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?