July 01, 2004

40-Foot Poles

Well, the first week of summer vacation is coming to a close pretty soon. It's been pretty hectic, and tons of stuff happened in the last week. I'd like to start with Father's Day dinner.

Father's Day is one of the mind-numbing times of the year for me. It's that one day that my dad becomes a total arse and makes me go insane. It was no exception this year. The only thing that changed was that the dinner was a success. It mostly, it was due to a new-fangled meat thermometer we had bought from Linens N Things earlier that day. The probe went into the meat and a wire led out of the oven and plugged into a timer/base. It was neat, and allowed the temperature to be read without opening the oven door. My rosemary-roasted lamb turned out medium-rare and juicy, and all that good stuff. My family fully enjoyed it. The fare included: Lamb, snails, tripe(Mmm, tripe), stuffed shrimp, mashed potatoes, biscuits, gai lan (chinese brocoli), and some other dish I've probably forgotten. For dessert, sweet bean soup. Note the large contrasts in cuisine. :P

Before I continue, I'd like to post my recipe for Chinese Steamed Buns that made this Monday for my grandma. My grandma has no grasp on yeast, so she makes chewy masses of dense bread. I decided to make it because I owe a lot to her, especially for her support of my baking. You won't find this recipe anywhere else, because I had to make it from scratch. None of the recipes I've found were reliable, so I just had to wing it, from memories of my family's Chinese resturant. Unlike resturant versions, this is fat free. There's no lard or anything, which set this apart from what you find in resturants. It makes for a chewy bread, which is what my dad prefers.

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Steamed Buns

1 teaspoon yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3 1/3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon baking powder
Parchment Paper

1. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Mix sugar and flour in bowl.

2. Add yeast and 1 cup warm water to flour. Knead flour for ten minutes. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled. Punch down, wait 20 minutes and knead for a few minutes.

3. Roll the dough on a lightly floured board until you have a 16-inch roll.

4. Divide into 16 little balls. Place balls on squares of parchment paper. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

5. Bring a pot full of water to a boil. Use a bamboo steamer or any other type of steamer(a wok and a rack) and steam the buns for 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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Perhaps Wednesday, Tommy invited a group of people over to his house. Apparent, he, Ada, and I were to cook for the whole group of people. I would just like to state that I was against it since the very beginning. Naturally, Tommy had no idea what to do, so I came up with the multiple meals in one idea.

"We" made mini-sandwiches, macaroni 'n' cheese, a giant 12-egg omelette, and a box-mix cake. By "we," I mean that the only thing I didn't make was the sandwiches. The cake was entirely Ada's idea, and she couldn't even mix the ingredients together. I guess it was fairly presentable. Well, a group of hungry teenagers will find anything presentable. My only complaints were that the macaroni didn't have enough cheese (my fault), and the box mix had that characteristic crunchy sugar texture in the inside. Yuck, box mix cake.

On Saturday, my mom decided to have wontons for dinner. Being my mother, she makes "killer," wontons. I'd post an actual recipe, but wontons are something that we just measure with our eyes. The ingredients are ground pork, shrimp, green onions, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and salt. Dinner was good, since that was the first chinese meal of the week, surprisingly.

The next day was Victor's birthday party. It was ironic, after all, Victor didn't show up until 3 hours into the party. It was surprisingly fun, even though there wasn't too much to do there. The food was great, and I absolutely adore his mother's dumplings. I ate a lot more than usual, but it was worth it. Near the end of the party, we played monopoly, and I got addicted to it. Wilson decided to be a bum and monopolize all the single bills. ;P Now I have Monopoly 3 and play online. It's fun stuff, and you don't even have to clean up. I admit, it's juvenile. But hey, I can afford to have a little fun. :)
Oh yea, my grades for the last marking period: Math: 90, English: 91, Spanish: 90, Global History: 93, Biology: 91, Technology: 95, Physical Education: 90. My weighted average is 91.36. I had to try really hard this marking period, but it was worth it. I'm not as smart as a lot of people, but at least I mustered a 91 average.

Tomorrow, I'm going to Chinatown to get my playstation 2 modded. I have to make sure to get some delicious Chinese goodies as well. :)

Posted at 9:08 PM in Appetizers.

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lol...victor's mom told me her dumplings were store bought

Posted by Eric at 23:41 on July 1, 2004. #

Oh well, they were good anyway. :)

Posted by Allen at 10:37 on July 2, 2004. #

Hey, that's how my mom makes them too!

Is it coincidence that most Chinese moms can make awesome wontons? Maybe, maybe not...

Posted by Ben at 21:49 on July 2, 2004. #

Make me some pie.

Posted by Henry at 23:38 on July 2, 2004. #

just <3 food dont ya? =P

Posted by Calx at 01:34 on July 3, 2004. #

oh yea, a litle confused about comma placement in there. Where you wrote killer in quotes, do you mean the wontons are named killer or that they were killer wontons?

Posted by Eric at 15:25 on July 4, 2004. #

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