Event 5 - Eggs Benedict and Popovers

by Dave MichelFebruary 16, 2015

The "sabbatical hump event" was Brunch (Some Assembly Required), and my guests took the assembly required part pretty seriously. My in-laws not only attended, but came a day early to assist in getting ready with some deep cleaning and organization. Naomi and Steve whisked hollandaise and cleared tables. And the Millers were their regular, encouraging selves as I tried to keep up the appearance of being in control of the menu.

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This was my first solo event, as both Anna and Kris had church responsibilities that morning. For the smorgasbord part of brunch, I set out smoked salmon, Norwegian cream cheese (Snøfrisk), bagel chips (Norwegian bagels and lox - get it?), as well as some crackers, and Jarlsberg and Tilamook cheeses.

I have a suspicion I'll be smoking salmon pretty often when I'm done with this sabbatical. It's economical (comparatively), fun, and really tastes good. A great addition to a party. I'll have another blog entry sometime that just concentrates on smoking food in a regular Weber kettle (here it is).

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I had hoped to have the Hollandaise done before the guests arrived, but it was not to be. Not to worry - this was a very social group. The eggs benedict came out well, though I found out later that afternoon that many of the eggs had lost a bit of their whites due to sticking to the ramekins I used in the water pan. The flavor and texture of the Hollandaise was really good. I tried popover recipe #5, and we had some nice tasting dense, creamy and crunchy things that instead looked like muffins. Everyone was very encouraging. I hung my head, muttering, at least inside. I talked with Kris Potter about my popover travails, and she asked if I had all the ingredients at room temperature. I didn't, so that may be the next thing to try, even though popovers aren't on any more sabbatical menus. Steve Staruch said that he makes them in regular muffin tins, which I'd love to pull off myself some day.

We chatted until well after 1:00, on subjects as diverse as worship pacing, (lack of) silence in our culture, music, old cars and home repairs. Then, I had to get my head around getting ready for Mardi Gras later that same day.

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Dave

Dave is a recording engineer, musician and software developer in Minneapolis. He's found that a cooking sabbatical is more work than normal life.

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