Fairfax, Virginia. Homemade cooking fun.

In light of my new cooking posts each week, I’m super excited to let you know what I got up to in Fairfax, Virginia.

This week I changed up my ramen egg marinade, creating what I believe is the closest taste to the ramen eggs I get in the best ramen restaurants.

So good that I even started just eating ramen eggs for breakfast towards the end of the week, using the same marinade to cycle out countless eggs.

This time I used soy sauce, mirin, water, garlic, black pepper, sake, and sesame oil. I left them for 8 hours and almost went weak at the knees when I added them into my husbands favorite beef Udon noodle soup recipe that I now make as a weekly ritual.

The only downside was that the eggs where smaller than usual, so with the cooking time staying the same, they weren’t as runny as I’d hope. Nonetheless, they where absolutely on the bullseye with taste.

Next up we have hoisin duck tacos with a nibbles plate to go along with it.

I started by patting dry two duck breasts, before seasoning them with garlic, salt, and pepper. I then seared them fat side down in a pan on high heat, before putting them into an oven tray to be cooked at 450 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

They came out perfectly medium rare, taking on the look of a delicious steak, but a duck version! Each bite was more and more glorious as the tender duck melted in my mouth, both myself and my husband cleaned our plates of every single bite.

My husband had toasted the tacos to heat them up in the pan and added scallions, cucumber, and hoisin sauce for the finishing touches.

They were beyond doubt a delicious creation, but next time I’m definitely roasting a whole duck so that we can shred the meat.

The nibbles plate was simple. Garlic and thyme crackers, Bellavitos cracked black pepper cheese, spicy salami, tortilla chips, prosciutto, guacamole, and pico de Gallo.

Combining all of the ingredients onto a garlic thyme cracker was definitely the way to go and a great nibble with a bottle of Apothic Inferno, and a movie, after the destruction of duck tacos.

Next victim; Cornish game hens.

I patted the hens dry before rubbing rendered duck fat under and on top of their skin, before seasoning with salt and pepper.

I then chopped up honeynut squash, and potatoes to roast before adding them to the pan with more duck fat (duck fat makes the world a better place.)

As I worked away for an hour these little beauties cooked up to perfection, filling my workspace with a smell that reminded me of Sunday dinner back home in England.

To finish the dish I added asparagus and plated it all up to take on the quick ride home.

My husband and I enjoyed a Cornish game hen each (they where cooked to perfection), and finished off the bottle of Apothic Inferno from the night before.

I always prefer to buy Cornish game hens when I’m roasting chicken, there’s just something so fun about having your own tasty little chicken each that adds to the magic.

Now, on Saturday’s I usually like to make my husband a sweet baked treat to get us through the workday. This week I chose a simple, easy, Nutella twist, which just happens to be one of his favorites.

There’s really nothing to it. I purchased puff pastry pre made at the store, cut it into strips and added Nutella before twisting. Easy! Done! But oh boy are they addictive, and so fun to make. Be warned!

And last but not least Lomos Saltados!

My husband took over the kitchen for this one and cooked up a storm. It was hands down the best Lomos Saltados I’ve ever had, beating all of the restaurant dishes I’d previously tried… even without having the fries to go along with it (lord knows I don’t need double carbs).

The secret to this amazing dish?

My husband got the recipe from a chef in Peru that he met whilst staying in the area. It’s hands down a new favorite dish of ours, and when I figure out the recipe for myself I’ll maybe be nice enough to share it with all of you – ha.

I told myself that I wouldn’t eat the whole dish that my husband plated generously, but it was so good that I just couldn’t stop. To really put the icing on the cake my husband also purchased a bottle of Malbec from Mendoza that paired perfectly with the meal.

The week was a success. A few dishes that didn’t make the post were vodka sauce pasta with prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and a jalfrezi chicken curry and rice – both delicious in their own right.

My husband also surprised me this week with beautiful flowers, and a mini painted pumpkin to get us into the fall spirit.

Fairfax was a fun week, and I can’t wait for more cooking adventures up next in Baltimore, Maryland. Stay tuned.

Until next time.

Stay Hangry,

Mrs. Conley

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