This is the first time in ages. I used to love to experiment in the kitchen, but somehow the passion waned (for reasons privy to close friends and family only) but I think it’s back. Hopefully this time, it’s back for good.
Hence, when I recently saw fresh cranberries at the health food store, I immediately grabbed a container with the end in mind that I’m going to make cranberry sauce (those canned variety just doesn’t do it for me, it never has and never will).
I was lucky that the container came with a recipe. I didn’t follow it though. Instead of pure apple juice and brown sugar, I used pure cranberry juice and a very minimal amount of agave nectar respectively.
This sauce has been long gone and was consumed by two people who were just eager to try. Who says you need to eat turkey with cranberry sauce? Remember, I don’t serve any kind of meat in my kitchen. Topping baked Japanese yams with the sauce was one of the many partners of this homemade cranberry sauce.
And that same Sunday afternoon (yes, I was in the mood to get busy in the kitchen even if typically, Sunday is a non-cooking day for me), it was the perfect time for me to experiment on what I’ve long been aiming to try to make – chocolate covered strawberries. With fresh organic strawberries, I went to work and got my hands dirty.
I combined several chocolate bars (in different percentages of cacao content) and I was lucky that I concocted something so delicious. This is an experiment, so please don’t ask me for the combination. I only used dark chocolate minimum of 70% cacao content.
Then, I pulled out my chocolate melting pot and fondue forks which have been sitting idle for two months since I brought them home.
The chocolate melting pot worked like a charm. There was no need to melt the chocolate via microwave ( I bought one brand and returned it because the manual indicated that you need to melt the chocolate before putting them in the vessel). I just had to preheat the melting pot for 5 minutes and it was good to go. The keep warm function was awesome! I originally wanted to buy a fondue fountain but for my purpose, I figured that it will waste so much chocolate. It’s great for when you have company and decide to have chocolate fountain which incidentally will make for a great looking table centerpiece too.
The finished product.
It’s good to note that it is not that easy to work with melted chocolate. It is best consumed immediately. Storing the chocolate covered strawberries posed a big challenge. Even with my airtight container, the build up of moisture didn’t help at all. It’s good that I decided to give some to our neighbor and a friend.
Needless to say, I was really exhausted after this afternoon of experimentation in the kitchen. I will gladly do it again though. It’s fulfilling for me to be able to create and make something from scratch. Besides, it’s therapeutic too.
Till next experiment!