Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Adventures in Cooking:

The Smitten Kitchen is one of the greatest food publications. Ever. I had never made one of her (her being Deb, the publication's writer) recipes before–until this weekend. Having nothing else to do, other than read a book all day. I proceeded to cycle my way to the grocery, buy some red wine (and drink half the bottle), a pint of vanilla soy ice cream (and eat the whole thing), as well as all the ingredients needed for an appetizing dinner. I decided to try my hands at one of her latest posts–the ever elusive Onion Tart with Mustard and Fennel. Seeing as how I've never purchased fennel and have no idea where to even begin looking here in Amsterdam–let alone know how to spell fennel in Dutch–I left the fennel out, and piled on some extra mustard for good measure instead. (Update, January 2014: If I could only being to explain how many times I haven eaten fennel since November 2008–countless.) While I don't have any pictures of my final baked creation (sadly it was too dark outside, and artificial lighting for photographing food is no good at all) I do have some pictures of the process, which was ever so enjoyable. The house smelt like simmering onion the rest of the evening–which was wonderful. I also had the chance to bake some bread this weekend; something I do most weekends, so that I have a fresh loaf for breakfast throughout the week ahead. This week: Cinnamon Raisin Bread.