Rhea tries to learn to cook: "The Food Lab" and "All Under Heaven"
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All Under Heaven
Chapter 1: The North
Napa Cabbage with Pressed Bean Curd- Nice light raw napa cabbage salad. This has the sesame oil problem a lot of the recipes in this cookbook have. It's a personal preference, but I'm not a fan of lots of sesame oil and this recipe has 2 tablespoons. There's a similar recipe online in Chinese that doesn't call for any sesame oil and adds dried shrimp that is fantastic. Finalized: Post 54 and 56.
Soybean Pods- Soybean pods boiled with five spice powder and sichuan peppercorns. They are delicious. Finalized: Post 60.
Spinach and Peanuts- 2-3 tablespoons of sesame oil coats 1 bunch of spinach. I had to throw it out and can't bring myself to try it again. #2 Didn't add sesame oil - much better. Post 89.
Manchurian Chicken Salad- I haven't been able to find the mung bean sheets. 1/2 cup of sesame oil and 1/2 cup of sesame bean paste in the dressing. When I ignored that bit and just added a little it was delicious. When I made it as directed I ended up throwing it out.
Consort's Chicken Wings- 7 tablespoons of soy sauce and 6 tablespoons of Shaoxing wine made an inedible, extremely salty sauce. On try two I decreased those amounts and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. I make this over and over.
Cold Garlic Chicken- The chicken was nice but the sauce (1 tablespoon sesame oil again) wasn't. Need to look up a different recipe and try again.
Braised Beef Shank, Tendons, and Variety Meats- Too expensive.
Mock Shark Fin Soup- Too expensive.
Clear Beef Soup with Chinese Herbs and Radishes- Too expensive.
Russian Soup- Really liked this. Finalized: Post 52.
Sweet-and-Sour Carp- Most of my attempts to fry stuff fail so but apparently whole fish are extremely forgiving. Whole frozen carp are also really cheap. Very good recipe.
Abalone Shreds with Mung Bean Sprouts- Too expensive.
Braised Prawns- Can't find an ingredient.
Beijing-Style Smoked Chicken-
Jade and Pearls-
Ginseng Steamed Chicken- Too expensive.
Yellow-Braised Duck- Too expensive.
Rock Sugar Pork Shank-
Golden Pouches- Too expensive.
Tasimi- Too expensive.
Napa Cabbage with Dried Shrimp- This is hard. If I can get it so the cabbage caramelizes instead of steams it's amazing - but most of the time the cabbage melts and releases all its juices. Need to be better at cooking. Finalized: Post 58.
Stir-Fried Garlic Stems-
Three Fruits of the Earth- Perfectly fine but I don't think it's necessary to fry the eggplant first. Hate frying stuff. Post 7.
Stir-Fried Potato and Green Onions- Perfectly fine but not really a fan of this dish. Post 24.
Wood Ears Braised with Green Onions- The dried wood ears I bought didn't seem to ever plump up like I know they should no matter how long I soaked them. They stay leathery. Not willing to try with the more expensive ones.
Panfried Bean Curd- Can't find an ingredient.
Zhajiang Noodles- Repeatedly mess this one up.
Dalu Noodle Soup-
Steamed and Boiled Jiaozi-
Ignored by the Dog Filled Buns-
Fried Scallion and Flaky Flatbreads-
Corn Thimbles- Not offensive but not very interesting. I can understand them being a childhood comfort food.
Millet Porridge- I tried this with organic millet from a natural food store (as suggested) and Chinese millet from an Asian food store. The Chinese millet is visibly different and tasted much better. Post 76.
Laughing Doughnut Holes-
Toffee Apples- This requires you to fry breaded apples (not forgiving) and then coat them in a caramel sauce (also not forgiving). I haven't succeeded at frying the apples properly, which is my fault for not knowing how.
Chilled Sour Plum Infusion- Either I bought the wrong type of plums or it needs several times the amount listed. It wasn't bad, just weak on plum flavor. #2 Bought the right kind of plums but too much licorice.
Yesterday I tried The Food Lab pancake recipe for what I think is the last time.
Someone online said that you should fold the egg whites in after you've mixed rest of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. This seems to work much better. They were fluffier, but it was a heavy dense fluffy sort of like rich cake.
The recipe calls for 1 cup of sour cream, 1.5 cups of buttermilk, 4 tablespoons of butter, and 2 eggs. I think the recipe just might be too rich for what I imagine the perfect pancake to be and it isn't that I'm messing it up.
There's also something weird going on with the online recipe. Apparently the original recipe was different - then it was changed without notice to the whipped egg white version. Which means there's a bunch of people from 2015 saying the pancakes are the best ever, then a bunch of people complaining about the change, and a lack of people indicating the whipped egg white version is better. The whole thing is just odd.
I have to LOL at a 5-inch piece of ginseng or 5 pounds of specialty meats is not happening. Unicorn ingredients!
I'm fascinated by what you have tried. Also, if you hit problems with the waffles -- the best waffle recipe ever (IMHO) is Heloise's club soda waffles. The key is to just incorporate the dry and wet ingredients AND have your iron already hot. Yes, the recipe calls for biscuit mix. You can make your own if you are opposed to boxed mix. Heloise also has a great biscuit mix recipe.
Yeah, I really wish I could but it ginseng's not happening lol. Neither are abalone, whole ducks, pounds of beef tendon, or lamb loin. To not hate on the cookbook too much - I enjoyed reading the Ginseng Steamed Chicken recipe and there's nothing wrong with having special occasion recipes.
The Food Lab waffle recipe calls for club soda. Bought club soda a few times planning to make waffles then drank the club soda instead of making them lol.
I've learned my lesson about trying The Food Lab recipes over and over again with the assumption that the recipes are flawless and I'm just messing it up. If I'm not happy with the result I need to try a different recipe. If I fail twice then it's probably a mistake. So thanks for the ready alternative!
Remembering the Yeasted Waffles from Cooks Illustrated were divine, but those need to rest 24 hours and you can't beat a 3 ingredient recipe for convenience.
Bought some ingredients to make more recipes today. Big snowstorm coming and none of these ingredients spoil fast so hopefully I won't have to go shopping for a while. :)
The Food Lab: Eggs Florentine, Tender Fancy-Pants Omelet, Potato and Corned Beef Hash, Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, Cheddar Cheese and Scallion Biscuits, and Creamy Sausage Gravy.
All Under Heaven: Three Fruits of the Earth, and Stir-Fried Potato and Green Chili Threads.
Also noticed enough oxtail for the Russian Soup recipe would only be $10. Price of the other ingredients would be minimal so that's not that bad at all especially since I've never had it and I'm curious.
Three Fruits of the Earth- This is fried eggplant and fried potatoes simmered with stir-fried red peppers, garlic, ginger, scallions, and water. I'm happy with it. It looks like the internet pictures (地三鲜) and tastes fine.
This kind of recipe where you fry something then simmer it in a sauce seems to be common in Chinese cooking. I want to see if I can try baking the eggplant / potatoes and get a similar result. Probably extremely arrogant but ovens aren't as common in China and it might work?
It looks like it got trendy all of a sudden along with a lot of offal. Looks like everyone simultaneously discovered they're delicious.
Grandmother used to make me and my brother boiled beef tongue. It was amazing. Haven't had it in years.
I also love goat (cabrito), lamb, and barbacoa (usually beef cheek -- if it has other bits I never know); but I can't get beyond the shuddering thought of lengua. It's my step mom's favorite breakfast taco. *twitch*shudder*
I love reading your experience with the recipes you try. It's been a long time since I started out (hmm, 40 years?) and I'm still learning every day. Cooking is the best for creative energy and mad-science skills. :)
I have done your method of cooking through a cookbook, but something usually interferes at some point and I get distracted. I think the farthest I ever got was in Elena's Secrets of Mexican Cooking. I still pick it up now and then to continue, but my latest craze is Curry.
>10 lesmel: My grandmother also used to cook beef tongue, and my brother loved it, but I only tried it for the first time last year from a taco wagon. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't amazing. :) My grandmother loved calf brains scrambled with eggs, she never graced us with that, but I loved her fried chicken hearts.
I guess I'm sort of upper beginner? I know how to boil water but I don't know how to cook meat or fish in almost all of its forms. I guess I can say I can cook eggs now.
That cook your way through a cookbook thing was really popularized by Julie and Julia. Wish I could try it with something like Fannie Farmer or The Joy of Cooking, but Fannie Farmer's a bit antiquated and The Joy of Cooking starts out with like 20 different recipes for coffee, all of which seem to require a different type of coffeepot. :D
Tender Fancy-Pants Omelet-
Involves stirring an egg / butter cube mixture in a skillet on low until it solidifies, covering it and letting it rest, then rolling it up.
Not happy with it. Combination of overcooked / undercooked eggs plus it stuck to the pan. It said the stirring part should take 2 minutes and it took over five so it wasn't that my heat was too high. I know that the top of an omelet does not solidify after covering it and removing it from heat - the whole thing just gets cold. So when that happened it was as expected.
Not going to try this again. I have a different omelet recipe that is superior in all ways (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Wr401Bio4).
I'll make Eggs Florentine tomorrow and then that's it with eggs. :D
Edit- I was still hungry so I made some boxed mix pancakes. They were much better than the ones I made using The Food Lab recipe. :(
That Bruce and Mark podcast seems extremely informative. :D
I'm tempted into trying again, but remember the first omelet said it would cook in 45 seconds. But every time I increased the heat enough so that that actually happened it overcooked dreadfully. It might be a pan issue, a weather issue, or I might just be so bad at cooking that the more hands off the recipe the better results I get.
I'm seeing a trend. :P
Pancake mix >>>> homemade buttermilk pancakes.
No touch omelet >>>> lift and tilt.
>16 MrsLee: Here! Here! The tools make a difference. Granted, you don't need crazy expensive pots & pans...but the right size, the right coating
The Food Lab
I tried to half the hollandaise sauce because it makes a ridiculous amount - but that meant it just sat in the well of the blender while the blender blades spun above it. It didn't work.
Eggs w/ spinach, English muffins, and lemon-butter sauce is still perfectly edible though.
Idk, that combined with the low success rates of the recipes makes me want to try a different cookbook. I'll give it a bit. Might be being too knee-jerk.
Edit: Going to switch to The Joy of Cooking, even if I can't make the recipes in order or expect to make even a small fraction of them. I don't trust The Food Lab very much but I trust Joy of Cooking completely.
The Joy of Cooking
You heat up milk and cocoa powder / sugar. I like how easy this was. :D
I halved it and added the suggested 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and cinnamon.
The chocolate flavor really punches you in the face. I guess in some ways it's better but it doesn't have that hot chocolate mix packet taste and that's one of my childhood comfort foods.
I assume the cocoa powder quality really matters.
I normally put far too many other ingredients in to attempt rolling!
By grill you mean oven, right? I've seen that method recommended somewhere. :D Should give it a try.
All Under Heaven
Stir-Fried Potato and Green Chili Threads
I've had this before so I know what it's supposed to taste like - slippery potato matchsticks that are crunchy instead of soft. I overcooked it a bit and my matchsticks aren't professional looking but there were no disasters and it's fine. I like how there is an appropriate about of ginger (2 tablespoons).
This is an everyday-type side dish so it's not bad but not very interesting. Apparently people can cook more than three dishes at once. And just this one requires my full attention.
Joy of Cooking
This is extremely simple and it is heavenly.
Had egg whites to use up. Wanted crispy ones with soft centers so I did the 275oF baking temp. They cooked a lot faster (40 minutes versus 60) than the cookbook suggested but I got them before they burned. They are good. :D
When you get bogged down in a cookbook and are discouraged from going on, it is a great plan to take a break from it, just like any other book. :)
The Joy of Cooking
It burnt a bit where it stuck to the pan. Needed better stirring. But the burnt bit stayed stuck to the pan so it was okay.
Quick Hot Cocoa
Made with the cocoa syrup. Same as the Hot Cocoa recipe. Not bad, but it doesn't have that hot chocolate packet taste.
Some of us would think that's a good thing! There are a lot of recipes floating around online for chocolate packet-type mixes, sometimes suggesting putting it in a pretty jar for gifts. That might be more like what you are craving.
8 qt box non-fat dry milk
11 oz non-dairy coffee creamer (I used coffee mate)
32 oz NesQuik
Combine it all until evenly incorporated. Store in airtight container. Use 1/4 c per 6 oz of hot water. I've never made it with Ovaltine; but I love malt flavor.
I can sorta tell that the Joy of Cooking hot cocoa is better, but the packets taste like my childhood. It's like how I've been served some really good quality tea but my favorite remains Bigelow's Earl Grey teabags.
I'll see if that imitation mix is more cost effective than buying the packets. I go through a lot of packets. I'm sure they're marked up through the roof but powdered milk is very expensive for some reason.
Went out and bought seltzer, ice cream, club soda, and bananas - that should let me try out most of the Joy of Cooking cocoa syrup drinks. Going to make Egg Cream, Ice Cream Soda, Milk Shake, and Flying Mocha Monkey smoothie. :D
Also have plans to make Lima Beans and Mushrooms and Creamed Eggs Au Gratin. My father tells me stories of the horrible hard boiled egg casserole my grandmother used to make him eat and that might be it. I like hard boiled eggs though. Looking forward to it. :D
Joy of Cooking
I don't know what this should taste like because I've never had one but it's okay.
Ice Cream Soda
It was good.
Lima Beans and Mushrooms
Thought the white sauce would thicken up but it didn't. I think what I did wrong was that I didn't simmer the sauce enough - it said one minute and I started timing when it began bubbling a little bit, probably should have started timing when it was fully bubbling. It's still tasty even if it's kinda soupy.
Joy of Cooking
Milkshake, Flying Mocha Monkey, Fruit Milkshake
They were all good, unsurprisingly lol. Excessive amount of milkshakes.
It doesn't say to freeze the fruit for the monkey smoothie or the fruit milkshake so they're not very cold.
The milkshake recipe is milk and ice cream (chocolate syrup optional). Gets you an icy sweet milk slurry that's like the milkshakes my mother used to make me. Every time I've ordered milkshakes at diners they've served me something like thinned soft serve that's pretty disappointing. But the imitation diner milkshake recipes online are the same - milk and ice cream. The ratio maybe?
Difference was today I tried to wake up then immediately make biscuits. Skipped the part where you put the salt and the butter in and you can't really post-add butter but I tried anyway. Expect they'll be edible but they won't be biscuits.
Buttermilk Biscuits, Quick Drop Biscuit Variation
Did not forget to add the salt and butter this time so they were fine. I tried to make biscuits for a while using a Dorie Greenspan recipe and they're biscuits so they always come out delicious but they are never anywhere near as good as the Pillsbury canister ones.
Sausage Gravy for Biscuits
Never had this before - guess it was okay? It's just sausage and white sauce. I used breakfast sausage.
When my mom made sausage gravy, she would brown the sausage, and sprinkle red chili flakes over it along with some sage. Then she sprinkled the flour over the sausage until the grease was absorbed and cooked that at least 5 minutes. Then milk, salt and pepper until it was right. Hers always has a lot more flavor than most sausage heavies I've tried.
Sage and sausage sounds delicious.
I bought the oxtail to make Russian Soup from All Under Heaven. I am ridiculously excited. I hope it's good.
Also got ingredients to make Zhajiang noodles and Jade and Pearls. :D
Oxtail soup with tomatoes, carrots, onions, and potatoes. Seasoned with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice wine, and ketchup. Fresh parsley on top.
This is one of the best things I've ever eaten. I went really light on the soy sauce and the rice wine. Those are both really salty and I though 1/4 cup each plus 1/2 cup ketchup was excessive. Ended up adding more soy sauce because it wasn't salty enough.
Scratched the lens on my phone up so all my photos are awful - looks much tastier than this. Should probably have actually chopped the parsley instead of tearing it into large bits but I didn't want to wash the cutting board again. :|
It looks better when the cookbook author makes it.
Hot chocolate I
You mix chocolate with heavy cream to make a ganache, then mix it with hot milk.
It's a bit too rich for me, but not bad.
All Under Heaven
It's Chinese noodles with a pork/eggplant/wheat paste/ginger/garlic/onion sauce.
Messed this one up and need to try again. I missed the part where it said simmer the sauce for 15 minutes so I started boiling the noodles at the same time. My noodles were getting cold and sticking together so I cut off the simmering part off at like 3 minutes. Everything's cooked but my pork bits would probably be nice and soft instead of hard if I did it correctly.
Also ignored the bit where it says 6 tablespoons of sesame oil. That is insane and based on similar recipes I've tried from this cookbook I'm 100% certain that much sesame oil would make it inedible. I only added a little.
Tastes very similar to those microwave teriyaki chow mein packages with the red plastic wrapping. Bears absolutely no relation to the Zhajiang Noodles I had in China but it does look like the cookbook author's picture.
There's a wikipedia page with info on a bunch of regional Zhajiang Noodle recipes. Apparently this is Shandong-style Zhajiang noodles because of the wheat paste. I don't know what kind of Zhajiang Noodles I was ordering.
Been eating a lot of junk. Dinner yesterday was a microwaved English Muffin with cheese on top. :|
Did try to make a chicken/tomato/mushroom dish in the instant pot without a recipe. It's not bad, just not very interesting (I shouldn't have added any water). Had to put it in the freezer because I wasn't eating it.
Spiced Hot Chocolate
Says to add the spices for Spiced Hot Cocoa to Quick Hot Chocolate I or II. Problem is that the Cocoa recipe is for 3 servings but the Hot Chocolate I recipe is for 1 serving. I guess adding a third of the spices was the right choice? This does the thing a lot of the Joy of Cooking recipes seem to do where you have to follow through multiple recipes at once. This one is actually Ganache for Quick Hot Chocolate -> Quick Hot Chocolate -> Spiced Hot Cocoa -> Spiced Hot Chocolate.
I liked this one a lot. First hot chocolate I've made from here that I like better than the packets. The ginger is nice.
The biscuit recipe I messed up earlier does the space saving recipe hop thing too. Rolled Biscuits -> Quick Drop Biscuits I -> Buttermilk Biscuits.
It does save space but it's kinda annoying.
Napa Cabbage with Dried Shrimp
Finally got this one to work - recipe says to use 2 pounds of cabbage. It works much better for me if I used maybe a quarter pound of cabbage and half the seasonings. Otherwise there's just too much cabbage in the pan and it steams instead of stirfrying, the cabbage releases all the juices, and it's extremely watery. Pan needs to be extremely hot.
Failed at this one for a second time. Forgot to turn the heat down while the sauce was simmering and burned it. First time I misread the recipe and cooked the noodles before the sauce - they congealed into a clump.
Finally happy with this one. I don't like the All Under Heaven recipe at all - this one I sorta followed from Carol Easy Life and it is much much better. I took out the sliced hot chili and added sesame seeds.
1 Clove Garlic
Equal amounts black vinegar and soy sauce (like a teaspoon)
Slightly more sesame oil (more than a teaspoon)
Handful tiny dried shrimps
Little bit sugar
1 Very Small Chinese Cabbage
5-6 Slices Pressed Dry Snack Tofu
Excessive amount toasted sesame seeds
1 handful chopped cilantro
Chop the garlic and mix with the sauces in a small bowl. Thinly shred the cabbage, scallion, and snack tofu. Toss everything together.
Right after "Slightly more sesame oil" (I expect you mean slightly more than the teaspoon of the previous two ingredients) you say "Handful tiny" and I am left to wonder what exactly there is that was tiny. :-}
Otherwise, it sounds interesting (although I don't think "Snack Tofu" is in my cupboard).
Finalized my version of this one. The original one is here.
Very small napa cabbage or 1 quarter (or less) of a large cabbage.
1 Tbl Tiny Dried Shrimp
2 Chopped Green Onions
2 Tsp Chopped Ginger
1/2 Tbl Soy Sauce
1/2 Tbl White Wine Vinegar
Separate the white and green parts of the cabbage. Shred the white part and tear up the green part.
Get a pan as hot as possible and add a saute amount of oil. Let the oil heat up then fry the tiny dried shrimp, green onions, and ginger until they brown.
Add the white part of the cabbage and fry until it browns. Add the green part of the cabbage and let it wilt.
Add the soy sauce and the white wine vinegar.
If the cabbage turns into soup instead of browning that means the pan wasn't hot enough or there was too much cabbage.
Doesn't look like much but I'm happy with it lol.
You boil soybeans pods with 5 spice powder and sichuan peppercorns. All Under Heaven recipe: made it again for the picture. My soybeans were a bit freezer burnt.
Third time making the Zhajiang Noodles - didn't mess them up this time and they're fine. That is what they look like - the wheat paste is black like that out of the jar. Changes: cooked the eggplant in a pan briefly without oil instead of frying it in a 1/4 cup oil, fried the wheat paste in maybe 1 tablespoon sesame oil instead of 6-8 tablespoons, omitted the garnish because I forgot to buy a cucumber, and used dried noodles.
(Edit: You can see the grease on it from the pork in my photo pretty clearly. It's not bad once the noodles are mixed in - but I can't imagine it being edible with fried eggplant and 8 tablespoons of sesame oil.)
Made this again. Really like it.
Tried these again. It's steamed cornmeal/flour. My shaping isn't very practiced and they're on the dry/hard/gritty side. Still edible.
The starch base of internet recipes are extremely varied, as is how long you're supposed to steam them for. All Under Heaven was 30-40 minutes but most of them are 15-20.
Precooked Cornmeal (and butter?)
Corn Flour/Glutinous Rice Flour
Flour/Black Soybean Flour
Corn Flour (only)
Corn Meal (only)
They're historically poverty food. Suspect the original starch was whatever was on hand.
Edit: Well I just ate all of them and that was 1 cup of cornmeal. :|
They flattened out horribly. According to the internet reviews they do that if you actually soften the butter like it says.
4/10? It looks like my oven temperature is too high? The store brand chocolate chips I bought are all sweet and no chocolate flavor - I won't buy them again. Chocolate quality seems to be getting worse and worse. Suspect it's cost cutting and not that my taste buds are dying off as I get older. :'(
I've really decreased my supermarket binge buys by refusing to buy things with palm oil, artificial sweeteners, or 'chocolatey' in the ingredients. But don't tell anyone, sometimes I don't check the ingredient list if I'm really stress-craving something.
Now that it's cooler here, I'm willing to turn on my oven. Apple crumble this afternoon, I think then maybe apple cake for a potluck on Saturday. I have to dig for a recipe for the latter; the last one I used (it was going around on social media) was pretty awful.
>69 hfglen: Yes, I make many things myself. I have a sensitivity to wheat (not gluten, wheat) so I often make my own baked goods using spelt or GF flours. But I have health problems and sometimes scratch baking is more than I can manage. If I manage to get to the store, unfortunately, temptation surrounds me.
I've gotten into reading about tea online. There seems to be a push against people who think tea should be brewed to personal taste and people who think there are perfect brewing recipes. It's the latter that are the ignorant ones. Especially bizarre considering they commonly use a "gongfu" brewing method modified from the Chaozhou gongfu regional brewing method. Chaozhou gongfu includes customizing the brew for your or your guests tastes.
So exactly like cookies. There is no all purpose perfect cookie recipe, only a cookie recipe that's perfect for you lol.
Am now in possession of a glass 9x13 pan, a glass loaf pan, a 9 inch square cake pan, a nonstick cookie sheet, and a 10 inch tube pan. Bought the tube pan because I wanted to make angel food cake then realized that is not the right pan lol. Luckily it looks like I can make a lot of the Joy of Cooking cake recipes in the tube pan though so it's not a waste.
Gave 3 people it who all have no idea what Angel Food Cake is supposed to be like and they liked it.
Millet boiled in water for 30 minutes with nothing else. Tastes exactly how you'd expect millet boiled in water for 30 minutes to taste which is absolutely fantastic. Posting it so I can add the photo to my thread even though it's not very interesting looking.
There are many different species of millet and many different brands. Phillips recommended buying from a health food store not an Asian food store - I like the smaller grain millet the Asian food grocery store sells better.
Edit: Based on Wikipedia pages and changing the language, the smaller grained millet is likely foxtail millet (小米）. Proso millet and pearl millet are possibilities for the health food store one. Asian grocery store also sells proso millet (黃米) but I haven't tried that one. The translations are hard. Know my bf is a fan of kodo millet but don't know where to buy that.
There's a lot of things I think I could have done "wrong". I don't own a sifter so maybe the flour wasn't incorporated right. My egg whites had a few drops of egg yolk. My pan was freshly washed. I might have overwhipped or underwhipped the cake. Need practice.
My grandmother is good at baking too but you can't get accurate recipes out of her. Hers will always be better in obvious ways. She "forgot" to tell you the recipe needed to be doubled or that she usually adds an extra egg.
The egg yolks may have accounted for the low rise. They are fat.
Infusion of dried hawthorn, licorice root, and smoke plums. Did not add any of the optional ingredients.
This is another one that is really hard to make based on the recipe, which calls for "3 or 4 sour dried black plums". Nothing in the grocery store is going to be labelled "sour dried black plums", the ingredient is "wumei" "smoked plums" or any of the other equivalents.
Not happy with it. It calls for equal amounts of licorice and hawthorn, and the licorice is overpowering. Also on bc pills so not sure if I should be drinking that much licorice at all. :/
Want to try this recipe. Pressure cooker, much much less licorice, and brown sugar instead of rock sugar which just sounds better.
ETA fixing something my auto correct goofed up.
Did not dry the livers, did not finely mince the onions or parsley, shaoxing wine instead of white wine.
Like 4 tablespoons of butter in it because the livers somehow absorbed the 3 tablespoons and I needed more for the onions. Likely more than an entire day's calories in this with rice.
Also, I only wash (rinse) the liver if there seems to be a lot of blood pooled in the package. Otherwise they go straight into the pan. I don't flour or bread them--if you did, that's probably where the butter went.
Cooked Spinach with 2 tablespoons old vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1.5 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic, and garlic-flavored peanuts.
Had to throw this one out when I followed the All Under Heaven recipes because of the 2-3 tablespoons of sesame oil. It was awful. Did not add any sesame oil this time. Much better.