Monday, June 14, 2010

Yorkshire Pudding

Just a quick recipe for the Yorkshire Pudding I threw together to go with dinner tonight. This is definitely a solid bread-substitute, nice and spongy and just a little greasy. Doesn't really need a topping, but at Thanksgiving we usually use it to mop up gravy and the brown sugar sauce from yams. Recipe is from Epicurious.

Yorkshire Pudding


5 ounces flour (or 1 heaping cup)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1-2 ounces melted fat (I used bacon grease)

In a bowl combine flour, salt, and milk until well blended. Incorporate both eggs and blend together until you have a smooth liquid batter. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
Preheat oven at 450°F. Place a 9x13 dish in oven and heat for 10 minutes. Place the fat into the dish and continue heating for 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the prepared batter into the dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, lowering the heat to 350°F after 15 minutes, until the tops of the bubbles are golden brown. Serve immediately.

I quartered the recipe (since I'm home alone and was running out of flour anyway), but used a whole egg, which made the whole thing a bit lighter than it would usually be. I might use an extra egg when making the full batch. I used bacon fat for the grease and made my pudding in a little 4x6 Pyrex baking dish. It took about 17 minutes to bake and it was delicious.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What I Wore (Not on Wednesday)

Was bored, went to play on Polyvore. Wore the first one to grab lunch, and later hookah and drinks, with one of my best friends when she came to town last weekend. The second one is today's outfit.

That lace, cropped motorcycle jacket was the most expensive thing I've ever bought at H&M (besides my Lagerfeld dress and tweed coat, which my mother paid for...), but it was totally worth it. Gorgeous, no? The dress is my new favorite summer piece, so comfy and such a pretty blue. My "Union Johnson" bag is actually black and shaped kind of differently, but this one gives you the general aesthetic. I haven't carried it in ages but dragged it out in honor of Saira's visit. Earrings, cuff, and scarf are approximations of some of my staples, spectator shoes are still in my top five after a couple months of wearing them. Mine are not so white, though, so they don't clash with the cream jacket and bag the way they do in the pictures.

Second-favorite new summer dress, in another unusual and gorgeous color! I have the sash tied bandeau-style over my chest, though, because there's too much fabric in the bust of the dress and it makes me look odd. Dithered over returning the dress for two weeks until I hit upon this solution. I really do have those cute sunglasses and that darling bag, but the rest of the accessories are approximations: my shoes are that shape but darker and cheaper, my earrings are bigger, and my scarf is monochrome brocade. I am also wearing cropped floral leggings, which make a big difference in the oufit, but I can't find any on Polyvore or anywhere else that don't make the whole set look awful, despite how nice the oufit looks. Here are some colors: