Saturday, July 14, 2012

Daring Kitchen - En Pappillote

Blog-checking lines: Our July 2012 Daring Cooks’ host was Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie! Sarah challenges us to learn a new cooking technique called “Cooking En Papillote” which is French and translates to “cooking in parchment”.

I did something completely different for this challenge.  I cooked it for just myself!  Usually I like to invite friends over to share, or at the very least I cook for Hilary and I.  But Hilary is in BC visiting family, and I'm home on my own.  I had originally thought that I was going to sit this month out since I didn't have anyone to cook for, but then I figured I have to eat too.

This month the challenge was a cooking technique using parchment paper to hold in all the juices and goodness while your food steams.  It's a very low fat, healthy way to cook, which is just what I need.

I cooked asparagus, shallots, carrots, broccoli and shrimp for my dinner.

All arranged on the parchment.  I was having fun taking the pictures, so I forgot to season the food before folding it up.  I added it after it cooked and it tasted just fine.

All sealed up and ready to go in the oven.

I found that the shallots were a bit to raw for my liking, but everything else was cooked to perfection.

It only took 12 minutes to cook, and maybe 5 minutes to prep.  This is definitely a technique that I will use again.


Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

I love shrimp! Your "en papillote looks wonderful and isn't it nice to do something so wonderful just for yourself? Great job!

Ruth Ellis said...

Fantastic! I love it how shrimp change colour during cooking - just so pretty! It's lovely to make something special just for yourself from time to time - hope you enjoyed it.

Sawsan@chef in disguise said...

It feels good to treat yourself to a great meal every once in a while, something just for you :)
I love all the colors in the opened parcel.
Great job on this challenge

Dee said...

It's beautiful and looks so good. The colors are gorgeous. Sounds like if everything was done, the only thing is to chop the shallots a bit smaller? Or would you use something else?
Even though I'm allergic to bi-valves, I can eat crustaceans.(now making a grocery list) :)

Marcy said...

Your shrimp and veggies look really delicious and healthy. It's nice you decided to cook just for yourself.

Vanessa [theteensytinyinsignificantdetails] said...

I like cooking just for myself sometimes, especially because it means you can often cook healthier food. The colours in yours are so vibrant, and they do say that you should eat a rainbow at every meal!

Monkeyshines in the Kitchen said...

Yum! Your shrimp and veg look fantastic! I love the brilliant colors they took as they all cooked together.

Vicky said...

Great job on this daring cooks challenge! Perfect week night meal!

chef_d said...

Yum great job, love the gorgeous colors of the vegetables against the shrimp!

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