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To celebrate my new state of not-having-to-work-on-sundays-for-my-mother, I did something I'd been wanting to do for a while--made the nicest breakfast I could for some of my dear friends and roommates--baktre, auliya, kaanah, twistdbutterfly, April, Badger, Butterfly's squeeze j395boyko, (gasp for air) and my sister Jelli, who hadn't even been to my house since I moved out two-point-something years ago were there. She even brought my/her dumb dog, Bella.

Amazingly enough, I got the quantity of food right, but not quite in the manner I predicted. After messing up one sauce and probably losing four of them due to trying to cook with three hands but only having two, I ended up using 45 eggs some total (I bought 42). That's a bit short of my personal record of 112 eggs when I was baking a s**tload of pumpkin pies for a church, but I'm still proud of the figure. First "course," a double-tray of 48 home-made sweet rolls. Those went off without a hitch. Second course, eggs benedict. I ended up with two servings of that left over, and the hollendaise sauce was kinda funky, but not bad for a first attempt. Third course--Austrian Busctlen (I don't know how to spell that!) with little puffy fluffballs of biscuit floating on vanilla custard. Not totally happy with that, but only because I've made that one enough to get it right--I overcooked the custard, overdid the biscuits, and used too much flour in the dough, but they were still tastey.

Somehow, I've got a reputation for cooking more than I need to prepare. I can't think why. And I did, there were leftovers all over the kitchen. But as she was packing to leave, my sister called her friend, who reminded her that she had a potluck luncheon to go to, she took a full tray of sweet rolls with her. Then me and Butterfly had the leftover Busctlen for dinner, and 395Boyko had the last two sweet rolls--after all that madness, and an Eggs Benedict fed to the dog, that left me with eight Busctlen biscuits left. And I even un-destroyed the kitchen, putting it in the state it was in the night before.

Yes! Symmetry!


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Feb. 9th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
personal favorite: seafood benedict. replace the ham with a handful of cooked crabmeat and/or shrimp.

make sure the yolks are runny. mmmmm.....

The trick to hollandaise sauce is heat control. too much, you end up with scrambled eggs and butter. ick. My spouse kicks holladaise's ass.
Feb. 9th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
It was good sauce, a teensy bit grainy, my big problem with it was that I put in too much lemon, and the pepper didn't quite blend in. It would have been particularly good on seafood benedict, what with basically being lemon-butter :) My sister loved it, which is all I could ask for in my dreary life, so I'll stop bitching. Anyway, first attempt :) Yes, yolks just about perfectly runny.

I did use a double-boiler (I wish I could find my real double-boiler, it may have been claimed as someone else's territory in my last move--a very nice double glass pot, fitted. I've got pots that sit well in each other though, which is good enough, just...well, it's not something Martha Stewart would do.)
Feb. 9th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
*looks at her eggos*

Somehow my own work at the toaster simply doesn't add up.


It sounds utterly lovely.

Feb. 9th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) The kitchen was a disaster though, trays of food on the floor, because tiles don't melt and I ran out of cooking racks. There is much to be said for the graceful simplicity of an eggo, though. Breakfast in any form is a treasure.
Feb. 9th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
One of my co-workers has become a Pop Tart Conspirator with me :) We both bring in a packet of pop tarts--she pops hers in the morning, I pop mine in the afternoon, and we trade back and forth. Finally, someone else who lurvs unfrosted cinammon/sugar :)

(At Old House: "Why do you keep buying the unfrosted Cinammon Sugar pop-tarts? Nobody but you eats them, Spotty!" "That question sure does answer itself, doesn't it?")
Feb. 9th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
It was very, very yummy- and definitely worth a diet break (okay not so much a break as a smashing with a hammer) :) * contemplates putting a "may be hazardous to diet sticker on spottylogic's forehead* :)
Feb. 9th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
Hee, hee--thanks, Butterfly :) That was my fatal meal for the month--I'm trying to cut down on actually *dangerous* foods for the time being :)
Feb. 10th, 2004 12:24 am (UTC)
My nibble-sense was tingling all weekend. I knew we should have come down to Austin.
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