I'm going to end up doing 3 recipes today. It'll mean I only have one to do before my challenge is finished! =D I don't mind being ahead of schedule - it gives me breathing space in the last week of classes and the lead-up to Christmas.
I'm not doing them all this morning, so I'll edit this post tonight when I've done the other two.Recipe #49
is gingerbread. Apparently this recipe is a bit different because the cookies start of quite firm but soten up over the course of a week or two, making them perfect for Christmas decorations! You bake 'em up, decorate them, hang them, then eat them! :-)
I messed it up a bit to start with. For some reason I decided that half of a 100g block of butter weighed 500g, so I ended up only putting 75g of butter into the original mixture. Oops. Luckily I figured it out after I noticed that the mixture was far too dry to be of any use and was able to add the rest in.
I tasted a bikkie that had lost its tail before it ever went into the oven, and it was quite yummy :-) These guys will be decorated tomorrow morning (Phil's mum will be making a massive batch of royal icing so we're going to play with that) and then they'll go on our tree!UPDATERecipe #50
is roast beef. Sure it only has 3 ingredients, but it still counts! :-p I drizzled the roast with olive oil, then I rubbed some salt in it. I also put some flour on it, because apparently this helps the fat become crispy or something.Recipe #51
is creamed spinach, which I got in my "commonsense guide to vegetarian cooking". It involved spinach (no surprise there), pure cream (no surprise there either), and garlic. It will have some grated parmesan on it as a garnish when it is served. It was pretty simple and should be tasty!Recipe #52
is a red wine gravy, which is a modified version of this one
, as I didn't have eschalots or green peppercorns.
And THAT'S IT! XD I have completed my challenge, well ahead of time!!!
The main goal of this was to improve my confidence in the kitchen and increase me repertoire. I've done both, but the first I don't feel has been done to my satisfaction. This means I'll be continuing the challenge next year, starting in the first week of January :-)
Now, I have something else to reward myself for!