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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
But first….a little laugh…
As I mentioned in my last post, our house is usually stocked with good, wholesome breakfast foods. Because running around the playground and singing, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” requires quite a bit of energy. A good breakfast is essential to becoming the superstar student, outrunning the bullies and beating up the rugrats.
We always have mini whole wheat bagels by Pepperidge Farms at the house. Usually, the kids love a bit of cream cheese and some fruit to top.
This particular morning a few months ago, Andrew asked for the the bagel, plain. He just wanted to eat it as-is, whole. As I handed him a warmed mini-bagel, this little 4-year old wiggle-master examined the bagel.
Looked at it from the front.
Looked at it from the back.
Curiously peeked throught the hole.
and then proudly proclaimed to me,
“LOOK MA MA!!! I’m gonna eat a BUTT-HOLE!!!”
So deviant, yet right-on.
But…concerning to me…how does he know what a butt-hole looks like?!? It’s not like we randomly run into butt-holes in his nursery rhyme books, Disney channel or at the park.
Oh. But wait. He must have remembered the time we walked by a construction zone and 2 workers snickered lewd things to me in Spanish. That’s when covered Andrew’s ears and I shot back with, “!@#! off and go shove your hammer up your asscrack.” And I think he did.
BTW, don’t judge my parenting skills based on his uncoordinated pajama set. He dressed himself.
Ok, on to the fun part of this post. As you know, I showed my face to the world on television last month, cooking live on our local ABC station. My next performance is October 9th. I’d love to promote the world of food blogging, so I’ve decided to cook a dish from one of you!! Will you help me choose?
Voting on the next page!
I only have 5 minutes of air-time to showcase a dish. Here’s how it works
1) I pre-cook, prep about 30 minutes before the segment (or the evening before)
2) at 6:35am-ish, I get about 3 minutes of live air-time to cook a part of the dish, talk about the dish & food blogging and smile at the camera
3) then I have about 20 minutes to quietly finish the dish (the newscasters are doing their new broadcast about 20 yards from me, and during commercial breaks I can be loud)
4) final presentation at very end of newscast
So, you see, it’s gotta be an easy dish. My criteria for choosing these dishes below:
1) Asian dish
2) Fast to cook
3) Uses only stovetop (there is no oven in the studio kitchen)
4) Simple enough for a home cook (a.k.a simple enough for me to cook)
Here are this month’s finalists. Please vote! I’ll cook the winning dish!
Tiger Prawn Springrolls from Mae of Rice & Noodles. I’ve made these many, many times and they are absolutely the first thing to disappear. They are incredibly easy to make and I think of them as my go-to dish when company comes and I need to whip up a quick, impressive appetizer!
Malaysian Coconut Butter Prawns from Rasa Malaysia. These babies are so full of incredible flavors. Little bits of toasted coconut makes it a little sweet, a little salty. I’ll have to leave out the curry leaves and substitute with scallions.
Yakitori (Grilled Chicken Skewers) from Tigers & Strawberries (I can use stovetop griddle). Everyone LOVES japanese skewers. I’ll tell you that where I live, not many know how to make yakitori. It’s prime grilling season in Florida – as it is finally cool enough to enjoy grilling and entertaining outdoors. The Japanese restaurants in town do not serve yakitor. (gasp! I know you’re thinking – where the hell do I live?!?) and this would be a great way to introduce this dish.
Bulgogi Burgers from The Delicious Life. Can you even imagine a tastier burger? I normally don’t like the term “east-west cooking” but this certainly shows the perfect blend of Korean flavors in an American burger. I LOVE this idea – I haven’t tried making a Bulgogi burger, but damn….this looks so delicious. If Sarah can make this burger look so tasty, I know the audience will love it.
(yes, I know these are non-vegetarian dishes….I promise next month we’ll do a veg dish!)
I think this voting thingy is working….will you let me know if it is not?
Voting ends October 4th at 10:30pm
Of course I’ll post on YouTube after it airs. We can even have a virtual viewing party! Let’s all get drunk and watch it together!
If this works out well, I’ll do this every month and choose new blogger recipes every month. I love the idea of highlighting our little corner of the world on television regularly. What do you think?