Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Kitchen MacGyver

Egg whites are good for a lot of things -
lemon meringue pie, angel food cake, and clogging up radiators.
- MacGyver

I will only concur on the pie and Angel Food Cake. I'm sure you've all had angel food cake from the grocery.  Most of it tastes like Styrofoam.  Making one from scratch isn't the easiest thing to make, but  if you wear your special MacGyver pants for cooking,  it helps, as do detailed instructions.  Plus it's one of the lower fat, lower calorie baked goods out there.

That being said, some baked items can take a little practice.  Should your spouse or friend be kind enough to attempt this recipe, remember, like with handymen, there are certain things one should NOT say while your loved ones attempts such things. 

Phrases to avoid saying to either a handyman OR chef.

Is this all you've done all day?
What exactly IS that?
Isn't the top supposed to be level?
How much did you spend on THIS?
I'll get the broom and the dustbin.
Am I holding it the right way?
What's that little thing sticking out of the top.
Maybe we should check our homeowners policy before we try it

And the worst?

Insert an ex's name here 's never looked like that!

Even a lopsided angel food cake is good (but make sure you grease the pan well so the batter can climb up the sides and cook evenly).  If it's not perfect (or even if it is) it makes a dandy low fat, fairly decent low in calories dessert.

This recipe (not mine) is easy and makes one loaf, perfect for when you don't want a ton of cake lying around but want something for dinner or guests.
Top some cubes of this cake fresh from the oven with strawberries, a little vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of honey and serve in a Champagne glasses.  Your guests won't care about how long it took, the mess you made of the counter or whether there is flour all over the seat of your MacGyver britches.


  1. Bob used to make angel food cake all the time "back in the day". Nice warning on what NOT to say lol!


  2. Hari OM
    do you know, I can honestly say I have never eaten one... have never been a fan of cakes, especially 'frothy' ones. Christmas cake and Emm's Sri Lankan Love Cake are exceptions. I was most horrified, however, to discover as she made them this year in my presence, that of the two dozen eggs per cake, only the yolks are used...... and the whites went down the sinkhole!!!!!!! I nearly died. Not just at the waste, but at the thought of all the savoury pancakes or macaroons which could have been made - and then frozen. I guess not everyone is au fait with Mcgyverism!
    Eyes-on... YAM xx


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