Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Beef tips

After seeing this on one of my favorite food blogs I decided I needed to give it a try. I kind of fudged it a little to make it my own recipe. I read the ingredients and measurements briefly then winged it. Funny enough, they turned out almost exactly like the original measurements!

Pardon the craptastic photos. My camera isn't working the best for me and my kitchen lighting sucks!


1 1/3 lbs beef (We used round steak and it worked fine, but it would have been more flavorful with a better cut)
olive oil (I didn't measure, I just coated the pan)
2 T butter
1 shallot, diced finely
1 Cup (roughly) baby bella mushrooms
1 clove garlic, crushed (next time I'll do 2 cloves)
kosher salt (all seasonings I just eyeballed, just enough to coat the meal well)
black pepper
1/2-3/4 C white wine
3/4 C beef broth
2 T heavy cream

Served with mashed potatoes


Coat pan with olive oil and melt butter. Saute shallots until they're slightly golden, then add mushrooms & garlic. Saute further for another minute or two. 

Coat steak with salt, pepper and seasonings. Add meat to the pan, saute everything until meat is nearly cooked. Add wine and broth, simmer until meat is cooked to your liking (I did just a hint of pink).


Add in the cream, mix well. I added a few dashes more seasonings here, too.


Serve over mashed potatoes and enjoy!



Source: created on my own, inspired by What's Cooking in the Orange Kitchen's recipe and by a Food Network recipe

Monday, January 12, 2009


I'm a huge bagel fanatic but it never occurred to me to make them myself until I started going through ideas for my 25 in '09 list (which, incidentally, I'm still working on and welcome new ideas).

I was so excited for this to be the first thing I cross off my '09 list and I'm happy to say they turned out amazing. As I mentioned in a previous post, I don't have a camera currently to brag about, er, show the hard work results. But trust me, they were pretty and pretty amazing

This is a 2-day recipe so it takes some planning ahead but neither day was exceptionally difficult, just a little time consuming.


1 tsp (.11 oz) instant yeast

4 C (18oz) unbleached high-gluten or bread flour

2 ½ C (20 oz) water, room temperature



½ tsp (.055 oz) instant yeast

3 ¾ C (17oz) unbleached high-gluten or bread flour

2 ¾ tsp (.7 oz) salt

2 tsp (.33 oz) malt powder OR 1 tsp (.5 oz) dark or light malt syrup, honey or brown sugar (I used brown sugar)


  To finish:

1 Tbsp baking soda

Cornmeal or semolina flour for dusting

Seeds/toppings for bagels (I used a combo of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, kosher salt and minced dried onion with a dash of garlic to make Everything Bagels)




Day 1


Start making the sponge by mixing the yeast into the flour, adding water and whisking until it is combined into a sticky batter. I used the whisk attachment for my kitchenaid.  Cover the bowel with plastic wrap and let it rise for 2 hours at room temp. It will just about double in size and look bubbly.


Mix in the additional yeast to the sponge and stir, then add the salt, malt and 3 C of the flour. Mix on low speed with dough hook, slowly adding the last ¾ C of flour. Dough will form into a smooth ball.


Kneed dough on a counter-top for 10 minutes (or 6 minutes by mixer- my poor little kitchenaid sounded like it was in pain when I did this so I moved to my table and did this by hand)

The dough will be very stiff, but smooth.

The flour should be all mixed in, hydrated. Add a few drops of water if the flour is still dry or the dough is ripping. If it seems tacky and a sprinkling of more flour until it reaches the right texture.

It should be smooth and satiny, not tacky.


Divide the dough into 12 even balls (4 ½ oz each- though I didn’t measure), or smaller if you want smaller bagels. Roll them into balls.


Cover the dough balls with a damp towel and let them rest for 20 minutes.


Line 2 cookie sheets/pans with parchment paper and spray lightly with oil.

Shape the bagels by pushing a hole through the center and stretching the hole to 2 ½ inches in diameter.


Place each bagel 2 inches apart on the pans. Spray them lightly with the oil and cover pans loosely with plastic wrap. Let rest for 20 minutes at room temp.


Check if bagels are ready to retard in the fridge by using the float test.

Fill a bowel with cool water. If the bagel floats within 10 seconds of being dropped in the water they’re ready.

Test one bagel. If it floats, pat it dry and return to the pan. Cover the pan and place in the fridge overnight (for up to 2 days).

If it does not float, pat dry and let the bagels continue to proof at room temp for 10-20 minutes at a time, retesting each time.


Day 2


Preheat oven to 500 with both oven racks set to the middle settings.

Boil a large pot of water and add the baking soda.


Remove the bagels from the fridge and drop them into the water (only as many as fit in the pan easily- I was only able to manage 1 at a time, even with my large mouthed pot). They should float within 10 seconds. After 1 minute flip them over and boil another minute.

For chewier bagels, boil 2 minutes per side instead of 1.

While the bagels boil, sprinkle the same parchment paper with cornmeal/semolina flour.


As soon as bagels come out of the water, top them with the seasoning/toppings you choose.


When all of the bagels have been boiled place the pans on the middle 2 racks of the oven.

Bake for 5 minutes, then rotate the pans to the opposite shelf and turn them 180 degrees.

After rotating, lower oven to 450 and bake another 5 minutes or until bagels are golden brown.


Remove the pans from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving


Source: The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart