Within a blink of an eye I could probably write 1000 words on baking cakes, cupcakes and other sweet treats. I just love to bake. Cooking on the other hand, not so much. To me, cooking is so tediously about 'balancing flavours' and for all the time and effort you put in, you get, what? One meal? No thank you. Baked treats last a fews days or at least easily manage to feed 8 people. Have you tried cooking dinner for 8 people? That's tough work.
Over the past year though, especially since moving into a flat with a decent kitchen, I have found it enjoyable to cook dinner about once a week. This is big news!
The blog Smitten Kitchen has been the biggest help with this. I used to just look on there for posts about cakes and sweets, and never found a fault with any of the recipes, so I decided to give a few dinner recipes ago.
The first was the beef chili and sour cream biscuits. Oh-Em-Gee - My husband loved it so much - I've remade this 5 times this year (that's a BIG number ok!). The other night I even experimented (gasp!) and used turkey mince to make it healthier and Bang! it was a big success. I even had to draw on my baking knowledge on what to do when I realised I didn't have sour cream for the biscuits (the substitute is to put the same amount of cows milk in a cup, squeeze in a wedge of lemon and let it sit for 10 minutes, then use as normal).
The true success of this recipe is that I once made 2 batches of it for a dinner party of 8 people. One batch was as per the recipe, the other was adapted to be vegetarian. All was going well until I burned the bottom of the vegetarian pot. BUT it was all fine as it ended up having a 'smokey' flavour which I tried to pretend was intentional, but after a glass of wine I confessed to my guests.
silky cauliflower soup. It's a creamy looking soup without cream! tah dah!
I hope you enjoy them too.