Posts filed under ‘food’
Hubby grilled some pork chops and garden corn for our supper tonight.
There is nothing any better than corn grilled in butter
with a shake of salt and scatter of fresh parsley.
Nothing looks any prettier either.
Julia Child’s Wine Poached Fruit in Chocolate Cups
Lisa at Champaign Taste is holding the 3rd Julia Child Birthday Event to celebrate Julia’s birthday.
Lisa’s first Julia Child Birthday Event was the very first blog event I ever entered, after starting Coffee & Cornbread about three years ago.
I didn’t want to miss it but the dish I wanted to prepare needed fresh pears. You can not hardly poach a pear without pears, but I did have one peach, one mango, several oranges and bananas.
I decided to use Julia’s formula for poaching fruit and substitute the one peach for pear. I didn’t want a bunch of it laying around the house anyway and it would be a perfect serving for two in her chocolate cups.
Julia’ s proportions for poaching fresh fruit are 6 tablespoons of sugar per cup of wine, according to the Julia Child’s Menu Cookbook.
You also add lemon juice and zest along with a cinnamon stick. Simmer the liquid about 5 minutes then put in the peeled fruit and maintain the heat on the fruit about 10 minutes at just barely below a simmer.
When you cut off the heat you cover the fruit and let it sit in the liquid covered at least 20 minutes, but can sit for several days in the refrigerator.
I used red wine and allowed the peach to sit in the refrigerator about 3 days.
For the chocolate cups Julia tells us to melt chocolate on a double boiler and then coat paper cupcake forms with the chocolate.
Here she is doing it in her book.
Here I am coating cups.
I am suppose to refrigerate and carefully peel the paper away when they become firm.
I tried, I really did, but I busted both cups on the edge.
I managed to place the fruit in the cup to hide the busted edges.
We are suppose to serve the poached fruit with a caramel sauce in the chocolate cup. Caramel sauce takes cream and I didn’t have any.
I did however have some store purchased caramel sauce, so I used that drizzled with some of the poaching liquid. I also had leftover chocolate which I made a few curls from to place on top.
It was wonderful. The poaching liquid mixed in the caramel was so good!
The only things I might do different is to make my own caramel next time and let the chocolate cups come to room temperature because while still cool they tended to be hard to eat.
Oh …and Julia also put a macaroon cookie under her pears. I am not one to like macaroons, so I felt it was great without it
My grandchildrens birthday party was May 25th at a local park.
Their mom Tina wanted a theme, so when she asked me to do the cakes I was stumped at first.As I thought on it, I asked what she thought about a jungle theme with monkeys.
I was thinking about that game, Barrel Of Monkeys, and how I could do cakes with
palm trees and place a monkey from the game on the cakes to look like monkeys were
hanging from palm trees.
Tina agreed it was a good idea.
We had a centerpiece of pineapple, banana, and coconut with balloons.
I did each grandchild a separate cake. Fraternal twins are double the fun you know.
I also did a large cake for everyone else. I am not a professional cake baker
but everyone felt they turned out very good. Tasted great too.
To carry the theme farther I dipped pineapple pieces in chocolate and sprinkled them with coconut.
We split a coconut to use as a dip bowl for chips and nestled it in flaked coconut so it would
Of course, one of the games had to be Barrel Of Monkeys to see which child could link the most monkeys.
It is funny how different each twin is.
Xavier being the most outgoing twin dug right into his cake.
Kingston took his time and seemed to be admiring his cake, but finally dug in also.
It was a wonderful time! What a privilege to be able to bake my grandchildren their first birthday cake. It will be a happy memory in my mind for life.
If you are ever stumped for a birthday theme, why not use a Barrel Of Monkeys?
Happy Mothers Day to any mom reading this today.
My son took his wife and me and papa out to eat at a local restaurant with the grandbabies.
Tina, Xavier, Me, Kingston, Paul
It is hard to believe that my honeybunnies (grandkids) will be one year old on the 25th of this month.
KingstonI will be baking their birthday cakes so you can be sure I will be blogging on that one.
And I got red roses from hubby today. He is so sweet.
Like I said “Happy Mothers Day”.
As a teen, I loved the look of frosted hair. You know the light streaks against a darker hair shade.
As time is no longer my friend and I look at the years and naturally frosting hair, graying, I decided I might like to do something about it.
Being the evolving organic nauralist that I am slowly but surely becoming, I felt there must be some way to color hair without all the store bought chemicals.
I have even taken to house cleaning with baking soda or vinegar solutions of late.
Something food or herbal related to hair dye should be out there. Foodstuff and hair..they match, especially when finding hair in foodstuff.
Like the doggie waterbowl I saw that said.
“A dog rules this kitchen and all recipes taste better with a pinch of dog hair.”
Can you imagine? Pinch of dog hair… uggg!
I thought of beet juice hair dying but figured hubby might not take to coming home and finding my head pickled one day, with a combination of beet juice and cheap red wine.
I did an online search.
I could find henna for dark hair.
For info about henna go to… Link.
This is a tattoo artists henna page, but it does tell about henna and how the products labled henna will have other chemicals and how henna does not come in a slew of color.
Then I found Indian gooseberry and coconut oil.
I needed something dark.
I did find some other interesting “facts”..oh gosh from the internet.
I should say I found a barrage of maybe true, maybe mindless, information.
Then a natural dye for lighter hair
which I might try to see if it helps the gray a bit.
Quote from above link
” 1 tsp ground ginger, i tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp curry powder and a pinch of tumeric. (be careful with tumeric, hair can turn clown yellow if you use too much. all of these ingredients are spices that can be bought in any grocery store. i put the spices in a bowl, pour one cup of boiling water over them, cover tightly and let cool. next strain saving the liquid. pour over washed and dried hair about 5-6 times. i use a basin in the sink or tub to catch the mixture then pour back into the cup and repeat 5-6 times. don’t rinse,squeeze out excess water cover with shower cap and leave on about 30 minutes. rinse with cool water lastly i add a dash of vinegar to cup of cool water and pour over and leave in. acts like a conditioner and keeps the color in better. the mixture doesn’t stain my skin,sink or hands. there is some dripping under the shower cap so have a towel handy. this gives me a natural light golden blonde hair color, and my darker hair blends in nicely.it washes out with each shampoo so has to be done each time. the gray is comletely covered using this method, even better than hair dye which often won’t cover the temples or the sides. the spices and the vinegar condition it and idon’t have to use a conditioner.it’s recommended to a patch test with herbs and spices first.”
On going without shampoo – not sure I could handle that one.
Some natural shampoo recipes where we are also told to use eggwhite as a facial.
Food in my hair …….and on my face!
Have you ever gotten a can that would not completely open with a can opener?
What do you do with the thing?
You have a can that the opener only put a dent in the top. Sort of like a crease along the edge with maybe an opening of an inch.
What to do?
1 – Take your expensive chefs knife and pry that baby open! Risk loosing a finger.
2 – Try to wedge a spoon into the inch and spoon out what you can. Throw away the rest.
3 – Just toss it all and open another can.
4 – Complain to the manufacturer of the opener.
5 – Complain to the manufacturer of the can.
6 – Complain to your blog.
7- Figure you didn’t need the stuff anyway and do without.
8- Substitute another can of stuff. Like the recipe calls for tomato sauce….Just open a can of pimentos because they are red too, (A food processor works wonders, sort of like magical).
I want my readers to see what a beautiful hill of oregano I harvested from my herb garden just this morning.
Big lovely leaves with that earthy oregano scent.
I do love oregano.
I read that the month of March was the warmest on record, and I feel it must have been true for me to harvest such quality oregano this early in our season. Our high mountains season is normally two weeks behind areas only an hour drive from us.
I decided I had to make a spaghetti sauce with my fresh oregano and some frozen slow roasted tomatoes from last year.
I must have used about a 3/4 cup of chopped oregano along with frozen basil from my freezer.
I added some garlic and parsley I had purchased that needed to be used pronto, and a bit of ground fennel seed. I rarely think ahead when grocery shopping but just try to stock up on items I know I use a lot because I don’t shop as often as most people.
I also used ground beef and when I use meat like that I always drain well then rinse the meat under warm water.
It might sound like a rinsed beef would water things a bit ,but I have found it doesn’t do any harm to sauces and gives me an even leaner ground beef.
It turned out wonderful, although thrown together without thought of a recipe. When I make my spaghetti this evening I plan to top it with parmesan cheese.
Hubby got me a ring for Valentines Day.
It is actually a candy ring but I don’t think I want to eat it…. but save it.
He also got me some truffles but I liked the candy ring the best.
I am totally falling in love with Jamie Oliver’s new show on Food Network, ” Jamie At Home”.
I love his rustic from the ground to the table type cooking, and he even wears a sock cap while in his kitchen!
He has made quite the stir with his free range chicken and animal welfare issues, yet viewed as forked tongue with his representing certain supermarket chains that go against his views.
You know how people are when one comes under the public microscope.
That is why I would never tell someone to go totally organic or local..I mean gee what kind of prison one puts the self in when telling others what to do.
Just do the best you can, and hope you never get under the microscope yourself.