Friday, October 19, 2007

Pasta with Three Tomatoes and Truffle Oil

Work work work study study study cook eat study study sleep. No time for blogging, though there are a dozen blogposts in my head. Cooking is therapy though. Cooking is almost always a joy. Whether it's a stew that takes a full day, or a quickie pasta. Today, a non-school day (and therefore a work day), I made tomato confit, a batch of salsa pomodoro, and a few jars of infused oil (tarragon; vanilla; orange-peel-and-chilli). We made tomato confit in school last week--it took us more than three hours in the convection oven, so I wanted to see how long it'd take me in the conventional oven at home. I figured maybe 5 or 6 hours. It took me 10 hours! Whew! It was well worth the wait though. Just like we did in school I dressed up some pasta with salsa pomodoro, tomato confit and a pan-roasted tomato, drizzled with truffle oil, and I had my Pasta with 3 Tomatoes. After dinner it was back to the grind. Now to sleep. Tomorrow, school. *yawn*

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Eat Ink

First of a series of posts that have been taking weeks to take the trip from my head to cyberspace..

I used to devour books, but now I find I've slowed down a bit, and only partly because books are more expensive now, and also partly because I have far less free time now. Thanks to National Bookstore's anniversary sale a couple of months back, Books For Less, and very kind friends though, I have some new acquisitions.

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
by Harold McGee

I finally have it!! The geek-cook's bible! Mwahahaha! I've been eating the chapters up like a madman.

Classic Conran: Plain, Simple & Satisfying Food
by Terence Conran and Vicki Conran

Got this hardcover copy brand new at NBS for only Php200, and all because of a small tear in the dust jacket!!!

The Man Who Ate Everything
by Jeffrey Steingarten

On loan from Chef JJ. Steingarten is hilarious. I've squirted juice up my nose a couple of times with this one.

The Lore of Spices: Their History, Nature and Uses Around the World
by J. O. Swahn

Very yummy. If you're a spice freak like me you gotta have it! 65% off at Bestsellers. Oh joy!

The Seasoning of a Chef: My Journey from Diner to Ducasse and Beyond
by Doug Psaltis and Michael Psaltis

A sweet gift from Steph :-) To a chef-in-training like myself, the book is both inspiring and terrifying.

Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen
by Alton Brown

Geek factor set to 9!! What can I say, I love the guy. Thanks, Jep, for getting me this. And yes, I'll lend it to you hehehe.

Anthony Bourdain Omnibus:
Kitchen Confidential/A Cook's Tour

by Anthony Bourdain

Thanks to Indira for this one! Claimed it from the post office today (Oct 25) so that's one book from my wish list granted, and not even Christmas yet!! Ripped the packet open in the parking lot, and laughed while reading the introduction. Fun days ahead, if I can just find the time to read.

A small part of my Christmas Wish List (food book category) *hint, hint* hehehe: