I have not posted anything in soooooo long (though most of my food pictures are on instagram now). Well, let’s change this behavior. I am now into the green smoothie movement (I just started today) and I do not know where this will lead, but I shall hand on for at least 21 days (the challenge).
This morning, my smoothie consisted of half lime juice, soymilk, one banana, one apple, one bag of Quaker oatmeal and few leaves of Kale. Was not as bad as I thought but this is truly a test of my stamina. Let’s see how it goes. A picture of my first green smoothie on instagram.
Last Friday, two of my coworkers took me to lunch (to celebrate my engagement) at this very hipe chinese restaurant, and it was so good! Review of Jane G below, let me know if you agree!
The food: I’ll give it a B+ (only because it is my first time and I was not particularly fond of the wonton soup). We had the Philosophe Chicken (very well prepared…I wonder how philosophical the poor chicken was…), Dan-Dan Noodles (the best I’ve had in Philly!), some spicy shrimp and a peanut chicken (very average). Overall, very good food. Checkout their menu.
The decor: I loved the simplicity with black walls, occasional red dragons and hanging lamps, and white chairs. The ambiance is great for late night dinner with friends where you want to be able to talk and be close to each other.
The location: in Center City, close to Rittenhouse square. As you can guess, traffic is an issue but there is a parking lot right next to the restaurant.
What went well: The food was great and the whole experience was nice
What was so-so: I’ve had better wonton and peanut chicken at local Chinese restaurants so they can improve
What went wrong: There was a mix up in our orders but quickly corrected, so no complaint.
Sissi’s verdict: Will be back!
So, my first official Tried and True entry for the year: The Chicken and Dumplings recipe from BS in the Kitchen.
So I took a look at the picture below and decided to give it a try! The recipe available HERE.
However, I did not have time to make dumplings…so I skipped the dumpling phase and served with veggie chili and pita bread. See below:
Summary of TnT entry:
Clarity of instructions: very clear instructions
Ingredients: basic ingredients that should be already available in kitchen or easy to get in local store
Level of difficulty: 1 (fairly straightforward)
Sissi’s Grade: 3.5 stars, the taste is really good and the recipe gets me outside the rut of repetitive weekday cooling, but I feel it’s just a good comfort recipe, nothing overboard…which is a good thing. Just feel it could be better….had I made the dumplings, maybe my rating would be different ;)
Master Tester’s Grade: 3 stars…very good but room for improvement.
Let me know how yours turns out!
I like to play around with recipes my mom taught me…here, I am adding pepper to this pan fried fish recipe, and I tone down on the heat factor as the guests whom I cooked the fish for are not all into spicy food ;)
Pan-fried veal with a wine sauce (oignon, orange pepper, red wine, broth and salt). Served with blue cheese salad.