Wednesday, March 18, 2009

eat your greens!

even though i haven't done much shopping in quite a while (*tear*), i still get a shitton of catalogs in the mail almost every freaking day. i guess it's a good thing we live in a place the size of a thimble, with no room to put shit away in, because i shouldn't be buying anything anyway.

in the last williams-sonoma catalog i got, i flipped through the pages, oohing and aahing at all the fun kitchen stuff in there. and then i turned a page and saw this:
i'm totally drooling all over myself again just at the sight of it. cute little puffy pancakes, filled with chocolate, drizzled with even more chocolate, and served with a dollop of sweet whipped cream. and this is breakfast. niiiiice. i tossed that catalog in the recycle bin and forgot all about it until i was browsing on amazon, and found a cheaper version of the puff pancake pan. um, with free shipping. sold!

yesterday, i decided to give it a shot. i googled for recipes and learned that they're actually called
æbleskivers, a dutch treat typically served at christmas breakfast. they can be sweet - filled with chocolate, jam, cream cheese, or savory - stuffed with cheese, veggies, bacon. i picked a simple recipe from the williams-sonoma website and busted out the nutella to use as my filling.

i put little dabs of butter in each well:



filled them with batter, and then dropped in a tablespoonful of nutella:



flipping them over was a little tricky, but with the nonstick surface (and that lovely coating of butter), i got the hang of it after the first couple of tries.



when they were a nice shade of golden brown, i put them on a plate and sprinkled some powdered sugar on top.



these are so much fun, and really yummy. hopefully, my next attempts won't be as misshapen. i can't wait till the teen gets home so i can try out a
lemon mascarpone-stuffed version! well, and maybe one with bacon bits too. gotta have the right balance of sweet and salty, right? heh.

i'd gone to costco and picked up a 2-pound bag of asparagus. inexplicably, i LOVE asparagus. i don't know what it is about it, but it's my very favorite vegetable. and corner bakery used to serve a really delicious cream of asparagus soup, but they haven't offered it in a couple of years. so i decided to make my own, and went with this recipe.


it was surprisingly easy, and with a few tweaks here and there, i ended up with a pot simmering on the stove that was chock-full of creamy asparagus-y goodness.



i served it with
my favorite spinach salad, and it made for a really yummy dinner. i guess i could've saved it for st. patty's day, since everything's such a lovely shade of green, but i refuse to serve anything but corned beef and cabbage on this holiday.



ah, how i love to cook.

12 comments:

  1. Mmmm, that salad looks sooooo good! And so do the pancake puffs, I may have to get a pan like that!

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  2. Those little puff things look amazing! I want to try some with cheese and bacon.

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  3. I just got the Ebelskiver pan and I love it too! They are so easy to make and so yummy. BTW, what do you use to turn them over? I've been using chopsticks... ;)

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  4. I really love how your blog inspires me to cook. Those mini pancake things look absolutely to die for.

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  5. oh.em.gee. I want to gobble all of it up!

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  6. Holy shit those puff things look to die for.

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  7. asparagus makes my pee smell funny.

    but it's delicious. especially when wrapped in proscuitto.

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  8. oooh, we got one of those pans for xmas. you are inspiring me to give it a try ...

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  9. damn! i had successfully avoided buying that pancake pan for almost a year now. but after this post, i feel a need to run out and buy one. :|

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  10. There's a Danish restaurant in my hometown, where my mom and I always have breakfast. I usually get 5 aebleskivers with apple butter. Mmm...

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  11. YUM!!! Here is another good asparagus recipe. Don't let the fact that it's a WW one fool you. It's really good and creamy. Of course, I always add in more cheese than it calls for...
    http://www.weightwatchers.ca/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeId=75471

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  12. Yummmm. I have always wanted that pancake pan too.

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