Thursday, July 17, 2014
Close to Nowhere
I’m not a Chinese cook
• Tuesday was my daughter’s birthday, so I cooked dinner for her Sunday evening.
Now, I’m a pretty good cook most of the time -- as long as I don’t go sit down at the computer while I’m cooking.
I had some new Chinese recipes and ingredients and since Dana loves Chinese it worked out.
Turns out I am no longer allowed to try new Chinese recipes and ingredients.
The broth that said it was Chinese hot-and-sour soup broth lied. I added the right veggies and stuff and it was really strong. I added hot sauce and vinegar and it was better but not nearly enough better to want to eat it.
I used Rice-A-Roni fried rice instead of making it on my own. It was way beyond bland and tasteless. I’m assuming I did something wrong, but who knows what.
The main entree was supposed to be orange chicken. We decided that a packaged mix was not what we wanted to eat, so I was just going to whip up some garlic chicken.
Looked up a recipe on the Internet and was amazed at how simple it sounded -- season cornstarch, lightly dredge the cut-up chunks of chicken in the seasoned cornstarch and stir-fry.
Any idiot could do that, right? Wrong.
Actually it looked right. It was even pretty. Just totally bland and tasteless. If we dipped the chicken in the hot and sour soup, you could taste it. But, it wasn’t worth eating.
I ended up eating a couple of sandwiches. Dana ate a frozen pizza. Kris attempted the Chinese and apparently ate enough of the meal that he was OK. The girls hadn’t tried to eat it in the first place, so they were happier than we were.
Next time I decide to make Chinese I’m sticking with my tried and delicious stir-fried broccoli and chicken with assorted other stuff thrown in and saturated with szechuan sauce so it’s hot and spicy.
Fry some wontons up with that and we’re all happy.
• We’ve gotten some new additions to the household. Sometime in April, I’d brought home two little gray kittens. Not too long ago, Remy was at a slumber party and someone talked her into bringing me another little kitten. A black and white one this time.
Remy names everything at the house, so one gray kitten is named Darwin -- the other is named Scratch for very obvious reasons and the new little black and white beauty has been named Fancy.
I don’t want cats in my house but I’m loving these.
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