Adapted from a Sophisticated Gourmet recipe
My family has been hankering for bagels, but with the current crisis I am not going to rush out and buy some. Looking online, I found a reasonable recipe and I gave it a try. It was incredibly easy and put all of the store bought bagels to shame.
Karl’s New York Style Bagels
My wife Jan had a hunger for oat muffins/cookies. She sent me a recipe and I disagreed with almost everything about it—too much flour, oil, and sugar, not enough oats or cinnamon. While I very loosely based this on that recipe, I changed almost everything.
Karl’s Apple Oat Muffins
Wife Jan asked for oat muffins for breakfast, while I was up to my elbows in flour making hand pies, I said I would do it. Normally, I would make banana oat muffins with pecans and blueberries, but when I checked my supplies I found I had neither bananas nor pecans. However I did have plenty of pistachios and apricots—and a new variation of the recipe was born.
Karl’s Pistachio and Apricot Oat Muffins
Earlier this week I made beef and spinach hand pies. I ran out of filling and I was left with two lumps of dough. Thinking quickly I shredded some slices of ham and grated some cheese to fill the last two pies. Wife Jan asked me to make more, but not willing to make these pies exactly the same I decided to add some green onion.
Karl’s Ham and Cheese Hand Pies
For breakfast stick a poached egg in the hole
I have not posted in a while, between company and other commitments, I found I could cook or write about cooking. I love stuffed breads—a meal in a handy bread pocket, whether you call them samsa, pasties, samosa, or bierock—the major difference between all of these pocket breads is the type of starch that you use to wrap around the savory filling. These filling delights also have a second advantage in that—with one preparation—you can feed a family of three for several meals.
Karl’s Beef and Spinach Hand Pies
I am making caldo verde—“green soup” for dinner and—as I was looking at various recipes—people mentioned that Broa—Portuguese corn bread—was the normal side dish for this soup. My family has developed several food avoidances. Son-in-law Chris is currently avoiding starches, as a result I eliminated the potatoes from my soup. This bread gave me a way to provide a starchy dish for those not on his diet.
Karl’s Broa de Milho
Loosely based on a King Arthur recipe
Panettone is a classic Italian Christmas sweet bread. It has been a dish non grata in our house for years—since I almost choked to death on a dry commercial one on a Christmas long ago. Wife Jan thought that if I made a fresh one I would not have that problem. I had my usual problems with other peoples recipes, the quantities seemed a little off and I changed the dried fruits to those we had/preferred.
A few months ago, I made challah rolls and crackers for one of my dinners. This weekend Jan asked for a crab feast, so I thought I would make this delicious bread again. Instead of making a classic braided loaf, I decided to make challah dinner rolls with half of my dough for Miriam. I turned the rest of the dough into crackers to please my wife. Of course, I could not make it exactly the same.
Karl’s Saffron Challah Dinner Rolls/Crackers II