|Ready, steady.... cook!|
I read through the recipe and come to wonder whether ‘aise’ is not a derivation of some word meaning ‘fatty’. I separate 3 eggs and add the yolks to a bain marie over a modest heat, and I begin whisking. I add, cube by tiny (1cm) cube the butter (200g), piece by piece waiting each time for the last to melt and all the while my arm feels like it might drop off. I happen to be watching Rachel Khoo and her Little Paris Kitchen and she is making béchamel and says that all the whisking is great for bingo wings so I persist. Mind I have never seen her bare armed so I can’t really be sure. I soon realise this is not the kind of hangover food you want to be making yourself unless you have a particularly sadistic streak. When the sauce has taken as much butter as I deem possible/plausible I add the juice of ½ a lemon and some salt and pepper (no mean feat when you must keep whisking).
The whole thing comes together to do a very good impression of what I think it should look like and after some extra seasoning I plunge the bowl into another of tepid water to keep the sauce warm while I brown the muffin, poach the egg and apply the ham. Nigella says the combination of asparagus and Hollandaise is a divine combination so I of course try some of that too. I cut the ends off the asparagus because I seem to remember seeing on Masterchef once that that’s the done thing. Something to do with starch. Then I realised I can’t fit it in the steaming pan so I lop a bit more off and bang the lid on. I am superbly happy with the results. I longingly stare at the door hoping for my flatmate to appear so I can feed her with my triumph too, but she doesn’t and eventually I have to dispose of the remaining sauce. I haven’t had a tastier dinner in a long time!
|Eggs benedict and asparagus - heavenly!|
Kitchen wisdom gained
· Hollandaise may be full of butter but the calories you burn off making it make it positively saintly (I can dream can’t I?). Note to self, next time try one of these methods – less washing up, less chance of losing an arm.
· English macaroons might not look as fancy as French ones, but they’re easier to make and taste every bit as nice.
· I will be sticking to bacon sandwiches when faced with home-based hangover situations in future.
Domestic Goddess Score out of 10: 8 – making your own Hollandaise is above and beyond the call of regular duty. Unlike the mayonnaise it totally behaved itself as well. The biscuits kicked ass.
Final score: Kat 2 – Nigella 2