Cooking


Work Bake Off 2018

Work had a bake off thingy and I managed to come in second. The winner did bread pudding that included whisky - this was a reminder that just like in writing you need to know your audience! The cookbook for my selection of cookies is based off my Thanksgiving cookbook template.

Thanksgiving 2018

I had this idea I would start doing more regular blog posts last year but that seems to have failed. Maybe next year! I had help with this year’s troff adventures so thanks to Catherine for this year’s 2018 cookbook. There are some recipe errata I need to do - but those are all mine. Essentially I winged (sorry) the turkey burritos on the day and what I actually did vs what I vaguely considered doing early Saturday morning did not line up.

Thanksgiving 2017

Another adventure with troff generated a menu. By all reports people had a good time. I was a bit more adventurous this year and did biscuits - a variation on Allen’s. This meant I had to cook one dish 10 minutes before dinner so timing of everything else became a bit more strict. It worked however and people liked them. The rice cooker and the slow cookers really did make the timing issue less stressful this time.

Thanksgiving 2016

A little known fact: Irish Thanksgiving is the Saturday following the American Thanksgiving. The legend goes that after the rather sterile and serious Puritan Thanksgiving a few of the Irish attendees hopped on an Aer Lingus flight back to Ireland a few days later and had a proper dinner and craic. No idea if it’s true or not of course, but sounds plausible. Before filling the feeding troughs this year, I took a stab at some troff and produced a menu for tomorrow’s festivities.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

One of the neatest bits of my first trip to Denmark wasn’t Legoland amazingly enough. It was a place that did liquid nitrogen ice cream. Istid is this little shop on a residential street in Copenhagen. Happily the street I was staying with a friend on! The setup is simple: on a counter behind glass are four brightly coloured Kitchen-Aid mixers; opposite them is a chalkboard explaining the four flavours of ice cream with toppings they offer.

Turkey leftovers (part 1 of many I suspect)

For holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas I sometimes become overwhelmed with tradition and get turkey. I inevitably curse myself for doing so about 5 minutes into preparing it. Turkey, to me, doesn’t taste good and it’s generally not any fun to cook with as it’s almost always huge - even when you’re lazy like me and just get a crown. This year I decided to stirfry it. Yes, that was a lot of cutting.