Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cooking up a Storm...

Dinner, lunch, breakfast, desserts... The last few days have been a major cooking frenzy for me.

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I like to consider myself a creative person, and with all my creative pursuits (whether it be my graphic design, illustration, cooking, etc.), I have sudden bursts of creative inspiration and find myself needing to work on it that exact moment. Well this weekend I was in cooking/baking mode, and was creating faster than we could eat. Our apartment was a cooking machine this weekend!

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I had never prepared a whole fish before - I had only ever cooked with fillets, so this weekend I was determined to try a whole fish, and found a gorgeous Red Snapper at the market which was calling my name. It was so simple to prepare and so fresh and delicious. All I did was slice some incisions along both sides of the fish and stuff them with lemon slices, and a mixture of fresh herbs and olive oil. Then I just brushed the fish with more olive oil and sea salt and pepper.

Another thing I made was an awesome Miso Soup. Whenever I have Miso Soup at a restaurant, I always enjoy the flavor, but find the soup a little lacking in content. So I decided to add buckwheat noodles, pork, onions, shallots, and lots of fresh herbs to mine, making it a perfect warm-weather soup with all the fresh cilantro and green onion.

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Then there was dessert. I had mentioned in an earlier post that I was participating in a Bake Sale fundraiser, and decided to bake something simple and classic - nothing too out-there or different - I wanted to make sure that it was something that most people would like. So I settled on vanilla cupcakes filled with vanilla yogurt and topped with a fresh blackberry buttercream. Then on Sunday I felt like meringue, and found an awesome recipe in a Donna Hay cookbook for Lemon Curd and Raspberry Mini Meringues. Divine! I tried finding a link online for it, but couldn't - so if any of you want the recipe, I can email it to you. I don't feel right about publishing her recipe on my blog, especially since she hasn't posted it anywhere online.

So as you can see, I had a big weekend of food. Did you make anything yummy this weekend?


(PS. the winner of the Simply Objekts giveaway is Regina. Congrats!)

43 comments:

Kelly J. R. said...

My family got together for a day of fun playing in the woods and geocaching at my parents land. We enjoyed food cooked over a campfire and I made Oreo Truffles that were a huge hit.

Audra said...

The miso soup looks delicious! I love the idea of adding buckwheat noodles. YUM!

CM said...

LOL that's so awesome! Whenever I feel creative, I have to put all that energy to work too. Cooking and baking are so much fun, and all that work never goes to waste because everyone eats it all up! I made Jerk Chicken, Thai Beef Skewers, and Beef Dumplings. Yummy hearty food!

Nicole Egerer said...

Wow.. that all looks so yummy! I'm ready for lunch already :)

I've never thought of adding more ingredients to miso soup but that is a great idea! I might have to try that one this weekend.

Thanks for sharing!

Kind Regards,
Nicole

theeclecticlife said...

What a delightfully scrumptious weekend you had! I want to dig into those mini meringues right now!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Oh boy, I wish I had been at your house this weekend! It all looks delicious, but that snapper almost looks to pretty to eat!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

OMG! This post made me really hungry. Please invite me over when you are in the mood to cook and bake, I'd love to learn a thing or two from you and most importantly I'd love to help you eat all those yummy treats. The vanilla blackberry cupcakes look really good! have a yummy week sweetie!

Sarah said...

Wow you DID go all out and it all looks amazing! Especially that fish. It looks super intimidating, but how you described it it sounds so simple! I'll have to be brave and try it sometime. Thanks for sharing =)

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Nuha said...

oh my goodness, everything looks so yummy!! I want a mini meringue asap!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Ohh my my!! That miso soup looks so delicious!! I love that you put so much in it!! Those vanilla blackberry cupcakes look soo good! They really need to make a function that you can click on a picture and it will be produced in front of you because those look so delicious! I wish I had one for dessert!!

I recently decorated my first cake! It was so much fun!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

the southern hostess said...

The fish sounds amazing! You blow my mind. Everything looks so tasty.

Kristin said...

i love those kinds of weekends! it was the exact opposite for me, though, because Wade and I are doing this 11-Day Cleanse, and so we have not been doing much eating at all. I can't wait until it's over! (only 2.5 more days!!)

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh my goodness! Your talents always blow me away. I just want to sit at your feet while you make all your wonderful goodies. Beautiful!

Sienna said...

the vanilla blackberry cupcakes look SO good

Jesse said...

oh i'd love the recipe for the meringues, they look so light and airy.

Notes from Holly St. said...

wow...well done! everything looks amazing.

Kimberly Geneviève said...

ohhh my goodness! Looks delicious.


kim.

Cat said...

A girl after my own heart...LOVE cooking up a storm! This past weekend, I made refriend beans from scratch (starting with dried beans)...they were delish!

Those cupcakes look amazing!

xx Cat brideblu

Colores said...

congrats for these delicious meals and especially for the fish! I have never tried...yours looks perfect!!!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

what a collection of goodies! i've never tried cooking a whole fish, but you make it sound easy. perhaps i'll add it to my list :)

Eleanor Rae said...

The soup sounds amazing, I also find it lacks substance when you eat out, but yours sounds great. Your meringue look perfectly naughty too :) Also I am currently writing my Tanzania post, thank you for giving me a reason! xxx

Almalu's Place said...

oh wow!!I am drooling over those meringues!!

L'Atelier said...

the food looks and sounds amazing!
pls email me the meringues recipe :)

i had a totally indulgent eating ot kinda long weekend...

Phoenix said...

YUM! Everything looks incredible. This past weekend was NOT a foodie weekends (lots of take out) but Benni and I celebrated our best friends' one year wedding anniversary with a trip to Disneyland and a visit to one of their finest restaurants in Downtown Disney, The Napa Rose. We sat at the chef's table and ate whatever he made for us - including rabbit meatloaf with quail egg on top, a mushroom cappuccino (which sounds weird but tasted amazing), veal, filet mignon... oh, I could go on and on. The food was amazing.

You'll have to let me know when you open your own five star restaurant in Texas so I can come visit, Dionne! :)

Elle said...

Will you mind e-mail me the vanilla blackberry recipe!? Those look amazing! wilsonde@jbu.edu

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Your house must have smelled so amazing . . . and your husband must have been quite happy.

Can I come to your bake sale? I have never made meringue . . . so pretty.

Fondly,
Glenda

Sey said...

I always admire your creativity. From the graphic design down to your creative baking ability and now the fish. It looks so delish. You made me hungry. I want some fish now.

I love the meringue.... yum-yum-yum!

orchid said...

Wow, whole thing look SO delicious!!!

What a creative person you are, and respect you having so many talents.

Well, surprised that you used buckwheat noodle for miso-soup.
Must have been marvelously good!
I will ask my hubby to make one for you to taste, haha.
I will try your recipes♫

Tender Branson said...

I'm with you on the miso, it needs some substance. I like what you added to it. The desserts looked like a lot of fun. I'd love to try out the meringue.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Ohmygolly, I'm so hungry right now. That fish looks gorgeous. And the desserts! I don't have words for those at all, except YUM. This weekend I just made some simple cream scones and I attempted quinoa for the first time (and failed).

YnR said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :)!
I say that your burst of creativity was definitely successful! Everything looks amazing!! Especially those cute little mini meringues!

Looking Glass said...

Yummo! This all looks so delicious!

~ Clare x

Sarah said...

Yum!! Weekends are usually my big cooking days too, although moving out of my apartment last weekend put a stop to that! Those vanilla blackberry cupcakes look amazing!

Carissa said...

you. are. amazing!! such a talented cook/chef/baker!! your kitchen pursuits never cease to WOW me. and um, blackberry buttercream? I have to try that!

jennifer ▲ i art u said...

my stomach is growling at this very moment! i'm so hungry!! love your creativity in the kitchen and your photography tops it off!

do you have a recipe for the loaded miso soup by chance?! looks phenom!
j.

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

wow!!!!!!so yummy!!!!!!!
beautiful photo Dionne

Shea said...

Wow, you HAVE been busy! Everything looks delicious! I especially love those cupcakes--I'm usually not a fruity dessert person, but that blackberry buttercream looks divine!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

omg, darling, everything looks divine, and delish! your hubby must be the luckiest man! xo

Lin*** said...

Hi!
I just joined your LOVELY Blog today.
I just love it!
WOW...
Keep up the great job!

Sincerely,
"Lin"

amy b.s. said...

yum and yum.

Marinka said...

Looks like you had a fun week-end. I love the pictures of those desert they look so delicious^^

Vanessa said...

I've really been wanting to experiment with making a whole fish. I'd imagine it's really simple, so I have no Idea why I get so intimidated by it!

That soup looks totally amazing, too!

mary k said...

wow! you look like your quite the chef! esp those desserts! my mouth was watering when i was looking at the pictures! awesome!!!
<3 mk