Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Then I decided to prepare the peaches, Dorie gives instructions for blanching them so I followed the directions. However, only one peach successfully had all of its skin come off. I thought maybe the others needed to boil a few more seconds. Wrong. I boiled them a little too long and ended up with cooked peaches instead of blanched ones. At this point I said a variety of unprintable words and just went with it and sliced up the peaches and called it a day.
The custard part came together with no problem (thankfully). I used raspberry jam and plain breadcrumbs instead of the graham cracker crumbs. I did have a few problems folding the edges around the filling because the dough was still sticking to the parchment paper even after cooling.
After it baked about 20 minutes I added about 1/4 c. of the custard and baked it for another 15 minutes. I had a little custard leftover so I poured that into a little ramekin and baked it along with the galette.
In the end it came out okay, it was not the most attractive thing I've ever baked but it still tasted good. The custard in the ramekin was really good and probably terrible health-wise since it was really just butter, egg and sugar. My husband and I ate it afterwards and it reminded me a lot of Chess Pie, the kind my great-grandmother used to make.
All in all the galette was a nice recipe, I was just not having a great baking day. I'll try it again later, maybe this time with apricots or nectarines.
Next week will be the Black and White Banana Loaf chosen by Ashlee of A Year in the Kitchen.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker
1. What is your first name? April
2. What is your favorite food? Eclectic
3. What high school did you go to? Covington
4. What is your favorite color? Green
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Vincent D’Onofrio
6. Favorite drink? Bellini
7. Dream vacation? Japan
8. Favorite dessert? Bread Pudding
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Actress
10. What do you love most in life? My cats (my husband’s a given, the cats are #2)
11. One Word to describe you. Sweet
12. Your flickr name: roseam21 (I kind of cheated on this only because there were no results when I searched so I just used a picture of myself)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I’m thinking about casting on the Rusted Root sweater in the next week or so. But I want something big to take to the beach with me so I may wait until then to cast on. Or I might *finally* take the plunge and knit some socks. Maybe.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I love Dorie, I really do. However, my hips, thighs and belly love Dorie a little too much. Which is why this week instead of making the entire cobbler I made 3 mini-cobblers in these little cake pans I found at Target. I did not properly half the recipe; I just eyeballed the entire thing. Luck was on my side because they came out great.
I have never cooked/baked anything with rhubarb in it. The only real exposure to rhubarb I’ve had comes from listening to Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and hearing their ‘commercials’ for Be-Bop-A-Re-Bop Rhubarb Pie. I don’t think rhubarb is a big thing in the South; maybe it’s too hot here for rhubarb? At any rate I could not find any fresh at this point in the summer so I opted for frozen. I did use fresh cherries though. The recipe was easily put together, really the only time consuming part was pitting the cherries. I didn’t use the food processor either; just my hands and I sprinkled the tops with raw sugar before I put them in the oven. I baked them for about 30 minutes at 350, until the filling started bubbling up and running down the sides of the pans.
I let them cool for a couple of hours, just because dinner wasn’t ready for awhile. But I kept them sitting on top of the oven so they were still slightly warm when we ate them. They were very good, I’m glad I didn’t make the whole thing because we surely would have devoured it. The rhubarb was a nice taste just a little tangy with a hint of sweetness. I have some leftover and I might have to make these hand-pies I saw on Angry Chicken’s blog. They look delicious!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
(Sorry for the not great pictures, my camera makes it hard to photograph food!)
Monday, July 14, 2008
We are so much of an old married couple that we are rarely out past 10:00PM any night, even the weekend. However, this past Friday night a co-worker and friend of Doug’s invited us out (past 10:00PM!) and we went. While there we ran into some of friends of mine so they sat with our group. I drank 2.5 glasses of Woodchuck Cider and it was a little too much. I have almost no tolerance for alcohol so I was buzz-y. I did drink enough that in the morning I felt kind of crappy and realized why I don’t drink that often. Blah.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I have been attempting to make my own apron for awhile now, I was using the pattern from Bend the Rules Sewing. I even got so far as to cut all the fabric pieces out but I haven't sewn anything yet. I really need to just bite the bullet and try to do it. It can't be that hard right? I wanted to participate in the Tie One On apron challenge for August, which is to make an apron with gingham fabric. I bought some brown and pink gingham the other week so I have the fabric I just need to take the plunge and actually make the apron. I'm not very good at cutting straight lines or sewing them either. All my seams are crooked. My mom is supposed to come over one Saturday soon when neither one of us is busy to help me make a skirt. Last summer I bought ? and it has some really adorable patterns in it that I am dying to make. I just don't want to spend a lot of money of nice fabric and then ruin it!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The cucumber is still growing, I see little bitty cucumbers but they seem to be the same size that they were two weeks ago. Maybe they’ll have a growth spurt soon. The cantaloupe vines have started blooming too and the watermelon vines are growing a lot but no blooms yet. My cayenne peppers are producing lots of peppers, I intend to dry them but I need to look up the best method to do that.I have not (knock on wood) seen any horned tomato worms on my tomato plants in several days. I guess it would be too much to hope that they have disappeared for good. In addition to the first tomato I found a few weeks ago, which is get bigger and bigger, I found four more little green tomatoes. The plants also have tons of blooms which I am hoping will equal tons of tomatoes.
And in addition to the summer squash, I found two tiny baby butternut squashes on the vines. I love, love, love butternut squash. Its good roasted, pureed into soup, baked, stuffed, anything really. I was ecstatic to see those little butternuts. Let’s hope they keep growing and the pests/fungus/etc leave them alone.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
This week’s selection came from Amy of South in Your Mouth and it was perfect for our 4th of July cookout. This was the first time I had made my own ‘true’ pie crust. I have a small food processor but even when I halved the dough recipe it was still too much to fit into processor so I ended up using my hands (again). I really, really need to buy a pastry blender. The dough turned out fine, just like the book says. I made my dough on Thursday afternoon and refrigerated it until I was ready to make the pie on Friday morning. It was really difficult for me to roll out the dough because it was very hard and cold. But my strong-armed husband helped me roll it out and it was just right.
I used fresh blueberries (on sale this past week, score!) and put about 1 ¼ cup of sugar in the berries, with a little extra lemon zest than the recipe called for. The smell of the baking pie was delicious, the whole house smelled like pie. Everyone at the cookout really liked it too, I had vanilla ice cream on hand for people who wanted their pie “a la mode”. It wasn’t too sweet either; it had just the right amount of sweetness in the crust and the filling. The only ‘complaint’ I had was that the filling produced a lot of soupy-ness, it didn’t affect the crust (probably because of the breadcrumbs which were totally undetectable) but there was a lot of it after I cut the first slice. Other than that it was a really good pie and a really good experience. I’ll definitely use the crust recipe again with a different fruit, I imagine cherry or apple would be fantastic too.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Friday morning Doug and I finished tidying up the house and I made the potato salad and got the burgers, sausages and corn ready for the grill. The family was due to arrive around so I was in a mad dash to get the pie out of the oven and get everything ready. We had a nice time, there were only seven of us but it was fun. I served burgers with a little piece of cheese stuffed in them so it melted while they grilled, sausages, grilled corn, this low-fat potato salad recipe, chips & dip, the blueberry pie and my mom made a Pina Colada cake, which includes a can of coconut milk in it, so good! After the family cleared out Doug and I met our friends at their apartment in
Saturday morning I always get up early and go walk the 5K trail at Shelby Farms with a friend before it gets unbearably hot. After I got home it started to rain and I got really tired and ended up taking a two and a half hour nap, which I almost never do. I know I probably needed the sleep but I woke up feeling like I had slept the day away. We had been invited to another cookout with more friends Saturday night and I was supposed to bring potato salad so I used this recipe and it turned out to be a hit. It was another nice night, the rain had made it cooler outside so it wasn’t so muggy. We hung around until the fireworks and then headed back home.
Sunday I made banana bread in the morning and we had our normal Sunday morning ritual of coffee and CBS Sunday morning. It was a very lazy day. Doug finished watching the third season of Deadwood that he borrowed from a co-worker and I caught up on some of my podcasts and got pretty far in knitting the hat I’m making for a friend who is leaving in two weeks. I also finished a cotton reusable grocery bag made from this Knitty pattern. We tried to finish the mound of leftovers we have from the weekend (sausages, potato salad and pie) and ended the night watching more Law & Order (we are so predictable).
Mondays after a long weekend are so hard; I just want to go back home and knit. My boss has been out of the country for a month and he is coming back this week so my quiet time in the office will be over. But I do have our
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Next week’s selection is Double-Crusted Blueberry Pie, chosen by Amy of South in Your Mouth, which my family will get to enjoy on Friday at our 4th of July BBQ. I’ve actually never really made a true from scratch pie crust (I’ve been too lazy!).