Margaret’s Philosophy about cooking
A meal should never take longer
than it takes to eat
Whenever anyone suggests I share a recipe, I cringe. Not that I don’t have a recipe file, mind you. It’s just that instead of recipes my file is where I keep the telephone numbers of local take-outs. So you can imagine how I felt when an editor asked me to include a recipe with my story The Nutcracker Bride.
In desperation I turned to my daughter for help. (Yes, the very same one who once thought school cafeteria food akin to the eighth wonder of the world. In her youth she was the Julia Child of the Lucky Tray Special.)
“Big deal,” I muttered.
“And the orange juice doesn’t taste burnt,” she persisted.
“They probably defrosted theirs in the microwave instead of on the stove,” I said defensively. I couldn’t believe she actually preferred bland orange juice.
She looked at me suspiciously. “And the rice could be eaten with a fork.”
“Probably one of those mountain grown brands,” I said weakly.
For the record, that smart aleck kid is now a professional chef and has raised three children who hate cafeteria food. When asked why she became a professional cook she claims it was for self-survival.
Here’s the recipe she whipped up for my story. It breaks my rule of no more than three ingredients per recipe, but you know how these chefs are. If, like me, you use your oven for storage, don’t worry. I’ll be happy to provide the telephone number of a great German bakery.
German Zimt Makronen Cookies
1 cup ground hazelnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs separated. Need only the whites
pinch of salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup of granulated sugar
Whole hazelnuts to top cookies
Mix together ground nuts, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Beat egg whites. When eggs are stiff add lemon juice and salt. Continue to beat until stiff. Gradually fold sugar into beaten egg whites and fold in nut mixture.
Using two small spoons place small mounds of cookie dough onto greased baking sheet.
Top each cookie with a whole hazelnut and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 20-25 min. Leave to cool. Enjoy with friends and family.
Okay, how many of you enjoy cooking? What is your least favorite kitchen chore?
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