Monday, August 25, 2008


Cranky made crackers. He sneaked into the kitchen yesterday and started banging around, without telling me.
He used an Alton Brown recipe for seeded crackers (poppyseed, sesame seed), and jazzed it up with additions of mustard powder, prepared mustard, and a shake of garlic powder. (Yes, there is garlic powder in the house.)
I taught him to cut the rolled-out dough with a juice glass, and so the crackers were really tidy-looking. The leftover snippets of dough could be rolled out again (which he did a few times), but Cranky finally decided it would be fun to bake the oddly shaped snippets. One of them came out looking like either a fish or an Abu Ghraib prisoner. (You had to be there. Well, not there.)
Yummy! We ate half of the crackers with sheep's milk ricotta, a medley of minced herbs, chopped cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
And if you think Cranky does all the cooking around here, I want you to know I am currently roasting two eggplants from the backyard, for a spicy dip. It will go on the remaining half of the Crankers.
(Yes, that is Elvis on the spoon.)


el said...

Woot! Smashing crackers, Cranky.

So, just a question: how long do you have to be married before the other person decides he must join in on the cooking? I'm just wondering if this is something I can look forward to, and, more importantly, when. (It's not happening fast enough.)

Sam said...

crankers. could you be any more clever with words? I don't think so. I love it.

jimmycrackedcorn said...

I laughed out loud at your spoon. :)

cookiecrumb said...

El: When I vetted Cranky for relationshiphood, I checked to see if he had a garlic press. (This was in the Pleistocene, before we were told not to use garlic presses.) He passed.
He and I have been cooking together since the beginning. It's only recently that I have become "braver," and he's well on his way to catching up.

Sam: You are the cleverest with words. xx

JimmyCrackedCorn: Can you believe I've had that thing in my mouth??!!

jen maiser said...

Not to be the needy commenter, but I can't find said recipe. Did he use wheat flour or white? Thanks. xx

cookiecrumb said...

Jen! These are the crackers we brought to your party. You liked them.
Half wheat, half white. It's in the "I'm Just Here for More Food" book.
You needy creature.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Crankers. Hee hee. I wish my husband would go into the kitchen and mess around...there would be fighting.

Dagny said...

Hubba hubba.

Rev. Biggles said...


And, damn! You guys are wailin' along in the kitchen fer sure. Nice.


cookiecrumb said...

Nikki: Food fight!

Dagny: It's like, why shop for food when all you have to shop for is ingredients? :)

Biggles: I know. First, bacon. Now crackers. Next: Infinity, and beyond!!

Heather said...

Yummm...spicy eggplant diiiip.

Homemade crackers, eh? You really like upping that ante, don'tcha?

Zoomie said...

What Sam said!

cookiecrumb said...

Heather: It's just a way to get our gluten. Crackers are easier than bread.
(the dip was awwwwwesome)

Zoomie: blush

Michelle said...

I think crackers and Elvis spoons go hand in hand, really! Nice crankers!

Sophie said...

WOW (impressed look). Your eggplant dish looks so yummy.

Here I bought a sauce pack for Sauce for Spicy Garlic Egg-plant so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.