Today marked the end of the semester for me. No more finals, no more projects, I am finally done. To say I am excited is an understatement. While this semester wasn’t the hardest, it definitely seemed to linger on. I’m finding that the farther into my degree I get, the more it seems to drag.
But the good thing? I only have one more semester left. One more semester!
You know, sometimes I amaze myself.
What could be better than an amuse-bouche?
So ten years later I finally write up another post. Hello again everyone.
For the few of you that are wondering why I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, I’ll just say, life happens. Between school and work and all of the other various little things that need to be done sometimes you need a little break from everything.
So what have I been doing with that time? Being lazy of course. Procrastinating as usual. But I did accomplish one thing on my bucket list, so I wasn’t completely lazy.
With one week in between classes, me and my brother, along with a good friend, decided to go to Colorado and climb Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in the rockies. Was it a challenge? Uh, yeah. Did I struggle? Every. Single. Step of the way. Did I almost fall off the mountain and die? I’m pretty sure. But did we make it? YES! The only question that matters, was yes we made it to the top. Through the snow and icy rocks we trudged on and defeated that mountain.
Oh salsa. What is Texas without salsa? Dry tacos, nothing but cheese to dip your chip in, and nothing to add a little kick to your every meal.
There is nothing more special and exciting than French pastries.
So I’ll be honest about something. Pâté is not an attractive word. I mean really, when you say it out loud. Pa-tay? Yeah, no thanks… But don’t let this name fool you. I mean, it is better than saying buttery liver puree right?
The first time I ever tried a pâté was a life altering experience for me. I knew it had liver in it but the other ingredients were a mystery. I went into it hesitantly… pureed livers? Yeah… about that….
But then I tried it. The flavor was amazing! It was buttery, it was rich and the flavors danced in my mouth leaving me wanting more and more. Just give me a loaf of french bread and some pâté and I’ll be all set guys. And then after my mind and mouth had exploded a little and I settled down from this rush of delicious excitement, I started thinking about what was in it. I looked it up and it all made sense. Butter and livers are two very rich ingredients and putting them together with a couple of aromatics is simply divine. It just works.
And guess what? You don’t need to pay $10 for a couple of small pieces of bread and one little 2 ounce piece of pâté only to be left wanting more. You can make it at home now and it is seriously so easy and makes a ton.
This is a little bit like one of my previous recipes, the coconut cauliflower curry. In fact it’s very similar, I just love this recipe.
This is one of those recipes that if you are trying to eat healthier but don’t want to feel deprived, you’ll be fine with this one. While yes, coconut milk is very calorie dense, coconut milk also is very filling. I got so full from just a few pieces of cauliflower because of the coconut milk coating my stomach. It’s perfect. And of course we all know how great cauliflower is for us, so why not get it in our diets somehow?
Going to culinary school it’s really awesome being able to try a variety of foods that I’ve never tried before. Leeks are one of those things.
For a lot of people, leeks are very common. They use it in almost everything. In my house? I don’t remember us ever eating leeks… ever. Not until culinary school did I taste this strange plant. Was I hesitant? A little… Just from the look I expected it to taste like green onions and in a way it kind of does. But it’s better. It has more flavor, it’s more onion-y than green onions in my opinion.
So this find was very exciting for me, because hello, it’s a new ingredient to start using, and I think I finally found a good replacement for celery. I know I know, celery is great blah blah blah. No. I don’t like celery. I can tolerate it but if given the choice to leave it out, it’s not going in. Leeks? Yeah, you’ll be my celery replacement in mirepoix from now on my friend.