Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Salt and vinegar potatoes

The other night I tried something new - salt and vinegar potatoes. Basically, instead of boiling the potatoes in water I did it in white vinegar. I got the idea from a recipe on 101 Cookbooks. I did them with crumbed chicken tenderloins and some greens, and the vinegar was strong, and I mean strong. I love S&V chips, but woah. Next time I make them I will be doing a half water batch so they are not so over-powering, and possibly slice them a lot thicker. Also be warned that your house may smell of vinegar.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New books!

The other day I said I had purchased some books as well as a camera, well here they are. Two cookbooks by Leanne Kitchen, The Butcher and The Dairy, and a book by Eric M. Wilcox called Clouds.

I haven't had the chance to read any of these books yet, but I just had to get this one. It was only $5 and it gives you a description on what each cloud is all about. It's features, hobbies etc. I always loved learning about the different cloud names in grade 7 so I thought I would get this book so I can annoy others with cloud identification and facts haha.

I really liked the recipes in these cookbooks. I hate buying cookbooks that have sandwiches, salads and THE EASIEST THINGS TO MAKE EVER - it really annoys me. I think I could figure out how to make a salad. I love how it has descriptions and information on each different food type at the beginning of the chapter. It's not enough to just follow a recipe, I need to know why I'm doing something that way, and why it's better. I'm not the biggest meat eater in the world, so my skills aren't quite honed, which is why I bought The Butcher. It has great recipes for other types of meat such as game (quail, venison) and offal, although I think I'll be cooking little of that. The Dairy, well, I could eat cheese everyday. I have a terrible tendency to add it to everything. So remind me why I bought this book as encouragement (oh, that's right, they were both $10).

On a style note, today I bought the cutest romper/playsuit ever, quite similar to Shirly's, but you'll find out more about that in another post. Also, I tried out my new camera today and these are the results. It's no DSLR but I think the colours are good and the amount of control I have is fair for a point and shoot.