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This past Saturday, I got up at 4:50AM and got on the train at 5:20AM to Sheepshead Bay to board the Captain Steve’s Seaqueen VII. J.P. organized this lovely morning trip (that I almost didn’t go to until I found a Groupon deal for half the price: $35 for two, instead of $35 for one). Nothing against J.P. or fishing at all, I’m just really not a morning person. I grumpily made my way to the boat and complained about my hurting stomach and stinging eyes (my symptoms of lack of sleep).
My sleepy fingers were not excited about touching these little guys until… the first catch of the day was made. An experienced young fisher caught a 26 inch fluke. The entire boat erupted in loud cheers. In 20 minutes, cheers were happening all over the boat as more and more people caught fish. If your fluke is 19 inches or longer, you get to keep it and take it home. I started to wake up because I realized I could be bringing home dinner. That would make my trip worth it. I started trying and about two hours later, I caught something. It was a pathetic 10 inch little guy.
As small as this looks, this is actually my second catch. I only made two catches on Saturday, but the second one made the cut at a full 22 inches! My roommates on the trip, LAW, H.W., and S.S., were probably all selfishly (sel-fish-ly?) happy because they knew we would have a fresh catch for dinner. Continue reading
For those of you who don’t know, I actually cook at home for dinner every Monday through Thursday, and sometimes for lunch on the weekends. I’m not always eating out as my blog may suggest… Pictured above is what LAW and I had for dinner last night. Panko-crusted chicken thigh, roasted broccoli, mashed potatoes, and sauteed portabella mushrooms. Nothing too fancy though since I normally make Chinese food, this seemed special.
J.P. brought us home two bags of Kraft Chili Lime and Panko mix, which was essentially panko mixed with some lime flavor and cheddar cheese. Panko, by the way, is a Japanese style bread crumb. The only difference from regular bread crumbs is that panko is made with crustless bread. The crustless bread is coarsely ground and tends to stay crispier than regular bread crumbs because they do not absorb as much grease. I defrosted the chicken thighs, patted on the panko and cheddar, and stuck it in the oven for about 30 minutes. I read somewhere that you shouldn’t cut up chicken right after you cook it because you end up losing all the juices. It’s best to wait a bit so the moisture is sealed in, which is what we did. The chicken ended up very juicy and tender. I was quite happy with it! The Kraft packet was pretty solid, with just a hint of lime. I didn’t have to add any other seasonings as the mix provided enough flavor on its own. I still have some more mix and chicken which I will save for another lazy cooking day. It’s honestly too easy. Continue reading
Comfort food on a rainy day. Marinated chicken with salt, pepper, rosemary, and basil. Caramelized an onion and then sautéed with chicken and garlic. Added in blanched broccoli and then added the Alfredo. Added some parmesan, salt to taste, and lots of black pepper. Packed a box for lunch too.
Used soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and a little bit of Chinese cooking wine to marinate the beef shank. I learned that shank is the leg part and so is usually pretty tough. Did not know this when I bought it… So to tenderize the meat, I added some corn starch to the marinade. Worked like a charm. Added some chilies and black pepper with the broccoli.
Chicken seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, cooking wine, and brown sugar. Vegetables seasoned with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and rosemary.