I couldn’t blog yesterday not only because I was busy but because I had just too sad a story to tell. “Joy of Cooking” let me down. You may recall I made a lemon meringue pie for Husband, his favorite. This giant pie involved 8 eggs and was a Mess with a capital M; filling wouldn’t gel, everything tasted like cornstarch.
Tried again day before yesterday with a 3-egg recipe from “Joy of Cooking.” Meringue was lovely but I could tell even as I put it in the refrigerator that that lemon filling was again going to come out the texture of thick cream. And it did.
I had to go off to a meeting and left my husband a note apologizing for my failure. He replied that he loved it and I was under no circumstances to throw it out. He was actually upset this morning when he looked into the fridge and the pie was half gone; I explained that I’d put a big serving in his lunch. Then he was happy.
But I am NOT happy and I’m NOT going down. I’m going to take a break and make what looks like an interesting lemon chiffon pie from “Easy as Pie,” by John Phillip Carroll. I’ve STILL got Meyer lemons to use. If that works, I’ll try TDP (that damned pie) again.
How could it be that someone who can make gefilte fish from scratch, light and moist cakes and virtually anything Italian or Portuguese can’t bake a good pie? Dunno.
If anyone has a lemon filling for lemon meringue pie that does emerge silky, shimmering and gelled, PLEASE, I’m begging you, save my reputation. I’m afraid to go into the kitchen.
And while we’re on things I don’t understand: “Top Chef” fans, I’m talking to you. Why does ANYBODY attempt to do a risotto on that show? Nobody gets it right for Tom Colichio. Ever. Even Fabio. And desserts? Do not go there unless you’re a pastry chef (and you snuck a recipe into your luggage).
On the plus side, today I learned the secrets of making award-winning musubi from Manabu Asaoka of Mana-bu’s okazu. This guy (and his lovely wife, Fumiyo) can make a humble tuna mayo musubi into a delicacy fit for … well … even Tom Colichio. The story on how to replicate his genius at home will appear in the Star-Advertiser in a couple of weeks.
Upcoming: celebrating Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath; starting promptly at 5:55 p.m., 18 minutes before sundown, with the lighting of the candles and a festive Sephardic-style chicken dish.
I just looked for our TNT lemon meringue pie recipe and I can’t put my hands on it right now. Most likely it’s in with all of the other recipes which were dumped into a box when we moved back to NC from HI — and I’m still trying to go through those to sort them out! Mom always used Kingsford (Argo) cornstarch and took the recipe right off the box. Here’s a link to it from the Kingsford site: http://argostarch.com/recipe_details.asp?id=382
I hope this one works for you! On a side note–the liver mush didn’t freeze and defrost well enough to deem it okay to send to you (my daughter and son in law said the consistency wasn’t the same which made it not as palatable as freshly made–which it was, cut into slices, wrapped up and put in the freezer within 24 hours) but you have a box of goodies coming your way via UPS I just sent out today.
I made this all the time in HI and everywell else, it’s never failed me. I am not great at recipie writing but here goes. In a bowl stir together 1c sugar and 1/4 c cornstarch…add 1 tsp salt…put in pan with 1.5 c water and simmer until transluscent. add 7 eggyolks that are very well beaten one at a time, then when they are mixed in well add 2 tbs lemon zest, 1/2 c of lemon juice and two tbs of butter. I bring this up to a healthy simmer and then poor it in the crust. I put saran wrap on the top while I beat the meringue….I put the meringue on it while it’s still hot. I hope this works, it’s my great grandmothers recipie.