Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Not for You!

My sister in law LOVES these bagels. Any mention of making a batch sparks a ridiculous excitement in her. I will admit, they are good... which makes it even more difficult to save them for her. See, at most times in my household, there are between 1-4 adult males wandering the kitchen, opening cupboards, and looking in the fridge for food. Even if they're not particularly hungry, if it's food, and it's not nailed down, they will eat it. Here's where the slightly threatening notes come in. The only chance to possibly keep something from being eaten.
Yesterday, I decided to whip up a batch of bagels for my lovely sister in law. As I was making them, several people swarmed the kitchen, "Whatcha makin'?" "When are they ready?". I explained they were for Laura, and put my brother (her husband) in charge of keeping them for her. He must have learned something from my notes, because he made a nice own of his own! And the bagels did make it to her in one piece!
The recipe I use is from the King Arthur Flour Baking Companion. I usually egg wash them, and make a few different kinds - poppy, sesame, cheese etc. For the cheese, I add it in the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent it from burning. Tasty!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thai Chicken Slaw

I wanted a quick, light dinner tonight, so I made this recipe from Wives with Knives that I had saved in my recipe folder. It was very refreshing and yummy. The only thing I might suggest is upping the lime juice a bit, and decreasing the soy a tad...the dressing was a touch too salty for my taste. Now I have room for a little treat with my evening tea!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Anniversary Cake!

My brother and his wife celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on the weekend, so I used it as an excuse to bake a cake. I made the cake for their wedding last year, and I thought it would be a cute idea to recreate the top tier. My brother is a huge carrot cake fan, so I used this recipe from King Arthur Flour (love them!). If i had my way, I would have thrown raisins, walnuts, toasted coconut and maybe even pineapple in their, but he's a purist, so that was a no go. The cake was delicious though, very moist too. Their wedding cake was covered in fondant, which i fully intended to do this time, but it tore while i was trying to put it on. Now, I'm not the most patient person, so straight into the trash it went. I used the leftovers to make those cute little pearls at the bottom though!