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Dinner tonight [Aug. 3rd, 2010|07:32 pm]
Zoethe
For some reason this afternoon I felt a craving for chicken crepes. Since we hadn't had anything to eat since a piece of toast this morning, I began cooking at 5:00. I chopped the onions and garlic and started them cooking in olive oil with a package of cremini mushrooms, quartered and sliced a zucchini and set if aside, then cut up the chicken (chicken last to avoid contamination) and added it to the onions and garlic. While this was sauteing, I mixed up the crepe batter and started the griddle heating. Once I started the crepes, I realized that I wanted a bechamel sauce to top them, so put on a sauce pan with butter melting in it. I was stirring the chicken filling and adding herbs between flipping crepes, then added the flour to the butter to make the roux.

One thing I've learned about roux is it's more forgiving that you suspect if you keep the heat down low. So there I was, pouring crepe batter, stirring roux, adding in the zucchini and stirring the chicken mixture, flipping the crepes out of the pan, pouring in the next thin layer of batter, and stirring roux again, and then adding the milk (none of this measured, of course, except for the crepe batter) for the bechamel, whisking away and deciding it needed a little kick, so grabbed some gouda out of the fridge, grated in a little, tasted, added a bit more, and declared it done.

Dinner was plated at 5:25. And I feel just a little smug about that.
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[User Picture]From: roaming
2010-08-03 11:58 pm (UTC)
gadzooks, I AM impressed! And envious! And now actually very very hungry!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:01 am (UTC)
I was pretty amazed myself, I have to say!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-08-03 11:59 pm (UTC)
Perfect icon for a SUPER performance! I'm impressed!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:03 am (UTC)
I seldom feel justified in using it, but tonight? SO much!
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[User Picture]From: lunarennui
2010-08-03 11:59 pm (UTC)
*applauds*

now I'M hungry.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:06 am (UTC)
I like to cook, once I'm up and doing it. It's getting underway that's my downfall.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2010-08-03 11:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds delicious! And in 25 minutes, too! You rock :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:09 am (UTC)
I think it's watching Hell's Kitchen!
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[User Picture]From: smartlikeatruck
2010-08-04 12:07 am (UTC)
Daaaaaayum!

That's awesome, for serious.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you. I am pleased.
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2010-08-04 12:13 am (UTC)
That sounds AWESOME. I am so envious, both of your skill and that you got to eat it. :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:19 am (UTC)
I've been making crepes since I was a teen - one of our favorite family dishes was manicotti made with crepes instead of pasta, so I am very efficient at making them. That really helped a lot.
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[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2010-08-04 12:15 am (UTC)
And you have every right to feel smug! Go, you!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:20 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: walkertxkitty
2010-08-04 12:19 am (UTC)
YEAH! I cannot do a roux to save my life and my crepes always look as though they were dropped on the floor or someone slept in them first. The recipe sounds absolutely delicious.

We have chicken stew and lentils. Tasty.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:27 am (UTC)
I don't know why I have roux magic, but I've never had problems with it, while I know that many people find it next to impossible. And as I said elsewhere, I've been making crepes since I was a teenager, so they are also simple for me. That cuts down on the time involved.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-08-04 12:19 am (UTC)
I really should not have read this while hungry.

What impresses me most is the 25 minute part. Time has a way of expanding when I'm in the kitchen. It's that multitasking that always amazes me on the cooking shows.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:35 am (UTC)
I am quite good at multitasking in the kitchen, and the kitchen is generally cleaner when I'm finished than when I started because I clean up as I cook.

A lot of the multitasking on cooking shows is possible because all the prep work has been done by sous chefs - everything is measured and set up for them prior to the start, so it cuts down on the time involved for the host.
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[User Picture]From: teaa
2010-08-04 12:25 am (UTC)
Yummmmmm!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:36 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: indelikatt
2010-08-04 12:28 am (UTC)
I made a bechamel sauce for lasagna today. it's only the second time i've made one. i feel so proud of myself!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 12:40 am (UTC)
It's a wonderful thing to get down because it's really versatile. And it seems much more clever than it is!
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-08-04 01:28 am (UTC)
That sounds so yummy. I want to try that one day. Sadly I know that I can't juggle like that...I'd need help with the crepes.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 03:31 am (UTC)
The nice thing about crepes is that you can make them ahead and reheat them briefly. Once you get practiced at them they are actually pretty easy.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2010-08-04 01:32 am (UTC)
That sounds amazing. o.o I sometimes dream of having such skills, but despair of actually ever developing them (a good cooking day for me is when I manage grilled cheese sandwiches without burning them). At least I can bake. XD
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 03:35 am (UTC)
Cooking is easier than baking. It's a matter of experimentation and imagination. Learning to chop quickly and efficiently is one of the most important skills.
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2010-08-04 01:47 am (UTC)
O.O You are clearly a goddess in the kitchen If I worship, will some of that skill rub off on me? *impish grin*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-04 03:39 am (UTC)
Provided that your form of worship is to practice your cooking skills, sure! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2010-08-07 12:31 am (UTC)
I am thoroughly culinarily intimidated. I think I will go make a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese now...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-08-07 03:32 am (UTC)
I never have cooked for you. It's hard to do in someone else's kitchen - I tend to be shy about throwing myself into that.

And welcome home! I hope your honeymoon was wonderful!
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