Saturday Randoms

It’s been a busy and hectic March and April doesn’t look any better. Worst part is that I have a bum wrist, my dominant wrist to make things worst. While making dinner last night, I felt a bit like Dave, the one-armed winning chef from Hell’s Kitchen last season. I’m not nearly as skillful as he was with a knife. Bear with me in regards to posting until things get back to normal. In the meantime, here are a couple of random items from the past couple of weeks.

I finally got around to taking a picture of one of the sandwiches from Cali Baguette Express in Mira Mesa. You can read about one of my visits here. This is a #6 BBQ Beef ($3). The sandwich is easily a foot long.

Here’s a shot of the inside. A decent amount of BBQ beef and all the fillers. I could have used another slice of cucumber and a little more jalapeno in this one but tasty nonetheless. Mmmmm, I want one now just looking at the picture.

And staying with the long bread and meat theme, I tried my hand at making a New England hot dog bun. Obviously this was before I screwed up my wrist. Some know these as New England style rolls, akin to the Lobster roll. When I was kid, I used to look forward to going the Six Flags theme park just so I can get one of these dogs. Bread that was toasted buttery crunchy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. Ahhhhh.

I haven’t seen NE buns in the stores but I really haven’t looked that hard. I got this hot dog pan to make my own. I had a tough time deciding what recipe to use and ended up trying this recipe. Didn’t turn out as fluffy as it should since I screwed up on the ingredients. I accidentally added a bit too much water and had to add more flour to correct it. In the process, I overworked the dough, making it heavy. NE buns should be light, not brick like. The taste was decent but it would have been better if I had the ingredients right.

You can go to the NE Hot Dog Company’s photo gallery to see what a good bun should look like. I plan on using the hot dog bun recipe in my bread book next time (closer to Summer) since it’s similar to a white bread recipe with a slight adjustment. I should have done that to begin with. But I thought there would be a very specific recipe just for NEHD buns. Silly me.

That’s it for now. Gotta go ice the wrist. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

8 Comments

  1. so jealous that all of you are so close to many many bahn mi options. everywhere near me so far that i’ve tried is bad bad bad. (for example, no pickled veggies and instead an iceberg lettuce mix, wtf) that’s an interesting post on ne style rolls..i never really knew there was one, but then again i’m not too familiar w/ east coast food. ur post has inspired me to make some fresh bread this weekend! hope that wrist gets better. injuries are definitely frustrating

    • Hey Sawyer! Are you in Davis now? Iceberg lettuce? Maybe it was a Subway pretending as a banh mi place. Either way — :-p

      I don’t think I could eat a banh mi without the pickled veggies, I love the veggies. Well, hopefully you’ll find something decent there.

      To think that my first encounter with the NE bun was in California! I’ve never had one in the East Coast. And get this, the Mister has never had a dog in a NE bun and he’s from NY and lived in MA, too. Go figure.

      Hope whatever bread you’re making this weekend turns out great! Let us know how it turns out! And thanks about the wrist, it’s recovering nicely but I’m still not ready to bench 250 lbs yet (harharhar!).

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