Creaking open the fridge door to emptiness prompted my first foray into the world of UberEats, a foundationless service for those with reliable vehicle access. Yet, unforeseen circumstances arise from time to time: famine demands fulfillment. Alas, time is limited in the working world.
Smile Tiger's Thunder Peel fueled my mornings in the caffeine department, while their Espresso Chocolate Chip Scone and Flourless Almond Chocolate Fudge Cookie were stories I wished would never end.
1) Spam & Chive Macaroni Soup
Stemming from absolute absence of groceries was a last-minute yet preposterously compilation of pantry staples and freezer items. Taking a step away from the customary inclusion of doenjang, the broth employed a base of dark soy sauce and mirin this time around.
3) Orange Jam - a less bitter rendition versus the 2018 version (and would have easily been orangecane's jam)
Cakey cravings persistent, I carried forth with a larger batch of batter. Whisking in warm, melted chocolate following the seamless flour-batter method, I ought to have expected the slight disintegration. Holes were more prominent on the second attempt, though the crisp shell and moist interior remained. It was, nonetheless, delicious, especially paired alongside a fizzy, citrus beverage.
An unprecedented kitchen endeavour inspired by the trusty Jikoni's Berebere Braised Short Ribs, my version saw the omission of spice (my moderate tolerance widespread on this space by now), omission of ginger (due to forgetfulness), and the substitution of tomato paste with fresh tomatoes and Heinz tomato concentration. Resulting from the 2.75h process were tender chunks of beef chuck flap in a saucy compote, equal parts tart and sweet. There was, admittedly, a dose of Italian flair, enabling the dish to pair wonderfully with the gifted Birroteca Grano Italian Wheat Beer, which had unashamedly been forgotten due to its muted bottle design.
8) Matcha Red Bean Parfaits constructed of ̶f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶deconstructed matcha madeleines
Closely adhering to the instructions of the bread master herself brought about an incredibly successful second batch of fluffy Japanese sandwich bread. So successful, in fact, that I had difficulty believing it had materialized in my own kitchen - not from Tatsu's Bread, not COBS, nor any other local bakery.