Review: Cooked

Hello all,

I am ~ObSesSeD~ with Netflix, as I am sure many of you are as well. Recently I discovered the  Netflix original short docu-series based on the book by Michael Pollan called Cooked. I normally am not one to watch too many docummentaries, especially ones on food and consumer habits. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this 4 part series that takes a diffrernt view on how the world feeds themselves through the four earthly elements: Fire, Water, Air, Earth.

Pollan takes you around the globe to discuss how food connects us all and how we cook is crucial to our cultural identity. Each episode goes through a different story of a different element and talks about the importance of the element in the way we cook. Pollan discusses how cooking with fire not only changed humans diet, but that it also changed our physical anatomy. Pollan asserts that it is from cooking that we are distinguished from our ape-like-ancestor and it is what inheriently makes us human.

Pollan proceeds to explain throughout the role our consumption plays in the global ecosytem and how lack of cooking is also changing who we are as humans. The discussion of the importance of grain for bread and the concerns with fast food in our diets.

Pollan’s book is vividly displayed through strong images and interviews, so I commend Netflix for what they have done. However, Pollan leads to a lot of viewer guilt for our eating habits. I am not sure how much I love how he addresses this. He combines his guilt with factual information that create very contrasting opinions in viewers.

I definitely recommend checking it out because there is a lot of cool information worth watching. There is a lot of interesting insights into other cultures and history about how we eat.

Check out this NYTimes review for more information

xoxo FCB

 

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Eating My Way Through Spring Break (Part II)

Heyo and welcome to Part II of my food tour of Spring Break

This post is about one meal I had while in London and its very special to me.

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Here is where the meal started. This one special cookbook that my own family has in the States that is also owned by my mothers cousin’s in London. From this book our traditional Polish meal came and it was just delicious.

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There are a lot of different traditional Polish foods on the table. Some I am very accustomed to and others very unfamiliar with.

So I here have tried to make a compilation of recipes to make this whole meal:

These are all recipes that follow the traditonal way of cooking this meal and in a way that captures the flavour in Polish cooking.

I loved everything about this meal even though it is not common in my American home. I hope that this help educate you on a Polish food and that you try to make some of these!

Do widzenia! (Goodbye in Polish!)

Xoxo FCB

 

 

 

Eating My Way Through Spring Break (Part I)

Hello there,

I am in my post-spring break blues, the time where there is no immediate vacation to look forward to but finals and summer are still far off. I am feeling tired and hungry, and spending my time looking back on my trip abroad and all the food I consumed.

Oh what did I do for spring break? I spent 10 glorious days in London and Barcelona, eating and drinking my way through a wonderful vacation. I tried to eat my way through the trip, trying all sorts of fun new things.

I will take you through a multi-post series which I document the foods and experiences I had. I will try to tag some similar recipes to the pictures to let you know how delicious it all was.

SoOoOoOoOoOo lets start off with my first meal of the trip: my British Airways on flight dinner. (oh yes I ate non-first class meal on a plane)

The long red-eye flight was only made better by the whole new season of “The Great British Bake Off” which if you read my introductory post or my bio, is the show that ~iNsPiReD~ me to start cooking and start this blog. So needless to say I was pretty thrilled.

My dinner consisted of a dinner roll, crackers, cheese spread, salad (lettuce, tomato, cheese and pesto), pasta with olives, and a strange frozen custard as desert. It was accompanied by water and a can of Coke.

I mean its airplane food, its not a fine dining experience, but I have definitely had worst. The salad crunched is a fairly fresh way and the bread and crackers wasn’t stale at all. I love olives so I was very intrigued by the choice in the pasta, and it was fine. I didn’t love it, but it was definitely edible. So I fell asleep full and pretty content after my meal.

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I was all about the selfies around Europe #noshame

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House Hunters International: Me moving into Buckingham Palace

So I arrived in London with my Mother and Brother in tow as I took on the city and food as best I could. We were staying with my Aunt Elizabeth (#NameSake) whom has a home in Wimbledon that made getting in and out of Central London super easy. But because of this I did not eat out a lot and she cooked for us for most meals.

One of the distinguished meals I did eat outside the home was at a local pub that was amazing. I mean I was listening to Adele, drinking a pint, and eating a meat pie which I am not sure what could be better than that PERIOD.

My mother had traditional fish & chips which was amazing, except those weird pea schemer going on which freak me out tbh.

My brother and I were in heaven in meat pies filled with steak, gravy, and lots of veggies. I couldn’t get exact recipes but here are some ones that really intrigued me.

I left there so full and happy about getting amazing pub grub.

As I sit here and look at these pictures and the different recipes inspired by them, I can hear my stomach grumbling…

Seriously wish I was back at the pub with a pint listening to Adele and eating these pies and mashed potatoes… I guess I will just say to the meal I left behind: I Miss You  and Send my love to your new lover

Ok going to go listen to Adele now while I look up recipes

xoxo

FCB

 

 

Whole Wheat Pizza with Chicken

Pizza is the staple of any college student’s diet, so I decided to try and make a whole wheat pizza as a way of making a personal favorite healthier. So here are easy directions for delicious Whole Wheat Pizza with Chicken.IMG_3516

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of HOT water (around 115° F)
  • 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp of granulated circle
  • 2 1/2 Cup of white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Olive oil
  • One large bowl
  • One small bowl
  • Baking pan

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes Prep Time: 75 minutes

First combine the hot water, active dry yeast, and the sugar in the small bowl. Allow the yeast to proof and mix well with the other ingredients.

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Next, add 2 1/4 cups of the whole wheat flour to a large mixing bowl (leave 1/4 cup out for now) with the salt. Slowly add the yeast mixture to the large bowl. And then continue to mix until dough stops sticking to side. If the dough keeps sticking, begin to add part of the 1/4 cup of flour you left out.

Once the dough is all mixed well, make sure it is shaped into a ball. Also lightly grease the bowl with olive oil. Then cover the dough bowl and allow to rise until it doubles in size. This should take around 45-60 minutes.

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While this is proofing, I thought about my toppings for my pizza. Now you can use whatever you want, however I wanted to add some protein and made some grilled chicken cutlets. I just used olive oil, salt, and pepper to season the chicken and cooked it in a pan. I cut into strips for easy topping.

Once the dough has proofed and risen, then preheat the oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet with a little olive oil on the pan. Then shape the dough to the desired size and thickness of crust. Before adding any toppings, bake the dough for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, remove from oven and add toppings. I used canned sauce because it was easier, but any kind of marinara sauce will work. I then add the chicken on top of the sauce, then mozzarella cheese, more chicken, and more cheese. (I do this because it adds a nice cheesey chicken bake)

Then bake until desired crispness, around 15-20 minutes. Let cool and then enjoy! IMG_3517

IMG_3518I added a little extra cheese to the top and some sauce to dip! I hope you enjoy this healthy alternative to a classic!

xoxo FCB

 

Easy Pancake Bites!

I am not a breakfast person at all. I do not eat eggs or any traditional breakfast food. However, with my early morning classes I have had to really work on finding something easy to eat in the morning.

One of the few breakfast food I will eat are pancakes, specifically chocolate chip pancakes. But since those can be annoying to make every morning, I decided to try out this easy meal prep pancake bites!

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This are seriously the easiest things to make on Sunday to prepare breakfast for the whole week. One batch of these help me have an easy tasty breakfast while I run to class.

What you’ll need:

  • Pancake mix (any kind you want works, I used box because I don’t have time to make any from scratch but if thats what your interested in doing, try this recipe)
  • Water (Amount depends on mix instructions)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Muffin Tin
  • Your favorite pancake additives– Blueberries, Bananas, Chocolate Chips, etc.

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes Prep Time: 10 minutes

First, preheat your oven to 350.

Next, I used Aunt Jemima mix for my batter, adding 2 cups of mix with 1 1/2 cups of water. I whisked until smooth, adding more batter or water as I saw fit. [Depending on what kind of batter you use, the water ratio may be different so I would consult the box first]

Before putting my batter in my tins, I sprayed throughly with cooking spray. Next, I spooned and poured the batter in until it was about 3/4 full. Once they were filled I added my filling! I used chocolate chips today, but before i have put in blueberries or nothing at all. THE CHOICE IS TOTALLY YOURS!

After putting your desired filling in, I recommend swirling the batter as a way to evenly distribute throughout the muffin.

Next place your muffins in the oven at 350 for about 12-15 minutes. Once you begin to see them rise and stop jiggling, you’ll know to take them out.

After baking, let them cool in the pan for a few minutes, then take them out and place them on a drying rack or plate until they are delightfully warm.

Then enjoy! Put butter on top if you wish or dip into a bowl of syrup. Choice is up to you how you enjoy them!

I love these pancake bites because they are so easy to make and enjoy. Everyone is able to put their favorite fillings in and eat with their hands. I always eat a few while they are warm, but then I place two in small sandwich bag for each day of the week and refrigerate them. They keep well all week long and are easy to pop in my mouth going to class, or if I have more time, I put them in the toaster for a few minutes to warm them up.

This recipe has been a great way to get my breakfast in without taking time out of my beauty sleep or being late to class. All it takes is some time on the weekend to prepare them, and then you don’t worry all week long, perfect for a college students budget and time!

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Enjoying my pancake bites while studying in the lib!

Try them out and let me know what you think!

xoxo FCB

Cooking with Morgan

This pretty face is my roommate Morgan, and together we decided to make some breaded chicken parmesan.IMG_3304

What you will need:

  • 4 Chicken breasts, fat trimmed
  • 3/4-1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 3/4-1 cup of flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 Jar of marinara sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • About 1 cup of your cheese of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • Any additional seasonings to add to the bread crumbs

Cooking time: 30-35 minutes Prep time: 15 minutes

We washed and dried our chicken breasts before amply covering them with flour. We used whole wheat flour just to go with a more healthier option then white flour.

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Next we dunked the chicken in 2 whisked eggs, then the bread crumb and spice mixture. Clean off any extra flour from the pan too at this point.

We decided to get creative with it and use our immense spice rake to help season the chicken. We used bread crumbs and as well as this Montreal flavored spices that gave the chicken an awesome taste. IMG_3303

Next, with our evenly coated chicken cutlets, we used cooking spray on the pan before we placed the chicken to bake in the oven at 450 degrees. After 20 minutes, flip the chicken, and bake for another 5 minutes.

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After the first 25 minutes (5 minutes flipped), add a layer of tomato sauce to the top of the chicken. Then add a thin slice of the cheese of your choice, we used mozzarella and then added grated parmesan on top. Then place the chicken back into the oven until the cheese is melted (around 5-7 minutes)

And there you go! We decided to not add any pasta with it to save the calories and instead used fresh veggies as a side to our chicken. Everyone else in our apartment loved the chicken and it was super easy to make!

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You could use the first part of our recipe to make the chicken cutlet without any of the sauce/cheese as an easy and delicious way to add protein to any meal. I just love cheese too much to not add it. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Big shoutout to my girl Morgan for making these with me!

xoxo FCB

 

WHO? WUT? Y?

Hi! I am Elizabeth Sanchez, otherwise known as the Fat Cuban Baby.

I am current Fordham University student at the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. I’m studying Communications and Media studies with a concentration in New Media. I grew up outside of New York City, living with my Cuban born father, Polish mother, and two brothers. I come from a large extended family with lots of cousins, aunts and uncles, and always tons of dogs waiting for scraps of food. Every family gathering is filled with LOADS of delicious food and my love of food has grown from there.

Growing up, I was the pickiest of eaters and vegetables were my nemesis. If it has bread, cheese, butter, and meat then I will probably love it. If its bad for me, I will almost definitely want it. Now, living two blocks away from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, my taste for pasta, pizza, bread and cheese as grown, as has my belly.

So as 2016 begins, I wanted to use my love of food as a part of a class project that highlighted my use of new media types and how I spend my time in the real world. After spending winter break binge watching The Great British Baking Show, I became OBSESSED with finding new recipes to cook and bake. From breads to crockpot stews, I am really trying to expand my food palette.

So my goal for this blog is to take my limited palette and expand it through trying new types of recipes that are inexpensive, healthy, college student friendly, and try to use less meat. I will be posting weekly updates of either new things I tried out at a restaurant with links to try and make them at home, as well as step by step pictures and recipes of foods I make!

I am really excited to eat, snap pics, and create!

XOXO

FCB