Hello Everyone!
I am a full week into the October Unprocessed challenge. I am proud to say that I made both of the recipes I posted last week and then some others as we went camping and made chicken breast and fresh green beans over the fire. The recipe started with was the Tomato Basil Dutch Baby. The recipe was super easy to follow and was not time consuming. I found that the recipe was incorrect with the baking time. In order for the crust to be golden brown and flaky it took about 40 mins instead of the listed 20.


TA DA!!!! Beautifully baked Tomato Basil Dutch Baby!

After the Dutch Baby was finished baking the recipe called to gently loosen the sides of the Dutch Baby from the ramekin and it will slide right out of the pan. Well I am not sure what I did wrong, but my Dutch Baby did not easily slide right out! Instead of this beautiful looking cake like meal I ended up with a pile of smashed Dutch Baby.

It will easily slide right out of the pan……… Hmmm I don’t think this is what they had in mind, when they wrote that in the recipe!

Good thing looks do not change taste. This recipe had a light flaky crust that ended up tasting like a Cheez-it. The combination of tomato and basil is always one of my favorites, but I am not a huge fan of Cheez-its so the crust wasn’t really for me. I ended up picking all the tomatoes out and eating only those. My boyfriend on the other hand, did not care for how large the chunks of tomato were and only ate the crust. He gave me his tomatoes and I gave him my crust. Next time, I’ll leave out the crust and add some noodles.
The second recipe I tried last week was Slow – Cooker Pumpkin Risotto. For those of you who do not know what risotto is, it is a rice like dish. This recipe was more time consuming and needed lots of preparation. I had to roast the pumpkin for 80 – 90 mins and the risotto needed to cook in a slow-cooker for an hour and a half.  With this dish I also made sauteed venison with mushrooms and onions.

Finished Product! Chef Ramsey would not be impressed with my presentation skills. I must work on that for next week.

After the pumpkin was fully roasted it needed to be peeled, diced, and added to the risotto. I had never made risotto, nor had I ever eaten it before. I was not impressed. 🙁  My risotto ended up turning into a sticky gloppy mess. I have a feeling that I would have liked the risotto much better if I would have cooked it on the stove top rather than in a slow-cooker. Overall I would give this recipe a 4 out 10. I really liked the sage seasoned pumpkin, but the mushy risotto really turned me off to this dish. If someone knows how to make risotto and have it taste amazing I would love to try your recipe!
So what am I making this week you wonder? I am making 10 minute Pasta with Tomatoes and Ricotta and Biscuit Pizza. There is also an Egg Drop Soup that I am interest in making. I have never eaten egg drop soup before, but I am willing to give it a try!
If you can read the print please feel free and join me this week making these delectable dishes.
Last week at pole I was able to do a Jordan without any support from the instructor!!!! I was only able to hold it for a short time but it is the most progress I’ve made so far! My opportunity side is still another story, but I am working on it. Hopefully this week I will be able to do one on my strong side and hold it longer to possibly snap a picture!
The count down is on!!!!!!!
There are only more 13 days until the first official Christmas Show practice for the Jukebox Hero routine!!!!!! To say I am beyond excited would be an understatement. I can’t wait to share with you, as I start this new chapter in my pole career. I have never performed in front of an audience, unless you count high school choir. It will be a new experience and I am sure that I will be nervous wreck, but it will so be worth it!
Until Next Time,