in lieu of the shit i had thrown in my face last week, i've spent my time doing lots of cooking and baking...alas, i haven't but a few pics (and they aren't loaded up yet) to tempt you with. mmm food porn, i'd rather look at that than naked people any day.
buttermilk cookies, courtesy of this month's gourmet, were an absolutely hit. along with my infamous gingersnaps (without a snap), i think these will become a holly classic. they are easy and fun to make, and just ridiculously good.
pecan pie cheesecake, yum. oh my. a great cheesecake, and if you don't like pecans or pecan pie, just make the cheesecake part of the recipe itself. it's nice and caramelly tasting due to the brown sugar in place of granulated sugar. it makes a nice difference from a traditional one.
hmmm...i can't remember if i mentioned the rum cake or not yet...but this one is a must try. ali i know you would love it :) (note:if you are making this and use a cake mix with pudding already in the mix, don't put any additional pudding in and also just use 3 eggs and reduce the amount of oil to a third of a cup.) also...tip for the glaze, once you take the cake out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for 5 mins. then remove it from the pan, and poke some holes all around and on top of it. pour half of the glaze into the pan and put the cake back in the pan. then poke some holes around the bottom of the cake and pour the remaining glaze over it. allow this to soak for a couple hours, then invert it back out onto your serving platter. i then let mine sit overnight so it could soak up the glaze even more. it's so rummylicious. and also, it may seem like it will be too wet from all the glaze, but it's not, it's just the right amount.
the other day i made a wonderful din din for the family. homemade chicken pot pie turned out magnificent, mum said they're never having a marie calendar again :) accompanied by some teriyaki tempura green beans with a wasabi ranch dipping sauce. (i was trying to go for the green bean fries that they serve at Friday's now, and zing! hit the nail on the head)
then for jenna's last homecooked british meal here i got the honour of making a side dish to go with the roast beef and yorkshire pudding. so i came up with some balsamic braised brussel sprouts with caramelized onions, apples, and bacon! hummanuh hummanuh, i promise if you have never enjoyed brussels or have been scared to try them, you would enjoy these! it was so fun, i had been looking over various recipes for brussels, and borrowed various aspects of a couple to come up with these.
and you all know how amazing the yeast rolls are at o'charleys? tried out this copycat recipe and they turned out just like them! the smell was amazing. when i made them i just put balls in a muffin tin (it yields about 12) but next time i think i will just freeform them onto baking sheets so that more of the dough is exposed to the heat, so they have that nice crust all around like the ones at the restaurant.
i'm sure there are some other things i am missing too...but this will do for now :)
...oh, we were looking through some old pictures and there was one of my fave ones of me...i was about 7 or so, helping mum make hot cross buns (a yearly tradition) and the picture is of me kneading, aka punching the heck out of, the dough. i think i'll ask dad to scan the picture in so you can see, cuz i like it :) but yeah, so robsy said that it will have to be the image for my future restaurant/bakery/catering company/whatever my food ventures turn into...