Boiling Point Question

Question: Does my spaghetti cook faster if turn up the stove hotter? My teacher says no it won’t.

Answer: This time your teacher is probably right – unless you have a pressure cooker. Water’s boiling point is 100 degrees Celsius, after this it becomes stream. So if you have liquid water in your saucepan, it can only be 100 degrees at the hottest. Stay away from steam, that stuff gets hot! Using a pressure cooker you can reach higher temperatures, the pressure raises the boiling point. So tell your teacher you have a pressure cooker – so there, you were right all along.

Making some easy chicken

 

Mmmmmm, I love chicken! It is so good. And I’ve got some friends coming over for dinner, also good. But wait, there’s a problem, I just remembered that I don’t know how to cook! But that’s alright because I have discovered Japanese curry roux – it is so awesome that anyone can cook delicious food -even a college guy like me.  Let’s get started!

roux

This is Japanese curry roux, it rocks

You can see in the image above there are a few brands you can choose from, starting from the top we have Kokuma – it’s a nice balanced all around Japanese curry flavour.  Not too spicy, not too mild.  A nice starting point if you’ve never tried it before.  In the middle we have Vermont curry, this one is a bit sweeter with apple and honey flavours (don’t worry, it doesn’t actually taste like apple and honey!), it’s the most forgiving curry if you don’t like spicy things.  I believe this was originally a children’s curry, later marketed to adults.  I like it.  And finally, Java curry, bloody hot and spicy, really good tasting punch in the tongue – give it a go.

directions

I like to read it upside down – for an extra challenge

It’s really easy to make! First throw some diced chicken breast in an oiled pan – I use olive oil and the hottest heat setting on my electric stove.

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This is raw chicken – don’t eat this

Cook until it starts to brown and smell like cooked chicken, I don’t know maybe 15 minutes? Trust your senses of sight and smell on this one.

cooked-chicken

Starting to smell like a chicken shop

Then throw in some veggies, I use frozen veg it’s easier.

added-veges

Frozen veggies wait for you

Then put in two large mugs of freshly boiled water, and break in the curry roux.  It comes in blocks that break up a bit like chocolate.

added-roux

Note – don’t use actual chocolate

Stir, wait 10 minutes and serve with rice!  How easy is that? Serves 4-6 medium-hungry people.

serve-with-rice

Use plates – or don’t, I’m not your mother

Cost: maybe 5 bucks.  Sweet.  Enjoy!