Things I want to try cooking.

What we have here is a bunch of stuff that I’ve been wanting to try my hand at for, in most cases, a very long time. Perhaps if I list them here I might even make some of them eventually.

Soft pretzels – because OMG YUM!

Mozzarella Fresca – I think this would be such an awesome thing to do with the kids, beats going to a cheese factory to learn about cheese making.

Beef jerky – there are lots of recipes around, many of them seem to be characterised by a certain vagueness with instructions such as “add some or all of the following in your preferred proportions”, I figure I’ll make it up as I go if I ever get around to it.

Salt water taffy – this one is all about nostalgia. When my family was living in Boulder, Colorado for 6 months in 1985 we went to a fair at a small town in the mountains above Boulder and bought, among other things, salt water taffy. This constitutes one of a very small number of pleasant memories of that time of my sulky teenaged existence (I HATED being away from home, something to do with being 14 and leaving behind my first ever boyfriend who I’d been going out with for 3 months. My poor parents.) Anyway, I don’t think I’ve ever seen salt water taffy here in Sydney, if anyone knows where I can get some it’ll save me a whole lot of trouble!

Fudge – Do I need a reason for this one? I have a recipe book with LOTS of divine sounding flavours, I have a candy thermometer, I need to buy a decent heavy based saucepan though.

The only question is, which one to try first?

6 Responses to “Things I want to try cooking.”

  1. Dina says:

    I could bring you salt water taffy when we come there.

    If it’s allowed.

    We were all confused about what we could bring to Australia. I started desperately throwing all our candy away before we went through customs.

  2. lauredhel says:

    There is plenty of saltwater taffy at USA Foods.

    http://www.usafoods.com.au/c38/salt-water-taffy/

    I think you should try the cheese first!

  3. aussiehen says:

    I was going to mention USA Foods too but also say saltwater taffy please as I’ve only had it the once on our honeymoon in Christchurch but loved and have never seen it again.

  4. Kenny says:

    If your interested in trying your hands at making some great beef jerky you should check out Beefjerkyrecipes.com ,they have easy to follow instructions and good recipe ideas. Thanks and let me know if it turned out for ya!

  5. Megan says:

    I’m voting soft pretzels because they are seriously yummy and if it works for you I’ll try it too…

  6. Mim says:

    Dina, I’m pretty sure candy is OK, plenty of my friends have brought back suitcases half full of American candy before now.

    lauredhel, you’re a menace! I’m so going to have to order a whole heap of stuff from USA Foods now LOL

    Kenny, I had found that site too and I’m sure I’ll be using ideas from there as well when I start experimenting.

    Megan, I’m thinking it’ll be soft pretzels first too. I’ll let you know when I’m doing them and you can come and taste test!

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