Beer Can Chicken

Hello all! My sincerest apologies for the blogging break during the past few weeks. I recently just wrote my board exams and the few weeks leading up to the exam marathon were not too fun, to say the least. Though they’re all over now, it hasn’t completely sunk in yet because the results won’t be available for another six weeks or so. Oh well, celebrate in between I guess! Before the study break, C and I tried a recipe for roasted beer can chicken – we wanted a change from our usual roasted chicken with stuffing.

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It was the strangest concept – who would have thought to put a half-full beer can into a whole chicken and bake it? I’ve seen this done before on barbeques, but I just never thought of trying it in the oven. That’s where Google came in – apparently Guy Fieri had this all figured out years ago! Check his recipe out here.

Lasagna and Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta

I recently got a new toy for my kitchen aid – the pasta attachment!

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This was my first attachment piece and its so neat – attaches right at the front. It came with a pasta roller, fettuccine, and spaghetti cutter. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t secretly want this… for a while. Well, C somehow knew and surprised me with it for an early b-day gift. I love it!

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Beef Wellington

Have you seen that show airing on CTV right now called Masterchef Junior? If you haven’t, you must go watch because those kids are just unbelievably good… not to mention young! The show is hosted by Gordon Ramsay and one of his signature dishes is Beef Wellington. Basically consists with a piece of premium beef, surrounded by a layer of mushroom duxelles, followed by a layer of proscuitto, and lastly, wrapped in a layer of puff pastry, all baked to a golden perfection. Sounds decadent eh?

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C and I were inspired by these kids and wanted to try making this dish. We did make a few substitutions for this first attempt though – the meat for one, we didn’t use beef tenderloin because we couldn’t find a piece big enough and were too lazy to find a butcher shop. It still turned out really tasty though!

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Baked Whole Wheat Vegetable Samosas

So remember how I said I wouldn’t be posting for a while? I kind of take that back… I shall try my best. The last five posts were written about a month ago, so I actually haven’t written anything for a while now. Plus, I currently  don’t have my brother’s SLR with me, so please forgive my not-so-pretty photos that I took with bad lighting/ a phone camera.

Update on what’s been happening in my life: I’m at the tail end of my practicum… about one month left, then out into the real world! It’s a mixed bag of feelings – excitement, terror, nervousness, and anything else you can think of. All in all, I’m glad I can finally say that I can now see the finish-line and feel ready to be done.

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With that being said, onto the recipe details. I’ve been away from home for just over a month now (hence the different lighting/ upcoming photos) and have been trying out different recipes. One recipe that I’ve always wanted to try to make was samosas. I never thought to try making these at home for my family because I wasn’t sure how my family would like them.

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