November 2, 2012
You guys. It’s hot chocolate season, and now that I’ve made it this way, I don’t think I can ever go back to powdered cocoa again.
I first had this style of hot chocolate when I visited Paris last Christmas. Tim and I shared a waffle and a cup of the thickest hot chocolate I had ever had, dipping the waffle pieces in the chocolate white and generally being deliriously happy.
(Sorry for the blurry pictures. Part camera wobble, part steam.)
This treat is more lot warm, thick ganache than the cocoa I’m used to back home. It’s thick enough that you can dip a piece of baguette in it, and the chocolate doesn’t completely soak into the bread. Crazy good as an afternoon snack.
September 10, 2012
Sometimes, I get infatuated with the idea of dessert recipes that are, shall we say, involved. I suppose I like the challenge. When my first-ever batch of macarons failed spectacularly, with gooey insides that stuck to the parchment paper and cracked, wrinkled tops, I ended up spending months making several batches of macarons every week until I got them perfect every time. I spent a sweaty summer day making puff pastry dough from scratch. I once made a towering croquembouche for no other occasion than that I was bored on a Saturday.
I kind of thought that lemon meringue tarts would be like that. I wanted to attempt these because the tartes au citron meringuée at the bakeries around our place are never as lemony or tart as I want them to be. My palate requires a strong acidic component to compete with that tall cloud of marshmallow-like meringue.
June 27, 2012
I am suffering a surplus of herbs. I know, poor me, right? Ever since I planted that herb box, we’ve been enjoying caprese salads made with fresh basil and omelets with chives, but there are a few herbs that are getting a little less use — specifically the thyme and rosemary. You know, roasting herbs. The chickens are so good at the rotisserie down the street that I haven’t really found a reason to get my oven rip-roaring hot and roast a bird of my own.
I saw this recipe on Food52 and thought it would be an interesting way to use some greenery that would probably go to waste otherwise. I didn’t realize that these little things would be so addictive. They’ve got that sweet-salty thing going for it, and also all that butter, but it’s really the herbs that make them. Not enough to make them truly savory, but enough to give them a little hint of je ne sais quoi, just a little herbaceous tingle. Delicious with a bit of tea.