Mmmmm, South Tyrolian cheese plate…
This photo has literally nothing to do with this post, but I couldn’t lead this off with a picture of cauliflower. Granted, this South Tyrolian cheese plate isn’t the most colorful thing I’ve ever seen, but it was very tasty.
Long-time readers may remember that the whole “Amateur Hour Baking” project got started as part of a larger project to cook 50 new recipes this year. While I opted to only write about the German baking-related recipes, I am happy to report that I’m currently sitting at 49 new recipes tried.
At least, I think it’s that many. To be honest, I may have forgotten to note one down in my list and already be at 50, but either way, I’m certain I’ll get there.
While not all of these recipes were what you might call challenging (looking at you, Watermelon/Feta/Mint Salad), I thought people might be interested in what I wound up making. Thus, for the last five weeks of this year, I’ll share the relevant links in groups of ten. I’ll include quick photos if I’ve got them, with quick notes on substitutions, etc. Ein Guten!
~1. Sicilian Roasted Cauliflower and Black Olive Gratin
I’m one of those weirdos who loves cauliflower. BV, not so much. Much as I love it, next time I’d roast the veggies in the oven first with spices instead of blanching them. Also, more garlic, more pepper, more olives, more everything.
~2. Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Pasta
I realized a step or two into this that I was actually supposed to make noodles out of my squash and since I don’t have a spiralizer (or whatever the hell those things are called), I just cubed up the squash to mix with the pasta and went for it. It’s squash and cheese, nothing wrong there.
~3. 5 Minute Restaurant Salsa
Since I can only find jalepeno peppers here when I’m not actually looking for them, I didn’t find any fresh. This was a simple and decent salsa with the poblanos, cayennes, and jarred jalapenos that I could get hold of.
~4. 5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup
Super fast and easy, served with the salsa above. Can’t go wrong.
~5. Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte
The first amateur hour baking project I did, which I never wrote about. Perhaps over the Christmas holidays I’ll revisit it and do a then/now comparison?
~6. Poblano Pepper Cream Pasta
This was one of the few recipes I tried this year that there’s no way I would bother with again. It was too fussy, and the consistency of the nuts was too odd for me.
~7. Lemony Pasta with Chickpeas and Parsley
We pumped this up with more lemon, more sardines (who’s going to use only part of a container of sardines?), and more spinach than it called for. Good choices.
~8. Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake (my recap post)
~9. Lemon Spice Visiting Cake
I loved this cake. It came together pretty fast, didn’t make too much or too little, and had a great lemon flavor. I made it a few times, and it made a decent breakfast cake when we took it with us on our snowshoeing trip.
~10. Russisches Zupfkuchen (my recap post)
Stay tuned for 11-20 next week…
And are we hungry yet?