Hot today~ Fresh bagels~
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
This comes from the Sophisticated Gourmet blog, and I think it's worth sharing~ The instructions are good, the photos great, and the blog site enjoyable. Well done~
I've made several batches of bagels from this recipe, and they really are good. Nicely risen, and delightfully chewy. I highly recommend it, and will share some photos in a later post.
Monday, February 20, 2012
a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.
I'm topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,
with acres of peppers, pimentos, and peas,
with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,
with every last olive they had at the store.
My pizza is sure to be one of a kind,
my pizza will leave other pizzas behind,
my pizza will be a delectable treat
that all who love pizza are welcome to eat.
The oven is hot, I believe it will take
a year and a half for my pizza to bake.
I hardly can wait till my pizza is done,
my wonderful pizza the size of the sun.
Duncan's pizza: tomato sauce, olives, green peppers,, originally uploaded by salmonbear7.
I always make 4 pizzas, because we eat more than 2, and the 1.5 or so left over makes a good lunch, or breakfast, depending on who you talk to.
Two pizzas were assembled on cookie sheets (then after 10 minutes of baking, transferred to the stone that lives permanently in my oven, for the last 5 minutes). I have only two of said sheets, and little time for baking. Note: my show was starting in 30 minutes.
So, I recruited my son to assemble the other two. Two of the four pizzas were baked in clay pie plates, which makes for a more deep dish pizza. This seems to work just fine, even though the dough recipe I use is for thin crust.
6:40: two pizzas out, two going in.
6:59: pizzas out, Downton Abbey starting in one minute. Phew!
Photos up next~
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I started with chicken breast, which I chopped into large chunks and heated in a pan. I used no oil, just made sure the pan was hot first, and left the small amounts of fat on the chicken to create the grease I needed to brown the chicken. Next, I scouted around in my pantry for some curry sauce, which I didn't. However, I found peanut sauce, and as I poured a little of it over my chicken, I remembered I had a tub of unsalted chunky peanut butter in the back of the fridge. So, I got that out, put a couple of generous spoonfuls into the pan, added water, and let the peanut butter soften and coat the chicken pieces.
After about 30-45 minutes the chicken was soft and infused with the make-shift peanut sauce. And, it was quite good with the Fried Wild Rice and Quinoa I was making at the same time.
|Again, not the greatest photo, but I'm left wishing I had some more!|
Well, let me rephrase that: sometimes we got to Costco because we are out of a great many things, and sometimes, while perusing the many aisles, we find some treasures. One of my recent faves is quinoa. My husband, on a recent hunter/gathering trip, found a wild rice/quinoa blend that I was looking forward to trying out.
For Christmas my mom got me a rice cooker, and I've used it a lot, both for rice, and for quinoa. (Right now I'm steaming some broccoli over Japanese rice while typing.) So, I thought I'd fire up the rice cooker with the wild rice/quinoa blend with the plan to make a batch of fried rice. I had a little left-over ground beef that was cooked with onions, carrots and celery, and I thought I'd add that to the rice mix. I cut up another onion, a few small cloves of garlic, three more carrots, and two stalks of celery, and quickly sauteed that in canola oil, and then added the rice, some sesame oil, ginger, pepper and soy, and cooked it a little longer. The result was a tasty and healthful dish.
My photo lacks, as I took it after the rice had sat awhile, but maybe it'll still look tasty.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This afternoon I realised we were out of bagels, and I was not in the mood to go to the store. It had been awhile since I'd made bagels, and I recalled my daughter's first project in her Culinary Arts class in 9th grade: bagels.
Inspired, I looked up a recipe that got good ratings, and got started. Two hours later, I have a nice batch of hot fresh bagels, and best of all, they are home-made.
|Bagels risen after being dropped into the simmering water.|
|About 4 minutes into simmering the bagels grow.|
|Boiled bagels on buttered baking sheet, ready for the oven.|
|Thirty minutes later~|
I think I'm making up for lost time. The holidays bring out the baker in some of us, and I'm drawn mostly to bread. Don't get me wrong - I love a good cookie - but there is something special about bread.
I have memories from working in a bakery years ago, not as a baker, but working behind the counter, peddling donuts, cookies, and fresh loaves of bread. Among those loaves were the weekly Challah.
At Easter, my grandmother would create a braided bread with three colored eggs nestled in the V of each plait. Very beautiful indeed. I wish I had a photo to share - it's been many years.
As you can see, I've made these a time or two.
Sunday afternoon I was listening to KUOW, our local public radio station, to the Splendid Table. One of the callers on the show asked about popover pans. I baked mine in muffin tins, which is not as good, of course, as baking them in a real popover pan. However, they did turn out well enough.
A good popover pan has deeper cups, and each cup is either attached with a wire grid, or has holes open between each cluster of 4 cups, for air circulation. Some pans are non-stick, while I've heard the best ones are cast iron, yielding a crisper crust. I have my eye on a Nordic Ware ...