The Sundays with Joy schedule has been throwing some major curve balls at me lately. Just like the coffee bacon, I was skeptical about making this dessert. I have never had a grapefruit. I know, it sounds crazy right? I’ve never had a desire to try one. But there is a first for everything! And this is only one of the two hesitations about the recipe grapefruit soufflé pudding.
The last time I tried a recipe similar to a soufflé, it was a disaster. The top just burned and the inside didn’t cook. It was nasty with uncooked eggs and stuff and I have avoided trying it again. However, being that this is the current Sundays with Joy recipe, I had to give it a go. But, between the grapefruit and the water bath, I had little confidence.
Look how great that looks! I was pleasantly surprised at how good these turned out!
And they taste great too! The grapefruit flavor isn’t too strong or tart. It is subtle and the soufflé has a just enough sweetness to it. I love how as it baked, it turned into a two layer dessert with a spongy like cake on top and pudding on the bottom. How did it do that?! This is a nice light and airy dessert that is perfect for the spring and summer season. Although I had this grapefruit dessert, I still haven’t actually had a grapefruit by itself. I am going to have to now!
If you want the recipe, I highly recommend getting the Joy the Baker Cookbook and check out her blog too!
I am all about challenges in the kitchen. But those challenges are usually related to baking, not soda making. But a challenge is a challenge and I am excited to follow along with Love and Olive Oil‘s Monthly Kitchen Challenges. Last month, I made macarons. (Sorry for all the “challenges”!)
May’s Monthly Kitchen Challenge is ginger ale. My liking of ginger ale is more recent, within the last couple of years. Growing up, if I drank it when I wasn’t sick, it reminded me of being sick. Who wants that? I don’t know what is different, but I’m good with it now.
I chose to use a recipe by Food Network’s Alton Brown. Compared to some others, it is less involved with simple ingredients. That’s what I was looking for.
Making this ginger ale was extremely easy and quick. Except grating the ginger. Pretty messy.
Who needs a fancy soda making machine??? Not this girl. The bottle had to sit untouched for 48 hours. I had the urge to shake it for some reason, but I was able to resist.
Two days later and my result is a nice tall glass of ginger ale. To me the smell of ginger in the soda is much stronger than the taste, if that makes sense. Matt says it tastes more like ginger beer. It definitely does not taste like the ginger ale you find in a grocery store. I wonder what other flavors of soda I can make without a machine. If you want to try, this is a nice easy way to start!
For the past couple of years, Matt and I have been able to enjoy fresh vegetables from our garden. However, Matt is the one who put in all the work so I can’t take any credit for that. I just did the eating. Click here to read more about our garden!!
I was never one to have a green thumb anyway. I enjoy nice flowers and eating fresh vegetables from a garden, but not really into maintaining it. However, I feel different about this now. I decided I want to take part in our garden this season but to start small, have my own little project. I am going to have my own little herb garden.
I didn’t realize how many different herbs exist! Like chocolate mint! I wouldn’t even know what to do with that. But I am keeping it simple and going with five that I will use often:
Normally, I am not really good at keeping plants alive. But this is different. I am excited to take care of my herbs and to start using them in my cooking. I will update you throughout the summer with how the garden is going and how I will be using the herbs. So excited to get started!