After the fiasco of my previous post, I thought you’d like to know that I do get it right, sometimes. For example, on Valentine’s Day, I decided to try making cream puffs for the first time ever. I would have assumed making a pastry like these might be difficult or tricky, but it turns out that if you follow the directions, you can get them right on the very first try! I made the version in my trusty red and white Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, but I suspect that any recipe would work. We filled them with sweetened whipped cream and topped them with chocolate sauce (recipe in the same cookbook). Decadent, fancy, and much tastier than the frozen ones from Costco.
Then this week, I tried my hand at this new recipe. If you’ve ever enjoyed an Oyako bowl, or Oyako Donburi, at a Japanese restaurant you might have thought as I did, that such things can’t be replicated at home. Wrong again. This recipe was yummy — Matt said it tasted better than a restaurant (I’m blushing, really) — and wasn’t hard at all. I was glad my kids are such picky eaters that night. They had Cheerios, and I had enough left over for lunch the next day. My kids did, however, enjoy a discussion about how oyako translates to “mother and child” referring to the chicken and the egg in the dish. How fun.