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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Revenge of the Evil Kitchen

A couple of times, I've posted about experiments that derailed in Steve's Evil Kitchen. I just agreed to make cookies for a Christmas party on Dec. 8 and realized that that's St. Nicholas Eve, the traditional night to make Letterbanket, if you're Dutch, so I went to look for recipes.

First, I may need a refresher in Dutch (Hey, Bryan, you speak it, right?). Second, either the US has to go metric or I'm going to have to figure out how to decimalize a dozen eggs.

So... I have a box of faded, grease bespotted (ooh, that sounds Dutch) recipe cards for

Sinterklaas koekjes
Jan Hagel Koekjes
Speculaas Koekjes

and they all tell me I need specialized presses and forms and cut-outs.

This kitchen hates me.


Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

First, I may need a refresher in Dutch

She pays for her meal; you pay for yours. Later that evening - if you're really lucky - she's in charge of getting to her own orgasm; you're responsible for yours. (I.e., she can't blame you for anything! It's like a sexual get-outta-jail-free card (handcuffs optional).)

Pffftttt! How tough is that to remember, Steve?

Jean said...

I have the same problem with Norwegian foods. Krumkake needs a krumkake iron. Rosettes require a special mold to fry them with. Lefse needs a special stick to flip them, and (if you are a purist) a lefse grill. As Alton Brown might say, our European ancestors have a lot of "unitasker" tools for the kitchen!

Carilyn said...

Hey Steve! Yeah for another road runner! Most I know stay hidden :)

I hope when you finish baking your Dutch treats you will post a picture for us. I can't bake to save my life, so I'm always interested in what everyone else is baking. Love to read Julie's blog with all the pitures of the goodies she bakes!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Yeah, I'm gonna have to wait till I get home to look at your inappropriate vid links because here at work? They can barely stand my level of creepy inappropriateness.

They'd break out the pitchforks and torches over stuff you call inappropriate.

It's not that your creepy is creepier than mine - it's just different and they just haven't been broken in yet.

And if you're looking at me to help make you more acceptable to the world at large?

God help you.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Hahahahaha! I spotted you trying (and failing) to bait the skirts over at Xenia's the other day!

You can't even get a negative reaction when you try! That's some gift with women you have there, Steve!

This is nearly as funny as Dr. Nic's gloves!