Updated: Apr 22, 2020
As much time as I have spent in the kitchen, there are quite a few dishes I haven't ever attempted, some I have no desire to and others I just haven't tried yet. I spend most of my time trying to create or recreate recipes that are healthier, substituting ingredients, finding ways to make healthy eating taste good. Sharing recipes that don't compromise the flavor for nutritional value, you can have both even with a predominantly plant based diet.
With clients that I have cooked for over the years, who have had different eating habits, likes, dislikes, health restrictions, I have attempted with success and some not so successful, dishes that I had never tried before. As with anything, when you are not so successful, learn from your mistakes and try again. If you don't ever try for fear of messing up, then you will never know, you don't need to get it right every time. Messing up in the kitchen happens all the time, especially when trying something for the first time. We put pressure on ourselves because we want to look exactly like the picture, or taste like someone else's recipe. Maybe your version of a recipe you used tastes better, even if it is different doesn't mean that it isn't good.
This last weekend I did just that, I made a Greek Easter cookie that my greek husband loves, and so do the rest of us. We have always purchased them from a family friend who makes them every year and sells them in these big jars. Needless to say they are usually gone in a few days, they ARE cookies, so yes on the carbs with the white flour, not overly sweet and a great crisp or crunch to them. Almost like a cookie biscuit, my husband loves to dunk them in his coffee. Well this was the year I decided to make them myself, the recipe is not difficult at all, don't know why I didn't attempt them sooner. They turned out a little bigger than the ones we usually have, they didn't have the crunch like the others had, but they were gone in a day!!! So I would say they were a success in the kitchen, not the same but still delicious. Next time I may do a few things different, even with the changes I make I know they will still turn out good, and I will continue to make them, MY WAY!
I might even attempt a healthier version, they may not turn out the same, just a healthy Greek Easter cookie.
Koulourakia (Greek Easter Cookie)
1 cup butter, room temperature, 2 sticks (healthier you can use clarified butter of coconut oil butter)
6 1/2 cups flour
1 cup white sugar (haven’t figured out a healthier sweetener yet that wouldn’t change the cookie taste or texture)
4 eggs, room temperature
½ cup milk,( you can use any nut milk of choice)
1 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking powder
For egg wash; 1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Starting with a large bowl, beat butter until smooth, about 1 minute
Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy
Add in the 4 eggs and beat
Add in the milk of choice and vanilla and beat again
Gradually add the flour and baking powder
In a small bowl whisk the egg and water for the egg wash
Lightly flour your work surface, take out a scoop of dough, about 2 tbsp. Roll it out on the surface, only in flour if it seems sticky, roll it out to about 10 inches long and round, like a small snake.
Bend the dough in half and twist it 3 times, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can usually get about 10 on a sheet. Brush with the wash and bake them for about 18-20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.