Cooking: buttermilk pancakes

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor shares a recipe he found for a celebrated breakfast.

Today, for my kids and their friends, is a day off from school. Therefore, last night, they each had a friend sleep over.

My tutoring business is in-house, so I don’t leave in the morning. However, my wife does, so I got up with her and went through the morning routine. Over coffee, she mentioned a few ideas for the kids’ breakfast, then left for work.

I approached the kids around 9am, asking if they were hungry. They answered yes, so I offered bagel and cream cheese, which would be ready in 5 minutes. They declared they were willing to wait – for pancakes.

Last Sunday my wife noticed a quart of buttermilk for $1. It was a great price, to be sure, so we took one. This morning I decided to make the kids pancakes, putting the buttermilk to use.

Here’s the recipe I used – it’s easy to follow. The kids seemed to like the pancakes – all four sat down to breakfast together and shared a lively conversation in which the pancakes were never mentioned. So often, no news is good news:)

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Barbecue: How many BTUs do I need?

Self-tutoring about barbecues: the tutor looks into the BTUs one should hope for.

Apparently, 80 to 100 BTU per square inch is best.

I measured our old one outside, which is very good, but wasted away by the weather. Its grill is 15×26 square inches, or 390 square inches. On the side, a stamp says 40000 BTU – exactly what’s recommended.

Source:

blog.homedepot.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

What is clarified butter, and what is ghee?

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor arrives at the definitions of clarified butter and ghee.

Clarified butter and ghee are not the same but can be explained as follows:

  1. Clarified butter is begun by heating butter at low heat so that it melts.
  2. As the butter melts, solids will sink to the bottom and a foam will form on top.
  3. The clarified butter is just the liquid without the foam or solids.
  4. If the butter is heated for longer, the liquid will deepen in color and the foam will solidify and sink. Then, the liquid is ghee.

Source:

www.thekitchn.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

A rub for chicken legs

Self-tutoring about cooking: the tutor shares a find.

I searched up a rub to elevate some chicken legs on the barbecue and found this one from Brenda McGrath at allrecipes.com, a site I often visit for recipes.

I rubbed the chicken legs in it, then indirect-grilled them on the barbecue at medium-high heat for about 80 minutes.

One of my kids commented that the chicken legs tasted “like barbecue chips.” Everyone loved the rub. Thanks, Brenda!

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle, cooking: the different types of oats

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor explains the three classifications of oats you might normally hear about.

  1. Groats: kernels from oat plants. They’ve had the outer, inedible husk removed.
  2. Steel-cut oats: groats that have been cut into two or three pieces by a steel blade.
  3. Rolled oats: oat kernels first steamed, then pressed flat under rollers.

Source:

wholegrainscouncil.org

www.livestrong.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle, cooking: what is parboiled rice?

For me, learning to cook means constant self-tutoring. The tutor shares what he discovered about parboiled rice.

Parboiled rice
When rice is harvested, each grain is inside a protective, inedible hull. During parboiling, the rice is steamed while still inside the hull, and nutrients dissolve from the hull into the rice grain.

Moreover, parboiled rice, when cooked, has grains less sticky, but rather more distinct, than has non-parboiled rice.

Parboiled rice is also called converted rice.

Source:

www.usarice.de

www.livestrong.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle: cooking: what is freezer temperature meant to be?

Lifestyle, for me, leads to endless self-tutoring. The tutor shares the answer to a question he’s often wondered.

ideal freezer temperature

Freezer temperature is meant to be -18C or below (0F or below).

Apparently, food stored at -18C will remain safe to eat, although it may eventually lose its tastiness, depending on the duration.

Source:

www.fda.gov

www.thekitchn.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle, cooking: microwave cooking: standing time

Still more lifestyle tutoring evolves as the tutor researches cooking with the microwave.

Standing time:

similar to resting time, it’s a period food is left alone after being cooked in the microwave.

The microwave targets some food molecules – water, for instance – preferentially. They absorb energy during microwave cooking. After removal from the microwave, that energy can transfer to surrounding food molecules, causing the portion to heat up. Therefore, the temperature of the portion can rise during standing time.

Source:
www.fsis.usda.gov

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle, cooking: can you use wax paper in the microwave?

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor researches if wax paper can safely be used in the microwave.

This week, I’m out of town, living in a hotel room that has a microwave oven. I don’t have any plates, bowls, etc.

I wondered if I could heat a sausage roll wrapped in wax paper, so I researched the situation:

Apparently, wax paper can safely be used in the microwave.

Source:

www.fsis.usda.gov

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle, cooking: meat preservation: what does cure mean?

More lifestyle tutoring: the tutor researches the definition of cure in the context of meat preservation.

cure (verb):
to preserve, and hopefully enhance the flavour and perhaps the colour of, meat. When curing, any combination of salt, sugar, nitrite and/or nitrate might be used.

Source:

National Center for Home Food Preservation

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.