Friday, July 25, 2008

R2R, Thank George's Bank

I was really excited when we decided to do this recipe. Thank George's Bank, it is Cod cakes with Poached eggs and Hollendaise. I love hollendaise but have never made it so I was really looking forward to making it. I was less excited by the poached egg (I like crispy greasy eggs darn it) and the fish, (despite stereotypes to the contrary not all lesbians like fish). But I figured the hollendaise would make it all good.

I have never steamed fish before so I was surprised how easy it was and it smelled pretty darn good (I will admit I also tasted it an except for being over seasoned it tastes pretty good too). One step Down, so far so good. I had mashed potatoes left over from supper and I always have eggs so once the fish was cooled the patties were ready to go. I covered them and stuck them in the fridge overnight.

The next morning bright and early I started the cod cakes cooking (like the alliteration?) I had already read about the problems other people had and armed with my potato patty experience I started Frying them up. I expected the first batch to turn out a little scrambled. But so was the second... and the third, which left me with 12 scrambled patties that taste Great, I mean really really good, but look well horrible. Not to worry cover it with Hollendaise and will all be good.

I am sorry to report that the hollendaise was a disaster. I tried again, still a disaster. It was not the recipes fault. I blame the equipment. The recipe says to use your food processor, and the blades were just not low enough to really mix the two egg yolks and after adding the butter nothing happened. I waited and waited and still no emulsification. I might have tried a third time and used the cooked version but It had been a long weekend and between this and the DB challenge (also failed) I had already gone thru 2 dozen eggs so I decided to call it quits.

I skipped poaching the egg because with out the sauce it just wasn't worth the effort. I will try again to make hollendaise, though I will not use the food processor. And I will probably even try poaching an egg just so I can say I have. But the Cod cakes really stole the show for me and as someone who is ambivalent about fish that is saying alot, I will definitely be trying those again. And maybe next time I will have some photos.

7 comments:

Robyn said...

Sorry the hollandaise sauce didn't work out for you. I'm glad you liked the rest of it!

giz said...

The learning from these challenges is the thing. The question is were you able to figure out where you went wrong? And - you did say the fish was great - just the consistency needs a tweak. It just really sucks when you're anticipating something wonderful and it turns out to be .. well...less than wonderful.

Lori said...

Two dozen eggs! Dang girl. I am so sorry about the cooking mojo. I am sure there was some learning taking place. We all certainly have moments like this!

Debyi said...

I'm sorry your hollandaise didn't work out. I hope the fish cake tasted good at least. This is all about the learning and trying though, right :)

maybelles parents said...

I have never used a food processor for hollandaise, though frankly I am not really on good speaking terms with my food processor anyway. I use the Joy of Cooking recipe over the stove and it usually works.

virjennifer said...

I guess we can't always have perfect dishes... I'm nervous to do mine, but I will still do it! You're inspiration, all those lost eggs!!

grr...

virjennifer said...

Temperence, you're so nice.

I agree with you on the spices, as a dinner it was a tad bland, but as a breakfast it would be perfect, I guess we'll see about that tomorrow!

All that humidity was good for my skin :) Oh, and of course, after all the heat while I was making it, only a few hours after it became overcast and stormy. Perfect for any kind of baking/cooking project.

You're fab.