Tag: winter

Goulash-Hungary

Goulash-Hungary

Goulash is an iconic Hungarian dish, and the only Hungarian food most peasants people have heard of! Trying to work on being less of a food snob. Further bulletins as events warrant. I really wanted to make Goulash, especially since it’s freezing here. Stew is […]

Peanut Brittle- Haiti

Peanut Brittle- Haiti

So, it’s still winter. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like it’s been winter forever? I’m freezing, my skin is dry, and I want to wear a sundress, dammit! If you also feel like this winter has been dragging on for four […]

Christmas Tea Extras

Christmas Tea Extras

Here are quick recipes, photos, and monologues for all the stuff I didn’t take complete pictures of.

 

Here’s the whipped cream- I was going to make clotted cream, but the thought of leaving a dish of heavy cream in the oven overnight made me nervous. Still tasted good with scones!

Speaking of scones, I made this raspberry sauce to go with them. It’s literally just raspberries, and a little bit of water. I’d say about a tablespoon! You can add some sugar, if you like things sweet.

The last- and arguably most important thing- was the sandwiches. You can’t have high tea without sandwiches! You need them to cut all the sweetness. I used brioche buns, and made, respectively, pear and ricotta, roast beef and mustard, and radish egg salad. It was good.

P.S- My sister made merengues!

Cranberry Walnut Scones

Cranberry Walnut Scones

You can’t have high tea without scones! To be specific, these cranberry walnut scones. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to scones- I don’t like matcha, chocolate, or carrots. I’ve seen them all. To me, scones should have some fashion of dried […]

Shortbread

Shortbread

I went through a shortbread phase when I was 12. Not baking it, but eating it. I was obsessed. I think I got sick of it after a while- and I haven’t thought about shortbread until I was planning the menu. I always feel nostalgic […]

Truffle Hot Chocolate

Truffle Hot Chocolate

Oh, this was good. This was really good. Really, really good. You get my drift. I thought that little cups of hot chocolate would be the perfect way to end Christmas tea- I wanted shot glasses, originally, but none of our shot glasses can have hot liquid in them. Wimps. It still looked cute in little teacups, though! One day I’ll have hot chocolate shots. One day.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

2 cups truffles

1 ½ cups skim milk

¼ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Start by scalding the milk in a pot- heating it to the brink of boiling, but not boiling, because boiled milk is nasty. I hate the smell.

Now slice up the truffles, and drop them in. Stir them around and let them melt.The heavy cream is optional, but recommended- it’ll make for a really smooth, rich, creamy hot chocolate. I love making things smooth, rich, and creamy.

Splash in the vanilla- my sister would like to put it on the record that she thinks there should only be ½ teaspoon vanilla. I’m a vanilla fiend, so I say there should be 1 teaspoon. I’m also the blogger here, so I say how much vanilla there should be! Power goes to my head very quickly.

Serving the chocolate in a teapot with teacups is an adorable presentation-

and of course, topping it with tons of whipped cream is a must.

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

This is the first time I ever made marmalade, and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be! Zesting the oranges was a little labor intensive, and there may have been some tears when it wouldn’t thicken, but all in all, it […]

Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs

Another guest post by my mama! Baked eggs have been Christmas breakfast in our house for as long as I can remember- usually accompanied by a gingerbread house (storebought- I tried to make one from scratch last year, with disastrous results), and coffee for my […]

Cake Mix Cake (But Don’t Tell Anyone)

Cake Mix Cake (But Don’t Tell Anyone)

Right. Here’s how it went down. I, the ultimate food snob, made a cake mix cake. It wasn’t on purpose. It was going to go bad! And I wanted cake without putting any real effort into it. Holiday stress is getting to me. Well, my stress isn’t really caused by the holidays, but if I’m stressed out around Christmas, you bet I’m calling it holiday stress. Anyways! I needed cake. So I made a yellow cake. From a box. I got out a bowl. Dumped in the mix. Added some eggs, oil, and water. Poured it into a cute pan (makes 6 cakes, each one looks like a little house!). Baked it. I was too ashamed to take pictures. Eventually, my pride got the better of me, and I started making sauces and icing to cover up the shame cake. If you have neither the time nor the inclination to make cake from scratch, some fancy icing (that is also very low effort) will make people think you’ve put hours into it, when in reality you’ve been binge watching Friends and panicking about least squares regression lines, the economy, reading Kurt Vonnegut, and questioning your entire existence! Tis the season.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Basic Buttercream:

 

1 cup powdered sugar

1 stick butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Buttercream Flavoring

 

1 teaspoon instant coffee

 

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

 

5 peppermint candies

 

Caramel Sauce

 

(http://allthoseinflavor.com/mexican-chocolate-caramel-cake/)

 

Chocolate Ganache

 

½ cup dark chocolate squares

3 tablespoons butter

Start by making the buttercream. The butter should be completely softened- soft enough to smush it around like this. 

Throw in the powdered sugar in two halves, and mix it in.

It’ll look all crumbly and dry at first, but as you keep mixing, it’ll get nice and smooth. PSA: don’t use a whisk to make buttercream. It’s a no no. Use a rubber spatula. That’s how you go from the crumbly to the smooth.

Once you’ve reached the aforementioned smooth stage, pour in the vanilla. Mix that in, and you’ve got a pretty dang professional buttercream. Alternately, just use a store bought buttercream. What’s the point of trying? What’s the POINT?! Sorry. I’ve been reading a lot of Nietzche.

Anyways! Pour ½ tablespoon of water each into the coffee and spices. I’ve never made a coffee buttercream. Or a spiced buttercream. I was bored. Happens.

Divide the buttercream into three bowls, set the coffee and spices aside,

and then unwrap the peppermints, and throw them into a Ziploc. Grab a rolling pin, and whack them into pieces. You don’t want a fine powder, but you also don’t want anyone to break their tooth on a large chunk. Or maybe you do. I don’t know your life. You do you.

Throw the coffee, spices, and peppermint into their respective bowls, and mix them in.

 

Et voila!

 

 

Now, you can stop here, or you can be a little bit extra. Guess which one I did. Making ganache is really simple- just melt chocolate and butter over low heat. You can use a double boiler, and chop the chocolate, and make your own butter, and fashion the pot in your smithery, but I was running a little low on time. Entirely up to you! I also made a caramel sauce, but didn’t take pictures. Why? I have no idea. I imagine that’s the president’s response to questions about, well, everything. Foreign policy? The economy? Diplomacy? The pot I made the ganache in could probably give a better answer. Because it’s a pot, and it can’t talk, and I think we can all agree that silence is better than spewing a pile of racist, absurd tripe. Once you have all your sauces and icing and condiments (I’m not going to judge you for putting ketchup on your cake. Well, I am, actually, but I’ll do it quietly), go to town!

 

 

You can pipe the frosting on, make decorations, or just slather it on. Knock yourself out!

Lemony Roasted Vegetables

Lemony Roasted Vegetables

Holiday food is really heavy. It’s all cookies, bread, roast beef- you know, the good things in life. The holidays are also really time consuming. Between family, shopping, and decorating (also the good things in life), you don’t have much to yourself. So, logically, you […]