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Re: Proud kitchen moments, anyone? .
« Reply #60 on: February 23, 2013, 05:31:04 AM »
I recently made steamed pork buns for Boyfriend. Because they took so long to make (my steamer only fit a couple in at a time, so it took nearly all day) I told Boyfriend that if he wanted these on a regular basis he was buying me an electric steamer. He took one bite, and said 'Well I guess I'm buying you an electric steamer then'.

I have also, finally, figured out how to make the perfect soft boiled egg and have toast, eggs and tea ready at the same time.

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« Reply #61 on: February 24, 2013, 07:12:29 PM »
This past week I baked chocolate macarons for the first time ever and they all turned out beautifully - no cracks on top and with the little "feet." I ran into a bit of a problem with the Mexican chocolate ganache when the chocolate split on me but I was thankfully about to save it and had enough to make truffles.

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« Reply #62 on: June 10, 2013, 07:58:07 PM »
DH bought me a Kitchenaid mixer today! Shiny red, on sale from Target + 5% off. I am so excited!

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« Reply #63 on: June 10, 2013, 08:03:29 PM »
You're going to LOVE it, ladyknight!! I have a red KA too, and I absolutely adore it. :)

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« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2013, 08:06:53 PM »
It was so funny, DH grabbed the last red one, went and told our pharmacist, who grabbed the last pink one! His wife had wanted one for years too!

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« Reply #65 on: June 10, 2013, 08:46:01 PM »
Hmm...I've got two, but for one of them I did have a bit of help!

1: Lemon meringue pie. Completely from scratch. My mother (the chef :)) helped me with the filling, or else it probably wouldn't have turned out AS amazing as it did! Unfortunately, I then discovered I don't care for lemon meringue pie...

2: My dad's birthday cake this year. Again, completely from scratch. Simple butter cake with chocolate frosting, both things I've never actually made before - nor have I ever frosted a cake! However...



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« Reply #66 on: June 10, 2013, 08:53:47 PM »
Lovely! I love lemon, and need to make a lemon cake soon.

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« Reply #67 on: June 12, 2013, 08:08:09 PM »
I have another one. Mint chocolate chip pancakes. :) I got the recipe here, but if you try it, be aware they aren't going to taste very minty! I'd up the extract to 3/4 teaspoon if you really want a noticeable mint taste.

They're so indulgent, though...
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« Reply #68 on: June 12, 2013, 09:26:29 PM »
White chocolate buttercream! I made it from scratch for cupcakes that I then shared with my family, co-workers, and the pastor and his wife - to rave reviews! For the cupcakes, I did a simple dress-up from a box mix, and no one had ANY idea! I even had one coworker comment that she was glad I had been the one in charge of the cake this time, because she hates box mixes; they're too dry! I had a really good inward laugh at that one!

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« Reply #69 on: June 13, 2013, 07:03:22 AM »
I really enjoy cooking, and usually what I cook comes out fairly tasty. I don't tend to do much baking, though, and I work on an ad-hoc system - add a bit of this, a bit of that, and see how it goes.

I think my proudest moment recently was when I made a potato gratin for my ILs and my BIL (who trained as a chef) took a huge second portion and then scraped the plate clean.
 
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« Reply #70 on: June 13, 2013, 07:35:26 AM »
My Aunt used to make the most wonderful meringue cookies.  They would literally melt in your mouth but contained intact chocolate chips. 

When Aunt died, she took the secret with her.  Even her daughter didn't know the recipe and she tried everything she could think of. 

Just by chance, I stumbled on a recipe for 'forgotten cookies'.  That was what Cousin needed.  The secret is that you prepare the meringues, put them into a Pre-heated oven and then turn off the oven. 

Cousin was thrilled that she could reproduce her Mother's prized cookies. 

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« Reply #71 on: December 25, 2014, 05:08:32 AM »
Hope no one minds me dredging up this again. All I could find was the spin off thread.

Anyway this week I've been making mince pies.

For those not familiar, these are little pies filled with fruit mince.

I made the mince a few weeks prior with raisins, sultanas, currants, candied peel, slivered almonds, butter, sugar, citrus peel & juice, and brandy. I left it to macerate. Then last week I made a very short pastry. I bought an appropriate tin and churned out several batches of pies and my word, they were delicious. I can never just buy them again. I took 50 to a family gathering last week and they were universally adored.

I know you shouldn't brag about your cooking, but these were a reasonable amount of work, so, I was happy that they were so delicious.
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« Reply #72 on: December 25, 2014, 07:08:11 AM »
Most of mine were in the SCA when I cooked for events.  I once got 120 people to eat brussels sprouts.  Considering how many people say they hate these Barbie cabbages I considered that an achievement.

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« Reply #73 on: December 25, 2014, 07:24:22 AM »
Hope no one minds me dredging up this again. All I could find was the spin off thread.

Anyway this week I've been making mince pies.

For those not familiar, these are little pies filled with fruit mince.

I made the mince a few weeks prior with raisins, sultanas, currants, candied peel, slivered almonds, butter, sugar, citrus peel & juice, and brandy. I left it to macerate. Then last week I made a very short pastry. I bought an appropriate tin and churned out several batches of pies and my word, they were delicious. I can never just buy them again. I took 50 to a family gathering last week and they were universally adored.

I know you shouldn't brag about your cooking, but these were a reasonable amount of work, so, I was happy that they were so delicious.


 I know exactly what you mean!
 This year for the first time ever I decided to make a traditional English Plum Pudding. ( being raised in the rural Southern US it was something I had never been exposed to.... regular fruitcake yes, but not EPP).

So a month ago on stir up Sunday  I chopped up my fruits ( dried currants, sultanas, figs dates and prunes) and added my liquor Lots of port wine and some cream sherry) and left to soak overnight. The following day I measured the spices, ground the breadcrumbs, chopped the suet etc.   When the batter was all mixed up  I put it into my new specially ordered pudding mold and set it up to steam for the  7 hrs. the recipe called for. ( I used Nigella Lawson's  recipe, with a substitution of the called for alcohol)

 It has been maturing since Nov. 24th, and last night I put it on to steam for the final 2 hrs. After dinner I finally unmolded it to much fanfare from my family.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!! Steamy warm with a nice soft bit of wobble to it.  It was delicious.
It will become one of our regular traditions in years to come!


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« Reply #74 on: December 25, 2014, 07:56:34 AM »
Oh caroled, that sounds divine. Did you flame the pudding before serving?

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