Sunday, August 31, 2008
The recipe was from Allrecipes.com and it was for Bride's Peach Pie. I thought that was appropriate. We are 2 months away, you know.
Anyway...here is the peach mixture. I think it needed a little less nutmeg. I used fresh...maybe that was the problem.
Mixing the dough
The final product. I was happy! and the crust tasted great. It was a perfect dessert to take with us to the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra's concert at Devou. What a pleasant night!!
Oh...and this would be the mess in my oven bottom. Lesson learned...pies don't get baked in the little top oven, where there isn't a rack to place something to catch the drips. Or...wait until I get those cool mats I registered for that you place on the oven bottom to help with clean up.
This month was an Eclair recipe...one by Pierre Hermé. It was chosen by Tony Tahhan and Meetak of What's for lunch, Honey. You can see the recipe on their websites. You can also go over to the logo for the Daring Bakers on the right here and check out some of what the others have done!!
Let me say, they were good. Yummy. Rich. And almost too much chocolate for me. My mom and sister loved them. I was excited to make the Pate au choux - which is the pastry for eclairs...or cream puffs. I needed to let some of them cook just a bit more...they fell when I took them out.
I had visions of this being an all day event...it was not. 3-4 hours...not bad for a first timer!!
Below are some pics....enjoy!!
I used Ghirardelli chocolate....
Mixing the Pate au choux
This is my empty mixer...at the last minute I decided to buck up and mix the flour in by hand with a wooden spoon.
Here it is coming together in the pot...just like the recipe said it would! Have faith!
I used a pastry bag to pie out long rows of the Pate au chox, then froze them slightly and cut...made for more uniform pastries.
They came out of the oven...and looked great, mostly!
And some deflated on me.
glazing the tops of some of them
Final product with the chocolate pastry cream...
On a plate, ready to go!!
purple and yellow peppers. I liked the purple. George preferred the yellow. The yellow tasted more like a green to me.
Zinnias. love them. Next year I want to plant some along our back fence....
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In fact, tonight, I let the local extension office of UK feed us. We got to taste all sorts of tomatoes and peaches and onions and apples and melons and peppers. It was so good. George is all gung-ho to grow apple and peach trees. I'm set to grow onions and peppers and melons and tomatoes. lol
I'm looking around and catching up on blogs tonight. I found this. I encourage you all to use it too!! I think it's interesting. I got it from verygoodtaste.co.uk so - it's English in nature. But let's go with it!!
(note: I started this....but I am just going to post it and then come back and mark those I wouldn't eat)
From the website...
Here’s what I want you to do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding - ick. :(
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart - oddly enough, I'm not sure I have.
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - I've had tons of chowder, but not in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
Sunday, August 3, 2008
At the store the other night, the sign called to me. 2 lbs of Blueberries for less than $4. I had to buy. Yes, I am easy - quickly influenced by marketing, simple as it might be. Keep in mind too that at that moment, I had no idea if George had tried blueberries - which means that he might or might not like them.
I got home and started pondering...pies, crisps, sauces, pancakes. But then this recipe was suggested to me...by one of my favorite food blogs. I had to try it.
They were indeed easy. They were indeed tasty. I like them. Smittenkitten - where the recipe was from, has better pictures...so let's just say mine looked like hers, but her pictures are better.
I have recently found a lite pimento cheese spread at Kroger. Spread a little on some wheat bread - and you have something that tastes fancy - but is quicker than a PBJ.
I made a simple dinner....pecan crusted chicken breasts, mashed potatoes and salad - out of a bag. We laughed about that. He was a guest, but is clearly a good friend to be getting salad straight from a bag and not out of a bowl that we'd only have to turn around and wash. :)
Here are the pics!!
The chicken was good. Honey mustard helped keep the pecan mixture to the chicken. It didn't get AS crispy as I'd want. But it was a great mixture of flavors.
George made the tators! We used the KA mixture....weeee! They were buttery and yummy. Good work, honeybaby!