We have cooked a feast for you. Prepare yourselves…
|My how time flies. Before we know it, we are already here for our second year of showcasing dishes in celebration of Metanorn’s fourth anniversary. What better way is there to express how much of a wondrous occasion this is but to cook our hearts out? An anniversary calls for a parrrtaaaayyyy and a partaaaayyy calls for foods! So here it is. Enjoy…|
|Enoshima Don (Cool Remix): Cooking is yet another hobby of mine, so I like to experiment whenever I have the time. Along the lines of what Gourmet Gaming does, I decided to try not only making up my own recipe, but trying to emulate something I saw on Tsuritama. Above is the screenshot of the re-occurring dish in the show, while below is my personal take on how to make it. I tried to make it look as similar as possible, while trying to make it as appetizing as possible. I’ve made donburi before, so the concept wasn’t too hard: make something delicious and dump it on a fluffy bed of rice. My biggest challenge was cooking with shirashi (or “whitebait”) since I’d never used it before. It looks like a race of pygmy, albino aliens to me, so I was a little disconcerted when working with them. Personally, I don’t like fishy flavours too much, so I mixed the shirashi with enoki mushrooms (I add mushrooms to everything I cook) and cracked an egg over it so it became more like a crumbly, egg pancake. For sauce, I added some cooking mirin… although next time I’d also add some soy sauce and tonkatsu sauce for some zing. So, how did it taste? Pretty damn good! Shirashi don’t have much flavour by themselves, so I’m glad I didn’t mimic the screencap exactly and just throw a heap of boiled shirashi over rice. I ended up topping it with sprinkled seaweed and tonkatsu sauce after, and it tasted just like oyako don. All in all, it was a success! Now I can eat enoshima don myself without ever having to go to Enoshima. :3|
|Unfortunately this year I couldn’t do something as fancy as curry buns, so I went the simple route and made a cake; specifically a yellow butter cake with chocolate frosting, topped with chocolate-dipped strawberries and regular strawberries~ The cake is made from scratch, along with the chocolate-dipped strawberries, but the frosting is store-bought, heh. This is actually an incredible feat for me as I am definitely not the best baker. Surprisingly the only mistake I made was ripping the bottom cake layer because it got stuck to the pan! I guess this is what happens when you spend 80% of your TV time watching the cooking channel? Anyway, I definitely had a lot of fun making this as I did the curry buns. Not to mention I got to bug my sister with all the girly songs I was listening to create as much of a girly, cutesy atmosphere as possible while baking （ ﾟ ヮﾟ. Now excuse me, while I go celebrate Metanorn’s anniversary by eating some classic cake~!|
|Peanut Butter Cup Pie: Forgive the hack job on the peanut butter topping. I didn’t have the same mini cup that my mom has to make something better for a design.
You ever start cooking something and then you reach a certain point and realize, “damn, I’m missing something?” I had the peanut butter and cheese cream mixed together, and when I went to open the fridge to get my milk, I realized I had just finished my other milk the other day. A quick drive to Lowe’s Foods fixed that. Moments later, another drive fixed my lack of pudding mix.
I learned to make this when I was younger because I loved only PB pie at the time and wasn’t big on what other pies would be made for Thanksgiving dessert. Peanut Butter is my favorite cookie and my favorite pie.
|Hehehe, I love baking. If you guys remember last year, I made awesome cookies. This year I was in a brownie mood, but I also wanted cookies. Such a hard life decision…Jeeze! So, I thought to myself… LIGHTBULB. Why not combine the two!? And thus, I present to you, COOKIE BROWNIES. Basically, what I did with this was use brownie mix and cookie mix and combine the two. Usually, I’m an elitist when it comes to baking and I prefer to bake from scratch. I was pressed for time this year, so I did end up resorting to the box, but my skill is still definitely evident here! These were absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I had to share with my father and sister, but I most certainly got my fair share! But yah, what better way to celebrate Metanorn’s fourth year than with the ultimate hybrid of every sweet tooth’s two weaknesses! COOKIE BROWNIE. *brushes off shoulders* My work here is done.|
|My turn now! I made Kwetiau Siram for METANORN’s Anniversary ^^ That’s the Indonesian name for “shahe fen/kway teow/kwetiau/rice noodle poured with thick sauce.” I don’t know the name in English. If someone knows it, do tell! It’s pretty simple and not hard to make. Yeah, definitely something that university students with lack of culinary skill (like me) would make. The noodle was soggy though because I boiled it for too long, and I mixed some stuff that just made the food paler LOL. Thank god for the accidental colored sauce. It tasted pretty good, so I guess I can proudly say that I successfully made an amateur-ish “Chinese food”? LOL. Well, as long as it taste good! And like a true Indonesian, my food was accompanied with Teh Botol, hehe.The rice noodle just needs to be boiled with oil, but not too long or else it will become soggy. For the sauce, fry the seasoning. It consists of chopped shallot and garlic, salt, little bit of sugar, and black pepper. For those who want colored sauce, put some buillon too. When the tasty aroma is released, dump the fried seasoning into the water. After the seasoning dissolves into the water, dump the addition stuff (Mine is seedling and chopped bakso/Indonesian meatball) into the water. Wait until the water boils. When it does, pour dissolved corn starch into it then stir until the water boils again and the water thickens. Done! Take some of the kewtiau that’s already dried, and then pour the sauce while it’s hot! See? It’s not that hard.|
|Okay, so first of all, I planned on cooking a traditional Polish dish of handmade Pierogies to show off to all of you, since I come from a strong polish background. However, because of time constraints regarding school commitments I didn’t have the time to run to the store and prepare everything, so I decided “Hey, let’s be adventurous and try something new!” I love, love, love sandwiches, but finding recipes that don’t include things I can’t eat because of food allergies (meat, seafood, certain raw veggies … etc) is difficult! Food is amazing, and I hate taking supplements, so I normally have to find recipes that have good health benefits. That’s how I came across a recipe for a white bean sandwich. Since we’re doing this Y4 Anniversary post, I wanted to try something new for the special occasion, and this new sandwich recipe looked delicious not to mention I already had all of the ingredients. And … that’s where my nightmare began.
I gathered all the ingredients (a can of white beans, bread, olive oil, some lettuce, salt, pepper, and chipotle pepper sauce) and was excited to be making something I’ve never tried before. The pictures all looked great on the recipe and that’s when I opened the can of white beans … The smell was HORRENDOUS. Literally puke worthy. (They were a long ways from expiring, mind you.) I ignored the stench, drained the beans, threw all the ingredients in the processor, and made my spread. I seasoned it as best I could to divert my senses from that smell, which I eventually got used to. Got out my bread, put on the spread, threw on some lettuce, and ta-daaaa, it was done! Somewhat anxious and nervous to try it, I took my first bite and lo and behold I soon found myself sprawled across the table reaching for the glass of water that seemed miles away from my hand. I chugged every last drop, ran to the sink and put my head under the faucet. It was THAT mind-blowingly disgusting. MAKE AT YOUR OWN RISK. ><
I’m not sure if my inhuman food allergies had something to do with the taste, because my brother and dad seemed to like it to a degree, but it was one of the worst food experiences I’ve ever had and I’ll never open that damn recipe book ever again. I like to cook, even though this wasn’t necessarily cooking, but I’ve given up on anything white bean related. The series of pics below outline the process of my demise. Unfortunately I have let my fellow male bloggers down. Later, and happy anniversary Meta!~
|Last time I cooked something sweet and almost unintelligible to most of you because well, it’s a South Asian dish and not easily available; not to mention, the recipe is something that my mum came up with herself. This time however, I am making something familiar to most of you with my own touch of Asian-delight to it and I’ve named it: Alaa Mac&Cheese (Alaa means superb/magnificent in Urdu :3). If you make this, you seriously do not need any other dish for main course except for maybe cold drink to wash it down. Now, let Kyokai-chef take you through the easy steps~
You can use home-made pasta (like me) or pre-made ones but make sure you do not use thin ones! Before the oven-business, the pan(s) you use should be well-oiled (I used olive), and same for pasta so that they gel well with white sauce and other ingredients. Along with cheese (mozzarella) and white sauce, I added sautéed vegetables (long and thinly-cut, onions, cabbage, capsicum, carrot and tomatoes), cooked with black pepper and a dash of garam masala and spicy chicken sausage (small bit-size cut), as main ingredients. Remember, the well-oiled pan I mentioned before? Duck the slightly-oiled pasta in it, mix white sauce and add the cut chicken-sausage bits along with veggie-delight to pan(s). Top all of it with cheese and sprinkle oregano to taste along with breadcrumbs over it. Put the pan(s) in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes in maximum heat (timing may differ in terms of which type of oven you are using). Of course, the cheese will melt and the aroma will make your stomach growl. So, I feasted upon this with the rest of my family and even they wished Metanorn many years of anniversaries in future with awesome food of course. YUM!
Be jealous of all the colour & cheeze~
|Trying to make new things is always a fun thing for me, especially when it involves making Japanese food. Recently I’ve been re-watching the beginning of Naruto Shippuuden and man, seeing Naruto eat ramen had me making my own. Then I got to the part where Akatsuki was heading towards the 3-tails and I saw Deidara and Tobi eating dango. Yepp, you bet I thought I’d give it a try. So here it is! Mitarashi Dango. I wasn’t looking at a picture on if the balls are spaced apart or close together. My bad, they’re supposed to be close to each other. :3 I haven’t had real mitarashi dango since I was little, I doubt mine tasted right because even though the recipe sounds easy… it’s actually hard to make the sauce. Well, there’s always a next time. By the way, I didn’t just grill the dango. It was actually steamed first and then I grilled them after skewering them. Sorry for the lack of process images. Anyways, this also reminds me that there’s actually a Filipino type of dango called Karioka. Instead of steaming the rice balls, you fry it, there’s coconut added in the mixture and the sauce is sweeter. This shall be my next cooking adventure. Mmmmm.|
Well, there you have it! Pretty awesome with such a bigger turnout this year compared to last. And finally! The Meta Guys decided to show us Meta Gurls that they can make something… at least. This second ever Cooking Showcase was a success. Expect another next year too. If you have any questions on the recipes used, please ask in the comments. Now you Meta Fans, show us what you have made in celebration of this event and of course join the PARTYYYYYYYYYY~!