I love challenging myself and testing my willingness to step out of my comfort zone by assigning myself daring, fun and daily goals. I have a list of many items I have been wanting to cook, and will include them on here. So far, I’d say my progress has been pretty steady. I think cooking goals is a great way to break free of cooking the same dishes over again, and obviously a wonderful method to increase one’s cooking confidence! What cooking goals do you have for yourself? What are your general opinions on goals for success? Have you reached many of your cooking goals? What do you think of making a cooking goals list? (Restricting or innovative) If you has a list, what type of things would you include on it?
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This is NOT my comprehensive list. These are just some of the more interesting items I have decided to include. ENJOY! and feel free to add yours!
Peach Cobbler (with fresh peaches and brandy)
- Chinese Orange Chicken
Goodness this was divine! Original Photo
- Thai Tea
Curry Chicken (Jamaican Style)
- A Breakfast Stratta (with herb sauteed mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, feta cheese, and artichokes)
- Zabaglione Cupcakes
Grilled Tandoori Chicken- a spicy Indian dish
- Crab Cakes (jerked flavored?) from scratch with some kind of an interesting pineapple and jalapeno relish/salsa.
- Tandoori Chicken
- Banana-Pineapple Upside down cake
- Stir Fry the way my mom makes it
The popular and delicious Filipino dish Pancit
Korean BBQ Chicken
- Spring Rolls
- Sweet Potato Wedges with a savory garlic and chipotle mayo.
- Asparagus cooked in a dry white wine, then topped with a garlic and herb hollandaise sauce OR topped with Italian seasoned panko break crumbs, still cooked in a garlic, butter white wine.
- Thai Chicken in both light and dark soy sauces, fish sauce, spices, and oyster sauces, with sweet Asian chili sauce.
Green Tea and Coconut Cake with a Coconut Glaze
- At least 5 frostings from scratch (3 down 2 to go: buttercream, cream cheese, and a glaze so far)
Mochi-A traditional Japanese dessert. A Similar delicacy is called "ttoek or Ddoek" in South Korea
- Samosa (Veggie)
- Paella (Seafood)
- Chicken Patty Jamaican Style
Chinese Donuts (made during the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit 🙂
- Bagels from scratch
- Strawberry Chocolate Layer Cake
- Veggie Lasagna
Orange Cranberry Scones
- S’mores Cupcakes
- Strawberry Chocolate Champagne Truffles
Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Layer Cake
Red Lobster Biscuits
- Sweet Mango Sticky Rice
Add sweeteners to cheesecake, whip and dish it. Easy.
Berry Cheesecake (everything from scratch except crust)
- Chai coffee cake
- Seafood gumbo
- Pear Brandy Custard Galette with vanilla bean (and a caramel drizzle?)
- Ginger Coconut Blondies
- Flavored Frozen Yogurt
- Nectarine Ice Cream (from scratch)
- Miso Soup
Carrot Cake (with a homemade cream cheese buttercream frosting)
The last blog (aside) that I wrote was nearly two weeks ago. Instead of blogging, I have been using some time to get some things done, but most of all, I have been cooking more!!!! I have made scones from scratch, biscuits, dinners, a peach cobbler with fresh sliced peaches, cakes, and interesting drinks! I have a few pictures of them prepared items and will try my best to share the recipes. (Some are from an app on my phone, so I’m not sure if you all will be able to access the same recipes I have used.) (Actually, the app is powered by allthecooks.com) Although I use recipes, I also get creative and add my own ingredients to it to give the dishes originality. So the way they come out will be a tad different from the ways your may if you do follow the directions very closely. Let me know if you are interested in anything else I have listed. I plan on doing a smoothie blog full of recipes and drink ideas I frequently use. Enjoy the 4 or 5 recipes!!!
- Fun smoothies (like Green tea, mango, orange juice and lime an original- Heavenly!!!) and classic ones, like mango strawberry yogurt smoothies.
- As of late, I have made three cakes from scratch (green tea and coconut with a glaze, and a pink grapefruit yogurt cake, which I covered previously, and layered carrot cake with a cream cheese icing), however I decided to make a box cake. This is a French Vanilla Box cake, (with a homemade buttercream icing), but baked in as a layer cake, adding fresh strawberries (which I soaked in sugar and vanilla extract for 2 days). I then assembled the berried in between the layers, and frosted the cake, adding fresh sliced strawberries atop the cake for a pretty garnish. The cake was great, but the recipe I used for the buttercream icing was too sweet! I will NOT use that recipe again! There is no other recipe to link, so I will just post a pic, and say that you can make layered cakes from the box, and add whatever flavoring, fruits, or icing you want to make it more creative. So think of this as more if an idea, not a recipe.
The lovely inside. See the itty, bitty berries?
French vanilla layered cake with homemade buttercream icing and fresh strawberries.
- Tropical French Toast with bananas and coconut (with a hint of rum which I incorporated in the french toast egg/milk wash) This recipe calls for flour to be used, which makes the french toast more decadent. I also added approx.1 teaspoon of vanilla pudding mix to made the toast more creamy (which I got from another recipe) I did not have any thick bread on hand, so I used plain old wheat. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/fluffy-french-toast/Detail.aspx For the fruit, I simply took some banana pieces, added butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cook it until it got soft to my preferred desire. I then took some shredded coconuts, and sprinkled it over the banana.
Tropical French Toast with slightly caramelized bananas. They weren't super ripe, and I probably didn't use enough brown sugar. Still good,though.
- Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches, and a “special ingredient” not listed. I again made it my own by using 3/4 cup of vanilla soy milk, less than 1/4 cup of half and half (to make it a tad fluffy), water (I do that sometimes) and 1 service which is a teaspoon of french vanilla creamer. I added an ingredient that gave the sweet peaches depth, and also some apple pie spice to round the spicy and sweet flavors out. The crust was a bit more dense that other cobblers I have had, and slightly cakey, but I actually liked its richness.
Goodness this was divine!
Cobbler before I tore into it like an animal.