Thursday, March 6, 2008

Delicious Meal, for the most part

For our Davies Forum on digital literacy class, the assignment was to make a delicious meal. I decided to make breakfast. I did my shopping at Trader Joes for this assignment. This first picture shows a main ingredient for the big dish of my meal. What do you think it is?

Correct! "Fresh Ricotta."

Trader Joes has a large selection of eggs. After watching the film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Our Daily Bread in Sam Green's documentary class, now I always go for the cage free.

This is another main ingredient in my main dish:Portabella mushrooms!
With these three main ingredients, what do you think I am making?

Correct! portabello spinach frittata! hmmm difference between portabello/a? Maybe Lulu, a fellow Davies Scholar - who interviewed The Mushroom King- knows.

These are the ingredients for another dish in my meal (cinnamon, oats, canola oil, baking powder, nutmeg, applesauce, ginger, whole wheat flour, baking soda, vanilla, pumpkin, and two eggs).

What do you think it is?

Pumpkin spice muffins
! I got both of these recipes off of

Next up, smashed potatoes! Here are some red potatoes boiling.

When the skin begins to crack on the potatoes, you take them out and strain them

Then, lay them out on a dish towel.

Cover them with another dish towel,

And Smash them! (I just used my palms)

Then you will have what looks like this.

Then using a spatula, transfer the smashed pots to a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper as you wish, and bake at 425 -until they are done-. I think this might be about 15 minutes.

Back to the muffins. I have been searching for the perfect pumpkin muffin: healthy, dense with some oats, flavorful, and delicious. This recipe I found did not have oats, so I added some anyway and took out some flour. All ingredients together mixed, ready to go! bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Back to the fritatta. Slice up the portabella, only 3/4 cup

Some reviewers on said to saute the onions with the mushrooms first, and I took their advice. Then, mix all the ingredients together...

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes

...Et voila!

Et voila!

Et voila!

All in All, the meal was delicious. The frittata was great!
absolutely delicious. No notes necessary. As far as they muffins, I don't recommend and won't make them again. Perhaps, I will do what this woman, Tanya C, said to do. I wish I had seen it before I baked. I have been searching for the perfect pumpkin muffin recipe, and this was not it. It's largely because this muffin was so healthy- if it had not been as healthy it would have been more delicious. Though, I do believe a healthy (by healthy I guess I mean not a lot of sugar or butter), hearty and delicious pumpkin muffin recipe does exist. The potatoes were good too. But, I should have boiled them a bit longer and smashed them more, to enhance the crisp.


Ivan Chew said...

I wonder why David asked you folks to do this. He might have mentioned it to me but I forgot. Anyway, this is an excellent post! Just reading it made me hungry (that might not be a good thing wrt my waist-line...) It's not easy to document AND cook at the same time, at least when I tried it -- it was my wife who was cooking. BTW, have you considered using Flickr? I'd think the Notes feature there could come in useful, plus it could be screened as a slideshow when you want it.

Lulu McAllister said...

This is cool. I like the "et voila" triple whammy photo presentation. It was like being assaulted by your cuisine... in a good way.