I would’ve taken photos of this recipe, but it came out smelling so good and I was just so hungry that it got…
And trust me when I say it was absolutely delicious.
I keep my recipe cards pretty simple. I usually spend hours surfing the vast ocean that is the internet in search of recipes that sound tasty, then I jot them down on these little cards. Since I like to think of myself as a pretty competent cook (ha!) I tend to keep them pretty bare and simplistic, giving me a chance to improvise and change things up in the kitchen.
For example – for this soup recipe, I decided to cook the bacon first and after it was all crispy, I removed it and cooked the leeks, carrots etc. in the remaining bacon fat.
I totally suggest you do this as it really ties all the yummy flavours together.
Plus, doesn’t everything taste better fried in bacon fat?
I used to be really into World of Warcraft, like really into it.
One of the things I took from my time in the realms of MMORPG’s (massive multiplayer online roleplaying games for the uninitiated), was the whole idea of levelling up. I would spend hours grinding away at NPC mobs in order to level up my huntresses agility, undertaking quests to increase my health, fighting against other players to get to the next level. It didn’t take long to realize that life is pretty much the same (apart from there being less orcs, elves and gnomes).
Levelling up your real life skills is essential and the other day, being the crazy baker I am, I decided to level up my piping skills. In the grand scheme of things, being good with a piping bag may not get you far, but it’s certainly something I’ve long thought of being a master at. Plus, I’d never made meringues before, so when I found this recipe over at the Joy of Baking website, I decided I couldn’t resist.
And who doesn’t love cute,mini mushrooms?
Needless to say, it wasn’t a complete success, being my first time making meringues and my first time really using my piping bag (unless you count my past, messy cupcake frosting attempts – please don’t), but they tasted delicious and I think they look pretty cute 🙂 My first attempt came out looking like a reject from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory:
The directions on the JoB page were a little daunting. I’m no perfectionist, more of a get ‘er done type of girl, so I used a tip for my bag that was too small (it was all I had) and I probably could have spent more time finishing them off, smoothing the tops and making sure they all stood up on their own (which they sure didn’t). I sprinkled them with a little cocoa and attempted to smudge them slightly to get that mushroom-y feel, but alas, they just look like meringues with cocoa on them. Luckily for me, my fiancee (the lucky recipient of my baking trials and errors) proclaimed them delicious and ate the lot.
+1 for my piping skill 🙂
Have fun levelling up! xo