Tasty gold

109 spectacular duck

Since I got my halogen oven I wanted to bake a DUCK. Yes, big, fat duck I remember my Mom was making it occasionally stuffed with apples and served with red cabbage salad. Actually my first memory about baked duck comes from early childhood – I think I was what 6? My Dad took me to the extended family farm and I tasted duck there.

So, when one of the popular food chains had a good offer for fresh duck I battled with Cookies about making it for a nice Sunday dinner. He was kicking and screaming (as usual I may add) but he had to give up, when I showed him my two best attributes… So to make sure that I would bake it absolutely perfect, I first called Mom 😉 then I browsed the internet to know what I’m doing. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to bake, but with it I didn’t want to take chance I screw up something. 0_o

This recipe is the result of what I like and what works good with duck. In the end of the process you will have a gorgeous, aromatic duck with plenty of duck grease in the bottom of the pan or halogen oven bowl. Don’t toss it, pour it into a bowl and keep it covered in the fridge to use for frying pork chops… there is nothing better than pork chops fried in duck grease. For some reason it gives the meat an extra kick.

Chix and Chorizo Gulash

110 one pot tastiness

I think EASY should be my second name… as much as I love cooking, I need things to be easy, because of my short attention span, I get distracted and/or annoyed fast if I don’t get visible results in a short amount of time. That leads to some disastrous events in the kitchen. Like tossing whole dinner on Cookies head for example… never happened but was close. So no wonder I deliberately look for easy and fast meals.

The meal I made today is one of the easier dinners I’ve made lately. Also the mix of meats – chix and chorizo gives a delicate contrast and the veggies will fill you good. And don’t forget you just need 1 glass of red wine… yes, you can utilize the rest the favorite way, like I did. Small pleasures always count 0_o.


A Winner Dinner

107 winner dinner

I’ve had so many things to do lately that I really didn’t even have time to explore my favorite world of food. But since I have my time off I could slow down and think what I want to make today. My inspiration comes from Cookies this time, because he mentioned lately he would like traditional baked potatoes, but I know I made it once with salmon, soooooo I started thinking. What goes good with pots? BACON! What goes good with pots and bacon? CHEESE!! Add a couple other yummy ingredients and you have a winner dinner.

Actually its very easy, just the pots were hard and hollowing with a teaspoon was a little annoying 0_o I believe I need another tool for that…  (or someone else, maybe named COOKIES???!!!)

Sometimes I need old school and homey

102 pulpetki in dill sauce

Well, we are two different people, who got raised in two different traditions (and cultures) and we like different things. In the beginning I had to make a double effort to feed Cookies the way he got used to (thankfully his Mom liked a lot of polish dishes like bigos (hunter’s stew), pierogi, haluszki, which actually he makes much better than I do etc). For example, when I wanted my favourite sour pickle soup, I was cooking bouillon and dividing into 2 pots and in one making pickle soup for myself and in the other tomato soup for Cookies. Thankfully as the time passed he started eating more and more, of course it works both ways, though I will NEVER EVER NEVER EVER eat cooked peas and corn with ketchup!!!

Thanks to Cookies I started liking mexican food, even lately learned how to eat fajitas without tossing stuffing everywhere 0_o. (Cookies comment: And you have no clue how close to a miracle that, in itself REALLY is!)

So, with this long beginning just wanted to say, that sometimes I feel for something old school, which my Mom cooked when I was a kid. The other day it was little meatballs in dill sauce gravy.

Delicious Side Dish

94 bread cheese fingers

I’m constantly harassed by Cookies for making rice, pots, or the infamous couscous (w/cucumbers) to accompany our dinners, that he is tired of it, dearly 0_o. The bitching about it, also annoyed me… dearly 0_o but made me also look deeper into food that accompanies meat and veggs. In The Mullen Household veggies are an absolute must, and there is no time that I don’t have a wide variety of veggies in the fridge and cupboards. I won’t be lecturing about how healthy it is, because we all know everything about it. But, but, but, veggies aren’t the main topic this time. actually some dietitian probably would try to lynch me for posting this recipe, but man…. this is so damn good. Nothing to eat often, maybe once every 6 or so months 0_o, Just worth waiting. I don’t know how many calories it has but definitely not as much as the infamous Snickers pie by Antony Worrall Thompson, but also full of bad carbs. So try it, enjoy it and forget it for at least half a year.

I made one attempt to go healthy and I used whole grain bread 😉 No worries thats just a patch for an open wound 0_o.