ladysophiekitty: (Donna/Doctor alcoholic beverages)
59. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe here

I absolutely love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and these were pretty good. Browning the butter, while an extra step, really gives a nice flavor. My little adventure was that I couldn't find the electric mixer, but I found non-electric hand mixer so I used that instead which made me feel very oldschool. Other than that, pretty simple. I didn't add the pecans or the coconut since I didn't have them, but I might have to try them next time!

60. Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Mushroom Quiche
Recipe here

This was really delicious. A bit watery, but that was my fault since I didn't drain the spinach enough. My only adjustment was that I didn't add Parmesan cheese, as I thought the feta and the mozzarella plenty.

61. Green Beans with Pecans, Red Peppers, and Onions
Recipe here

I adjusted this recipe a little bit to make it healthier. I used oil instead of butter to saute the peppers and the onions, and I skipped the white sugar. I liked it, and it went very well with the quiche.
ladysophiekitty: (Amy museum)
It's been a while since I've posted this and I have quite a few to post. So I will be doing several!

54. Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spinach and Cheese

recipe here

A bunch of friends came over and made dinner with me. This was a rich dish, like most dishes with spaghetti squash are. Unfortunately my friends didn't mix everything together once it was in the pan, but it was still really delicious and easy to make. In fact, cutting the spaghetti squash was really the hardest part. It is a bit time consuming as the squash has to cook for an hour before you can shred it, so that plus preparation plus baking the actual dish probably took about 2 hours.

55. Skinny Chicken Enchiladas
recipe here

So, I say I used that recipe but I kind of didn't. What happened was that I realized that I had bought EVERYTHING for the enchiladas except the tomato sauce to make the actual enchilada sauce with. None of my friends had tomato sauce, but I found a recipe that was like, Italian style enchiladas that used spaghetti sauce instead. But because I used spaghetti sauce, I had to chance the recipe quite a bit. Like, I couldn't use a lot of the spices because the flavors would clash. And then for some reason the oven wouldn't melt the cheese, so it was a bit of a disastrous experience all around. Next time, I will definitely make it like the recipe says AND remember the tomato sauce.

56. Spiced Pumpkin Muffins
recipe here
Delicious and easy. I did the option that used extra pumpkin which made it a pretty rich muffin. I didn't have pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg/ginger/clove/allspice so I just used cinnamon and sugar for the topping.

57. Sour Cream Apple Pie with Streusel Topping
recipe here
I got invited to some people's house for Thanksgiving, so I decided to do a test run with some friends of apple pie before making it for guests as I have never made a pie before.

First, we got the kind of dough that you have to roll, which ended up being kind of hard. Fortunately there was enough dough for TWO crusts and this pie doesn't require a crust on top. The first one we baked too long and it burned a bit, so we ended up using the second one, which wasn't quite high enough on the pan but worked well enough.

The filling itself was pretty easy to make. The topping was sprinkled on a bit unevenly. Due to it being our first attempt, very ugly pie but VERY delicious. Would definitely make again, but maybe with dough already on the pie pan that has been frozen to avoid the complications of rolling it and putting it on the pan just right.

58. Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
recipe here
A pretty straightforward cookie to make! It needed a bit longer of a chill time for me. Used every ingredient except for the ginger, the house I was making it at did not have any.

The pumpkin made this cookie very soft, almost more of a bread texture than a cookie. It did solidify a bit more when I left the cookies in the fridge overnight, but still not really a cookie texture. Either way, it was good!
ladysophiekitty: (Rose split)
recipe here

It's starting to cool down here, which means I start to really look forward to eating soup. I've never made soup though, at least not intentionally. There was that one time when I added too much liquid to a lentil stew and turned it into a lentil soup.

I got diced tomatoes instead of crushed (will try crushed next time, I don't mind chunky but I also really like smoother tomato soups) and wow, for some reason my can opener was really not behaving tonight. I ended up having to turn off the stove so that the onions/garlic/olive oil wouldn't cook too long since it took several minutes to get the cans open. Not really sure what was going on there! I also got non frozen cheese and garlic tortellini. At first I was really worried I wouldn't have enough tortellini, but I had 3 tortellini in my bowl that I ended up cutting into quarters and was definitely enough.

This was really flavorful and good! And definitely a good dish for a night where you don't want to do much preparation or work in the kitchen. I served with some garlic toast (using the garlic salt I purchased yesterday!) and a small salad. It was a great dinner.
ladysophiekitty: (Donna/Doctor alcoholic beverages)
Caramelized chicken with mushrooms

This was REALLY good. Reminded me of an easier version of the brown butter parmesan chicken linguine I made last year, only without the pasta. But the mushroom/onion/wine/chicken combination tasted much like the one used there. The chicken wasn't quite cooked through even when I doubled the time, so I ended up heating it up in the microwave for a minute. After that, it was cooked perfectly.

I used less better than it said and didn't do the toasted herb bread. All in all I'd say this took about 30-40 minutes to make. I served with green beans and salad.
ladysophiekitty: (Amy museum)
Chicken piccata recipe

My sister cooked a chicken stir-fry a couple nights ago and didn't cook all the chicken, so there was still one piece left in the freezer that I decided to do something with. I spent a lot of time looking at recipes, but unfortunately most either used the oven (which I'd prefer not to do for a one-person dish during the summer) or used ingredients that I didn't have. So it was nice when I found this recipe, which was cooked using the stove, had simple ingredients that I had around, and didn't require too much adjustment to change portions.

This was good. Easy to put together and cook. Unfortunately for once we didn't have freshly grated Parmesan, so I had to use the store-bought kind. Next time I will have to try the other way! I used the white wine option, and it took me slightly longer than it said for it to cook the whole way through. She said 3 minutes for each side, I probably did about 6 or 7.

It was also my first time doing (and hearing about) the butterfly cut, but once I found the right knife to use it was pretty easy to do. All in all, her estimate of 20-30 minutes was actually accurate in my case. I'm used to being much slower than they say but this was simple enough.
ladysophiekitty: (Katie McGrath glasses +coffee)
I offered to make dinner tonight and wanted to make something with zucchini in it.I got a request to make something with white fish in it, so I decided to make fish and zucchini tacos.

The recipe.

I'm not a huge fan of white fish but since it was his request figured I'd try it anyway. These were really easy to make. Most of the prep time was just cutting up the zucchini. The directions for how to cut the zucchini were phrased a bit oddly but I figured it out. I cooked the fish for 10 minutes as instructed but it was a bit undercooked so I had to do it for a few more minutes.

I got a lot of compliments for these! I wasn't thrilled due to the white fish, but if I had to cook it this was probably one of the better ways to eat it. And it's certainly healthier than frying it.
ladysophiekitty: (Lilah thumbs up)
I made green beans last night. No recipe, just sort of made it up! But here's what I did:

First I put the green beans (after cutting off the ends, of course) into a plastic bowl, put a little bit of water in it and covered it with plastic wrap. I heated it up in the microwave for a minute and 30 seconds.

Then I got out a pan to saute it, put some olive oil and minced garlic and added the beans. I put a little bit of soy sauce (very little! Didn't want it to be too salty), some sesame seeds, sesame oil, and red wine. I sauteed it for about 5 minutes.

It was very good! I was planning to put some onions in it but unfortunately forgot to chop some so that will have to wait. Next time I might also try to experiment with spices a bit.
ladysophiekitty: (Stock cupcakes)
I've been at college for several months now and I did manage to make a few things before I left and then I baked quite a bit during this vacation so I do have a lot to post today! And possibly more after this weekend as a few of my friends want to bake with me.

32. pumpkin nut muffins
Last week I went to San Francisco for a few days and wanted to make some muffins to eat for easy breakfasts while there. We also didn't have any butter so I wanted a muffin recipe that used oil instead. These were a success! At first I thought they were a bit bland when I tried one after it had cooled for half an hour or so, but I changed my mind after that. I might add a few more spices next time but it was fine. And I added walnuts instead of pecans, as we had no pecans in the house. But the walnuts were great, too.

33. oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

I LOVE oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, so this recipe looked great for me and I decided to make it before heading off to college. Unfortunately, I discovered that I do not like applesauce as a big substitute. I thought it tasted strong of apples and gave it sort of an odd texture. I also did not have dark chocolate chips so I used milk chocolate instead.

34. zucchini and feta balls
I love zucchini and I love feta, and these were delicious! I'd never really fried anything before so that was an interesting experience. I used fresh mint from my garden and dried dill for the spices suggested. I also thought the peanut oil was quite strong in the flavor it gave the balls. I might have to experiment with different kinds of oils. Definitely eat this fast! An hour and a half later I had a few left and they had gotten a bit soggy by then, though they were still very good.

35. good morning muffins

I didn't like these at all. It was a bit time consuming to make although not very difficult, but the main problem was that I didn't like it with orange juice and orange marmalade. That was mostly my fault, though. I don't mind orange jelly but I had forgotten that I disliked orange marmalade as I hadn't had it in a while. Fortunately my sister's friend liked it so I was able to give the batch to her.

36. snickerdoodle chocolate chip cookies

These were so good! I love snickerdoodle cookies and I love chocolate chip cookies, so when I got home after months of not baking I thought why not make a recipe that combined both? Again, I did make some very minor changes. The first was that I did not have toffee chips and I don't like them very much, so I just added a few extra chocolate chips. The second is that my oven might not be as strong as hers, so I ended up having to bake them an extra 10 minutes or so. I only made a half batch, too, as I had just enough butter for that. I think I ate all 8 cookies in less than 24 hours! And then I used the extra cinnamon sugar to make cinnamon toast.
ladysophiekitty: (Rose Tardis)
My family is having a pretty busy week, so my sister and I were each asked to cook dinner for one night. I was more than happy to do so. Usually I just make salad to go with the meal, but I was asked to make an actual side dish, so a different veggie it was!

brown butter chicken linguine

This recipe took a little bit longer than I expected. I'm still new to cooking, so I can be a bit on the slow side, especially with preparing and chopping everything. I started an hour and 20 minutes before we were planning to eat (7:20) and we actually sat down to eat closer to 8. The recipe itself is actually pretty simple, it was complicated only in that you have to keep a close eye on the instructions because there is a lot of swapping what cooks on the skillet at a time. I also somehow missed the "cut into pieces" part of the chicken directions, so I ended up heating them up in a microwave for a few minutes and cutting them then, before adding it to everything.

I used red wine instead of white, and didn't have parsley to garnish. But this dish is INCREDIBLE. Really flavorful and rich, but not over the top and still a bit subtle. It's what I call a grower: you put it in your mouth and don't taste much at first and then all the sudden it's "oh my god, this is so flavorful and delicious!"

Definitely making this again.

sugar snap peas with mint and lemon

This was good too! Really simple to make. I used lemons and mint from our garden, which made it a convenient dish. Don't have too much to say about it.

These two worked pretty well together!
ladysophiekitty: (Stock cupcakes)
I haven't updated this challenge for a while, mostly because I either haven't been cooking much, have been remaking some things like the turkey burgers I've posted before, been making super simple things, or just haven't gotten around to it! So I have a few to update. I'll post another one tomorrow, hopefully.

Now, normally I wouldn't post a grilled cheese sandwich on here (unless it was a gourmet complicated one) because mostly it's just bread, cheese, oil or butter, cooking a few minutes on each side. But this time was actually a bit more experimental for me. We didn't have any cheese in the house except for grumbled goat cheese, and I wasn't too sure how that would turn out. And actually, it turned out really well! I pressed the cheese down so that it wouldn't be quite so thick and slow to melt, and spent about 5 minutes on the first side, since I didn't want to flip until it had melted enough, and 3 minutes on the second.

lentil stew with ayib

Well, this certainly was an adventure. To start, the store I went to didn't provide any red lentils, in a can or bagged, so I got green instead. I'd never cooked lentils in a bag before and followed directions, but it never mentioned draining. Now that I think about it, it makes sense, but there didn't seem to be a whole lot of extra water. Well, when I added the 6 extra cups of water, it was TOO MUCH but I thought that maybe some of the water evaporated. I ended up having to pour out some of the water, and guessed the extra amounts of tomato paste and spices to make up for that. So this wasn't a porridge like so much as LENTIL SOUP! It seemed to be a hit with my family, though I personally thought it was a bit on the bland side (and looking back, although she listed the garam masala in the ingredients, I didn't see anywhere to put it in so I hadn't noticed I never used it until after), though I liked it much better the second night.

The cheese was easy enough to make and did add a nice flavor to it. I'm not fond of cottage cheese outside of lasagna, but I didn't mind.

I'm definitely getting better at cooking and being ok with not following a recipe exactly, but it certainly makes me laugh when I'm reminded how much of a newcomer I am. But that's kind of the fun of cooking too: having to improvise when things don't go exactly right. And when it tastes good after, it really feels like an accomplishment.
ladysophiekitty: (Doctor/Rose full moon)
Today my friend came over and we made a huge brunch type spread. So 2 of these are recipes we've followed, and one of them is my own recipe (for scrambled eggs, which I have perfected by now)

french toast sticks

These turned out REALLY badly. I don't think it was the recipe so much as it was us. We planned out the meal yesterday and so I had only gotten to the store yesterday, and I bought a banana as I didn't have any. It was pretty much the only one not green and the recipe called for a really ripe banana. Also the recipe suggested cinnamon raisin bread, which we got, but it was a bit on the thin side and the batter didn't really stick to the bread at all and it cooked weirdly and blegh. I didn't even try it because my friend took a bite of hers and told me to not even bother. Recipe fail!


apple pie muffins

These were pretty good. The apples didn't really shine through though, like, you couldn't really taste them at all. I'm not sure what kind of apples they were (my friend is the one who brought them over) but the recipe didn't specify, so. The brown sugar crunchy top was amazing, however! In fact, the muffins tasted more like brown sugar than apple. I only had one, so maybe they'll improve with further tastings, sometimes I will feel meh about something only to really enjoy it later on.

Now I'm off to the gym to work off all that plus the sausage we consumed for breakfast.

And then Scrambled Eggs.

Usually when I make them, I make them just for me so I use 2 eggs. Since there were 2 of us today, I used 4.
I either mince 1 clove of garlic and then mince some red onion and put them, along with a little bit of salt, in a bowl of whisked eggs and mix them together. Sometimes I will grate the garlic and melt it with the butter (I only do the previous if I decide to use oil instead of butter for the pan) and then put the onion/egg combination in. Occasionally I'll put in a very small dab of cream cheese to make it creamier. Today my friend wanted cheese, so I grated some sharp white cheddar.

Then I put it on the pan and put it on medium low, and constantly stir the eggs, maybe for about 5-7 minutes.
Today I just minced and mixed everything, even though I used butter for the pan.

THESE ARE AMAZING!
ladysophiekitty: (Lady Mary doors)
recipe here

If you can't tell, I've been a bit recipe crazy these past few days. It helps that there's a bunch of stuff in the house that needs to be eaten. We were gone for a few days and when we came back we had these GIANT zucchinis. My contribution today were these zucchini bites, which according to the site is something like a mini quiche and a muffin. Personally I think they're more like a min quiche, or maybe an omelet.

The original recipe said it would make 24 mini muffins, but my eyes must have skipped the mini part. I decided to halve the recipe because 12 would be just fine for me. I took out a regular muffin pan and it filled about 6 of those maybe a little over half. I also didn't have fresh parsley in the house but I'm not a fan so I was fine going without.

I used slightly sharp white cheddar. The recipe was really simple, just a lot of peeling, grating, cutting, and stirring.

They were OK. Light and fluffy, and the cheese I chose wasn't too strong or overpowering. Next time I might add some salt or pepper, just to give it a little oomph, because they were a bit on the bland side.

Had these for lunch, along with some of my leftover cashew chicken, and it was a good meal.
ladysophiekitty: (Doctor/Rose let's make a bet)
recipe for cashew chicken here

I actually doubled this recipe as we had 5 people eating dinner tonight. Other changes included: extra garlic, cooking sherry, and sesame oil.

This was very good. I thought with all the honey it would be very sweet, but then again while I did double the ingredients I didn't double it for the sauce.

First stir fry I've ever made! Good thing to know for the future.
ladysophiekitty: (Doctor/Rose somewhere I've never travele)
recipe here

I must admit that I didn't just make this. This was a recipe I made (twice, actually!) a little while ago but with the fail of a burger recipe I posted today I thought I'd post a good one as well. This is actually one of my FAVORITE recipes!

It's really good and so easy to make. I'm not even much of a mayo fan but the lime mayo was fabulous! No changes made except for the fact that I usually use a little extra meat and make 5 burgers.
ladysophiekitty: (Donna yellow)
recipe here

We have a BUNCH of pita bread in the house that needed to be used up, so I thought I'd make something as a sandwich filling.

This recipe...well, I'm not really sure what I think. The mint sauce is really good, but I don't like the actual burger very much. The flavoring seems a bit off and the texture of the chicken isn't quite right. I actually followed the recipe exactly with no changes made this time.

I won't be making it again, though I might keep the recipe for the mint yogurt.
ladysophiekitty: (Doctor/Rose stuff of legend)
I bought some chicken yesterday planning to make chicken gyros (soon!), but was informed that we would be using the chicken for dinner tonight. I asked if I could still make dinner, so garlic chicken it was!

recipe here

Very easy to make. I was asked to put in 3 tbsps of brown sugar instead of 4, so ours was slightly less sweet. Still good, though! Next time I might add some onions because I love onions.

I would suggest cooking it for 25 minutes. 30 minutes made the glaze harden onto the pan pretty badly which made for one hell of a cleanup, though the chicken was cooked very nicely.
ladysophiekitty: (Doctor/Rose dreaming of the future)
here

 This was the first multi step cooking dish that I made all by myself, without either helping someone or having someone help me. I bake by myself all the time but never cooking.

A few differences. I used a pound and 1/2 of turkey instead of chicken, and I added rice because I'm not a fan of beans and meat only. I also used a different kind of cheese, some kind of Mexican quesadilla cheese.

This might be a personal preference but I did NOT like the sauce, it was too salty. I ditched that and just put green salsa on the top instead.

I also made the 4 burritos and have a bunch of extra filling! But I used slightly smaller amounts and tortillas. Next time I might not bake the whole thing, just warm the tortillas and eat it like that.
ladysophiekitty: (Katie McGrath glasses +coffee)
reciple here

It's been VERY warm lately which means that I was in the mood for a cold drink. Saw this recipe a few days ago and thought I'd give it a try!

I liked it, although it didn't taste very much like chai to me. Maybe with a little bit less banana, because the banana flavor was very strong. If I make it again, I'll probably try with the chai tea bags instead! Maybe I'll try it with a bit of coconut too, even though I'm not a big coconut fan.

ladysophiekitty: (Donna/Doctor cheers)
Recipe can be found here

Yesterday I decided I wanted to add a twist to my usual oatmeal. I found a site that had a lot of great looking oatmeal recipes, but this looked the healthiest so I thought I'd try this one (even though the cookie dough one looked DELICIOUS! I've been having a major sweet tooth lately). I don't have banana, though, and I think that made all the difference. Mine ended up being very thin with not much flavor minus a slight hint of peanut butter. So I would suggest that if you make it, keep the banana!

*Recipe #4 was friends locked.
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