Hollandaise history and another Burger...
I am spending today with my nose in a book, in my pyjamas whilst simultaneously watching 'Gilmore Girls', so in order to save me and my conscience from feeling just a bit TOO un-productive I thought I would post my latest food endeavours.
My first success was one of my own which I am ridiculously excited about, no matter how minor. I managed, for the first time today, to successfully make hollandaise sauce! I know! I've never tried before, it always seemed far too scary and difficult and only within the grasp of seasoned experts, but it was actually refreshingly easy.
I adapted a recipe for simple hollandaise sauce from the BBC Good Food website because A) I didn't have any white wine vinegar so just used lemon juice and B) I was making it for one (is the loneliest number...) yeah whatever.
I'm not sure that it was absolutely perfect, it didn't quite have the mayonnaise thickness it often does if you eat it in a restaurant, but it tasted and looked far better than I was hoping it too, so if you want to give it a go, I encourage you to, as it turns out it can be accomplished by mortals.
I used -
- 1 egg yolk
- 65 grams of butter
- a generous splash of lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- a splash of ice cold water
- First melt the butter on a low heat in a sauce pan, then (try until you get bored) to skim off the solid stuff that sits on the surface. Set aside but keep warm.
- Then, whisk the egg yolk, lemon juice, water and seasoning together in a glass bowl that will sit over a pan of simmering water in a bain marie. Whisk until it goes pale and gets thicker.
- Remove from the heat and trickle in the butter slowly, whilst whisking, and it will continue to thicken until it has the consistency you want. Feel free to add cayenne pepper or similar spices at this point.
- Whisk, a lot, then it's done!
So, the last weekend of January hasn't exactly been the health fest I was aspiring to, but hey-ho at the end of the day I wasn't fooling anybody. At least I started as I mean to go on.
I hope your Sunday is as full of absolutely nothing as mine is going to be.