Last Friday I sprained my ankle. Now, this really would not have been that big of a deal if it weren't for the fact that this is the 4th time I have sprained the same ankle in less than a year. And I was super frustrated because that means no running, no climbing and a visit to the doctor complete with x-rays. To put it lightly it has been a week of melt-downs. It is, in fact, way better than the month I had 3 concussions and got a 300 dollar ER bill, but it just seemed like everything I did was destined for disaster. And then Tuesday night I decided I needed to bake something to feel better. Since everyone seems to be obsessed with Girl Scout Cookies I decided to make some from scratch. I found a recipe that involved more use of my microwave than I have used in 8 years and so I dove in... this was a mistake, a complete and horrible mistake. I ended my evening on the kitchen floor crying.
Redemption came the next night when I decided, screw you microwave, I do not understand you, bring on a few hours of work for an oh so amazing reward. This is the type of food I am good at making. And Wednesday night I went to bed with a smile on my chocolate smeared face.
What you need:
4 large naval oranges
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bag of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (okay fine, any brand will do)
season 1 of M*A*S*H on dvd *
Slice the ends off and peel the oranges. Cut the peel into thin strips. Place orange peels in a pot and cover with water. Bring water to a rolling boil and then strain the peels. Rinse and Repeat (no really, boil the peels a second time and drains the water from the pot). Add one cup water and one cup sugar to the pot over medium heat. Stir until a syrup forms. The liquid should be at a low simmer. Cover the pot and let it simmer for one hour. Proceed to eat an orange while watching M*A*S*H.
After one hour has passed your entire kitchen with smell like orange :) Remove the candied orange peels from the pot and place them on waxed paper or a rack where they can cool. Watch another episode of M*A*S*H. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. Dip candied orange peels into chocolate and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place this cookie sheet in the freezer or refrigerator until chocolate hardens.
I understand this recipe seems very time intensive, but I think it is very simple and worth trying because it is truly on of the most delicious things I have ever made and I am not just saying that to make up for being a gimp.
I assure you if you've had a bad day or a bad week these treats will put a smile on your face.