What is on your baking, or cooking, “bucket list"? Do you want to make a recipe you've never made before, but haven't because scares you a little? Does it sound too complicated? Is the ingredient list intimidating? Does it use ingredients you've never tasted? Maybe, it is procrastination. Or, is it fear-of-failure?
I want to cook something in a Tagine. I researched tagine recipes, bought a tagine and seasoned it according to directions. I still need to try that method of cooking, at least once, in my lifetime!
My other bucket list item is learning to use sheets of phyllo. I think I haven't because it sounds fussy and because of the cautions and warnings in all recipes using phyllo. I want Baklava! I want Spanikopita!
I don't have a bucket list, I just like playing with things that are new to me. Last summer some friends and I did a jackfruit apalozza, using both fresh and canned jackfruit. When we were in Costa Rica in February, we had banana jam. That's on my list of things I want to play with soon.
No bucket list here either. I just get an itch to try new things once in awhile. A few summers ago it was homemade bagels, bialy's, and English muffins. Now I make those regularly and they are so much better than store bought. I usually always have the freezer stocked with them or some other kind of bread. Not sure what the next "itch" might be!!
And I agree....phyllo is not so hard to work with. Yes, a bit time consuming depending on the recipe, but fairly easy to handle.
Post by gilgamesh37 on Apr 30, 2018 13:15:28 GMT -5
Don't let phyllo intimidate you. It's fiddly but not difficult. I went through a couple of years where I always had a couple different kinds of phyllo appetizer triangles in the freezer.
I don't really have a bucket list, but I do get focused on things and need to conquer them. I was scared of pressure cookers and decided that was ridiculous, so I bought one and forced myself to use it until I wasn't afraid anymore. I really only use it for risotto now, but am glad I have it, since I could use it for many other things if time and life allowed. Homemade English muffins.....hmm. I may need to suss that out. Also, in my part of the Midwest, there probably isn't a bialy within 200 miles of me. I used to love them when I worked in NYC, maybe I'll give those a shot.
The one thing I keep saying I want to make is the opera cake from CLBB, I can't remember who posted it first, but it made the rounds and a bunch of people made it--BDunning maybe started it? I still have the printed recipe somewhere. Again, nothing terribly intrinsically difficult, iirc, but a million zillion steps spread out over 2 or 3 days. I just need to retire or win Lotto or something!
Gilgamesh-English muffins and bialy's are much easier than bagels (no boiling step and softer/easier doughs with not as much kneading involved) but none are too difficult. So go for it! You won't be sorry! And now I make them all in so many flavors (mostly the English muffins). Bagels and bialy's I usually keep more traditional although once in awhile, I do a multigrain/whole wheat of some kind for variation. Today I had a steel cut oat English muffin with lunch.