Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, check out this page.This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is JULIA CHILD. Why is that? Because it's Julia Child's birthday today. I thought it would be super fun to open up the recipes quite a bit to celebrate this wonderful lady.
As you can tell by my title...my recipe was a fail. I had it in my mind that I was going to make Julia's hollandaise sauce. I have never had hollandaise and really wanted to make it. I recently made macarons and they were super nerve-wracking, so I thought hollandaise should be a cinch if I made macarons successfully. I was absolutely wrong. I messed up three times and then tried to make the hollandaise in a blender...and still messed it up. I wasted a dozen eggs and a whole pound of butter. My kitchen was so greasy. I also was so flustered that I left my poached eggs in longer than I was going to (4 1/2 minutes instead of 3 1/2 minutes), so they were overcooked.
All the egg whites...my third broken hollandaise...the egg/broken sauce graveyard.
Overcooked poached egg...booooooo!
If you haven't made hollandaise, you take egg yolks and add butter to them (with lemon juice and cayenne) and it's this really rich wonderful sauce. But the method is very tricky. Most that I have seen, you do it over a double boiler. Because if it gets too hot, you'll cook your egg yolks and have scrambled eggs. If you don't whisk enough or add too much butter, you'll have a separated mixture, which is referred to as "the sauce breaking". This was my issue. The first time I was super close. I whisked my little heart out and counted 15 seconds on the heat and 15 off the heat. The second time, I thought maybe while adding my hot butter, I was supposed to take it off the heat completely (WRONG). The third time, I forgot my second pat of cold butter before adding the hot butter. It was honestly the most frustrating thing I've ever done in my life. I don't like not being good at something, so this was infuriating. I will attempt it again because I'm determined to nail it. I think instead of doing it directly in the saucepan (or the blender which didn't work because I don't have the right blender for it), I will attempt it over a double boiler.
I'm sorry, Julia! I may attempt your recipe once again...one day, but I am definitely going to have to recover from the fiasco first.
You may be wondering...Sarah, why didn't you just make another Julia recipe? Well, my overly confident self didn't plan ahead and waited until the weekend before to make my recipe expecting success :P That's what I get haha. I cannot wait to see what everyone else made to honor Julia Child today. And Happy Birthday, Julia!
Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
The winner of the KEBABS Food Fight is Michaela from An Affair from the Heart and her Chicken Fajita Kabobs. I'm always looking for new Taco Tuesday grub and I love the selection of veggies she picked :)
facebook | pinterest | bloglovin | instagram