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THE CHEFCHARETTE

Full time baker & chef, full time Architecture student at USC. These recipes were designed in an old fashioned kitchen to feed, love, and encourage designers and sleep deprived students.

秋の食材レシピ:アップルパイクーキ

秋が大好きなのですね。。。もうすぐサンクスギビングデーです!最近、よく赤いリンゴと緑色のリンゴとシナモンとさとうを料理をしています。。。いい友達とご家族に会って、おいしい食べ物を食べることが大好きですよね!
でも、たぶん忙しくてたくさんおいしい食べ物を食べているけど、けんこうのたヘルシーフードをたべましょう。

去年このレシピを作りました。子供の時に、よく甘いものを作りました。たとえば、春時に、レモンクーキ作って、夏に、イチゴとブルーベリータルトを作りました。このレシピはデザートだけど、とてもおいしくてやさしくて本当にヘルシだよ。ちょっとあまくて小さいパイとバターがないんから。まだおいしいですよ。それに、友達とご家族にこれはいいプレゼントです。作りましょう!

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10人
20分

リンゴフィリングの材料:
赤いリンゴと緑色のリンゴを切った(2C)
さとう(1/3C)
シナモン(2TSP)

パイ生地の材料:
9インチパイ生地(2PC)
ちゅうりきこ
卵は白身(1)
タバナドさとう(4TBSP)

作り方

1。オーブンの温度が四百五かじにする。
2。リンゴとさとうとシナモンを大きいめのボールにいれる。
3。よくまぜる。5分にリンゴフェリングをつける。
4。パイ生地をひらく。
5。かたぬきで2インチにかたをぬく。
6。リンゴフェリングをパイ時期の真ん中にいれる。
7.このパイ生地の上に。。。パイ生地をいれて、フォクでパイ生地の周りを閉じる。フォークでパイのはしをおさえるようにしてとめていきます。
8。パイ生地の上に卵は白身をハケで塗って、タバナドさとうを振りかける。
9。四百五かし(450F)オーブンにいれる。

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友達とご家族に作って食べましょう!

しょくざい:food, ingredient
けんこう:health, wholesome
パイ生地 : pie crust
材料 : ingredients
卵は白身 : egg white
タバナドさとう : turbinado sugar
まぜる:to mix
ひらく: spread, open
塗る : to brush
振りかける : sprinkle

Charles Aznavour-Mes Emmerdes,

from the soundtack of Julie & Julia

(Source: lesemmerdes)

Julia Child’s Crepes stacked with layers of Smitten Kitchen’s Mushroom sauce

Two cooks & ladies I love: Julia Child & SmittenKitchen. They inspired me to go a little crazy on making crepes. I’ve been making crepes every day because I am so… determined to master it. It bothers me that I cannot make a crepe in a perfect circle that is golden brown at the right places. I leave studio early because I want to get a head start on my next batch of crepe’s. It’s a huge blessing that I have not failed studio (yet)

I made about 15 thick, bitter ones at the Hoffmann’s with their 5 year old expired flour (lesson #1 NEVER use old flour), another 15 for father’s day,  another 15 to make more banana’s foster crepe’s for Henry & our friends, another 15 for other friends & coworkers… & am in the process of making 20 more. & honestly, out of the 60 that I had made, I was only able to keep & serve about 1/3…. or 20 crepe’s.

A crepe is a basic, thin French pancake that calls for few ingredients that we all (should) have: flour, eggs, milk, & butter (music to my ears) but it really takes a lot of practice & patience to properly make them. The first batches are almost always disastrous: oval shaped, punched with holes, lumps, uneven texture, too thick, burnt, too soggy/crispy…

But I love making crepes because it’s so exciting to hope that the next crepe will come out better, & (lesson #2) a great way to turn simple ingredients/ugly leftovers into a  beautiful presentation. So far, I’ve filled my crepe’s with proscuitto & figs, mushrooms/spinach/onions sauteed in garlic butter, pesto chicken & sundried tomatoes,  peaches with brown sugar & cinnamon, banana’s foster & ice cream.

& after so many attempts & learning from Julia Child, I have learned 4 tips to make decent crepes:

  1. You must sift your flour before you mix it into your eggs/milk/water. This way, you won’t get these bubbly lumps of flour stuck in your batter
  2. You must wait at least 2 hours (overnight is good) for the flour to expand, & batter to pour onto the pan with the right consistency
  3.  When cooking, the pan should be fairly hot & you have to turn your pan very quickly for the crepe to form a circle. Your crepe should only take 1-2 minutes to cook on each side. If it takes longer, your pan is too cold.
  4. Lay crepes out on a cooling rack immediately after they are done cooking. Do not leave them out for too long or they’ll dry out.

I know, I know, we like to skip steps. But if you want to present your friends/family with appealing crepe’s or even feed them with leftovers & still impress them by rolling them into crepe’s (OHHH fancy!) , you must be patient & willing to invest the time & energy to make them.

Since I had so… many crepe’s, I decided to stack all these Julia Child crepe’s with SmittenKitchen’s mushroom sauce. (butter piled over butter piled over butter……the best.) Fortunately, my friend Diana (a mushroom lover) came to visit & to taste-test. She & her mom finished  7/8 of it after they were “full.” Lovely.

Process

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Interior Perspective

Function

Blossom Dearie - Rhode Island is famous for you

How I remember my states & where my food comes from

(Source: songs-for-birds)

Another goodbye dinner, that ends with Banana’s Foster Crepes

As I was whisking the eggs into the flour to make crepes, the man fixing the fridge became the fourth stranger who asked me if I was running a restaurant at the Gamble House…& suggested me to. I laughed. That would be lovely. I give him the “I can’t, I have studio” response that we’ve all used: “I can’t go to your party because I have studio…. I can’t sleep because I have studio… I can’t work out because I have studio…. I can’t read because I have studio… I can’t go home because I have studio…. I can’t go home for Thanksgiving because I have studio…. I can’t eat because I have studio." Studio is the sad excuse from good things. & blame for everything that goes wrong…. “I’m sick because of studio.  I have high blood pressure because I have studio. I’m poor because I have studio. I have insomnia because I have studio. I have anxiety because of studio. I’m breaking out because I have studio. I’m fat & ugly because I have studio.”

My other arch alumni friend (& former Gensler employee) Henry, is leaving to Taiwan to serve. It definitely hurts to let this second all nighter partner go. I remember meeting him in my Freshman year when he was a 4th year.  Since then, he’s encouraged me when I had major designers block or was frustrated with Rhino-modeling or wanted to drop architecture. He’s even come to my old apartment to do Autocad drawings for me at 3AM…..Henry has been such a great older brother/mentor to me.

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I will never forget that last night we joined Yulee & Leon’s “charette night” at the Gamble House two years ago.  Henry fell asleep almost immediately under the tables. What was supposed to be a productive all nighter/charette became a night of singing Falling Slowly/playing guitar, procrastination & 6 hour napping sleeping.

So before Henry moved out, he & some of our friends came over for a “goodbye Henry” dinner. Henry is such a gracious & humble man who has strange, but brilliant & hilarious things to say. We’re all going to miss his words & friendly, geeky face.

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I asked Henry a few days ago what he’d like for his final dinner, & he asked me to cook the same dinner I cooked & brought to his studio for his very final charette before he graduated. so cute. what an honor. After we settled down the table & took the first bites of our dinner,  we both smiled, looked at each other, & said the same thing: the dishes have improved & are now more flavorful. Practice makes perfect.

Dinner Menu

  • Peach ginger iced tea
  • Mini fig, proscuitto, arugula & mini pesto pizza’s
  • Trader Joe’s Mushroom risotto
  • Sauteed garlic asparagus
  • Parmesan Tilapia filets
  • Banana’s Foster Crepes

I’m starting to realize that I shouldn’t post all my recipes on Tumblr, & must save some/many recipes in the actual cookbook. This banana’s foster crepe recipe has been a huge success among friends, family, & even their friends & family. It will certainly be included in TheChefCharette cookbook, which, is definitely making good progress. :) Feel free to come over to test/get a taste of what (could possibly) will be found in TheChefCharette.

Port de Bras II - This Is The Last Time: Christopher Hobson

Mary Poppins-A spoonful of sugar

(Source: brinkmedia)

Citrus Oatmeal with Cranberries & nuts (vegan)

Nothing starts the day greater than a heart-healthy bowl of oatmeal. This recipe  prepares a much more nutritious bowl of oatmeal than your instant Quaker oats (with tons of refined sugars & preservatives) & only takes a few minutes to prepare!

Oatmeal just provides so many health benefits… it provides fiber, stops your cravings (& is low calorie/fat), stabilizes your blood sugar, removes bad cholesterol, possibly prevents heart disease & cancer, stabilizes levels of Estrogen (oh hey PMS…), & even soothes & enhances your skin. It’s great for anyone of all ages going through/preventing whatever health issues. (high blood pressure, heart problems, etc) & is suitable for so many diets (vegetarian, vegan, & gluten free)…. can it get any better?

I’ve always been a big breakfast & morning person. Mornings = new beginnings & new opportunities to improve & create. Even if my friends & I pulled an allnighter, seeing the sun rise was an indicator that I had to prepare a big bowl of oatmeal for me & my friend. Crystal would immediately brighten up once she heard me preparing a bowl of this oatmeal for her. Each spoonful of this heart-healthy oatmeal would not only give us such warm comfort & smiles, but the great citrus tang from the orange zest would wake us up from a painful, long night of autocad-ing. The nutrients & flavors altogether would give us that much needed boost to crank out those final hours by our 2PM submission deadline.

This fruity, nutty, nutritious, vegan & gluten-free oatmeal takes < 5 minutes to prepare. What’s more is that this recipe is so flexible that even if you can’t use even a few ingredients, you can easily experiment & replace them with others. See bottom chef notes for some ideas or stir up your own concoction :)

 

Citrus Oatmeal with Cranberries & nuts

(makes 1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 C low-fat vanilla (dairy/nondairy) milk (see chef notes at bottom)
  • 1/3 C quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 C cranberries
  • 1 tsp brown sugar, more if desired
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts (or other nuts)

Directions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the milk, oats, orange zest, & dried fruit. If you have time, allow it to soak for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir mixture and continue to microwave until mixture starts to boil.
  3. Remove oatmeal from microwave and stir. Cover & let it sit for 2 minutes. Stir in sugar & nuts. Add more milk & orange zest if desired.
  4. Serve warm & enjoy :)

Chef notes:

-if you don’t have some kind of vanilla milk, use plain milk/water & add 1 tsp of vanilla extract while soaking.

-regular milk can easily be replaced with soy or almond milk. If you can do without the creaminess, then milk can also easily be replaced by water.

-cranberries/raisins are easily interchangeable.

-if you’d like to experiment with fresh/dry fruit, feel free to make any of the following combinations: chopped pears (w/ orange zest/spoonfuls of orange juice mixed with the milk), banana’s with raisins, walnuts, & raisins for a banana bread flavor, &/or apples w/ raisins & cinnamon for an apple pie flavor. Sprinkle some turbinado sugar or pour in just a spoonful of honey or peanut/pumpkin/fig butter after microwaving if desired :)

Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich

This is probably one of the most simplest, yet sophisticated foods you can make for breakfast, lunch, or some big snack in between finals. It’s piled over with smoked salmon slices (a powerfood packed with protein, vitamins A & B, & omega 3’s to give your brain that boost) & garnished with dill (an herb that fights bacteria…very helpful for those building models in studio w/ toxic chemicals…)

& lastly, it only takes 5 ingredients & at most, about 10 minutes to prepare. These ingredients can be found in almost any grocery store & are perfect to create other snacks (cream cheese w/ chives & crackers, salmon w/ dill)

So save your body from those sugar-loaded granola bars & junk food & feed yourself some open faced smoked salmon sandwiches to give you that needed boost for finals & charette :)

Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich

(makes 4 sandwiches)

Ingredients

  • 2 bagels (whole wheat, onion, or everything are great choices)
  • 4 oz sliced smoked salmon
  • cream cheese w/ chives
  • pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh or dried dill (garnish)

Directions

  1. Wash dills thoroughly, drain, and set aside to dry.
  2. Split bagels and toast in toaster/toaster oven (optional)
  3. Spread however much cream cheese w/ chives on one bagel half.
  4. Spread & fold over smoked salmon slices evenly on top of same bagel half.
  5. Sprinkle pepper & garnish with chopped dill. Repeat with other bagel halves.
  6. Serve immediately & enjoy!

woetothedownpressors:

Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr.

Me and My Shadow

I miss these guys, perhaps some of the best music of the last century!

(via acousticlilly)

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