marycrawford: 13 hour clock icon (yuletide iolaus)
My friendslist is full of posts about baking cookies and cobbler and things, and it's very festive and cheering. I thought I'd join in, because I made brownies today for the First Time Ever and they actually turned out pretty good; they fall apart a wee bit when you cut them, but they taste delicious, rich and squidgy and chocolatey.

Here's the recipe, from BBC cook Delia Smith, the most reassuringly reliable TV cooking person I know ("I'm always getting letters from people who think their brownies are not cooked", she says. Hee.) It uses four different types of nuts, but I just used 100g of walnuts instead, as I have a ton of those, and mmm, walnuts and chocolate just go together.

I don't really celebrate Christmas, but I am so excited about OMGWTFYULETIDE!! There's 920 stories lined up right now, and by tomorrow morning, we'll all be able to read them yay! (Note, time zones differ, but the archive is definitely opening on the 25th for most. You can always check the counter on the front page. *g*)

Everyone who wrote a story for the Yuletide challenge, or any of the other seasonal challenges: thank you, you rock! And those who went above and beyond the call and wrote pinch hits or stocking stuffers: thank you, you are fearless and made of awesome. [livejournal.com profile] astolat and [livejournal.com profile] elynross, who have cheerfully been putting in tons of work on this: GO YOU, and thank you so much. Wheeeee! Yuletide!

Experiment

Sep. 13th, 2006 03:55 pm
marycrawford: 13 hour clock icon (fingerpointing)
Bad news of the day: I am completely incapable of making fudge.

Good news of the day: I have just invented caramel syrup.

Mmm. *wanders off in search of icecream*
marycrawford: 13 hour clock icon (nicefishbylanning)
Somewhere in the past year, I discovered sushi. I love it so much that a once-a-month visit to my favourite small Japanese restaurant isn't enough, so in the weekends my SO and me often make maki ourselves.

(Maki are the long rolls that are usually cut into six or eight pieces; nigiri are the separate clumps of rice with nice cuts of fish on top. I like both, but nigiri are less easy to make, and we don't have enough variety of fresh fish to make it worthwhile.)

I thought it would be very difficult, but making maki is pretty easy. All you need are the right ingredients - rice vinegar, sushi rice, nori, really fresh fish and vegetables, and a bamboo mat to roll the maki on. Then, for eating it, you want some Japanese soy sauce, some wasabi and maybe some pickled ginger, just like in a restaurant.

Sushi pictures! )

My favorite recipe for how to make sushi rice and maki is in Dutch, but this one looks pretty good too.

Mmm.

Mar. 28th, 2005 01:15 pm
marycrawford: 13 hour clock icon (twankysmiles)
Made Eggs Benedict for breakfast today, following Delia's recipe. Delia Smith, if you've not heard of her, is a BBC TV cook who's very good at explaining how to make basic dishes as well as elaborate ones and staying calm no matter what. Me, I am very good at getting frustrated and bickering, so you can see that I need Delia in my life.

The Eggs Benedict worked out really well - we used fresh Turkish pide instead of toasted muffins, and while the poached eggs were a failure (probably because they were supermarket eggs and not fresh enough, or because I've never poached an egg in my life), we didn't care and just gently fried some instead. The bacon was fine and the foaming Hollandaise sauce...whoo. That looked just as it does in the picture, I swear, and tasted divine. And you can reheat it and even freeze the remainder, so we're going to do that and wait for asparagus season. Yum.

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