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06 October 2008 @ 08:20 pm
Adventures in the Kitchen  
The last few weeks, I've had a few adventures with food and related topics.

Millet
So... for the longest time I thought it would be funny to give doc_jock  and mateobard some millet cakes to feed their lackeys. However, I never had time and means at an event where they were both going to be there with lackeys in tow. :( So I finally decided I'd just make some for doc_jock  when he was in town last week... First of all, the texture of millet is like sand, it is the strangest thing I've kneaded. And then I tasted the dough! Blech! Like slightly nutty and moldy sand. I added sugar, and honey, and currants, and... well, pretty much anything I could think of that might help. Awful. Just wretched. And THEN, when it was left to rise, the dough crackles, like a bowl of Rice Krispies. Baked, the cakes were not any better, shockingly enough... and when forgotten on my kitchen counter for a week, they turned a most appalling shade of blue...

Cauliflower

Speaking of odd colored food, I tried some purple cauliflower, just out of curiousity. Still vile. :P

Misc.
And there were some other fun "experiments" that resulted in satisfactory products and a lot of giggles, but that's not my tale to tell. ;) It was some bastard hybrid of art, science, and cooking and was a wonderful fun release after the horror that was the Palin/Biden debate.

Margarita!

I was in Target doing some shopping for the weekend and bemoaning the fact that I still had a lot of margarita mixers leftover from last week but no high-powered blender since Michael took his back to the Resort, when I turned a corner and was faced with the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen - a Margarita mixer! In kitchen green! On clearance! I can see a sign from the gods when it's right in front of me, so now I have a margarita mixer of my very own. :)




Fry Bread
I'd never made fry bread before, but via the power of teh intarwebz I got a recipe and tried it this Sunday. Once I got the heat of the oil right, it went pretty well. Once I had the flash of inspiration to fry some of the cakes in the leftover bacon grease, they were fabulous. ;)  A little extra butter on top, since they weren't greasy enough don'tchaknow, and they were nummy. Now I'm eager to try one of the recipes that results in a cake with a bubble in the middle so you can fill it like a pita.

Cake(s)
I also made a pretty good cake for Saturday night  - dark chocolate boxed mix with extra Hershey's Special Dark thrown into the batter with a dark chocolate and whiskey glaze. I didn't really follow any recipe for the glaze - just dumped Hershey's Special Dark, vanilla syrup, Scotch, and butter into a pan until it melted nicely and tasted right.

It didin't create as shiny a cake as I had hoped, but it was still pretty:



The "terrain" was buttercream frosting, for those who wanted something sweet to cut the bitter of the chocolate.

EDIT:   Cake #2 - I almost forgot!   This one I am actually pretty proud of - I recently also made my mama's pineapple upside-down cake. :)   It was a childhood favorite and I think I did it justice...




Altogether, more wins than not and, while most of the items have been consumed, I have a shiny new appliance for future parties! :)

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birdkillerladybirdkiller on October 7th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
blue? I wonder why they'd turn blue.

also- I made some pita and the recipe I used had you cook them in a hot hot oven on a pre-heated sheet and they turned out really good

and- how did you do with getting the cake out of the pan? I've scored about 50% with that pan
eithni: peekabooeithni on October 7th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Blue = fascinating mold

These were not pita - they were Native American Fry bread - there just is apparently a type that comes out like a pita.

This was my first try and I just sprayed the bejesus out of it with Pam with Flour. CLEANING it was still a treat, but it slipped right out like a greased pig.
Gwynethgwyneth1362 on October 7th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Ditto on the spray and cleaning - I've had good luck that same way.
Mark Gordonmtgordon on October 7th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I've been eating quite a bit of millet lately, served as a starchy side dish. In general, I prefer buckwheat, but a bit of a change once in a while isn't a bad thing.

I still mentally associate millet with birdseed, though.
eithni: ?!?!?!?eithni on October 7th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
I think that might be part of my issue too. :P But the ground meal is just... so very oddly textured... blech.
Wren: girdevikat on October 7th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Puris (Indian - dots,not feathers - Fry Bread) are pretty good. You use this really fine whole wheat flour, and roll them into balls before you roll them out. And when you drop them in the hot oil, they puff up like a balloon. If you want, I can try to get "Aunt" Shashi's recipe from Mom.
eithni: peekabooeithni on October 7th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
This was supposed to be Indian (feather, not dot) fry bread, but I'm game for trying a tried-and-true recipe. :)
mightyjessemightyjesse on October 7th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
My friend Alec, who you recently met at the fish fry, works as an electronic pit boss in a series of Native American Casinos.

He specifies Indian as either "tech support" or "casino". I find this hilarious since we used to work with the "tech support" variety of Indian together so the first time he dropped that one in conversation I knew exactly what he was talking about.
eithni: excellenteithni on October 8th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
He specifies Indian as either "tech support" or "casino".

Love it!
Cat Dancerpixel39 on October 7th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Millet is tastier if you toast it first.
eithni: ?!?!?!?eithni on October 7th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
It was the texture I had the biggest problem, actually...
zandoriazandoria on October 7th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Have you tried broccoflower yet?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broccoflower
eithni: meaneithni on October 7th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Broccoli is tasty.

Cauliflower is evil.

Broccoflower is the spawn of the devil.
zandoriazandoria on October 7th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
I like all 3. Where does that put me? :)

Course, I also like Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, and cooked Cabbage. I will not eat Beets. No way, no how.
eithni: inferno eyeeithni on October 7th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Tasty evil? ;)

Brussel Sprouts - yes, Spinach - raw only, Cabbage - no, beets - rarely.
doc_jockdoc_jock on October 7th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
The cake was great!

The millet was funny!

The Fry bread almost made me cry, especially when cooked in the bacon fat...my word!

eithni: peekabooeithni on October 7th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) I like having people to cook for!
Patti Reardonreardp on October 9th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Christ, that margarita mixer is like manna from Eithni heaven! Too funny!