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Ever wondered if it’s worth your time and energy to toast or crush spices? Check out the latest Taste Test article Does Crushing or Toasting Spices Make Better Chai?.
What we’re lovin’ this week
I finally went to an Asian grocery store this past weekend. Pacific Ocean Marketplace in Broomfield, CO delivered all my favorite hits, including frozen dumplings and fresh noodles. We stocked up on my favorite soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili sauce.
Yep, that’s right. We’re back in business with Lao Gan Ma chili sauce!
- Pad Thai noodles cooked in chicken broth with soy sauce and sesame oil
- Pacific Benedict – a toasted English muffin topped with flaky salmon (so buttery), a poached egg, and generously smothered with hollandaise sauce. Hello weekend!
- Dropped watermelon. What’s dropped watermelon? Glad you asked…
OOPS. What happens when the watermelon tries to run away in the Costco parking lot.
How bad is the damage?
Uh, this is going to be a challenge to get home.
What to do?
Try out this recipe
Now that we’ve stocked up on LGM (lao gan ma), here’s a classic to try:
I can’t stop thinking about…
How to measure tiny things with a tiny scale.
As I mentioned in my crushing and grinding spices for chai taste test, it wasn’t possible to measure spices using my usual kitchen scale. When I weighed 2 grams of cloves, the scale fluctuated from 0g to 1 g to 2 g and then back down to 1g without removing any spices.
My golly, how am I supposed to measure anything when the scale tells me the cloves have no mass?!
Alex told me I needed a milligram scale and that the regular kitchen scale simply won’t do. I stopped by McGuckin’s, the local hardware store with a devout following in Boulder, to pick up a pocket scale that Alex had purchased a few weeks ago for weighing epoxy.
Lo and behold, they were out of stock!
I biked over to Target with a prayer to the instrument gods to please have a milligram scale. I didn’t think Target would sell a scientific instrument to weigh milligrams. Even bodybuilders weighing their food religiously would need a scale that starts at 1 g / 0.1 oz.
And yet, Target came through for me. I’m now the proud owner of a pocket scale that allows me to conduct my taste tests with more accuracy. #SCIENCE
What’s a milligram scale?
And in case you were wondering about how I feel about the metric system, listen to the first 5 minutes of this episode of Lovett or Leave It starting at 5:02 (that’s 5 minutes and 2 seconds into the episode).
P.S. This experience (and a handful of similar ones) has restored my faith in buying stuff from physical retail stores. What better experience than satisfying instant gratification by getting my stuff TODAY?
How do you step away from recipes and start cooking intuitively?
How did last week’s baby step 5 exercise go?
Have you had a chance to try any of these exercises to learn to cook more intuitively?
If so, send me feedback on what worked and what didn’t. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org