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!