8 cups cold water, or as needed
2 cups white sugar, or as needed
Cut lemons into slices about 1/4 inch thick and remove the fruit pulp. Cut the rings in half so the peels are in long strips.
Bring water and lemon peel to a boil in a small pan. Drain water, and repeat with fresh cold water. Repeat the boiling step three times (see Editor’s Note). Drain and set peels aside.
Combine 2 cups fresh water with 2 cups sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to low and stir in citrus peels; simmer until the white pith is translucent. Store peels in syrup, refrigerated, to keep them soft, or allow them to dry. Toss dry candied peels in additional sugar and store airtight at room temperature.
1 (12 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper, if using. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning.
I found this wonderful recipe while searching for the ideal hors d’oeuvres for this summer.
“The recipe for Roasted Cherry, Whipped Goat Cheese, and Thyme Hors d’Oeuvres is short (shorter than that name almost!) and simple and easy to remember by heart.”
I haven’t tried this recipe and if you look at the ingredients you will discover, why. I’m not sure if I will ever have the courage to make this recipe.
Salvador Dalí’s Avocado Toast
1 LAMB BRAIN
9 OZ. MINCED ALMONDS
12 SLICES OF RYE BREAD
3 TBSP. TEQUILA
⅓ CUP VINEGAR
½ CUBE OF BEEF BOUILLON
Among the delicacies is a simple recipe for a rather decadent spin on avocado toast. The first step: Soak the lamb brains (a specialty of French cuisine) in cold water, remove their outer skin, and place back in the water. Meanwhile, boil a pint of water; add vinegar and beef bouillon. Remove the brains from the water, drain to remove excess water, and mix with avocado pulp. Then add minced almonds, salt, cayenne pepper, and tequila. Spread on toasted slices of rye.
Marcel Duchamp’s Steak Tartare
½ POUND CHOPPED RAW BEEF
CHOPPED RAW WHITE ONION
BRIGHT GREEN CAPERS
CURLED SLIVERS OF ANCHOVY
FRESH PARSLEY, CHOPPED FINE
BLACK OLIVES MINUTELY CHOPPED IN COMPANY WITH YELLOW CELERY LEAVES
With an eye for artistic arrangement, Duchamp specifically recommends that you prepare the dish on an ivory plate “so that no pattern will disturb the distribution of ingredients.” First, arrange beef “with artistry into a bird’s nest,” and place egg yolks in its hollow core. Surrounding the nest, in the shape of a wreath, place bouquets of onion, capers, anchovy, parsley, and chopped olives with celery leaves. “Each guest, with his plate before him, lifts his fork and blends the ingredients with the egg yolks and meat,” he concludes. “In center of table: Russian pumpernickel bread, sweet butter, and bottles of vin rosé.”
This roasted tomato soup with boiled cheedar is from the SK blog. This blog has a huge selection of great recipes. You will find something for any occasion.
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp grated Parmesan
2 tsp flour
½ cup milk [use water for lighter low calorie option]
½ cup grated Edam Cheese
pinch cayenne pepper
Heat oven to 375° F.
Grease two 16-ounce [for a two-course menu] or four 8-ounce ramekins [for a four course menu] with 1 tablespoon of butter. Coat with the Parmesan, then tap out the excess. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt the remaining butter. Stir in the flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce boils, 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted. Blend in the cayenne and nutmeg. Whisk in the yolks one at a time. Set aside. (The recipe can be made to this point up to 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.)
In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Stir 1/4 of the egg whites into the cheese sauce to loosen it. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Spoon into the ramekins. Bake until puffed and browned, 40 minutes for a 16-ounce soufflé, 20 minutes for two smaller ones. Serve immediately.