They wouldn't win any beauty contests
Success! The dessert pretzels have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. The original plan of tidy little packages of pretzel dough wrapped around a bit of chocolate went out the window even as we were rolling out the dough when someone said “potsticker”. So after rolling it all out, we cut out circles using a big glass, put a piece of chocolate in the center of each, folded and crimped the edges to seal.
Kira takes out her aggression on the pretzel dough
To be honest, we were sure this wouldn’t work. The dumplings were ugly, barely holding together, and rising fast. It was funny, and we could eat the chocolate either way so failure was ok. But when the test pretzel came out and we gathered around to taste it – it tasted like pretzel! We made pretzel!
Sacrificial first pretzel (stick) goes in
It worked! Our first batch, fresh out of the oven.
We’re all a bit giddy with our triumph. Or maybe it’s just a sugar rush. We don’t know what kind of chocolate is in each treat, so we keep eating, trying to find them all. I had my heart set on the snickers, but as Anna said, “I think nougat doesn’t pretzel well.” Bizarrely it sort of evaporates.
The face of giddy triumph
Twix are tasty though.
Pretzel recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.
-Eve and Anna
Sea bass in miso marinade
The fish was excellent (note to self: find more things to do with miso), though the meal was marred by my ill considered spinach side. Sauteed with a little bit of ginger and a bit of miso would have been great, but there was more than a little ginger, and too much garlic. Ah well. Fish was still great.
Five minutes later...
And now it’s on to the pretzels! Though they aren’t exactly pretzels. While we strenuously object to using ‘pretzel’ as a verb, we were nonetheless inspired by this recipe for pretzeled eggs. Except this being dessert, we’re pretzeling chocolate. A smorgasbord of chocolate and candy bars. We’re very excited.
Off to pretzel now. Wish us luck!
-Eve and Anna
The evening's ingredients
Well this is actually ESN V for those keeping track at home, but our first post of the evening. Anna and I let our game slip on pretty much every front this go round – forgetting to invite people, choosing the menu late, and then there’s the absence of anything particularly experimental about the seafood (we’re leaving that for the dessert). It’ll still be tasty.
We’re making scallops with cilantro sauce and asian slaw for a starter and miso glazed sea bass.
With the sea bass marinating we turned our attention to the slaw. I dug out the mandolin left in my kitchen when I moved in, fitted the blades, and got slicing! Except not. I think there was a reason they left it behind. Failed at the first hurdle!
Trying to julienne...
So with dull knives in hand, we attempt to matchstick…
-Eve and Anna