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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hey! A recipe!

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My first recipe for the blog... a magnanimous moment. You will find a few here and there but I am holding firm on this not becoming one of "those" recipe blogs. I hereby promise to only post the ones that I have no doubt will change your life.

Cream Drop Biscuits: so easy and crazy good. They can be savory or sweet- your every wish is their command. They are the biscuits I use for my Biscuits and Gravy on my brunch menu (picture in Brunch a la carte post) and I also use them for my strawberry shortcake dessert as well. They are heavenly dipped in greek yogurt and honey and try stirring in some cheddar and chives into the batter- kicks a cheese pretzel's ass . A dozen make a great gift if you are invited for breakfast somewhere, just make sure there's some good butter and raspberry jam around and you'll be a star.

Did I mention that they are really easy to make?

Cream Drop Biscuits

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups chilled heavy cream

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F/220°C

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add cream, then stir just until a dough forms.
Drop heaping 1/4 cups of batter* (for larger biscuits) about 1 inch apart on an ungreased large baking sheet. Bake in middle of oven until tops are pale golden and bottoms are golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

* Sometimes I like to make smaller biscuits so I use about 1 heaping table spoon. They cook faster so keep an eye!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Neighborhood

I recently took a walk with my new camera and enjoyed a day off. Neukölln seems to be bursting at the seams with promise these days but I'm proud to say that I have been a resident for the last nine and a half years- the first eight on Boddinstr. I try to ignore the hype and stay focused on the things that drew me here in the first place: the diverse culture, the working class, the not so perfectly kept buildings, the Turkish markets, the One Euro stores, the people.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's not nice to play favorites but...






Easter Brunch was a success. It seems the guests were happy and I found two new favorite brunch dishes. Ham and Sweet Potato Bake with Fried Eggs and Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles with Strawberry Sauce.

Both were concocted dreams of mine and I didn't really know how they were going to turn out. Yeah, yeah, it's risky to put something on a menu that one has not "tested" but that's the point- Feast events are for experimenting. ( fair warning)

There was something automatically delicious about sweet potatoes mixed with caramelized onions and sage- then baked with guyere cheese... it was good but it needed something else. Bacon? No... it was Easter, it needed HAM, a thick cut of pan grilled ham. And no option on those eggs... they had to be fried. I thought this brain child might be orphaned, left behind the poached eggs with salmon and sauce hollandaise but nobody puts cheese bake in the corner. It flew out of the kitchen.

And the chocolate waffles... well, that was a no brainer. It came with a warm homemade strawberry sauce that I spiked with fresh ginger and Jim Beam. I let it bubble on the stove for a hour and a half before throwing in more sliced fresh strawberries. I knew the fresh whipped cream didn't have a chance once plopped on top of the steamy mess but who would really care? Better to seep into the waffle squares, my dear... We even tried to coax an overdue pregnant mommy into labor with them but I guess they weren't that good.