I didn't have time for any complicated recipe this weekend, and I'm definitely a breakfast person. I often have an egg, but I wanted to change things up a bit from my usual French Toast or fried egg.
I tried poaching an egg for the first time.
You crack an egg into boiling water with a spoon of white vinegar (which we didn't have, so we didn't add it). The result was quite messy (maybe the vinegar would have held it all together better...) but it tasted nice and the yolk cooked wonderfully.
Embarrassing, because in a poached egg the yolk is supposed to be runny...
But at least I liked the taste!
I spread some multigrain bread with some honey mustard, topped with fresh spinach, the egg and some salt and pepper. Really liked it :)
Even though it wasn't exactly Eggs Florentine...
I finally got to make macaroons! I have been dreaming about making them...
I didn't exactly anticipate the complications. I wanted to make 2 kinds, but with some parts the same, some parts different...
The first batch (plain) wasn't much of a success. After a long time of complicated measuring (halving, dividing etc) we tried to make the meringue, but it was so runny even after ages of blending. We never got 'stiff peaks'.
So we just folded in the dry ingredients and dolloped them, but they just ran and spread so thin. We tried to hold them back together but nothing worked so we just put them in the oven.
We tried to fix them again after being in the oven for a while, but it didn't work.
They rose a bit (hopes up!) but flattened again (hopes gone...)
They came out really really thin..... They tasted good but were like wafers!
We then found out that the bowl for the meringue has to be SPOTLESS and the eggs should have warmed up for a while. The second batch of eggs had warmed up while making the others and I made the bowl spiffy clean.
This time I made a gorgeous meringue.
I piped them (:D) and let them sit (I could do that because they didn't run) and I sprinkled some hagelslag (Dutch chocolate sprinkles).
The frostings were generally okay. They were quite melty because of all the butter and the frosting tasted tasted of butter...But a thin layer tasted good.
The peanut butter frosting was better than the cocoa. I frosted the chocolate cookies and a couple of plain 'wafer' cookies. I put wayyy too much frosting which made them really gooey, so I scraped out a bunch and they tasted good.
The cookies rose really tall, so they were much more elongated than macaroons should be. But it was a good experience :) I'm planning to send some to my nani and nana for my nani's birthday if dad goes there on business, because my nani is an amazing pastry chef-- but my macaroons are a little embarrassing...
Forgive my excitement...
Ooooooohhhhh I think I am the happiest little chef ever!!!
We've been making pizza for as long as I can remember and I've always loved helping: rolling, shopping, grating, spreading, sprinkling and of course eating. It was exciting each and every time, but I had never made my own-- my dad's the Pizza King.
I decided to try this pizza recipe that my grandma had sent me- it needs a lot more time and work, but it's so worth it.
I was really worried about part of my dough because it was so sticky and gooey, but we left it alone.
My dad helped me with stretching out the first pizza dough (the gooey one) and it came out great!
I stretched out the second and got the perfect size (although there were a couple of holes in the base, but that didn't matter. We put loads of mozzarella and made one pizza with mushrooms, olives, capers and basil; and the other pizza half & half: zucchini, olives, capers and basil on one half and plain cheese and basil on the other half.
It was so thrilling to watch it bake! The cheese bubbled like it was heaving and it ended up yellowy-brown and gorgeously set.
My goodness!! They were just so amazingly delicious! They were a little greasy because of the oil brushed on the crust, but that tasted so good...
I was just so proud! They tasted so pleasing... I ate loads... even later on when I was so full, my sister and I came out and had some late-night pizza (much better to finish it off on the day it's baked and fresh rather than microwaved the next day :P)
I loved it loved it loved it... and so did everyone else!
I made my own pizza!!!
You'd be an April Fool not to make these...
Why the 'White House'? According to Food & Wine the chef, Spike Mendelsohn, was inspired by the new beehive in the White House garden!
My dad and I just love muffins...
This was again a simple recipe and we made them on Sunday morning for breakfast. Despite all the honey they weren't too sweet (my mum thought they weren't sweet enough) but they tasted good with jam and my dad tried some with nutella and some with almond butter. We used oat bran instead of rolled oats, but I think rolled oats would have tasted much nicer: more flavour and more of a bite.
These aren't the big, sweet, crumbly Starbucks kind of muffins. But they're cute, soft and open to any topping :)