This is the way I LOVE to cook! Wasn’t really planning anything for dinner, maybe even just hitting up a restaurant. Walking through the grocery store to pick up a few items for the test kitchen, I saw a HUGE pile of turnips with the greens still attached. I’d never cooked turnips these were local, fresh, and beautiful — I had to cook them!
I didn’t remember to take a pic at the store, but here’s what I brought home:
I also grabbed a chicken and a bit of bacon and got to work.
After butchering the chicken, I marinated the legs and thighs in hot sauce. Chopped and braised the greens in bacon fat and white wine. While that was going in the pressure cooker, I boiled the turnips and smashed them with butter and black pepper.
Here are the results:
Friends & Blog Readers,
I need your help! I’ve decided to put my cooking and plating skills to the ultimate test: I’ve entered as a contestant in Season 2 of MasterChef. If you haven’t seen it, MasterChef is a amateur cooking competition judged by Gordon Ramsey (Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word), Graham Elliot (youngest ever 4star Chef in the USA), and Joe Bastianch (Italian Restaraunteur). They’re looking for skilled home cooks with little to no formal training…I think I fit the bill, and hopefully I’ll get to compete on the show!
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Along the way I’ll keep you posted on my progress — Read: you’ll get to see plenty of food porn along the way. Also, as always, I’m happy to share any recipes/techniques you find interesting.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Finally, a success! First batch of pate choux (ever) was too loose and burnt, then the Carmel wasn’t hot enough to crack…
Started over today and here are the results: they’re filled with a egg nog creme and topped with vanilla Carmel
Fresh vanilla bean and creme cheese.
The crust is 17% crushed almonds, 43% vanilla wafers, and 50% Graham.
Served with fresh sliced strawberries and Shiraz glaze
Sugar wasn’t quite hot enough…need to give assembly another go
Having never had them before, I decided to give it a crack…mostly to experiment with making hollandaise sauce. The sauce was the only thing I kept traditional.
Not being a big fan of them, I replaced the customary english muffins, I did a blue cornmeal hoe cake filled with roasted corn, roasted [and seeded] jalepeno, and scallion. I pan fried these in butter.
I was about 8 years old at my grandparent’s house the last time ate Canadian bacon… needless to say i didn’t have any just laying around. I did have a spicy lamb and pork linguisa sausage (left over from my scottish egg experiment) which I thought would do nicely. I pan fried it whole, then sliced it about 1/4″ thick.
No poached eggs here, I went Sous Vide at 62.2C…although the immersion circulator crept up to 64C once…no worries the yolks were still right at the edge of custardy and the whites silky smooth. I can’t imagine how a poached egg is better than this.
Enough talk, here are the results! (played around with plating a bit…which one do you like best?