis, I borrowed the Wheat Belly cookbooks from the library. I don’t like spending a lot of time cooking, so I’ve decided to go with the 30 Minute (or Less) Cookbook. I’m going to try and make as many of the recipes as I can before I lose interest J

These probably won’t be regular posts, as I may have to skip days, and some of the recipes will get me more than one meal. But for now, here we go.

Mini Baked Egg Casseroles

I chose these ones since it looked pretty easy, and it was.

Substitutions/Changes:

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