Here's the thing. I finally tried 2 dessert recipes I've been hauling around forever, and there were SO delicious. My photos though were hideous, even by my low standards. So, so bad.
I was going to not write about them because I have no accompanying photos and all the blawgs today say you have to have 400 photos of your dish, all from slightly different angles, before you can share anything.
But here we go. I'm such a rebel.
Here's a picture I took last Fall downtown at the farmers market.
The first dessert I made was Apple Mousse from a book called The World in my Kitchen.
I wrote this out back in my notebook heyday when we were in Calgary, so this one has been around a long time.
adapted from The World in my Kitchen
Peel 4 Granny Smith apples. Core and cut into 1" pieces.
Melt 3 TB butter in a small pot or pan. Add apples and a pinch of salt and cook over low heat until soft. Removed from heat and puree in a food processor with 1/2 cup sugar and 2" piece of ginger. Let cool.
Beat 1 cup whipping cream until stiff. Fold in apples. Chill.
Soooooo delicious! I subbed out the ginger for some cinnamon but next time I will leave the ginger in. This dessert is so light and airy and would be perfect for an after dinner treat on a warm day.
Up next is another moldy oldie that I've had since 2003- 2 0 0 3! And still hadn't tried. This one came from Martha Stewart from her Every Day Food magazines. Loved those.
Here's a photo of my turkeys last month at the Oak Hills Trail.
I'm just going to link to the recipe here - it is so easy and so decadent. I didn't make the parfaits, but spooned the 2 mousses side by side in a bowl so everyone could have what they liked. And boy did we like it.
This tasty and long overdue post is making me want to add on to my every growing list of project that will likely never be finished and cook through all the recipes I've been saving in my binder all these years, plus all the ones saved on my computer, and in Pinterest, and..........
"Possessions can be powerful psychological triggers; it's almost as if emotions get stuck to your stuff. When you release physical clutter, mental clutter also gets swept away with it, giving you a jump start on your path to inner well-being."
I got invited to go to the book sale at lunch today and found more treasures! I had just enough money to pay for these ones - if I'd had more bucks, there were at least 3 more books that would have come home with me.
I am mentally and physically stuck in huge ruts right now. My house is cluttered and unorganized and none of my good intention projects have been started. I am GAINING weight, I feel like this is something I need to focus on here soon as I just can't seem to find long lasting motivation for that either.
Winter has done me in, I think, even though up until the end of January it was not a particularly hard one, but I am done. I need blue skies and warm air and green grass.
I need happiness and gentle talk and encouragement and I can't find any of that in me lately.
ANYWAY, here are 3 recipes that I made in the past bit that turned out quite well.
French Toast Cups from Chrissy Teigen -
SO good. Croissants instead of bread mixed with beaten egg and milk and sugar and such and then nestled into a little ham nest for baking.
My dad was like the Marine Corps, only instead of tearing you to pieces and then putting you back together, he just did the first part and called it a day.
If you don't want to marry a homosexual, then don't. But what gives you the right to weigh in on your neighbour's options? It's like voting on whether or not redheads should be allowed to celebrate Christmas.
There is a small group of us at work that have been taking turns bringing in weekly treats to get us through these last gross weeks of winter. We've had cheesecake, and cheesecake topped brownies, and apple pie, and cinnamon buns and cupcakes and ice cream and none of this is doing my bod any good but it's been fun to have something to look forward to, and to take a break and have a few laughs over a delicious snack.
It isn't really a brownie as there is no chocolate. But it is sweet and salty and so delicious.
Everyone was impressed and loved it as much as I did. This is a make again for sure.
My next week to contribute is coming up and I'm stuck trying to think of something. I found an old recipe of my mom's for fudge and I'm thinking about giving that a try. I don't ever remember my mom making fudge, so I'm a bit worried about how it will turn out. But that is part of the fun, isn't it?
"What I saw from the little window of my plane was more dramatic than I had even imagined. My welcome to the country was big and bold, as if ruby-red peacocks had been let loose to dance all over the place, streaking everything in sight with their color."
"Who are you?" he asked "And what kind of woman do you want to become?"
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."
"Imagine what's possible now."
I'm currently stuck in a funk/wallowing in self pity in a bunch of aspects of my life and can't seem to get anywhere with anything.
But now at least my reading list is up to date, so that's something, right?
"The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them."
"How easy it was to capitalize on a person's own bent for self destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic, catastrophic life."
So much room in the freezer. So much happiness at getting it cleaned out!
Did I mention I have a small life?
So last time I had the following to deal with -
I made another batch of turkey stock and it got used up on a chicken pot pie with biscuit crust AND a batch of Mac and Cheese done in the instant pot.
The ham became ham fried rice which the kids loved.
The meat pies are still in the fridge freezer.
The apple muffins got taken to work because no one here was eating them.
Seafood patties got eaten.
Hawaiian chicken got postponed because we had too many leftovers.
Last week was a tough one - I was short on time for menu planning, and we had a couple of nights already set so I didn't need much. I planned on heating up the leftover container of seafood stew I found, and to use the hawaiian chicken that hadn't gotten used the week before.
I took a bag of buns out for sandwiches etc.
We are getting into weird territory now - 2 (or possibly more) bags of hashbrowns, so much frozen spinach - both store bought and home frozen. Spicy sausage that I know the kids won't eat. Coffee beans. Lots of black bananas.
Also - I found TWO MORE half bags of ice. I married a hoarder.
Neither the seafood stew or hawaiian chicken got eaten as we had so much leftovers from our lunar new years dinner and enchiladas.
The buns didn't defrost well and only a couple got eaten before they started to go moldy.
I have just finished my menu plan for the week and not much from the freezer is involved.
I'm going to use a block of frozen spinach for some creamed spinach tonight.
I'm going to turn some leftover holiday turkey into turkey cakes for tomorrow's dinner.
I found a freezer bag with a ground beef/pork combo we will use for Taco Tuesday.
The Hawaiian chicken is optimistically on the plan for Friday's dinner, but that is so far away who even knows what will happen.
I haven't been taking too many Sunday Dinner photos, or even making a good effort to remember what we had, but here's a super good one from Chrissy Teigen - Thai Fishcakes with Peanut Sauce followed by a completely decadent dessert of chocolate peanut butter blondies.
The fishcakes were very easy to make - I left out the spice for the kids and the Grandfather and they were still perfect. Peanut sauce is my very favorite and this was a very good one.
The dessert was amazing too and I think we all gained a couple of pounds before we even cut into it. So rich and good.
"Our silence translated to: Let's pretend we didn't hear that."
"The times I miss her most are when I see something she might have liked: a piece of jewelry or a painting. The view of a white sand beach off a balcony. How I'd have loved to spoil her with beautiful things."
"Man, oh man," he'll say in my memory, lifting his glass and taking us all in, "isn't this just fantastic?"
My first David Sedaris book. Heading to the library for another one.
My alarm went off at 5 this morning, and I crawled out of bed at 5:30 to see how cold and snowy it was.
I thought I might do some yoga this morning before I started the less fun jobs but instead I crawled under my blanket in the living room and finished my book.
Got moving at 6:30 - we bought a weather monitor station at Costco last month (The Mister's favorite hobby is obsessing about the weather) and it told me that it was -20 out, with windchill -26. Wheeeeeee.
I read my to-do list that I wrote last night and decided to start with cleaning the fridge.
This is the after and it's still very full because we are having a Lunar New Year dinner with my Dad tonight. Lots of delicious dishes are planned.
Next I made tomorrow's dinner - Sour Cream Enchiladas. I am very excited to try this tomorrow; it was easy to make and looks wonderful.
Cheese grated with my Grandmother-in-laws cheese grater. I hate grating cheese - hate it! - but The Mister wasn't up yet so I did it myself.
The Girl made herself a peanut butter, strawberry jam and dried apricot tortilla for first breakfast.
For dessert tonight I'm making pineapple hamantaschen. I made the filling and the dough early as they both need to chill. The recipe left out the amount of water needed for the dough - I used 3 TB. We will see shortly if that works out.
Here's the baked enchiladas. Mmmmmm.
Yesterday morning I read through all the recipes to make my shopping list. This morning I read them again for timing and discovered that the noodles for the Crispy Chow Mein needed to be cooked in advance so they can dry out, and the shrimp mixture for the Crispy Prawn Balls needs to be in the fridge for a while too. I cooked the noodles and laid them out to dry, then warmed up the car and drove to my Dad's to get the shrimp.
Getting ready to make the Hamantaschen - the filling has cooled.
We went to the library yesterday. Got 2 cookbooks and one memoir. If I get all the dinner prep done soon, laundry finished, dusting done, and journal work, I can have some reading time!
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday. Stay warm, be kind, do something nice for yourself today.