Bawk Bawk!

As the Olympics come to a close, it’s always a bittersweet feeling. What an incredible experience, every time! I love how the world comes together to compete in these terrific sports. It truly brings us together. I couldn’t believe how many sports there were this year. Astounding! Congrats to everyone who participated; those who took home medals and those who didn’t. Everyone’s a winner! They’re the best in the world, no matter what! I certainly admired the awesome sportsmanship throughout the games. It was so touching and beautiful to see. Those were the most memorable moments to me. It meant more to me than ever. 2020 gave us a lot to reflect upon and appreciate. Cherish one another; love each other, and be kind.

It was a busy weekend in the kitchen, cooking and roasting up a storm! This coming week is my aunt’s birthday. In celebration of her birthday and for my culinary assignment this week, I’ve roasted a young whole chicken and made gravy from scratch. Good ol’ comfort food. Yum!

I was so nervous because I’ve never roasted a whole piece of poultry before. I usually buy a whole chicken that’s already cooked. It’s so much easier to work with!

In my readings this past week, I learned that roasting and baking are one-in-the-same. Though, I’ve never heard someone say they’re going to roast a cake. I found it very interesting that both terms mean the same.

Before roasting the chicken, I had to truss it. Trussing entails tying the chicken legs and wings snugly together with butcher’s twine so that they are close with the body. Trussing is important for the chicken to cook evenly in the oven. It also prevents the legs and wings from burning. I lathered my chick with butter (olive oil is fine, too) and seasoned with good ol’ salt and pepper. I also seasoned the inside cavity as well. I cut onions, carrots, and celery to create a mirepoix bedding to lay the seasoned chicken on. The mirepoix, a French term, is cooked slowly with the liquid and fat from the chicken. This will be used to make the gravy afterwards. The end goal is for the chicken to be golden brown and for the skin to be crispy. It took nearly two hours for the chickie to cook. The thermometer finally read 165℉; she was cooked thoroughly. Hallelujah! The chicken was juicy, tender, and oh-so-flavorful. I was stoked!

Onto the gravy… I used the mirepoix and the juices from the chicken to first make a roux. I added flour to create a thickening agent. Then added chicken broth to create the gravy. I poured the contents into a mesh strainer, and voilà! Homemade gravy! It was pretty simple and oh-so-good!

For my aunt’s birthday I made a mocha jelly dessert dish. I initially saw a video on Emmymade’s Facebook page on chocolate jelly. I, of course, altered the recipe and made it my own. It turned out to be more of a pudding texture, but it tasted fabulous. It was very rich. Next time, I’ll add more gelatin.

Emmy loves to make unique dishes. This link has some pretty wacky stuff: https://www.emmymade.com/7-wacky-retro-recipes-for-you-to-try/. Not sure if I’m totally game to trying them. Some of them are quite strange. The 7-Up mayo jello salad and the rainbow sherbet snowball cake look interesting. She’s got some interesting stuff on her Facebook. It’s quite entertaining.

Have a marvelous new week! Cases are rising everywhere. Stay safe and healthy!

FS x

A family affair of froyoz!

Remember when frozen yogurt used to be the dessert to get? There were froyo places popping up all over the island and then they slowly starting closing down. I’m glad Cherry on Top in Pearl City is still around. This place is DA BOMB!

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What an assortment- for the fam!

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These were the flavors that evening. I’m sure they change out the flavors every so often.

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Each of us chose at least one flavor per station, and what was cool was that they all mixed well together in our individual bowls.

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I LOVE their toppings bar. So diverse and so much variety to choose from!

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More toppings to choose from!

Cherry on Top
1140 Kuala St.
Pearl City, HI 96782
https://www.yelp.com/biz/cherry-on-top-pearl-city

Thee BEST soup/salad buffet ever!

I love Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation. They are, hands-down, the BEST soup and salad buffet EVER! Their food is so good; so refreshing, and healthy.

It’s been several years since I last ate there, in California. I got to dine there recently in Arizona. My friends took me there when I went to visit them. Yay! I was so stoked! It was well worth it! The quality of the food never changed!

There were too many selections to choose from, so I took pictures of all the food- haha! It was overwhelming for sure! My top faves were the toss salad with pickles and red wine vinaigrette dressing, spicy cucumber quinoa salad, the garlic cheese bread, the blueberry muffins with honey-whipped butter, and the vanilla/chocolate soft serve frozen yogurt. Oh my gosh! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I want to go back! I wish we had a Sweet Tomatoes here in Hawaii. I would be there ALL THE TIME!

Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation (various locations)
https://souplantation.com/