Jack is Cooking Pastry # 4

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This past pastry class we made some brioche products (more on that later, i actually made brioche over the weekend, so i will post that separately)  and we also made a delicious orange cinnamon bread loaf. 
So we made a mango coconut tarte out some of the brioche.  this is also really delicious.  i got a little fancy with my arrangements of the mango.

And heres the loaf!  on the inside is a delicious cinnamon swirl, and the bread is slightly orange flavored.

mmm mmm delicious!

Jack is Cooking French Toast

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The other morning i made French Toast for breakfast.  it is super easy to make!  here’s what you’ll need:
Eggs (2 for 4 or 5 pieces)
milk
vanilla
cinammon
bread (preferably a little stale)
now then there are probably precise measurements that you are supposed to use, but i kind of do it by eyeball.  the way i like to do this, is to crack the eggs onto a plate.  but don’t mix them yet.  then i pour some milk onto the plate until the milk makes a full circle around the eggs.  then i put what i imagine to be a teaspoon of vanilla.  the cinnamon, i put enough to put a dusting over the yellow of each egg.  then i take a fork and whisk it all together.
after that take the bread and let it soak in the egg mixture.  if the bread is less stale it will absorb it all pretty quick, so you don’t have to do it for so long.  the more stale the bread, the longer you should soak.
in a frying pan melt some butter.  once its nice and melted put the bread in and start to fry it!
When the bread gets nice and golden on the bottom its time to flip!
when its golden on the other side its done!
i like to put a little butter on top and lots of maple syrup.  i LOVE maple syrup.  with pancakes and french toast and waffles i like them to be swimming in maple syrup.  
mmm mmm delicious!

Jack is Cooking Pork Chops

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So last night i somehow had the motivation to get up and make some dinner.  nothing fancy, but boy was it good!  i made breaded pork chops
heres what i used
2 pork chops ( from Herondale Farm of course!)
bread crumbs
paprika
parsley
one egg
also
some french cut beans
cheddar cheese
milk
a little bit of flour
garlic
So First i took the bread crumbs and mixed them with a little paprika and some parsley.
then i took the pork chops and dipped them in the egg, and then in the bread crumbs, and then because i like them extra breaded, i put them back in the egg, and then back in the bread crumbs.  that’s easy right?
heres what they looked like
Then i took the chops, and i heated some olive oil in a pan.  i cooked them for like 1-2 minutes on each side.  then i put them in the oven at 350 for another 20 minutes.
In the meantime, i put a little butter in that pan (some of the oil had been soaked up by the chops)
i sauteed some garlic.  then i added the french cut beans.  i let those cook for a couple minutes over low/medium heat.  once they were cooked i put a little bit of flour in the pan to start a roux.  i added maybe half a cup of milk, and some grated cheddar cheese.
This made a nice side dish to the pork chops and added a little bit of green.
heres both together!  sorry for a lack of pictures this time.
mmm  mmm delicious

Jack is Cooking Egg in a Basket

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Tonight i made an old favorite when i’m way too lazy to think of something to cook. Eggs are always in the fridge, and i always have bread.

This is just a tiny bit (well ok, a whole lot!!) yummier than just plain old fried eggs on toast!

You will need:
Eggs
Bread
Butter
Heres what to do. First prepare two (or more if your that hungry) slices of bread. Take a shot glass or something and cut out a nice circle in the middle:


Next melt some butter in a frying pan, and put the bread in the pan, INCLUDING the bits you cut out! (these are the best parts! they get all buttery and delicious!). Rub them around a little, and then flip them over. this is important so that both sides of the bread get buttered, and one side doesn’t hog it all!
Ok, so once your bread is all nice and buttered, crack two eggs over the bread. the circles should be the exact same size as the egg yolks. they will then sit nicely in the holes, and the egg whites will sit on top of the bread.

Fry them this way for about 4 minutes, maybe a little less (it does take a little longer than actually frying an egg…) The best way to know is to keep your eye on the bread holes that are frying next to the bread. Once they are nice and golden on one side, you know its time to flip!
Flip!
Oh man its lookin’ good now! ok, so a few more minutes on this side, until the eggs are cooked, and then toss them out onto a plate!
Tah Dah! Egg in a basket. Everybody likes these! normally more for breakfast, but the incredible edible egg is always good! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or a Midnight Snack!
if you must insist you can throw some lettuce onto the plate also, and then there will be something green to go along with it…. or Bacon! hahaha

Jack is Cooking Pizza!!

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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!