Jack is Cooking Pastry #2

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Just a quick post tonight, before some more substantial posts in the next couple of days.  i’ve got a whole lot of things that i’ve made sitting, and waiting for me to put them up i just have to type up the recipes.  
anyhow tonight i had more pastry school and we made a quiche!  here is the quiche that we made.  it is a classic quiche lorraine.
over the weekend i made another quiche, and that will be posted in full, so check that out soon.
We also made pate a choux – which is the basic dough for eclairs.  we didn’t finish making the eclairs, but we did get to make some super awesome looking lovers swans!  and we had to fully plate them!!  anyhow this ones for Julie! 🙂
in case you can’t see how super awesome those are from just that photo heres a close up
hopefully the eclairs will be done on thursday and i can post em, but these swans are pretty darned impressive!!!   (if i do say so myself)
 mmmm mmm delicious

Jack is Cooking Pastries #1

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so i have started at pastry school (at the French Culinary Institute in NY)  to learn how to professionally make all sorts delicious pastries!  after i learn how to make them awesomely i am going to attempt to make these all gluten free.  which so far, should be fairly east to do!  
anyways here are the first two things we made!
since this is the first time i am making these, and the recipes are most definitely not mine or altered in any way i won’t be posting the recipes until i play with them a bit, but i will be posting my progress throughout the course!!
The First is a Tarte Aux Pommes
this is a delicious tart with a pâte sucrée, apple compote, and sliced apples on top finished with an apricot glaze.   super delicious!  
The Second is a Tarte Bourdaloue
this tarte also has a pâte sucrée, filled with almond cream (super delicious) and topped with poached pears and sliced almonds, and finished with an apricot glaze.  
This might be the most delicious thing i have ever made.
oh man.  it makes me drool just looking at this picture.  stay tuned for more pastries!  i have class twice a week so i will be posing delicious pastries at least once a week for the next three months! 
mmmm mmmmm delicious!!!

Jack is Cooking Dandelion Salad

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Last night as part of my dinner i made a dandelion salad.  Dandelions you say??  YES!!! indeed dandelions.  what everybody thinks is normally just a weed is actually pretty delicious as long as its the spring time and they haven’t grown to gargantuan proportions.  (when they get very big they get very bitter)

This delicious recipe was introduced to me by Nicole – Julie’s Mom.  i am ever so grateful she introduced me to this, i wish i could eat it all the time, as it is super super delicious!

now then, dandelions grow everywhere.  but you should be careful that they are not in a cow field or something as the cows will probably have pooped on them, if there are any left… cows know all about how delicious dandelions are and so eat them all up!!  also, since they are technically a weed, you need to get them from a place that hasn’t put poison all over them… cuz that’s just gross…

Heres what you will need:

Dandelions!
boiled eggs
bacon
an onion
balsamic vinegar
an oil (a not very strong olive oil, or grapeseed oil, or other light oil)

so the first thing to do is to pick yourself a whole lot of dandelions.  the next thing is to not pick the flowers, you just want the leaves.  about 4-5 inches in length.  bigger than that and they are too big.  i have seen dandelion in the supermarket, but they are normally really really big, and when they are that big they really are way too bitter.

so after you pick yourself a nice basket of dandelions, take them home and start washing them.  wash them good, and pick out all the grass and flower buds and anything else that may have found its way into your basket:

After you have cleaned everything very well, take a knife and chop everything up real well:
Then take your hard boiled eggs and slice them nicely and put them in the salad:

add a splash of balsamic vinegar, and some of your choice of oil.  give it a toss!
take the bacon and chop it up all nice and small, and also take an onion and chop it all up nice and small.  if you want you can serve this on the side, or you can mix it in.  this adds a nice bit of extra flavor!
and serve away!!  
mmm mmm delicious! 

Jack is Cooking Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tacos for Dinner

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Here is a great easy recipe for some breakfast Taco’s that I made one day.  i made this out of leftovers in my fridge.
here’s what you will need:
corn tortillas (i got mine from Tortilleria Mexicano Tres Hermanos – they sell tortillas for $1 at their restaurant in Brooklyn.  also it is probably the best tacos and tortas i’ve ever had.  i am completely obsessed with this place and wish that it wasn’t so far away from where i live in the city.  you can stuff yourself with real authentic mexican food for under $10, and then buy some tortillas to make more of your own!!!)  
eggs
for the salsa:
1 or half an onion
1 or half a tomato
half a red pepper
clove of garlic
a small can of sweet corn
some cumin
salt and pepper
some paprika.
first, i made the salsa.  i cooked this salsa so that all the flavours were really nice and melty.  (that’s the best way i can describe it!)  
i sauteed the onions and garlic, until they were translucent.  mean while in the oven i turned on my broiler, and i roasted the tomato, the red pepper,  and the corn until they got a nice charring on the skin. then i chopped them all up finely and added them to the onions, and cooked for 5-10 minutes.  i added some salt and pepper, some cumin and some paprika for flavoring.  voila!  corn salsa!  
Next, i scrambled some eggs.  i hope that everybody knows at least how to scramble an egg.  its hard to screw that up.  but if you don’t here are the instructions:  
crack 2-3 eggs in a bowl.  and salt and pepper.  stir well with a fork.
heat pan on med – low heat.  melt butter in a pan.  pour eggs in.  stir them while they cook, until they are almost done.  turn off the stove.  they will keep cooking, so turn off the stove right before they look done.  serve immediately!  now you know!!  
so anyways, heat up the tortillas.  if you put them in a paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds they will be nice and warm.  or else you can warm them in a pan.  
put some eggs on each tortilla:

next!  put some of that delicious Salsa on top of the eggs, and top with your favorite cheese.  at the time the only cheese i had was feta.  not exactly mexican but it was still delicious!
Serve up these soft tacos with a napkin!  they are a little messy!!

mmm mmmm delicious!

Jack is Cooking Thai Fried Rice with Princess Know it All




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Here is the 2nd installment of videos i made with Princess Know it All. for this dish you will need:

Green and red peppers
Carrot
Onion
Garlic
Tomatoes
Ham
Egg
Rice
Soy sauce
Fish sauce
Lime juice
Sugar