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Charcutepalooza April: The hot smoking challenge

This post is about the making of a sandwich.  Michael Ruhlman’s eggs Benedict from scratch, to be specific.  When he posted about it  the day before this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge (hot smoking) was announced, I wondered if smoked bacon might figure and was delighted that it did!  Neil and I decided to smoke some salmon […]

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Daring Cooks December: Poached eggs

Blog-checking lines: Jenn and Jill have challenged The Daring Cooks to learn to perfect the technique of poaching an egg. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I have never poached an egg. Oh, sure, I have one of those microwave egg poachers but that’s not the real deal, right?  Neil is the expert […]

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International Incident Party: Eggs

For this month’s International Incident Party, Penny challenged us to work with eggs.  I have to admit this had me scratching my head as there are simply so many possibilities – sweet or savoury, I couldn’t decide.  What I *really* wanted to do was a soufflé but circumstances (including my blasted hand that is *still* […]

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Kitchen Bootcamp 1: Hollandaise Sauce

Basic Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients: •    3/4 cup clarified butter (warm) •    4 egg yolks •    Juice from 1 large lemon •    sea salt, to taste Method: Whisk the egg yolks in a stainless steel bowl for a couple of minutes, until the it is light and foamy (note: my yolks were so thick they never […]

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