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02 August 2013 @ 01:25 pm
Recipe #42 and #43  
Wednesday night was my turn to cook dinner. As I am still a fairly new cook it took me a long time to make these two dishes (yay for being slow and having to double check everything/look up what steps mean!) but it was worth it. The dinner turned out really delicious.

My idea was to make one thing that was a bit more complicated and one thing that was easier to make than the first. This worked out nicely.

lentil and chickpea salad with feta and tahini
This dish took a while to make, mostly because of having to cook the lentils and waiting for them to cool. The actual recipe wasn't that hard, but there were a lot of steps. There was no sage in the house so I had to do without, and we had coriander and cumin in spice form so I did that instead of using seeds. Since I wasn't using those seeds I accidentally skipped the step with the sesame seeds, but even missing/changing those steps the dish turned out fantastic. The lemons were fresh lemons from our garden.  Also, finally learned how to cut an onion into half moon slices. I thought I knew how but it turned out to be wrong so I ended up having to look that up online. When I served the dish the lentils were still warm, so I can vouch for the fact that this dish tastes good both warm and cold.

lemon-ginger chicken thighs
This was a lot simpler to make. Actually cooking the chicken was the part that took the longest. MAKE SURE TO GET CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SKIN ON IT! Part of the process is to rub the ginger/lemon peel mixture under the skin, and I'm glad that I made sure to get ones with skin. I followed the steps exactly but when I cut into the chicken to make sure that it was fully cooked it was still pretty pink. This could be in part because I used a saute pan rather than a pan that would have been more useful for this dish but I just put it in the microwave for a couple minutes and then stuck it back on the pan for a few more minutes. The chicken ended up being nice and tender and cooked perfectly. There is honey in it too so it's a bit on the sweeter side, which suited me perfectly. Next time I make this I will probably add more ginger.
tsukkomi_boke on August 3rd, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
I love when you do this! :D It also makes me want to do it but I'm not sure lol