Let’s Taco ‘Bout It (Black Bean Taco)

 

Blurry pic! My black bean soft taco.

How did it taste? Pretty okay. I ended up making two and I gobbled both of them up. The cheese and garlic powder gave it the bit of saltiness that it (or maybe I) needed due to the lack of meat. The red onions were not cooked too much; they still had some crunch to them, which I actually liked.

What should I have done differently? I definitely should have used better ingredients. Although my taco tasted decent, it was a little on the trashy side… maybe a step above Taco Bell? I didn’t really go all out on this one, and I feel a little guilty for that. The roma tomato and red onion were both fresh. However, I just bought pre-shredded lettuce and Mexican cheese. You can thank my laziness for that one. I should have just bought an actual head of lettuce and a block of queso and shredded it myself. Also, some cilantro probably would have been nice too (thanks for the tips, thesisterslice)!

I think I’m gonna go with “success” for this one… especially after last week’s failure!

Measure Twice, Cut Once… (Eggplant Stir-fry)

Now that I’ve tasted my own eggplant dish, here are my impressions.

Meh. Nothing bad, but nothing good. Very average. I ended up eating it all though. Not too bad though, considering this is my second dish for this blog and my first time stir-frying something. Hell, I wasn’t even quite sure what stir-frying exactly was….

First, we’ll start with my eggplant. I cut most of my pieces waaaaaay too thick! As a result it took much longer than it should have to cook all the way through. Some were even a tad bit raw on the inside still. The thinner pieces tasted pretty decent however. My proportions were way off too. I decided to not follow through with the recipe religiously. I used one eggplant instead of four… I should’ve probably either used four or cut down my other ingredients to one-fourth of what they should’ve been. Oh well. Live and learn.

I think I did a good job with the peppers, to say the least. They were a little thicker than what the recipe called for, but it didn’t really affect the stir-fry method. They also gave my dish that little extra kick that it needed. Besides the sauce, at least.

As for the garlic… I should’ve put way less! It was overpowering but not enough to completely destroy the dish, you know?

Then we have the sauce which was a mixture of oyster sauce, sesame oil, and sugar, which was pretty damn good. I could probably put that on other Chinese cuisines…. Salty and little sweet!

Though it was nothing too special, it at least looked like eggplant stir-fry, and I’m pretty happy about that.

Gotta go! Still got essays and essays to write.

No Pain Perdu, No Gain (French Toast)

It’s been a long day, friends. So let’s sit back, relax, and reflect on my first dish for this blog.

The whole thing wasn’t pretty, I’ll tell ya. I crushed an egg with my bare hands like some neanderthal. I made a mess with the batter as if a hurricane had it. And I used chocolate milk for God’s sake.

The verdict? Well, it certainly looked okay. It wasn’t the prettiest slice in the bakery, but it made do. How did it taste? Not bad at all, actually! I feel it certainly passed as food you would serve to… hmm, well maybe not customers but definitely to yourself on a Sunday hangover.

This was also my first foray into a sugary food! It certainly was sweet. Not too sure if the chocolate milk made all that much of a difference, though. I tasted a bit of the chocolate, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Heck, it barely even made a mark. I’ll just use good old fashioned straight-from-the-cow milk next time.

All in all, I’m pretty proud of myself! My french toast was far from perfect, but I’ll still toot my own horn. Toot toot.