We LOVE these kind of 'work' assignments around here. The kind that invite us to put on some tunage and rock out while making massive messes in the kitchen. And then we get to look at each other and be like-
this is our job! Yaaaay!
Kristin and Jen came by yesterday morning, picked up the shopping list and spent an hour out and about gathering ingredients. It was then time to divide and conquer the recipes and get cooking. These recipes were being created and tested for a major Canadian Magazine and will be appearing in their October issue. The theme... foods normally made with meat, made without meat. As you can imagine, the beans, tofu, tempeh and mushrooms were abundant!
I am often asked how I come up with my recipes. In short- the process goes like this:
- Fully understand the criteria for which I am creating.
- See what I have already created, know and love that can form the base.
- Research cook books and online about specific ingredients, recipes that look/sound good and begin a massive amalgamation (most of my recipes start as mine and than work in tips and tricks from five or six others until I have created a brand new one to call my own).
- We get cooking. We take notes as we cook. We modify, tweak, revise, tweak some more, re-write and often re-test.
- Then we write the recipe in the simplest way possible, eliminating steps where ever we can.
- Then I share with you!
The best part of course, what I call is getting down and dirty as we Make A Little Love In The Kitchen.
Latexed up to handle the green chili peppers.
Jen shows the onion who's boss and below Kristin sheds a tear or two over this onion.
Adam, who joined our last 6-week cooking program lives right across the street. Who could smell the goodness wafting from our kitchen into his place across the road and came knocking. Our green curry was Adam approved!
And this is just one of our stoves!
The chaos was, well, chaotic. But we made some of the best of the best new recipes we've tasted here in a long time! So what was it that we cooked up?
Fine... I will tell you but you don't get the recipes... yet! We made a Green Curry with Tofu and Cashews, a mushroom and mixed bean chili, a spicy sweet potato and black bean burrito, squash chickpea burgers and spaghetti and tempeh balls with fresh tomato sauce.
Question Of The Day: What is the very best part of the job/work/interest that you love to do most of all?