Archive | June, 2009

For M

28 Jun

My dear friend M visited me last weekend. This is an annual tradition in which we get drunk (and regret it) and talk about life – our hopes and dreams – and give each other a little kick in the pants to reach our goals over the next year.

It is probably one of the most wonderful parts of the year for me. I look forward to it so much and I treasure our friendship and our candor with one another. We are so alike, yet so different, it is a perfect match.

As part of our weekend, we cooked Indian food (lots of it). Wonderful meals made better by having a native in the kitchen to teach me the tricks of the trade. This year we cooked from the Bollywood Cookbook which documents cooking from all over India through the eyes of famous Indian actors.

So in honor of her stay, I present

Mango Pickle Egg Salad

5 eggs, hard boiled

2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise (more or less to taste)

1 green chile finely chopped

2-3 Tablespoons Mango Pickle, finely chopped (more or less to taste)

Mash eggs, mayo, chile, and Mango Pickle together with a liberal dash of salt. Serve on lightly toasted wheat bread. enjoy!


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Deconstruction

27 Jun

Backwell steps

I am a poor blogger. I rarely post and when I do it is rushed and disconnected.

Thank goodness for Daring Bakers….not only does it make me blog, it makes me bake.  I take seriously the challenge to try and experiment with the recipes and I have a lot of fun doing it.

This months theme: Bakewell Tart.

A traditional British recipe for which I have a bunch of recipes (thank you Good Food Magazine).  But I wanted to make it my own.  So I took apart the recipe provided to us and put it back together as a layered dessert with stacks of almonds/blueberry/vanilla crunch, hence deconstruction.

Part One: Frangipane

An almond filling that acts almost like a cake. Typically, spread on top of the tart, I baked it separately making a sort of almond sponge cake.

Part Two: Blueberry Pate of Fruit

Inspired by Tartlette’s blog on pate de fruit I decided to try my hand at it. I had a freezer full of Maine blueberries (from last season) and since it is almost time to pick again I figured I would use up the last of them and try my hand at this lovely light candy.  It did not turn out so well. It never solidified into a true fruit jelly and I think I will eventually try my hand at it again. But it tasted lovely, I substituted lime juice which set off the berries very nicely.

Part Three: Sable Cookies

The base for my Bakewell tart was not a traditional pie dough but rather a sable cookie.  This not so sweet cookie, topped with vanilla sugar was the perfect crunch to off set the smooth and cakey topping.

bakewell_deconstructed

And now for the requisite tag and the recipe.

The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England.

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