*sighs*

Sep. 30th, 2011 07:18 pm
deird1: Faith and Wesley, with text "rogue demon hunters" (Faith Wesley rogue demon hunters)
Well, I lasted nine months. Which is eight and a half months longer than most of my New Years resolutions...


I haven't done any recipes for a while. And I keep on getting behind on photos. And... I'm not going to keep berating myself for it.

As it is, I've improved my cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen - which was the point of that. And I've started noticing a lot more pretty things around me, and whipping out my camera spontaneously more - which was the point of that. So it worked.


Sorry, guys - I think I'm letting them lapse. I'll still get photos and recipes up from time to time, but I'm not keeping to a set schedule right now.






In other news:
- my housemates have moved out
- I have a new tv
- my new jobs are awesome
- I'm learning Indonesian, Latin, and French, and wishing I had enough time to revise my German and Auslan
- the world is extremely rainy
- Leverage is really fun
deird1: Anya, with text "is it difficult or time-consuming?" (Anya difficult)
Recipe #32 was Apple Pizza!

It's like apple pie, but pizza. Which is so much cooler than pie. (And yummier, in my opinion. I definitely prefer pizza crust to pie base.)


There are three layers: the crust (which is normal crust but with apple juice mixed in), the "sauce" (apple puree, raisins, sugar, and cinnamon), and the topping (apple and sugar).


REALLY NICE DESSERT. I haven't had anything like it in a decade, and it was even better than I remembered...
deird1: Mai and Zuko cuddling, with text "you're so beautiful when you hate the world" (Mai Zuko hate the world)
Recipe #30 is cinnamon tea cake, and #31 is apple muffins.

I made both this morning, and felt very domestic.


The apple muffins are different - the recipe said I should chop the apple into bits (rather than grating), so they're all chunky. Quite nice, too...

recipe #29

Jul. 28th, 2011 05:01 pm
deird1: Twilight Sparkle's hot air balloon (MLP:FiM hot air balloon)
I made lemon slice!


It's my sister's recipe, which I fell in love with a few weeks ago. Quite easy to make, too - lots of crushed biscuit and butter, and some condensed milk.

Anyone who feels like stopping by for a piece is most welcome...
deird1: Gunn in a suit, holding a shotgun, with text "Charles Gunn: attorney at law" (Gunn with gun)
Last night I made recipe #28: salade compose.

It's a kind of salad, where you don't toss it to mix everything - instead, you keep it in very careful layers: first lettuce, then tomato, bacon and garlic-dipped toasted bread, eggs, and dressing. (Yes, this is a salad with bacon and eggs on toast. Please don't judge me.)


Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish mine - my stomach was overwhelmed by the very filling pancake lasagne that accompanied it - but the boyfriend said it was delicious, so I'm counting it as a success.
deird1: Gunn and Gwen kissing (Gunn Gwen kiss)
Recipe #27 is chocolate mousse!

Really really yummy - or at least the un-refrigerated mixture is. I can't try the actual proper mousse until tomorrow evening. Not that hard, either. If it ends up working, I'll have to make it again.


I can't quite believe I've never made any of these desserts before...
deird1: Faith, with text " 'sup, bitches?" (Faith bitches)
I made a chocolate cake - extremely yummy.


And this time I managed not to set my oven on fire. :D

Recipe #25

Jun. 23rd, 2011 07:00 am
deird1: Aeryn looking hopeful (Aeryn looks)
I made pumpkin-and-potato soup in my slow cooker!


A bit of variation from the recipe: it wanted me to use chicken stock, but I had this leftover duck carcass, so I boiled up duck-and-cherry stock, and ended up with soup that had a hint of cherry...

Quite nice. Unusual, but nice.

yummy duck

Jun. 19th, 2011 07:42 pm
deird1: Azula, with a slightly snarky expression (Azula eyes)
Recipe #24 is roast duck, with cherry sauce.


The recipe wanted duck marylands, but I couldn't buy them - just a whole frozen duck, ready to roast. I decided that the important part of the thing was the cherry sauce, and I could change to a whole duck if I wanted to...

Surprisingly, cherry goes with duck really well. It's LOVELY.
deird1: Toph looking pretty (Toph pretty)
Recipe #23 is pastitsio!


My recipe book says that "pastitsio is to the Greek kitchen as lasagne is to an Italian cucina". Which certainly looks reasonable so far - it's got pasta, meat sauce, and cheese sauce. It's just... different.

Instead of flat lasagne sheets, the pasta is... macaroni.

Instead of standard meat-onion-tomatoey stuff, the meat sauce has... wine and cinnamon.

Instead of regular old cheese sauce, it has... egg yolk.

(There's also egg in the meat sauce and in with the macaroni. Very eggy recipe.)


It's still in the oven, but based on the smell - and on the small amount of cheese sauce that I couldn't help tasting - it's going to be extremely yummy.

recipe #21

Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:31 am
deird1: Dawn looking at Spike, with text "badder than you" (Dawn badder than you)
Last night I made a roast, with yorkshire puddings.

For once, they looked exactly like the pictures that show up on google images:



(Really! Mine looked all perfect and fluffy, just like these! *is proud*)


We were so occupied with serving up the rest of the dinner, that we almost forgot that the yorkshire puddings existed and left them to burn. Thankfully we didn't - they're really yummy!
deird1: Faith, with text " 'sup, bitches?" (Faith bitches)
Recipe #20 is jam donuts!

Some internet friends have been discussing their ideal kind of donut lately, which has been making me hungry...


I had to make donut dough (using huge amounts of yeast), and then cut out little dough circles. You sort of squash the jam in between two circles like a sandwich, and smoosh the edges together to trap the jam inside.

VERY yummy. And I now have oil splashed all over my kitchen.
deird1: the gaang hugging (Gaang hug)
Recipes #18 and #19 together tonight: apple pie, and vanilla custard.

I have made pie! From scratch! It's all apple-filled and everything!


The custard recipe comes from the boyfriend's aunt, who I met last Christmas. She has the most brilliant stack of recipes ever, all typed up by hand and then sorted into categories.


While the apple pie didn't exactly stay in its original shape while being transferred into bowls, it still tastes rather nice...
deird1: Dawn raising an eyebrow, with text "srsly?" (Dawn srsly)
Cooked recipe #17 tonight, with background entertainment of Batman the movie, and then a royal wedding. I'm not sure which one suited the apple crumble more, thematically speaking...



Most of the ingredients were already in my pantry, but I had to go and buy the apples, and some cream. Picked them out very carefully, checking for bruises and other random marks... and then dropped the whole bag onto a hard floor within metres of the cash registers!

Disaster! Apples covered in sudden bruises, apples covered in cream, plastic bag covered in cream, cream suddenly much more whipped than it was supposed to be! Horrors!

All was well, though. Interestingly, bruises don't seem to affect the taste of the apples at all, in the end.
deird1: Anya, with text "is it difficult or time-consuming?" (Anya difficult)
Eggs Benedict!

This involves:
- muffins and ham (easy)
- hollandaise sauce (hard)
- poached eggs (messy)

I managed to spill melted butter all over the stove - and all over my pyjamas. And made six poached eggs... two of which worked.



It was nice, but not nice enough to bother making again. Far too many dishes.
deird1: a penguin, with text "is everyone here very stoned?" (penguins)
A jam roll!




(Mine does not look like this.)


Currently I am eating up the yummy part that cooked properly, while subjecting the rest to several more minutes of cooking.

It would have worked better if I were* any good at folding flour into fluffy mixtures of whipped egg. Unfortunately, I am not, and when I dumped the flour into the fluffy eggy stuff, it did something like... ~~~Flurbt~~~ and had this lumpy bit in the middle that sneered at me and my laughable expectations of getting it to rise properly.

Silly folding. If I ever have enough money to employ a professional cook, I'll do all the fun bits, and he can do the impossible stuff, like folding.


At any rate, my jam roll (despite not looking like the picture) is very yummy, and I must make it again sometime.



* My grammar guide informs me that "if I was" is perfectly acceptable in all circumstances except those deemed impossible. So you'd say "if I was hungry", but "if I were a flying pink unicorn".
When I say "if I were any good at folding flour", I use the "were" intentionally.
deird1: Chiana, head on one side (Chiana)
Recipe #14 was Eggplant Parmagiana.

It's a rather unusual way of doing vegies - involving thin slices of eggplant, crumbed and fried, and then baked with lots of pasta sauce and cheese.

Quite yummy.


In retrospect I probably should have crumbed all the pieces of eggplant beforehand rather than thinking I could crumb each new batch while frying the previous lot. It would have involved a lot less running from side to side across my kitchen...
deird1: Illyria, with text "Godking" (Illyria godking)
Recipe #13 was Butterfly Cakes.

What you do is, you make little cakes in patty pans - vaguely muffin-shaped - and then you cut out the top bit so there's a small hole in the top of each one. And you fill the holes with jam and cream.

Then you get the bits you cut off, halve them (to make wings) and put them back on top. So the cakes look like they're little jam-and-cream flowers, with cakey butterflies perched on them.

Kind of like this:

...except I did the jam differently.



It's interesting: I hate devonshire tea, which is scones with jam and cream. But I love butterfly cakes, which are cake with jam and cream - and broadly the same kind of thing.

I think it's because, for some reason, the texture of the scones makes me see them as a savoury thing (hence I love cheese scones), so the sweet jam and cream just doesn't fit.



Anyway... butterfly cakes!

We had them at the housemate's kitchen tea, which was very fun.

recipe #12

Mar. 23rd, 2011 08:10 pm
deird1: fantasy!Buffy pouring cereal, with text "making breakfast sexy" (Buffy breakfast)
Banana fritters!

Yum!


I rolled bananas in icing sugar and cinnamon, then egg and breadcrumbs, and deep-fried them. We ate them with ice-cream and maple syrup.

(This recipe might be one of the simpler ones I'm making, but given Queensland's weather troubles, it'll probably be one of the most expensive ones too. The price of bananas these days...)



*needs icon of Kryten doing his "unzip and eat the white bits" conversation*
deird1: Spike looking at Harmony, with text "you were meant for me; perhaps as punishment (Spike Harmony punishment)
A kilogram of spinach is a LOT of spinach.

Really. A lot. It's a huge quantity of spinach.

But recipe #11 - spinach and ricotta cannelloni - specified a kilogram of spinach, so I duly went forth and came home with massive amounts of it.
...too much, in fact, to fit in my saucepan. I had to spend an hour and a half rotating bits of spinach in and out of boiling water, so that it'd all get properly cooked.


Eventually, it ended up sitting soggily in a big bowl, where I was supposed to wring the rest of the water out of it by hand.

Aaaaand that's when I found out just how long it takes boiled spinach to cool down enough to not burn your hands when you pick it up and squish it. (Approximately an hour, taking one teeny handful at a time.)


Of course, getting squishy spinachy gunk is not the end of the recipe: I had to combine it with cheese, eggs, and herbs, and smoosh it around the bowl some more - also with my hands... which were getting pretty messy by this point.

Mind you, mushy green gunk is pretty fun to play with.

Which is good, because I had to play with it a lot.


(On reflection, I can see why the first thing the recipe says is "You don't have to cook it right away! It can stay in the fridge all night!", because once you've actually finished making this thing, you're completely sick of the sight of it.)


Anyway, post-mushing, I had to get all the mush into the cannelloni.

Unfortunately, my piping equipment gave up halfway through and stubbornly refusing to keep piping anything that wasn't icing. So I had to push the rest of the spinach into the cannelloni tubes by hand. (Or rather, by finger.)


I am now sitting down to an astonishingly late dinner - of meatloaf; the cannelloni's for tomorrow - which will be followed by an even later bedtime, and I still haven't even finished cleaning up the kitchen. But I don't really care, because... cannelloni! I MADE CANNELLONI! SPINACH AND RICOTTA CANNELLONI! ALL BY MYSELF! I ROCK!




(If I wasn't so stupidly ambitious, I'd happily get through my 52 recipes with mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs and stuff like that. That'd be so much less frustrating. But then again, if I wasn't so ambitious, I wouldn't be doing this whole recipe thing in the first place...)

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