So a few more days and it’ll be Christmas and I have so much to do. Besides the gifts I have to go food shopping. I don’t mind food shopping but I have NO idea what to cook during this holiday season. IDEAS??? Let me just say I do not want to cook Turkey, Ham or Pork Shoulder. I want to cook something new, not to time consuming and not to expensive. And now for some new cookbooks!
So I’m in search of a bowl for my Secret Santa. The name I picked out of a brown paper bag has dropped hints that she wants a pasta bowl. I’m planing on getting the bowl and filling it up with pasta, pasta sauce, an apron, kitchen towels and anything else I can find. Sounds like a fun gift right? I hope she likes it.
I love to cook! Bake…only from a box. A would love to create instead of a book club (which my group was suppose to finish reading the book Nov 17 and it’s Dec and I’m the only one reading the boring book) a club with food. A group of friends each cook a dish and then we share over wine. Unforgettably my group of friends rather go out to eat than cook. I’ll yet again be the only one cooking. Does anyone else belong to a Cooking Club?
It’s been a really long time since my last post. Life just got in the way 😉
It’s almost a week and I’m still eating turkey! Is anyone else? Right now I’m eating turkey salad sandwiches. Really good! So I think I gained a few pounds 😦 and the holiday season has just begun. Today I got home and noticed that I never put my belt on. Oh well. What’s next on the menu?
The other day I went to a Greek Restaurant and ate a wonderfully tasty arugula and fig salad. I was eating figs and it didn’t even taste like it I thought it was a grilled eggplant. I went online looking for a similar recipe and I found a bunch but they all seem to be much different than what I had 😦 I guess I’ll have to improvise.
I made Mireille Guilian’s French Baguettes (a previous post). I’ve never baked from scratch. Every cake, cookie, brownie or muffin I’ve ever made has come in a cardboard box. So this was my first bread making experience. The first ingredient I opened was the active dry yeast and I was not ready for the pungent smell that it had. I was just hoping that the smell would not linger on my baguettes. The process of mixing was attempted by my hand mixer. The dough was becoming thick and the harder the mixer worked the harder the dough fought back, then the mixer popped like a light bulb and stopped working. Next step, kneading. Kneading is not as easy as it seems on cooking shows. I wanted to take pictures of the process. Yeah Right! It was so sticky I couldn’t get it off my fingers and I was becoming frustrated. So, after kneading, the directions said to let it sit for an hour but for some reason I read, “refrigerate” for an hour. Needless to say the dough rising process never happened but I tried to shape the dough into breads anyway. I ended up making 4 different sized baguettes that looked more like calzones.
Today, I’m giving this bread baking thing a second try.