Anyone in the film / TV production business???

So yesterday, while cooking and watching Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network, it caught my attention when at the end of the show they said something to the effect of, “if you have a struggling restaurant contact us…” and I thought, HEY, what about if you have a struggling idea to get started!?!

Here I am, a woman passionate about cooking, with lots of potential business (ie. people who are so patiently waiting for me to wind up in a legitimate kitchen so I can start cooking FOR REAL), but I can’t get this off the ground without borrowing a boatload of money.  I just do not want to get back into the world of debt.  After borrowing for my first business venture and needing to sell when it was not a great time, I just am very gun shy at the idea of borrowing again.  I had planned to just do this from home while I built up capital to get my own place.  But, as you know, that plan was shot to pieces as soon as I started to do my homework on HOW you can get going and the fact that you cannot (legally) without the cash upfront to get a commercial health dept approved kitchen.  And the thing is, I am not alone.  There are people all over this town who are starting up food based businesses from home illegally because they cannot find a part time kitchen to cook in and don’t have the funds to do it the way the health department wants them to.  There are culinary incubators all over the state, just no where close to us.

So… I decided to look on the FN website to see if they have a spot to send new show ideas (I didn’t think they would but decided to look nonetheless).  They do not of course.   They say they only accept new show ideas from production companies.  I don’t know if any of you out there have any contacts in the production industry, but if you do I have a great idea (or 2).  I watch Food Network religiously and think this idea would be a big hit and would be an opportunity to help out very small businesses.  Here we are in a struggling economy where the government is talking about helping the little guy and supporting small business.  And at the same time we see this is an example of government regulations and restrictions preventing the growth of business (sorry, back down from my soap box)).  I’m looking for a way to get past that hurdle and grow a small business anyways.

I know this is a stretch, and many of you are laughing right now at my notion that this could even work. But those of you who know me well, also know that I am not one to be afraid of going after something that is a stretch.  I figure, these shows happen for someone, it might as well be for me.  I am passionate and excited about something and I am going to do everything I can to make it happen.

PS – I successfully made a biscuit last week so miracles do happen.

Another Failed Biscuit Attempt and Spicy Soba Pork (not in the same day of course)

I have given you nothing to cook in days and I am so sorry for that.  I have been cooking though and I have a lot to show for it!  Tonight I give you a failure and a success.

I (ALMOST) made a delicious biscuit on Sunday night.  Jeff literally laughed out loud at me for attempting to make biscuits for company – luckily they are good friends and will let me cook for them again.  I tried something new, a sourdough biscuit from my starter I use to make sourdough loaves.  I honestly thought it kind of tasted like a pillsbury biscuit out of a can and that is not the taste I was going for so I was a bit disappointed.  Here are the pics…

BEFORE - waiting in the oven to be cooked to golden

AFTER - They look heavenly. But....

Wait for it… (You know I can’t cook a biscuit!)

Burned the dang bottom!

Honestly people, I am hopeless in the world of biscuits.  They looked so good until I turned one over.  I am going to have to stick to the frozen bags of Pillsbury Grands biscuits.  I love them, they always come out perfectly.  I just want to be able to make a biscuit.  Everyone at dinner kept saying they were good, but I was not feeling it.

To make up for my failure last weekend, I had a delicious success tonight!  I made a trip to one of my favorite places to shop, Asia Grocery on Peters Creek Pkwy.  I will admit, the first time my friend Patti sent me there on a food buying mission I was a little intimidated.  But, now I know and love the place and get such incredible deals there I hate that I don’t go more often.  This 5 lb bag of Jasmine rice was only $5.49.  At Lowes and HT you would pay at least $2 more.

Gallon jug of Soy Sauce for only $7.99.  You pay twice that even on sale at the grocery store.  And the stuff lasts for ages & is good on so many different things.  I find that I use it a lot.  They do have the low sodium version as well, I think it was about $1 more, still a killer deal!

The best deal by far though, is on the Soba Noodles.  $4.39 per 9oz pack at the grocery store, but at Asia Grocery, you get 54 oz for $7.99 – It is a 70% savings!  My kids loved them – they add a little variety to your basic noodles and are made of buckwheat.  You should definitely give them a try.  If you don’t want to make a trip to Asia Grocery but want to give them a try, get a small pack at HT, you won’t be sorry!

Last little tid bit about Asia Grocery, buy your bean sprouts there!  I got a gigantic bag (not even sure how much or how much they are per lb because there is not a whole lot of english speaking going on.  All I know is this huge bag was only 2.33.

I knew I wanted to make something with some spice tonight and I had 2 large thick cut pork chops left in the fridge (thanks Dale & Terry).  I wasn’t sure what to call it so I decided on Spicy Soba Pork.  It is basically a pork stir fry with a fun, spicy sauce I concocted tonight.  Not too spicy for the kids but enough heat to make me happy.  They definitely drank more milk than usual though so I know you might want to go a little milder if you have sensitive taste buds.  It takes a little while to prep – you can do all the chopping and slicing ahead of time.
3 cups broccoli florets
3/4 cup sliced carrot
1 cup green onion in 1/3 in slices
1 lb pork sliced thin
2 cups bean sprouts
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
salt & pepper to taste (I use coarse salt)
3, 3 oz bundles of soba noodles
Sauce – wisk all together in a small bowl:
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
3 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp spicy thai chili sauce (Thai Kitchen Brand)
*If you do not like spice, use less thai sauce or eliminate it altogether.
Set a large pot of water on the stove to boil while getting everything else prepped.  Boil noodles for 6 min when pork is almost ready.  Drain.
Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large wok over high heat. Quickly stir fry broccoli & carrots until bright in color, about 2 min.  Remove from wok.  Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil.  Add pork to the wok and season with salt & pepper.  Slowly pour in half of the sauce mixture and cook thoroughly until no longer pink.  Return broccoli and carrots to the pork, add green onions and remaining sauce.  Cook for 1 min more.
Serve over hot soba noodles, ladle sauce over pork mixture.
This entire dinner – with 4-6 servings was only $7.63 total to make!  The sale stuff at Harris Teeter is on until next Tuesday so go check it out!  Even if you get the bean sprouts and soba noodles at HT it is still an inexpensive and delicious meal.  I’ll have more ideas for you to use those bean sprouts and soy sauce though!  I love asian flavors.
per serving for whole meal
Soba Noodles $0.22 $1.33 $.44 per 3 oz bundle at Asia Grocery
Bean Sprouts $0.06 $0.29 Lots for a little at Asia Grocery!
Green Onions $0.03 $0.15 $.59 per bunch at Asia Grocery
Broccoli $0.36 $1.79 on sale for $1.79 / lb at Harris Teeter
Carrot $0.05 $0.25 $.99 / lb at Harris Teeter
Pork $0.60 $2.99 on sale for $2.99 / lb at Harris Teeter
Dijon $0.03 $0.14 HT brand on sale for $1.27 at Harris Teeter
Soy Sauce $0.02 $0.09
Spicy Thai Chili Sauce 0.12 0.6 $3.59 at Harris Teeter
$1.48 $7.63
Hope you enjoy!