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

Fourteen of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Reminded Me + Dalgona Coffee

Merry Christmas! Wishing you all a safe, joyous, and peaceful holiday weekend. One week until 2021! Let the countdown for the new year begin.

Sharing the 14th fact the year has taught and reminded me:

14. Pending election results can cause a lot of stress and anxiety; hence, stress eating.

This year was an election year in the US. With all that’s happened in 2020, this election was also something to talk about- and stress about ,too. I’ve never been more in-tuned and involved during an election year than this year. It was another event that will go down in history. It was very nerve-wracking watching the presidential election results that felt like an eternity to finalize. I felt like I was constantly stress eating during that extremely long wait.

This year made me realize how important it is to do research on elective officials before casting my vote. I’ve lost trust in the government. It’s full of bureaucratic and undisclosed corruption. With a new president on the way for 2021, I hope they can restore trust back in the American people. I want to have faith and hope again that the government will truly make American wonderful and united again.

During Father’s Day weekend, I came across a popular Korean coffee drink called dalgona (see featured image) on The Pioneer Woman on Food Network. This drink became popular to make during the quarantine. It’s so simple to make. However, my version was super strong and rich! I think I may’ve used too much instant coffee.

The ingredients for dalgona Coffee, or whipped coffee:

  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Boiling water
  • Instant coffee

Mele Kalikimaka!

Be safe!

FS x