I imagine most people out there have a ever-growing mental list of recipes to try someday. I used to bookmark every delicious thing that crossed my path while I read blogs, the collection getting to the hundreds and only barely did I look at it when it came time to actually satisfy hunger. After a recent browser crash and wipe of everything I'd saved, I decided to keep the ideas in my head, with the reasoning that it's those things that I really wanted to eat anyway! So right now, that list involves things like homemade bagels, tibetan yak dumplings, mole sauce, and anything ethiopian... and until very recently - anything with phyllo pastry! I finally tried using it, not without trepidation, in a recipe I've been itching to make since the moment I saw it (and did not forget it) - Jenny Wren's fennel corn phyllo pockets of awesome! (name-change mine)
It took me a couple tries to get the hang of it, I will not lie. But by the end I was folding up neat little dignified triangles with the best of them! I ate the wonky first ones for lunch today with a tomato compote from the Artful Vegan, and felt pretty durn special, I can say that. I'm pretty much on vacation for one whole week (wow) before I start summer classes again, so I'm up for any opportunity to get all indulgent in simple things, like tuesday's mid-day meal. Not that I wouldn't anyway, but I broke out the giant white restaurant plate for this one.
Hmm... and could not possibly resist making an apple-blackberry tart with local yellow delicious apples and BC golden syrup, nooooo.... not while the phyllo is just sitting there all defrosted and feathery and waiting for my apple-craving fingers to mash it into a crispy sugared square of fantastic with toasted walnuts on the bottom even ! It had to happen. You know it did. I'm glad it did. I would have given my eye-teeth for ice cream or even soy milk alongside of this, but regardless it was light and perfect.
Oh yeah - does anyone have experience with either/both of The Artful Vegan and Millenium cookbooks? I'd like to get one, I think, but I'm not sure which!