The Great Meat Experiment

This weekend we conducted a culinary experiment of sorts cooking 6 pieces of tri tip in 6 different sauces. Some of which turned out to be real winners, while other may not have been favorites actually none of them turned out badly. Here are the results:

1. Onion puree – worked very well with the meat, but the onion need to cook a bit longer than the meat. Not for next time, start the onion first.

2. Garlic and olive oil mash – pure magic if you love garlic and we do! Note: take care not to burn the garlic, just carmelize it in the pan…lovely!

3. Chili and sugar rub – several smokey spices, chili powder and sugar, made for a nice sweet and smoky result. Thumbs up!

4. Balsamic with a splash of orange juice – this one got watered down a bit too much, but the overall flavor was great.

5. Citrus saute – orange juice, lemon juice and just a touch of chili powder. It reduced down to a nice dark syrup. Very nice, akin to an asian dish.

6. Serrano puree – this was the only one in the bunch that wasn’t quite as edible (unless you have an iron stomach). The heat did not cook out as we had hoped, it was like a volcano. Next time we will roast the peppers before puree.

Combinations for the future? The garlic and citrus chould marry nicely as should the balsamic and onion.

Anyway, it was quite a fun experiment.

Help Wanted

A bit of advice for those seeking employment as a waiter or waitress: Do not apply for a job at a restuarant where you have never eaten. At the very least, apply some effort to learning the menu items before your first day. If you have to ask the patrons, “Um…what is that?” while pointing to their plate, you have an uphill struggle ahead.

Beer Chicken

I got a wild hair yesterday and decided to create a dinner from things I had in the house. I had some frozen chicken breast and some Bass Pale Ale and thought with a few spices it might be good if cooked the two together in the crockpot.

(Note: I bought the Bass one day when the store was out of Dos Equis and was not able to finish a single bottle. It tasted like soy sauce to me…good for chicken right? Right!)

Anyway in the usual fashion (no measurements), I added the following items to the crock pot:

Chicken
1 Bottle of Bass
Some water
Chopped onion
A few cloves of garlic
Salt
Pepper
Chili Powder
Cumin
Paprika
A bit of sugar

Cooked it on low for about 8 hours, then made a roux (flour and butter in a sauce pan) and added the cooking liquid to make a sauce. I then shredded the chicken and added it into the sauce.

I served it laddled on top of crisp potato wedges. It got a thumbs up from the hubby and Manda. Not bad for a whim!

Disneyland Excerpt

So we are sitting in the Princess Fantasy Faire waiting for the coronation to begin and the slightly chubby child behind us begins to whine:

“Mommy, can we eat something?”
“Not right now, honey. Oh look it’s starting, you better go down there with the other girls, if you want to be a princess.”
“I don’t want to be a princess. I am hungry. I want to EAT.”

Number Crunching

I have been dealing with numbers and stats all day and let me just say this…I am not a numbers person. Thank the good Lord above that there are folks who love number and want to kiss them and pet their hair. I am not one of these people.