Souper Sweet Potato Potage!

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Let’s start off with the major player in the creation of Soup Stock Tokyo’s Sweet Potato Potage: Google Translate. Yes, here’s the short story: Ken wanted to buy a Japanese cookbook when we were travelling in Japan back in November. Well, he bought one from Soup Stock Tokyo after we tried one of their soups and…did we mention we don’t speak or read Japanese?

Anyway, we decided on the Sweet Potato Potage purely based out of the visuals since we had no idea what the title of the recipe was. After that selection, that’s when the power of Google Translate came into play. We translated the ingredients required, and as we were cooking along, it translated each step as we needed. I know this sounds like we’re selling Google here, but trust us, we were not paid.

Back to the actual recipe, we never made soup with sweet potato before so it was interesting to make and to taste. It was creamy and smooth, but the recipe called for milk. All in all, an easy recipe to replicate if you have mushrooms, sweet potato, onion, garlic and milk.

-Robyn

P.S: we’re not afraid to tackle other recipes in foreign languages :)

Put a wing on it.

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There was a crock-pot contest at work and we decided it was time we promote our blog a bit harder at our workplace. To show off our Asian heritage, our dish was this amazing honey garlic chicken wings and since we didn’t have a crock-pot, we used an instant pot instead.

The contest had two parameters: to feed 50+ people with a budget of $50. With those rules in mind, we had to find a recipe that was easily scalable and wouldn’t break the bank. This Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Wings satisfied both!

There wasn’t that much prep work - we just needed to marinate the chicken wings for half an hour and brown them a bit before cooking it in the instant pot. We ended up browning the wings the night before and let them soak in the marinate overnight. The next day was also easy: 15 minutes to cook and another 10 minutes for the instant pot to decrease in pressure. The end result was fall-off-the-bone, mouth watering, soy-licious chicken wings. We couldn’t be happier with the result, considering the minimum effort we put in.

Did we win the contest? No - but that’s not what is important. It tasted delicious, anyway!

- Ken

Peach, please!

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When it comes to summer, I have a list of to-do's: hiking, go for a picnic, sunbathe at the beach, have a backyard barbecue, head up to Muskoka for the cottage and pick fruit and cook something up! Happy to report that I accomplished most of this list.  I haven't been to the beach yet, but nonetheless, I'm very happy with my summer.  For the picking fruit part, last year, we picked blueberries, and this year we picked peaches in Niagara! 

There was an ongoing discussion on what we would make with peaches.  I was all for the peach galette because I love baking, however Ken was inspired by Antoni's grilled peach salad from Queer Eye.  We searched for his "recipe" online, but to no avail so we ended up with A Couple Cooks' Peach, Heirloom Tomato, and Burrata Salad. We replaced burrata with bocconcini.  It was the quickest food we ever made.  There was lots of cutting involved, but when the chopped peaches were plated with basil and bocconcini, it was such a pretty dish, and more importantly, delicious. All in all, we're going to give ourselves a pat on the back for picking fruit in the sweltering heat, rewarding ourselves for the hard work with ice cream at Avondale and ending the day off with a salad with what was harvested! 

- Robyn