In big news, Hubert grew his first sprout! I tried to get some pictures, but I couldn't get them to come out right. They're all blurry. Let's just say, Yaakov and I are very excited! :)
Nothing else too exciting is going on, so we'll move onto food now. (mmm...food...)
Last week, I baked some more cookies, this time trying out oatmeal cookies. I thought it would be interesting to take the recipe on the side of the oat canister and see if what would happen if I substituted 3/4 cups of oil for 1 cup of margarine. I think I should have used more oil, though, because the cookies came out pretty crisp (which everyone but me seemed to enjoy). They were very tasty though, especially when they first came out of the oven and were still gooey. I mixed in some chocolate chips and craisins instead of raisins and walnuts, because that just sounded yummier. I plan to try them again today, this time with more oil.
Now, my big fun over the past couple of weeks was meat related. I've been breaking out my George Foreman recently with delicious results. Last week, I made some hamburgers that came out so juicy and yummy. They were the most amazing burgers ever. Here's what I put in them: diced onion, bread crumbs, egg and homemade sauce (ketchup, worschester sauce, hot sauce, garlic duck sauce, soy sauce, and a little liquid smoke). Mix it all together, make patties, and throw them on the grill. Now here's the key: I watched them very carefully to avoid letting them get overcooked like I've tended to do in the past. I wanted them just a little bit rare, to maintain juiciness and flavor. While I grilled them, I also grilled some purple onion and some large slices of mushroom. The sandwiches were heavenly. :)
This week, I decided to grill some chicken I'd had in the freezer for a bit. I defrosted them in the fridge over night, then prepared them and marinated them overnight in a honey sauce (honey, soy sauce, olive oil, fresh ground black pepper and garlic powder), turning them once during the next day, then I grilled them on Wednesday night. They came out so yummy! The texture wasn't exactly juicy, because they were grilled chicken fillets, but it wasn't dry either. They were just...good...and healthy. My only regret is that the only side dish I had for them was baked potato wedges with cajun seasoning instead of some kind of yummy vegetable.
Last night, though, I made a stir-fry. Tons of green crunchy veggies (snow peas, green beans, broccoli, scallions) mushrooms and onions, stir fried with tofu (marinated in soy sauce) and served on tortillas. Yum! Still have leftovers, too. I'll be eating them for lunch today.
Now, here's my big plan. I found a recipe for a peanut butter cake with a chocolate glaze and I'm now completely determined to make it for shavuot. And I will. Because it looks amazing and decadent and oh-so fattening but oh-so worth it.
So there you have it. I will, iy"H, return with more food adventures next week. :)