Monday, June 10, 2013

Adventures in cookery.


At best, I'm a mediocre and unenthusiastic cook. I just don't enjoy it. I understand how and why other people do, but it's not for me.

Nevertheless, one of my 101 Things in 1001 Days is to try 100 new recipes.

I don't remember making a quiche before, but I really wanted one, so I found a recipe online, and changed it slightly. I omitted the spinach (didn't have any) and added a touch of nutmeg (because I'd seen it in another recipe).

Looks pretty good, no? Not as good as my mom's, and don't even get me started on fancying-up pie crust. But it tastes decent, and it's made with 1% milk instead of half-and-half, so it's much lower in fat.

In other culinary news, I patched together a recipe for pork chops that I'm very happy with.

Dust a nice, thick boneless chop with a bit of dried mustard. Throw it in a pan with enough olive oil to prevent sticking. scatter some dried onion flakes around in there. Cook it, turning halfway through (don't ask me how long). Maybe 5 minutes before it's finished, add a dollop of honey, turning once to make sure it coats both sides.

The honey carmelizes, adding a little bit of sweet and a little bit of crisp. Num.