Austin is home to a lot of people who like to nerd out about food, and one of the more recent obsessions has been ramen. There are three ramen-dedicated restaurants here, which seems like a lot for a city of this size in Texas. They all offer something slightly different, which I think helps keep each one busy. As of the other night, I have finally eaten at all three!Continue reading
Sarah from Simply Cooked was our November Daring Cooks’ hostess and she challenged us to create something truly unique in both taste and technique! We learned how to cook using tea with recipes from Tea Cookbook by Tonia George and The New Tea Book by Sara Perry.
Cooking with tea? Interesting…though I almost didn’t do this challenge. The vegetarian recipe provided sounded good, but potentially bland. I did it though, and my instincts were correct, to me at least.
The February 2011 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by Lisa of Blueberry Girl. She challenged Daring Cooks to make Hiyashi Soba and Tempura. She has various sources for her challenge including japanesefood.about.com, pinkbites.com, and itsybitsyfoodies.com.
Although in my fourth month as a Daring Baker, this is my first Daring Cooks challenge! I figured that since I also like to cook, it would be good to challenge myself in that department, especially since I feel more comfortable with baking.
I was really excited about this challenge because I love tempura and Japanese food in general, but hadn’t ever tried to actually make either of these dishes. Let’s face it: I most likely wouldn’t have tried tempura on my own because deep frying is NOT something I ever contemplate attempting.
Anyway, despite my excitement, I didn’t actually complete this challenge until last night! Tsk! It took me a long time, too…I don’t know why I am SO SLOW in the kitchen.
But I did it. Continue reading