I don’t know what this shape of pasta is.
Last night I was hungry- it happens to me most nights. I couldn’t decide what to make. After a lot of going back and forth, I decided to use up some fresh basil from my garden to make a fresh spaghetti in a simple olive oil sauce. I went to the store to get a few ingredients. My trip to the grocery store was uninspired. I returned home un-excited to cook. I thought that maybe cooking in real-time “against” the contestants on MasterChef Season 3 would be fun… Could I pull off a fresh extruded pasta in an hour? The question was exciting, but the more I thought about it, I just didn’t want to cook.
I had tweeted about live tweeting an hour of cooking and there seemed to be some interest so I thought it would be fun to do eventually. But not that night… I ate leftovers last night.
Tonight I was ready to cook. A long day at work and I wanted to unwind- cooking relaxes me. I decided to up the ante and shoot for three courses in one hour. They would be simple(ish) courses, but all three in an hour from scratch would be aggressive to say the least. Spoiler: Dinner was excellent. But it wasn’t smooth sailing, here’s what happened along the way (and a few tips that can help speed up your cooking).
Tonight I made something that failed… Actually, I didn’t just make one thing that failed, I made three things that failed. Mozzarella meringue: didn’t taste like mozzarella. Tomato Espuma: Too loose, didn’t stand up (literally). Bone Marrow Ravioli: WAY too rich- even for me!
This is the first in a 3 course dinner mega-chain post… The kitchen is like my sanctuary on days off… here’s what kind of trouble I can get into…
It’s a late night of drinking… who dosen’t like that? I had a great time at Red Bull Music Academy listening to Questlove of The Roots band (rumor has it Jimmy Fallon was also in the house) but he didn’t introduce himself… RUDE. Also, Houston’s own Bun B was present. Ain’t no party like a Red Bull Party:)
Pasta Salad with deconstructed pesto
- Torn Basil Leaves
- Pine Nuts
- Grated Parmesan
- Garlic Balsamic Vinagrett
More food that I cooked with Lisa
More food that I cooked with Lisa.
Grilled Chicken, Grilled Rosemary Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest and Nutmeg…basil lemon sauce.
Dinner for 2.