Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What I've been making

I've been making up my own recipes lately and cooking from the hip. Here are a sample of my experiments:


scalloped potatoes:






French toast "muffins"
Chicken and peppers fajitas
Cheesy polenta with tomatoes, shrimp and garlicky kale





Also on the menu but not pictured:
-Roasted pork loins
-Ground turkey and veggie lasagana
-Salmon with lemon and dill

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mr. Snowgoose's Popovers


Mr. Snowgoose recently had a business trip to Atlanta. While he was there he fell in love popovers from this restaurant and they actually gave him the recipe.

Of course he came home and made them immediately.

Popovers (makes 12 popovers)

Ingredients


4 cups flour
1 2/2 heaping tbsp salt
2 1/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese (we used a sharp cheddar)
popover pan ( what the hell is a popover pan? We used a muffin tin).

Directions

Place the popover pan in the oven. Heat the oven and pan to 350.

Gently warm the milk over low heat and set aside.

Wisk the eggs until frothy and slowly whisk in the milk (so as not to cook the eggs).

Set the mixture aside.

Sift the flour with the salt. Slowly add this dry mixture and gently combine until mostly smooth.
Once combined, remove the popover pan from the oven and spray with nonstick vegetable spray.

While the batter is still warm, fill each popover cup 3/4 full.

Top each popover with 2 1/2 tbsp cheese.

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes, rotating pan half a turn after 15 minutes of baking.

Remove from the oven, remove from the pan, and serve immediately.



4 cups of milk, warmed
8 eggs

Cook's notes:
These were really good. So good I forgot what else we ate with them. But eat them the night you make them. They aren't so good the next morning.

Cake in a coffee cup

I found this recipe for cake in a coffee cup in a children's book of all places (Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Bourdreau) and had to try it. I assumed we had everything on the list but as it turns out we've been out of sugar for ages and no one noticed (that tells you how often we've been baking). After a frantic search we unearthed the sugar bowl which still had sugar in it.

This is how you do it-

- find a giant mug
-add 4 tablespoons of flour
-4 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa

mix it well and add
- 1 egg

mix some more and add
-3 tablespoons milk
-3 tablespoons oil

mix it again and add
-3 tablespoons of chocolate chips (this is optional. I did not add these as we didn't have any)
-1 capful of vanilla

mix it one last time

cook for 3 minutes on high

let it cool and then enjoy




Cook's notes: It didn't look like chocolate cake but it tasted like it. Not a bad fix for a late night cake craving.