Good morning. How is your Hump Day going? I’ve been up for a few hours. The tween just had some cereal and the baby is, I suspect, still burrowed under her covers. Man can that girl sleep!
The three of us have been having a lovely spring break: Toy shopping, tea, outdoor play, and the latest…Beauty and the Beast. What a wonderful movie it was. It pretty much follows the original but there are just a few twists. I smiled throughout the whole film. I’m a big fan of Emma Watson. From seeing the trailers and ads on YouTube, I was a bit worried about the singing, but she did a terrific job. Oh boy was that Gaston a hunk! And I loved Dan Stevens as the Beast. From knowing him so well as Matthew Crawley, I could hear his voice and see his movements well.
Well it’s been a spell since the last What’s cookin’ good looking? post. There has been a couple of new recipes tried out in our kitchen:
- Thumbprint Cookies
I have mentioned before how one trip to the bookstore with her dad the tween picked up a highly discounted, cookie cookbook where there’s hardly any pictures (It drives me crazy when I can’t see what the final product is supposed to look like.). For her February birthday BFF’s, I let her choose what she wanted to get them; she chose to bake.
These thumbprint cookies Cupcake first made for a How-to speech for her communications class. The original plan was to have some for class and the rest for her girlfriend. However, because she used a scoop, she didn’t have enough and needed to have 24 for every student + the teacher to try. So another batch was made which of course my daughter was pro at, and she even baked a third for her uncle’s birthday. Our crew can attest that each time was yummy.
- Irish Soda Bread
When I was a teacher, every St. Patrick’s Day my Irish co-workers would gussy up the teacher’s lounge with a decorated table of goodies. I oinked out each time. Irish soda bread is something I had wanted to make for ages. This year I finally sucked up the courage to try Broma Bakery’s recipe.
What a great, learning experience for me. I was extremely worried when the dough was sticky. I worried even though I had followed each direction to the tee. The final results? Some pretty and good bread. I used whole wheat flour; next time I’d like to try either a mix of wheat and white, all white, or maybe even cake flour. The first day of eating this bread spread with jam was delicious. The next few days I would lightly toast slices before slathering them with PB or with apricot jam.
Afterwards, I had to satisfy my curiosity about the stickiness of my dough because other recipes I had looked at did it differently. I Youtube’d Irish Soda Bread and found a baker in Ireland whose dough was as sticky as mine. I was relieved I had gotten it right and thankful I had gotten good results.
- Banana Bread Waffles
So the four of us usually have the standard waffles when I’m in the mood to make them. I wanted to try something different for more flavor. I found Diethood’s recipe on Pinterest one morning.
I’m only showing you this shot, the side view of the stack. The reason why is a bit Jekyll and Hyde:
- Our breakfast was delicious! You can taste the banana and walnuts.
- The waffles got super dark in my waffle iron; the second batch I had tried a few minutes less but they still came out dark so they weren’t pretty to the eye, but tasty on our palettes.
Kimchi is another dish I have wanted to try for years. I found a simple way to take a step in through Beyond Kimchee‘s recipe.
It is easy. This photo is from the first batch where I had used Persian cucumbers. The seasonings were more abundant to consume because I had used small cucumbers and thus gave my Korean husband a kick.
I made a second batch, buying four, English cucumbers to double the recipe. The seasonings were more incorporated and so the kick wasn’t as strong. My man still liked it; it still had a baby kick for his palette. A neighbor of ours ate it with rice and said it wasn’t spicy at all so I dunno; to each his own, yeah?
It feels very good to catch up finally. I need to remember to post sooner. I have some new knitting and a small batch of cards to show you. I’ll put in calendar reminders for myself. Have a good Wednesday and TTYL!