Here’s a little breather from the seemingly endless slew of Western dessert posts I’ve put up recently.
As I mentioned two posts ago, I’ve been doing more subsistence cooking of late, and that means the less glamorous but more enduring stuff, like basic stir-fry and steamed Chinese dishes. The pictures aren’t as fun to look at and the recipes aren’t quite as challenging, but I thought it might be worthwhile doing a couple of posts on these styles of cooking anyway, just in case I have readers who are terrified of cooking just like I was two years ago and could do with some simpler stuff to start off with.
If I can fry, so can you!
*This post made it to the Foodbuzz Daily Top 9 on 4 Oct 2010!*
I’ve been wanting to make this lemon tart for a while. Dorie Greenspan learnt the recipe from master French chef Pierre Herme over 12 years ago, and loved it so much she decided to include it in her popular book Baking: From My Home to Yours. (I don’t own a copy of the book, but I hope I will someday soon!) For those of you who’ve been following my blog for some time, remember the gorgeous caramel pumpkin tart recipe that I was crazy about? Yup, it was a Dorie Greenspan recipe.
So anyway, yesterday I bought me a nice bag of lemons intending to make the tart over the weekend. When I got home, I was too lazy to do my chores so I decided to while away some time by blog surfing for a little bit. I chanced upon Ellie’s just-published post on LiveSTRONG With A Taste of Yellow, recalled that Shirley had also submitted a post in honour of LiveSTRONG day, and since two of my favorite bloggers had jumped on the LiveSTRONG bandwagon, I thought I should find out more about it too.
*This post made it to the Foodbuzz Daily Top 9 on 21 Sep 2010!*
For those of you who read my original post, please don’t be confused if this one is somewhat different! Earlier today I used my iPhone to take the original post offline because I wanted to make some changes, but unbeknownst to me the crappy WordPress app on my phone deleted 90% of my text. I only found out when I got home, went to my blog admin page and stared at my computer screen in horror. *sob*
In recent weeks I’ve been doing a lot more of what I call subsistence cooking – that is, preparing simple classic Chinese dishes that you can get done quickly and serve regularly to your family. This, coupled with my recent blues-y state, have left me in want of suitable blogging material.
So a few days ago I decided that to break myself out of this cycle, I should make something special. Something that would take a bit more effort and leave me feeling completely satisfied that I tried, even if it didn’t turn out to be a complete success. I rummaged through many of my cookbooks and felt largely uninspired until I notice IT: a big brown book sitting shyly at the far end of my cookbook collection entitled “Boulevard: The Cookbook“.