Below is the recording of my 20% time project reflection. Thank you to everyone who has been following my progress and commenting!
This week's stated challenge was enchiladas. The intent was to cook the chicken with some of the ingredients to create a whole meal as the culmination to my 20% journey. However, it didn't work out that way. The first diversion was when I decided to cobble together several recipes to create my meal instead of following one. This lead to an interesting mix of ingredients that were derived from several different sources. In the end I placed almost all of my ingredients into the crock-pot along with the chicken and let it cook on high for 4.5 hours. Here's what it looked like before the cooking process:
After 4.5 hours I decided to check on the chicken because I didn't really know how long it would take to cook. I found that it was fully cooked but decided to shred it with two forks. I then threw it back in to the crock-pot along with some cheese to let the shredded chicken absorb some of the spices and flavors. After another 30 minutes this is is what my meal looked like:
Now here comes the question, did this really turn out to be enchiladas? My answer would probably be no. It turned out to be some kind of meal in the Mexican food category of indiscriminate classification. It did however turn out to be delicious. Despite not ending up making what I set out to make I did accomplish a really great meal. Some times some of the best things start out as mistakes. Here's a picture of how it looked finished and put on some corn tortillas:
This week's post is my last on my crock-pot journey and my next one will be a reflection of what I have learned throughout this process. Thank you for reading!
To start of this week I decided to try something that I had never made before that was a bit more complicated. This lead me to decide to make stew.
This is the link to the recipe I followed.
The ingredients included:
Beef stew meat
Clove of garlic
Not included but listed in the recipe:
Based upon the ingredients I knew I would have to face my mortal enemy, onions.
Also what on earth is Worcestershire sauce?
To answer the question, it's complicated and a lot of things go into making it.
Back to the cooking. Another first step I decided to take this week was letting the crock-pot cook while I was away. In previous weeks I have put the meal to cook but still stuck around for the process so I could ensure it didn't burn the house down. With my previous trial runs complete I decided to just let it cook. I placed all of my ingredient in the pot only to find that I had way too much to fit in the crock-pot. Perhaps I had a recipe for a larger crock-pot or I happened to pick large potatoes or carrots but I am still unsure as to why this happened.
Unfortunately, this week I also forgot to take many pictures of the cooking process and instead just have the final product.
After returning home while the stew cooked I discovered that it was pretty much done. However, the potatoes seemed kinda undercooked. I spooned out enough for my dinner but left the rest to cook for another hour. Despite taking some food out of the cooking process originally, I may have still put too much in there for it to cook properly.
Overall the stew was okay. The meat was very tasty and tender but some of the vegetables seemed to have turned out a bit odd. Perhaps stew is just not my thing.
For next week I am unsure about what I will be cooking, maybe some sort of enchiladas if I can find a good recipe.