I Have to Talk About Popovers

I need to talk about Popovers.

I had never heard of, seen, or tried a popover until this past week during my attempt to make yet another Jamie Oliver recipe. Since I’m new to his multitasking style of cooking, and I’m very nervous to be cooking for my parents instead of my boyfriend (who will tell me he likes anything I make) I’m very careful when choosing a recipe. If I don’t feel I can make every single aspect of the meal then I simply skip some. This usually means the drinks and desserts become an after thought.

When I was studying the Beef Tenderloin with Crispy Potato recipe in Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute Meals, I didn’t understand what the Popover was. Is it dessert? Is it a side? Is this a mistake? How is this so simple? Just flour, eggs, salt and milk? This isn’t a thing!

I decided to make it regardless of my doubts as a valuable addition to the meal. It was so simple so why not.

And okay, I can’t stop eating them now!

According to everything I’ve now looked up, I’m eating them wrong. But not knowing what to do with a plate full of simple, plain jane popovers and a disappointed look on my mom’s face, I went to the pantry, found condensed milk, and told them to dip.

It’s just so easy and so satisfying; they seem to fit perfectly with every meal. I want to start serving them with white chocolate or milk chocolate. Has anyone else done this yet?

Meet Freddy.

I want to introduce you to Freddy.

People always tell me to stop playing with my food, but as you can see Freddy is not a food. He is a teenager relaxing in an empty hot tub, probably waiting for his girlfriend to join him. I don’t know if it was because we got too personal with the chicken or what, but the recipe on dood.com for  engagement chicken we followed didn’t pan out.

My best friend, Michele, and I decided to have a night of cooking to catch up and dye her hair. Since we would be cooking at her house and for her boyfriend I suggested she choose the recipe, but when she emailed me a recipe involving ovens I refused. I don’t trust ovens. Unless your making a dessert they turn on you when you least expect it. But her confidence in our cooking abilities convinced me and we went for it.

We followed the instructions, basically, word for word. You can find those here. I’ve redone the steps below to reflect what actually happened.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash chicken inside and out with cold water. Remove the giblets, also known as the insides. Make sure to look at both sides of the chicken to find the easier way out.
  3. Let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temperature. Wait 30 minutes, 15 was not enough. Pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside), season with lots and lots salt and pepper.
  5. Prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity. Don’t be scared, push it in further. You can do it!
  6. Place the chicken breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350 and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and turn it breast-side up, use whatever helps you turn it. Freddy weighs more than you think; return it to oven for 35 minutes more.
  8. Test for doneness – you don’t own a meat thermometer so prick the chicken with a fork, juices should run clear.
  9. When juices don’t run clear and instead you find the chicken is still uncooked continue backing, it’s necessary. 20 minutes is suggested.
  10. Then 20 minutes more. Threaten to order pizza, but don’t give up!
  11. Cut apart the chicken and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes
  12. Re-assure Michele’s boyfriend we will be eating soon, then leave the chicken in for 10 minutes.
  13. Reheat the side dishes: grilled vegetables and pasta.
  14. Call everyone to the table and sound confident when you say it’s safe to eat.

Don’t get me wrong, the chicken ended tasting delicious and well received. I think the lessons to learn here is that you can always adjust a recipe, engagement chicken will not lead to an engagement and ovens still can’t be trusted.

I would show you a picture of the final product but Freddy didn’t grow up to be as beautiful as we’d hoped.

Cookie Dough & Oreo & Brownie Yumminess

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Thanks to Netflix my roommate and I were hosting a marathon of “Ally McBeal” for ourselves (everyone should do this at some point, boys not excluded). We were up to the episode where you realize that Ally and Billy with never, ever be together. Yes, I know. We liked Georgina too but Ally and Billy were meant to be! Needless to say, depression set in. But being that I am from the Gen Y generation I was already browsing through the Pinterest Food and Drink section. Almost instantly I saw it. The only thing I knew would make us feel better after yet another meant-to-be-couple parted ways: a Cookie Dough and Oreo and Brownie Yumminess.
All you need to make it is cookie dough, Oreos and brownie mix. Easy!

We made our cookie dough from scratch (only because we were too lazy go to the supermarket) but anything works!

Note: Yes, we had Oreos and Brownie Mix just lying around the apartment.

Now, the process took less than 10 minutes total and is as easy as the steps below.

1. Butter the pan or Pam it, whichever you like best!

2. Make the Brownie Mix and keep it separated from everything else.

3. Place the sticky Cookie Dough on the bottom and spread it all out.

4. Strategically place the Oreos (we went with the classic) one by one, perfectly in line, as close to each other as possible so you fit more. Not one bit should be Oreoless!

5. Pour the Brownie mix on top. Beautiful, it’s beautiful!

6. If your roommate is like mine, at this moment he/she/it will try to stick their fingers in the mix while you’re pouring. Don’t let them! Not because it’s gross but because it’s not fair that you can’t do it also.

6. Take a picture of the “Before”.

7. Put a mitten on (safety first) and place the pan in the oven, I put it at 250 for 15 minutes but I like mine half-cooked. I know, I’m outrageous!

8. Wait around and do something super fun. Or be a grown up and start the dishes.

9. Bring the mountain of a dessert out of the oven, take an “After” picture and enjoy!

Be forewarned – it’s definitely too much food. Your tummy will hurt if you eat more than one square piece. But making it is definitely worth that one hot, slimy but at the same time hard dream of a dessert. Bring the left over to work the next day and you will get brownie points guaranteed (pun intended). You are very welcome!