Jack is Cooking Tom Kha Soup with Princess Know it All

Well Hello Internet!
Here is the first of four thai recipes that i collaborated with Princess Know it All.

Check out her website!:

www.princessknowitall.com

These four videos will be released over the next few months, so stay tuned for those!

To make the Tom Khan Soup you will need:
Shiitake Mushrooms
red and or green pepper
1/2 can coconut milk
1/3 cup coriander
lime juice
3-4 cups vegetable stock
1 stalk lemongrass (the bottom third minced)
3 kaffir lime leaves

2 tblspoons fish sauce
1-2 small red chillies
3 cloves garlic
cherry tomatoes

Jack is Cooking Pizza!!

Well Hello Internet!
So the other night, julie suggested we make pizza.  i thought that was just a FANtastic idea, so we did!   i used the a little dough i saved from making bread on monday night, and then also some other leftover ingredients i had in my fridge.
Making pizza is LOTs of fun!  you can put almost anything on it that your heart desires.  Also, if you can’t make your own dough its easy to buy.  some supermarkets have ready made dough, but also most pizzerias (at least here in NYC) will sell the dough pretty cheaply.
heres what we used:
as you can see in the above pictures the ingredients are:
Mozzarella
Red and Green Peppers
Some Chopped up Ham
Some Gouda (grated)
Diced Tomatoes
and also we caramelized some onions to put on after the pizza was cooked:
Theres the dough rising a little in the upper left corner of that last picture!
So after the dough rose for like 1.5 hours we spread it out and put the diced tomatoes all over it:
Then i got some new lights in my kitchen, so i could take better pictures!  haha
anyways, after the tomatoes, we put on the sliced mozzarella, red and green peppers, ham, and gouda cheese.  plus a little salt and pepper.
We baked it in the oven for 20 minutes at 450°.  after we took it out of the oven, we put the caramelized onions on it, cut it up and ate it!
I was hoping for some leftovers for lunch today, but the thing was so damn delicious we ate the whole pizza!

Jack is cooking (Baking) Sourdough Bread 11/02/09

Well Hello Internet!

Tonight i baked a new loaf of bread, and i did it exactly the same way as i did the last loaf, except i baked it a little longer.  I think i seem to have finally got it down!

heres what i did:

this morning (at 9 am)
i took 1.5 cups of starter
mixed it with 3 cups of water
and 4 cups of white flour

i let it sit until 7 pm

this is what it looked like:

i then removed 1.5 cups of this sponge and put it back in the starter

to this i then added
half a cup of olive oil
1.5 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar

after i folded in those ingredients i folded, and then kneaded in
3 cups of flour

i let it sit for 20 minutes:

After that i removed 1/3 of the dough to save to make pizza tomorrow! (follow link!)

I folded the remaining dough into the loaf and let it rise for 2.5 hours (it seems to take longer now that the summer is over).

I baked it in the oven for 15 minutes at 450° and then turned the oven down to 350° and baked it for another 35 minutes.

Here it is: