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March 2008 Archives

Cookin' Up Some Quack

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Today I have a guest post from the design team.  Rich and Kim had a few friends over Rich and Mike's apartment and served them a delicious looking duck dinner.  When a bunch of friends get together like this, it makes me wish I could be back in Boston hanging out with them.  But in a few weeks, I will be making them jealous with weekly beach trips so it isn't so bad.  Rich's comments will be in green, and I might make a few in black.


"Cookin' Up Some Quack"

Kim, Mike, Steph, Alex, Amy, and I were the 6 party people on Friday...  good thing there weren't any more people than that, even though I invited 5 other people who couldn't come.  The amount of food ended up literally being just enough and there was only 1 piece of Duck left over.





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Dinner Party - Part 2

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I have decided that yesterday and today's posts may be a bit confusing to people who might want to make some of these dishes for themselves.  Because of that, over the weekend I will be writing the individual recipes down for each dish and posting them on 5 separate pages in the recipe section.  So you should just look at these posts as a view of a fun night and come back next week for the recipes if you so desire.

We continue where we left off, just as the guests were arriving...





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Dinner Party - Part 1

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Since we decided to house sit for our friends, we knew we needed to have a dinner party.  We have people over for food all of the time, but it is very casual.  It is also hard because we don't have a table to eat on.  We usually end up having pizza or cheesesteaks.  We knew we would have a really nice kitchen and dining table for a week and we knew we would need to use them.  We decided to go OTT with this party because who knows when we would next have such an opportunity.  The more over the top we started thinking, the crazier it became.





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Mandoline's Slice

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This is not my beautiful house... Tiny bubbles slowly begin to rise to the surface of the pot, the hiss of the frying pan becoming steadily louder. Beautiful, fragrant smells hit my nose as my stomach begins to quietly...
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I sneak a, Chicken Tikka, Masala at a gala event

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Oh chicken tikka, like spaghetti with meatballs and general Tso before you, you have no cultural reference.  The California roll of Indian cuisine.  Created by an Indian expat in Britain to help western palates adapt to Middle Eastern flavors, Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular "Indian" food around.  Since we hadn't cooked Indian before, we thought it would be a good starting point.  We didn't have much time to cook that night, but this recipe seemed so simple, what I had overlooked was resting and marinating times.  Because of this, our final product was slightly on the bland side but still really delicious. Click below for more





About Me - Interview

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For the "about me" section of the website, I decided to have some of my friends interview me via email for the past couple days. This was hard for me because I don't like writing about myself.  Anyways, here is the result.


Since Bermuda only has one fast food restaurant (kfc), which one is your first choice when visiting the states?  What is it that you missed?

Well, I love me a nice McDonalds cheeseburger, we usually get this first because it is usually on the way from the airport to wherever we are heading. But in reality what I miss most is taco bell and Qdoba.  We try and get taco bell 3 times on every trip to the states.  Other then that, I stay away from most fast food.  Trips to the US are basically eating frenzies for us because I miss all the food in the US.  Some restaurants here are really good, but only a handful, and as they get better they get crazy expensive.  The unlimited restaurant cornucopia we get when visiting the states is a bit too much for us to even handle.  I think I gained 8 pounds on my last trip.

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Last Restaurant Standing - Review

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Last restaurant standing is consistently getting better each episode and this one did not disappoint.  Last nights theme was selling your product.  Different from marketing outside the restaurant like 2 weeks ago, this is marketing inside.  Raymond has a secret ingredient he sends all the restaurants that the need to up sell over the weekend.

 

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Beach BBQ

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Today is the coldest, windiest, dreariest day we have had here in Bermuda this winter.  Just when I was thinking the weather would turn and we would be at the beach in a few weeks, we get this crazy storm.  I had coffee today for the first time in months when I got in to work because the ride was so crazy.  Gigantic waves were crashing into the sea wall and splashing upon the road.  Gale force winds threatening to toss my bike like a child's toy off of the asphalt and on to the rocks below. 

To further warm my body and mind, and remind me that spring IS coming here in Bermuda, I have decided to post some beach BBQ pictures from last year. Click below for the rest of the pics





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Quiz and Shoutout

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Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone, I was planning on cooking something themed for this day but unfortunately I've been pretty busy and also out of my element working in a foreign kitchen (more on this later).

Just a quick comment, I'm proud to say TFIMB has been featured this week on the threadless website because Mandi was wearing one of their shirts in some pictures.

Because last week was recipe intensive, there won't be as many actual recipes this week, but I have some other stuff planned.  Here is a quiz I made for my friends recently where you need to identify the ingredient or food in each picture.  There are 15 pictures, this one is fairly easy but I may put up "round 2" if people are interested.  This is a good thing to challenge your friends with, and if you like it, check out this candy one I posted earlier.

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Happy Chicken Week - Part 4 - Risotto, Sausage, and Arancine

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One great application of chicken stock is making risotto.  Because of the effort involved in making it, I like to throw a lot of veggies and meat in and have it as a meal instead of a side.  Not that it is hard, it's just time consuming and needs attention.  Like all the things we make, we made a ton and had lunches for work the next day.  It kept great and possibly even tasted better the next day!  This recipe is similar to a Giada recipe you can check out here.
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Happy Chicken Week - Part 3 - Thai "Spaghetti" and "Meatballs"

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These last two days of "happy chicken week" are just to show a couple different, interesting uses for the stored up chicken stock.  Our idea this past weekend was to cook something that looked like a totally different food than it actually was.

A few weeks ago at the Grillin and Chillin event we had a dish by Chef Shaker Estephane where the Mango was cut into what looked like stringy little noodles. This gave Mandi the idea that she wanted to make an entire dish where everything was shaped like noodles. I had also been thinking about it when reading Morimoto's cookbook that I got for Christmas. He loves what he calls "visual food puns".  So we first thought of a food we have often, spaghetti and meatballs. It got us thinking... what if the meat was the noodles, and the pasta was the meatballs? What we ended up with was pretty awesome. Click below for more.





Last Restaurant Standing - Review

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Before I start my review today I just wanted to mention 2 things.  1, that happy chicken week will resume tomorrow with a recipe for risotto using that great chicken stock, and 2, that the new season of Top Chef starts tonight on Bravo.  This is hands down the best reality show about food there is on TV. (ha)  Definitely check it out tonight.  I WON'T be reviewing the show because a ton of other sites do including my favorite food blog Serious Eats.  Also because it comes on at 3AM in Bermuda and I have to watch it a day or 2 later.  I will however tell you that without seeing even one episode, or knowing anything about personality, TFIMB dot com is officially supporting Andrew for winner of top chef season 4.  Just look at that formidable beard.



Now on to Last Restaurant Standing!

 

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Happy Chicken Week - Part 2 - Taco Salad and Stock

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For dinner the second night for me, and lunch the next day for both of us, I made my usual taco leftovers lunch, an awesome taco salad.  If I were to make this one day and leave the house for a few hours, it would be gone, the whole huge bowl of it.  Mandi likes it that much.




Happy Chicken Week - Part 1

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This post stems from a few different things.  First - Mandi and I have been somewhat inspired by some of our favorite chefs, especially Jamie Oliver, in their discussion of the treatment of animals and what your meat goes through on the way to your mouth.  We watched Ramsay purchase baby turkeys on his show "the F word" and build a pen for them in his backyard.  His children would feed and play with them.  Eventually they became Christmas dinner at his restaurant. If you are interested in this topic you can read some great articles here and here

Anyways, because of all this, we decided to try and only eat what mandi calls "happy meat" for a few months (lent).  This may not seem hard to most people in the US.  Just go to Whole Foods, shell out a few extra bucks, and get yourself some hormone and antibiotic free beef and free range chicken.  Here in Bermuda, it's a bit more of a challenge. Click below for more.





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About Me - Favorite Food Celebs

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In the next week or two I will be doing a few posts for an "about me" section. This is for people who are new to the site to check out and get a feeling for where I am coming from. Today's about me is a list of my top 5 favorite Celebrity food personalities with a few honorable mentions at the bottom.

Camera Cake

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The Guest Blogger is back again today.  It's Mandi, and her comments are in red.

This year for Dan's big day I decided to get him the camera he's been wanting.  He's usually annoyingly good at guessing my presents but with this one I don't think he expected it at all which is fun.  Probably because it's way more than we usually spend on each other for birthdays... but I knew he really wanted it and truthfully I'm just sick of hearing him moan about his crappy quality pictures for the blog!  Anyway, so once I sorted out the actual camera it was time to conquer the cake...





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Last Restaurant Standing - Review

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Last nights episode of last restaurant standing was pretty boring.  I missed the antics of Sam and Jackie but also wanted more people kicked off so we could really get down to the meat of the show.  The problem is they skip around between all the couples too much.  It wasn't as bad the last 2 weeks cause they just blatantly ignored some couples, but now with 7 left they tried to give them all a piece of the spotlight and it didn't really work for me.  What I like about the show is it's focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the different couples and the many beginner mistakes people tend to make.  This episode didn't really touch deeply into anyone.

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Giada De Laurentiis - Short Ribs with Tagliatelle

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Note- This is the second pasta recipe in a short period of time.  I have 3 comments:


1.  We love pasta and make it all the time
2.  I am trying to clear out pictures taken with my old camera
3.  Next week has a theme - "Happy Chicken Week" - no pasta there

Anyways, there are a ton of pictures here, but I couldn't narrow them down any further cause this was an awesome night and a great meal.  We cooked for almost 4 hours then watched a foodie movie.  What more can you ask for?

This is a direct recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.  You can find it here on the food network website and in her cookbook "Everyday Pasta."  I am going to explain the recipe as we go today.





Bermuda Gourmet Getaway 2008

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p>I had a great time at the Bermuda gourmet getaway this past weekend. Mandi and I went to "Grillin & Chillin" on Saturday night and the Viking Village on Sunday afternoon to see the finals of the Escoffier cup. If you want my opinion on both of these events, and a few pictures, click below to continue reading. If you don't, why are you here?





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