"Tomorrow Never Dies"
Mar. 27, 2013 6:47 pm
Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 1:57 pm
Ok, so I "borrowed" the title of the James Bond movie, but it does rather describe where I'm at this evening! Seems I'm having one of those "off" days, in that everything I attempted to do in the crazykitchen today met either the garbage disposal, or
Mr Trash Can! I'm sure I'm not alone with this... at least I would HOPE that I'm not the only cook who goes awry from time to time!
Let me back up a bit... Yesterday I had planned on juicing a number of lemons that had fallen off the tree... but I got busy, and thought "there's always tomorrow!" Today, I was semi-surprised that the mail carrier delivered one package expected from "Amazon.com"
right as predicted - I simply didn't awake this a.m. thinking "oh goody, I get new toys today." I simply awoke with food on my mind! How odd? I've been looking for some sort of "forms" that I could use on a non-stick griddle, to hold batter for... eggs,
or pancakes - but most importantly, I've been wanting make English crumpets. Rather than purchase metal rings, I opted for silicone, which is a baking medium I've never used before. They work wonderfully, btw. Too bad the recipe I used failed miserably!
Who knew that my more traditional (of 2 British cookbooks) would let me down? I suspected that the recipe was faulty when I mixed 2/3 cup of liquid to 2 and a 1/2 cups of flour, which was supposed to make a batter, not a DOUGH!
Still, I forged on. I added about another cup of liquid, and still the batter was odd. Pourable, but odd! Off I went with my new forms. The crumpets began to cook, and bubble. Ok, that looks about "right." When the tops were "dry" I removed the forms,
and flipped the crumpets, which by that time were barely golden on the bottom, let alone browned. Huh, "5 minutes, flip, 3 more minutes, done" is what the recipe said. The clock ticked on... After about 20 minutes, the bubbles had all disappereard (which
in my opinion is what makes a "crumpet!") and STILL could have browned longer... By this time, once the first batch of 4 had cooled some, I spread one with butter, and bit into it, expecting that sensation so often felt during those years in England. The
dough/batter seemed uncooked in the middle, they were heavy as hockey pucks despite being only 1/4 inch x 3 inches! Meet Mr Trash Can! I also tossed the remaining batter, feeling somewhat defeated...
Should I begin a new batch? By this time it was approaching 5pm, and frankly, I just gave up. I could try to make some butter now, for the mystery muffins... Nope! Should I juice those darn lemons? Figured I'd break the electric juicer, so Nope! Continue
with my dinner menu of fried chicken? FORGET IT! Out of the frige came two l/o country style pork ribs, tossed a large spud into the toaster oven on the convection setting for a baked potato... Pull out a can or frozen veg's, and call it good, before I
wreck all of the food in the house!
Going on the assumption that "Tomorrow Never Dies," I can try all of this stuff again after a good night's rest, and a fresh outlook! Disheartened, sure... DEFEATED, never!
Regarding my other "experiment" that has now been in progress for 1 week, 3 days, the kraut is starting to smell "sour," but as yet hasn't really made many bubbles, which I expected as the cabbage fermented. I've also added brine, and skimmed some odd looking
stuff off the top a couple of times. I am attempting to keep all of the "conditions" at an optimum, at least per all that I've read on the subject. Seems the perfect time of year for me to attempt this, needing little heat at night, and no cooling by day.
Hope that the ceiling fan isn't disrupting the process, but I do have a double thickness of bath towel over the top of the container... Needless to say, after the day I've had, I'm hesitant to even lift the towel to check on the progress!
So, good days or bad, be happy, be healthy, be crazy!