Sunday, March 27, 2011

This is Why the State Requires that I Wear Corrective Lenses While Driving

I've had this crumpet recipe for years, but I'm juggling dough and poultry here.  I wanted to make crumpets for breakfast, then have a kolache-making party while the turkey bakes.  So, I set up the kolache dough in the bread machine, then used my own hands for the crumpets.  I should have been able to handle it.  I also should have made a double batch, with 5 hungry people in the house.  When I went to make a second batch of crumpets, I used the "1-1/4 cup" measurement of water for the kolaches, instead of the "1/4 cup" that the crumpet recipe called for.

I added more sugar, flour, some vanilla, salt, and two egg yolks, covered My Big Yellow Bowl (MBYB) with Saran Wrap, and stuck it into a warm oven to rise.  Fifteen minutes in, I'm afraid to look.  I'm great at culinary improvisation, but when you're dealing with yeast, I'm not quite as confident.  I usually just use the bread machine.

I'll let you know how it turns out.


  1. They turned out great.

    "Honor thy mistake as a hidden intention."
    --from Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's "Oblique Strategies"

  2. I know - the second batch was so much better than the first! Maybe I should amend the original recipe for dumbasses like me.


Scram, bitch, I'm on a break.

Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves