I’m Cooking, But It’s An Excuse To Give Away a Watch

1 Posted by - March 4, 2015 - Food & Drink, Sweepstakes

This post is brought to you by Jord.

You guys already know that I’m not super into cooking, right? I mean, I’ll do it if I gotta eat, but it’s not a hobby or anything. So sometimes an excuse to cook really helps. Today, I have an excuse. But I’ll get to that.

I decided to make chicken and asparagus lemon stir fry.

Image from SkinnyTaste

Image from SkinnyTaste

I admit that this is partly because my husband randomly bought some asparagus and so pretty much all I had to do was buy chicken, and I actively dislike going to the grocery store and try to make my trips there as quick as possible. (I go with a list, I do not browse, I get right down to business, and I do not flirt with other shoppers, so those of you in the thirty-something age bracket looking for wife number 2 at the grocery store, know that not everyone is in that frame of mind. Just sayin.)

I promise I’m still going to get to the part where I have an excuse to make this particular dish, but for the moment, I will tell you that it took for-freakin’-ever to chop all the chicken and asparagus.

raw chicken

chopped asparagus

There are a few other ingredients you need, too:

stir fry ingredients

And here’s where I tell you that I’m too damn lazy to run a real test kitchen, but you already knew that. The recipe called for mixing a bunch of stuff in two separate bowls and taking stuff out of the pan and then putting it back in and blah blah blah. Nope. Everybody in the pool. That’s how we roll. So I mixed all the sauce stuff in one bowl.

stir fry sauce

Ok. Ok. Are you guys ready? Because this is the part where I have an excuse to cook. I put in the asparagus…

asparagus sautee

And then I got to use my brand new, fancy, pretty Jord watch to time how long I cooked it for! Eeeeee!

jord watch timer

I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten on this thing since I’ve started wearing it. Yes, it’s made of wood. (This one is maple.) It’s so cool, and super pretty. There are lots of other ones to pick from, too, and I had a really hard time picking this one.



Right?

So anyway, I timed the asparagus cookin’ with my new fancy watch.

And then I added the chicken.

chicken and asparagus

And then I timed it again. Eeeee!

chicken timer

(You guys, seriously, this watch is the shit.)

Ok, ok, I’ll stop. Anyway, I cooked the chicken.

stir frying

And then I added the sauce, and I gotta say, I think my corn starch is broken, because this is not the first time I have noticed that my corn starch does not perform. I mean, it’s supposed to thicken the sauce, right? So when your shit doesn’t thicken like it’s supposed to, it’s kind of a performance issue. (Eeeheehee, I am a child.) Anyway, the sauce did not do like I thought it would, but I dished it up anyway and we ate it.

And you know, it wasn’t horrible. The sauce was tasty, if thin, and I thought it was good, although the Husband Of More Salt Please added salt to it, which I thought was unnecessary. Anyway, we’ll give it a good solid “meh.”

finished stir fry

The watch, though? The watch gets all my lovin’.

instagram jord watch

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I'm Cooking, But It's An Excuse To Give Away a Watch
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Pintester makes a chicken and asparagus stir fry, but more importantly gives away a wood watch.
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26 Comments

  • Heather Naomi March 4, 2015 - 10:26 pm Reply

    Any thickener (corn starch, flour, etc.) needs to be brought to a boil before it will thicken, and usually needs to boil for a minute or two.

    • Pintester March 4, 2015 - 10:43 pm Reply

      I did boil it, but the problem might have been that I didn’t boil it separately– just dumped it in with all the stuff and THEN brought it to a boil. So I dunno.

      • Heather Naomi March 4, 2015 - 10:55 pm Reply

        Bingo! Remove whatever’s in the pan, make your sauce, then add it back 🙂

        • Pintester March 4, 2015 - 10:58 pm Reply

          For the record, the recipe DID say to do it that way (take everything out, make sauce, then add it back), but I went rogue, because I’m like that. Sigh. Oh well.

          • LizzyMom March 5, 2015 - 7:17 am

            Yup, your “everybody into the pool” killed your sauce. Sometimes instructions are there for a reason and not just to make you crazy…

            Love the watch!

          • Craig Thom March 5, 2015 - 11:33 pm

            It’s more fun when you don’t follow instructions, but don’t blame the corn starch!

  • Athena March 4, 2015 - 11:32 pm Reply

    I have issues with cornstarch too. Either it doesn’t thicken ( I think I don’t add enough sometimes) or it it gets WAY too thick and I end up with something that looks like snot. Not too appetizing!

    • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:12 pm Reply

      Heh. I make things that look like snot A LOT. I guess that’s not something I should really brag about.

  • Rilla March 5, 2015 - 2:54 am Reply

    Ooooh… pretty watch! I want the red Ely one… 😉

    • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:11 pm Reply

      Right? I was torn between the maple and a darker wood. Love the darker ones, too.

  • Sarah DeWeese March 5, 2015 - 7:39 am Reply

    I could use a new watch… or ya know, just a watch since I’m too lazy to buy new batteries for the old ones. 🙂

    • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:11 pm Reply

      Totally been there.

  • Sharonacles March 5, 2015 - 7:52 am Reply

    I love the watch too! It sounds amazing. I entered, but I couldn’t see if the rules said US residents only or what..I’m in Canada, so I don’t know if I’m able to win or if the free shipping applies to me, etc. I hope so! I couldn’t find any contest rules. I love your pintestations! 😀

    • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:11 pm Reply

      I’m glad you entered anyway, and I will double-check on the rules for you!

  • libraryofbird March 5, 2015 - 9:37 am Reply

    I need to go to your grocery store, no one ever flirts at mine. I always get excited when I see the fire truck there, I enjoy mildly stalking the firefighters around the store.

    • Kimmy March 5, 2015 - 8:54 pm Reply

      I was thinking the same damn thing about the grocery store. No one ever flirts with me. Could it be me doing something wrong?

      • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:10 pm Reply

        Well no one ever flirts with ME, but there are lots of people that flirt with EACH OTHER and they play music from the 90s which makes me think they’re trying to get people of my era to feel all happy and flirty. I don’t know. It’s a theory.

  • AmyinMN March 6, 2015 - 11:46 pm Reply

    “the Husband Of More Salt Please” I love this! My husband adds salt to everything I cook BEFORE HE TASTES IT–except for the one thing that I know needs salt: steak. Go figure.

    • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:10 pm Reply

      Ha! Maybe it’s a universal husband thing.

  • TheSwede March 7, 2015 - 4:36 pm Reply

    Big thumbs up for the Swedish brand name. ^^
    (Make sure you listen to the pronounciation on the “Our Story” page though, it doesn’t rhyme with gourd.)

  • Jen Barbati March 9, 2015 - 9:46 am Reply

    Here is some cornstarch advice: You will have to use two bowls, though. You need to add the liquid to your dish and boil it. Then add your cornstarch to COLD water in a separate bowl, and add that to the boiling liquid in your pan. The sauce will then thicken. You can’t just add the dry cornstarch to the hot liquid or it will clump. You have to dissolve it in cold water first.

    • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:09 pm Reply

      Thanks! 🙂 At least I knew the clumping part. The rest, not somuch.

  • Nina March 9, 2015 - 4:30 pm Reply

    I am so glad the office is randomly quiet today because nobody witnessed me laugh so hard (heh) at “Nope. Everybody in the pool.” that I legit spit/drooled water out my mouth all over my desk and boobs. Luckily my keyboard was pushed back and I avoided having to call IT for a new one.

    • Pintester March 9, 2015 - 5:09 pm Reply

      Woohoo! That’s always my goal: make people laugh so hard they expel some kind of liquid. 😉

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  • bebea boney April 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm Reply

    hey…who got lucky and won the watch? just curious…thanks!

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