Thursday, September 16, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-EIGHT OF COOKING COURSE

 I wanted to make the Italian Meringue today but I needed something to put it on. I decided to make a lemon meringue pie.  The crust came out okay but it was a rustic crust.  The lemon curd came out awesome.  That is my sweet spot.  The meringue didn't firm up enough but enough to put on the pie.  The pie tastes great.  

My neighbors will love this.  

I didn't have time to do anything else today. This really took up a lot of time.  More than I expected. I would make this again but make the meringue differently.

I was going to make another recipe but got all the way to taking out the ingredients only to find out one of the ingredients was missing. Ugh. Amazon says it will have it to me on Saturday.

Until tomorrow...


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

WHAT TO DO WITH TWO CANS OF CHICKPEAS?

 The past two days I made vegan meringues using the liquid from two cans of chickpeas.  That meant I had two cans of chickpeas with no liquid in my fridge that I needed to cook quickly before it went bad.  I put out a plea on social media for suggestions.  I received many suggestions from hummus to curry to fried chickpeas to soup.  I knew I didn't want to make another curry since I just ate one.  Then my friend of 30 years from Sweden wrote and gave me the recipe of a Chickpea Stew.  It sounded really good. It was a stew with a mix of curry and Thai.  Tonight I made it and it is delicious.  I substituted basil leaves with keifer leaves and put in diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes but the rest I kept the same.  So tasty. 

I had another day of lots of work.  I had planned to bake but found I had no time.  I dropped a plate of cookies and candies off to my neighbor.  

Lucky and I took a little walk between making this stew.  

Until tomorrow...


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-SEVEN OF COOKING COURSE

 Well, I did it.  I made the French Meringues.  They are Coffee French Meringues.  I did have a few hiccups but they look like meringues and they taste like meringues.  They are cooked and edible.  What more could I ask for?  


I had more work and walked a 2-mile DVD.  That was pretty much my whole day.  

Until tomorrow...


Monday, September 13, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-SIX OF COOKING COURSE

 I had a ton of dishes to wash this morning after a work presentation.  All that cooking yesterday produced a ton of dishes. I wanted to get a short baking item completed so I made French Meringues.  I thought this should be easy but a French recipe got me again!  I took them out of the oven and they looked cooked but when I tried to get them out of the molds, they were not cooked through. Ugh!  Not another French baking failure!  

I did a little research and I think I know what went wrong, so I am going to do them over tomorrow. They tasted super good and I want to make them correctly.

Besides work and baking, that was pretty much my whole day.  I didn't walk because the cookies took over one hour to bake and I had a doctor appointment after they got out of the oven.

Until tomorrow...


Sunday, September 12, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE OF COOKING COURSE

 I made cookies, lots and lots of cookies.  I took the cookie dough that I made yesterday and rolled it out and made many, many little chocolate shortcrust cookies. They are super good with chocolate nibs and sea salt flakes on top. That sweet/salty cookie. They are the size of tea cookies.  



I also took Lucky for a one-mile walk.

I made a good dinner that I will show another day.  

Until tomorrow...


Saturday, September 11, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR OF COOKING COURSE

 Today was all about cooking.  Lucky and I did take a one mile walk and ran into some neighbors but other than that I cooked.  I made cocoa margarine for today's baking and for future baking.  I made Cremoso Passion - Passion Fruit Ganache on Coconut Shortcrust Cookies.  I made the coconut shortcrust cookies yesterday and iced them today.  The cookies are delicious with bits of coconut in them. They are soft on the inside. The ganache is just a bit tart and it pairs well with the sweetness of the cookie.  


Then I made the batter for the next cookie and it needed to chill.  I decided it was getting late and I am going to roll them and put them in the oven tomorrow.  

That was the whole day.  It doesn't seem like much but then I made a vegan burger for dinner and I was ready to put my feet up.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, September 10, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE OF COOKING COURSE

 Yesterday I mixed together Vegan Mango Passion Fruit Candy. It had to refrigerate for 12 hours.  Today I cut the fruit candy into shapes and rolled those shapes in citric sugar.  It made cute little candies where the taste reminds me of Sour Patch Kids.


I also made cookies but I will show you those tomorrow after I dress them up a bit. It was a busy day.

Last night there was a huge lightening storm and then a down pour.  So very strange for this time of the year.  It was so loud it woke me up.  Then today it was so overcast and cold most of the day. Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of the orange sky day when it looked like the apocalypse was happening.

I didn't get to walk with all the baking going on.  

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, September 9, 2021

VEGAN STUFFED RED PEPPERS

 Tonight I looked around to see what I could make for dinner. I saw the red peppers in the fridge and thought stuffed peppers. I cut the peppers in half and put them in a baking dish. I took cooked wild rice, diced teriyaki tofu, diced green beans, corn, and diced zucchini and put them in a bowl.  I added garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and sriracha.  I added this mixture to the half of peppers and put vegan cheese on top.  I put the baking dish in the oven and cooked it for 35 minutes.  I like my peppers crisp.  It came out great. It made a delicious dinner.


Lucky and I took a walk today. 2,000 more steps.  

I had a bunch of work to do day.  

I did a cooking course project but it needs 24 hours to chill before I can unveil it.  

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO OF COOKING COURSE

 One of the steps of the cooking course was to make a Vegan White Coconut Chocolate.  I thought how great it would be to put the white coconut chocolate on top of the Hazelnut Crumble Shortbread Cookies.  So I iced the cookies and it turned out amazing.  The cookies are melt in your mouth.  

I walked early today because I had things to do later in the day. It was a busy day with work.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

DAY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-ONE OF COOKING COURSE

 I am back to baking the Italian Pastry course.  I got some good news that I will be continuing this cooking course past the one year that I originally signed up for.  I am stoked mostly because I don't think I will be able to finish the current number of chapters in the original twelve months and the added another chapter and are about to add another chapter.

Today I baked Vegan Hazelnut Crumble Shortbread Cookies.  I had the option of making a hazelnut crumble that I would put on something like a cake or to make shortbread cookies.  I decided to make cookies and then tomorrow add something to those cookies.  It could be fun and exciting and delicious or it could be a complete fail.  Who knows?  

These cookies are crunchy and sweet.  They are rough and crumbly but really good.  They are not delicate cookies in that they are made from three different types of grain: rice flour, hazelnut flour and cornmeal.  

Lucky and I took a 2-mile outside walk today.  The air was very clear and we needed to get outside.

Until tomorrow...