Thanks to my self-quarantine from the coronavirus, I have A LOT of free time on my hands. I am thinking of spending some of that free time trying some of Godron Ramsay’s recipes. One recipe caught my attention: buttermilk fried chicken. My family recently bought two gallons of buttermilk and we have been trying to find a use for it. We will conduct this experiment this Thursday and see the results. Wish us luck!
I watched this documentary about 3D printed food that may be used more often in the future. I can envision kitchens in my dystopian world having machines such as these.
I underwent a new culinary adventure tonight to gather inspiration for the food of my fantasy world. I got to taste organic honeycomb and strawberry pie, both of which I never tried before. In the early to middle medieval times, the only sweet substance available in most European kingdoms was honey and villages had their own beekeepers. Other forms of sugar would not be available or become an everyday taste until the sixteenth century. In Tudor times, there were custard tarts topped with pomegranite seeds. I could not find that dish anywhere so I had to make do with a strawberry pie. The honeycomb was so sweet it tickled my tongue in a pleasant way though I had to spit out the beeswax once I drained it of honey because I received conflicting advice of whether or not the beeswax was edible. The strawberry pie was coated in a sweet and fruity sauce, the strawberries themselves were plump and juicy, and the crust was crunchy with a slightly buttery aftertaste. Overall, I think these descriptions will come in handy in future works.
As I cooked the Thanksgiving feast, I got to perform a task that I wanted to do: carving the turkey. The reason why I wanted to do this task was that it would provide more inspiration for my next fantasy books. In medieval times, the job of master carver was a great honor in a monarch’s court and there would be ways to carve different animals. While carving, you would follow the actual structure of the animal and the knife should be an extension of the arm. Thinness is important because if you carved the meat too thickly it would result in the lord or monarch’s teeth disintegrating and the carver would be a very unpopular individual. It was a good sensational experience as I worked my way through the skin, meat, and bones of the turkey. My family enjoyed my handiwork and I look forward to next year.
Last weekend, I did something that I thought only happens in Hallmark Channel films. I saved a holiday, in this case, Thanksgiving! My parents were under the weather and unable to do most of the cooking so I took over and made most of the Thanksgiving feast. Some people may think cooking is hard labor, but it was a beautiful and blissful experience for me. When I cook, I am not thinking at all and I am just doing. Like my writing, cooking is like a zen moment for me. I get in the zone and get the job done. My parents were very grateful and they enjoyed my cooking and it was a very satisfactory day. This is why people at work call me the Holiday Man.
At the medieval reenactment, I got to sample a special kind of soup. It is a centuries-old Russian recipe that is a vegetable recipe with cabbage and kale. I even had the option to include some stewed pork. The pork was tender, the cabbage was mildly crunchy, and the broth was filling and rich. In addition, I tried bread from the period and it had a somewhat subtle vegan taste despite being bread. There will be scenes in my fantasy book that take place in a tavern or inn and I think this soup and bread would be something the characters could order.
Today, I had a second attempt at making a home-made pizza and I am proud to report that I finally got it right! 😉
The recipe is as follows:
1 pound of pizza dough
1/2 cup of marinara sauce
1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Get a cast iron skillet and spray it with Pam. Put the pizza dough in the skillet and spread it even in the skillet. When the dough is flattened, pour the 1/2 cup of marinara sauce on top of the dough and spread it evenly. After the sauce, sprinkle the cheese over the sauce. When the ingredients are together, put the pizza in the oven and let it bake for at least 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden. Then take the pizza out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes and enjoy!