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Sorry. Back to food, and the title:
Skyooking (skii-YOU-king). verb. To cook a recipe while engaging in a Skype video and audio conference with an individual in a separate location, who is preparing the same or similar food. A portmanteau of "Skyping" and "cooking".
Think I could make it into an entry on Urban Dictionary? ...yeah, you're right, probably not. Anyway, the whole concept of Skyooking came into existence at the suggestion of my wonderful and recently married sister, Ni. Wanting to spend time together while doing something practical (like preparing dinner), she suggested that I select a relatively simple recipe that we would prepare simultaneously- she in her kitchen in Guelph, and me in my apartment in Winnipeg. Sounded like a fantastic idea to me!
|Screen shot!! Ni and I, almost 2,000 km apart, ready with our ingredients. Allez cuisine!!|
|Finished product, with additional avocado. I LOVE that delicious fruit...|
|Close-up. Note the heavy use of cilantro; as Rachel points out, this is optional.|
|All done and ready to nosh! You can see me, in the little viewer window, just to the left of Ni's head. Nothing like sharing a meal with family, even if you're separated by a provincial border.|
We also ended up buying very different chilies. Neither of us could find red chili peppers, so we just chucked in a small palmful of dried red chili flakes (something that always reminds me of our dad). On the whole ancho chili front: I looked them up in Wikipedia before heading to the store, so I knew to look for either ancho or poblano peppers. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a sign indicating either. Instead, I just grabbed what looked the most like the picture I'd seen. I'm not really sure WHAT it was. I think Ni ended up with at least one cubanelle pepper, and possibly a Santa Fe Grande chili. She ended up with a bit more fire in the end than I did, I think... nothing that additional sour cream (or plain yogurt, in my case) couldn't fix.
|Still fantastic, no matter what chiles were used.|
|I also used some shredded chicken the night before to make this wrap, with some PC Blue Menu artichoke and asiago dip. A side of fresh fruit instead of chips or fries was a nice change, too!|
Looking forward to a long-distance Sunday dinner,