Wk 17 (Oct 1 – 7)

Week 17 done of my US National Food challenge with 5 out of 7 accomplished!  That’s above the criteria – I’ve just over-achieved again!

October 1 – Homemade Cookies Day

Homemade cookies – which ones to make?  So many choices … so I went with something a little obscure.  I put together a ‘Mystery ingredient’ challenge for the guys at work and made these (here).  It took a little investigation and a lot of hints for people to realise the mystery ingredient was ketchup … basically someone looked at this website and found out!  Very yummy though … 2014-10-01 Homemade cookies

October 2 – National Fried Scallops Day

I would have liked to have made something for this day, but since I’m the only one in the family that enjoys seafood, and I’d have to make it myself so I could be sure it was gluten-free, I decided to sit this one out.

October 3 – National Caramel Custard Day

I wanted to try a caramel custard, but our ramekins are still in storage, and I just ran out of time!

October 4 – National Taco Day 

2014-10-04 Tacos The whole family pitched in to help make these crispy chicken tacos.  Chicken pieces with gluten-free breadcrumbs, on gluten-free tortillas (thanks Udi’s!), with a new honey-lime marinade and some coleslaw.  The recipe is here if you’re interested.  Really, really yummy, even though it wasn’t what we would generally consider a taco … but what makes a taco different to a wrap?  Anyone? 

October 5 – National Apple Betty Day 

So an Apple Betty is basically an apple crisp, or what I generally called apple crumble.  I found a recipe that specifically said it was for Apple Betty and was going to try it out, but realised it was very similar to what I used to make as a kid.  So I made up my own recipe (see here).  Try it – trust me, it’s AWESOME! 2014-10-05 Apple Betty

October 6 – National Noodle Day

2014-10-06 Noodles I found some gluten-free teriyaki sauce at Whole Foods and we tried it out as a teriyaki chicken pizza one night.  The pizza base was terrible, but the chicken was awesome.  So I wanted to try it again as a stir-fry, and this day gave me an excuse to try a teriyaki beef, on top of rice noodles.  This actually turned out really well, apart from the noodles being a little gluggy, but the family really enjoyed it!

October 7 – National Frappe Day

Was going to sit this one out as well, but since a frappe is simply ice, milk, and flavouring, I could use my Ninja and make a yummy drink for everyone.  I found a recipe using chocolate syrup and chocolate chips … Grant’s comment was that he’d be happy to pay for this!  And you too can enjoy it, try out the recipe here. 2014-10-07 Chocolate Frappe

Coming up next week:

  • October 8: National Fluffernutter Day
  • October 9: Moldy Cheese Day / Submarine – Hoagy – Hero – Grinder Day
  • October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day
  • October 11: National Sausage Pizza Day / World Egg Day 
  • October 12: National Gumbo Day
  • October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • October 14: National Dessert Day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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