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13 November 2008 @ 04:13 pm
Steak, potatoes, and brioche! Oh my!!  
So I realize I've been MIA for a while, mainly just due to the fact that uploading photos from my mom's digital camera is an annoying hassle and I need a lot of will power to actually make myself do it. ANYWAY, this is my recap post, to show what I've been doing for the past (couple) weeks :)

So I share with you just a small image of various things I've made over the past weeks that I haven't posted anything. Included is oregano and cheese stuffed hamburgers with tofu and tomato stir fry, potato and corn mash, and coffee-marinated steak and rice with asparagus. I'm not going to include recipes for any of them, since I basically just came up with them as I went along. But I'll give a basic idea.

I put a pound of ground beef in a bowl and mixed it with oregano and (I think) a light cheddar cheese. It was a long time ago so I don't remember exactly. Then I created a sauce made of mayonnaise, cheese, various spices, tobasco sauce, and stuffed the hamburgers with it. Then I just mixed together pieces of tofu and cherry tomatos from the garden into a bit of a side dish for the sake of having something to go with it.

For the potato and corn mash, I chopped up five large golden potatoes after peeling them, boiled them in water while I took a bagful of frozen corn. I ran the corn under warm water to thaw it, before mashing it down in a Cuisinart(sp?)to be kind of pasty. After smashing down the boiled potatoes, I added the two mashes together, mixed in light cream, butter, salt and pepper and that was about it. I styled it into little globes with a pineapple sage leaf on the top to make it pretty :) (Ignore that grotesque concoction beside it in the lower left picture. I attempted at shrimp mango rice and it failed, bleh)

Finally, for the steak. I prepared about a cup of plain, black coffee and poured it into a bowl, mixing it with ice to cool it down, seasoned it with a bit of salt and sugar, pepper seeds, and various other spices before adding in the tenderized steak to let it marinate for a few hours. Then I came back and cooked it on a skillet while also preparing some sweet rice. I mixed about two tablespoons of the coffee marinade into the rice to give it a vague coffee taste, and also prepared asparagus cooked gradually in butter. That's it!

And now for my pride and joy!!!!!! THE BRIOCHE!!!!

My mom warned me about the difficulties of preparing bread, and she was right, but it was sooo worth it. Because I was so happy with this recipe, I'll include the entire recipe!

Bacon-infused Brioche à tête Stuffed with Gouda and Onion

(recipe based on: this)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast (2 packets)

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

1/2 lb bacon

1 chopped onion

Approx. cup of chopped Gouda cheese

8 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup honey

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

7 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

12 small aluminum baking pans (about the size of a pot pie)

Mix the yeast, salt, eggs honey and melted butter with the water in a 5-quart bowl, or lidded (not airtight) food container.

Mix in the flour, using a spoon until all of the flour is incorporated.

Chop and cook bacon until crispy and mince into tiny pieces. Mix into the prepared dough.

Cover (not airtight), and allow to sit at room temperature for about two hours.

Spoon the dough (will be slightly pasty) into small aluminum pans, filling center with chopped onion and pieces of Gouda.

Preheat oven to 375 and bake for about 40 minutes. Let sit for several minutes and enjoy!!

Note: This recipe tastes better over a course of days. I suggest either refrigerating for a day or so before reheating and serving, or eating a few the first day and saving the rest for the next few days. They are VERY filling and one person can be quite satisfied with one small loaf.
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