Saturday’s Meal

This Saturday provided a chance to continue the cooking challenge I presented for Thursday, since I had been provided with more ingredients than I used I decided to utilize some of them for dinner on Saturday. The ingredients I choose to use were:

  • Chicken
  • Peach
  • Yellow Squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic

This time I started off by slicing a yellow squash, since this was a summer squash I decided that I would utilize them in full slices rind and all, a method commonly seen used with cucumbers for salads. I did fairly thick slices, not wanting to do them too thin at this point. I followed up by skinning a peach, and then chopping it into smaller piece, I only used a little over half of the peach for the dinner. It didn’t go to waste, we had it as a bit of a pre-dinner snack whilst I prepared the meal. After finishing up with the peach I then went back to the mushrooms I utilized on Thursday, there were still plenty left so I proceeded to chop them up, a little larger this time, and used about four or five of them. I then proceeded to cut up the chicken that was unused from Thursday, and in the final step (since I had decided later on to use it) I cut up the garlic.

I started off cooking by adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil to my frying pan, and turned the heat up to 6 (my usual temperature). Once it was heated up I added in the garlic (a suggestion from a friend after my previous post) and then the chicken. After letting the chicken cook for a couple of moments I proceeded to add in the peaches, and then tossed some salt into the mix. I did a bit of mixing to ensure that the chicken and the peaches were getting decent exposure in the small pan, and after a couple of minutes I added in the squash and mushrooms. I tried to mix everything up as best I could, as this had filled up the pan pretty decently, and let it cook for a few more minutes.

The result turned out decently, though I felt as if it was missing something. Perhaps an addition of the noodles or perhaps the chicken broth might have helped finish up this recipe decently. We’ll see what happens should I try to work on this one again. Although I’m excited to find out what I’ll be working with this upcoming Thursday.

3 Comments

  1. The Hobbit
    Posted 2011/09/25 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    If your dish is missing something, try a complimentary herb. Something like this may have benefited by adding in fresh mint near the end of the cooking process. Thyme may also have been tasty. I don’t know if your local super market has individual fresh spices, but my local Shoprite has for 99 cents a small packet of different spices.

    If you are using dried herbs, add them as early as possible. Fresh herbs should be added in right before serving for a fresh pop of flavour.

  2. The Hobbit
    Posted 2011/09/25 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Also, be careful when using canned broth to try to add flavour. It is usually loaded with sodium for canning. I would love to do an ‘Iron Chef Boyfriends’ some time and see how well each of us do. ::grins::

  3. Posted 2011/09/25 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Ha, that would be interesting, the problem would be finding unbiased judges. 80P

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