Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Onesie" Cake

I made this cake last summer for my Sister and Brother-in Law for a family dinner after the birth of their second child. My mom had found the recipe and passed it on. It looked pretty foolproof, even for me!

These simple but amazing ideas always floor me. Bake a cake in a 9x13 pan, make a few strategic cuts, and voila! You have a cake that looks like a baby outfit.

After I baked and cut the cake, it was loaded into a cooler with baby blue icing and other supplies, and driven out to my Mother in Law's trailer which was parked in the Shuswap. I did the decorating out there.

I don't know anything about icing and decorating cakes. I think that's pretty obvious. I iced the cake in blue, then attempted to trim and decorate the cake. It's very basic, but cute.

Step by step instructions at Canadian Living here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Bread and Butter Pickles

I have written about these pickles before, but they deserve to be mentioned more than once. These are Alton Brown's Bread and Butter Pickles, I think, the most wonderful B&B recipe I've tried.

Why is this photo 2 toned?

I also made a jar of no-can dill pickles, and 3 jars of pickle relish.  I'll let you know how they turn out. 

Ab's B and B's
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pickling spice
Combine onion and cucumber slices in a clean spring-top jar.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 4 full minutes to wake up the flavors of the spices.
Slowly pour the hot pickling liquid over the onion and cucumber slice, completely filling the jar. Allow the pickles to cool to room temperature before topping off with any remaining pickling liquid. Refrigerate.
Refrigerate the pickles for a week to ripen. They will keep for about 2 months in the refrigerator.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

100 Ways to Celebrate Julia Child's 100th Birthday

I like this very much, found this morning at Crave

Looking forward to slowly savoring this list.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Grocery shop August 17

Milk, blueberry waffles, butter, salsa, parmesan cheese, cream cheese, carrots, strawberries, salad, turkey, peanut butter cups, bananas, crackers, creamer, tortillas, juice, broccoli, apples, nectarines, plums.

I would tell you how much I spent, but the receipt has gone missing between the store and here.  I think about $75?

Tonight for dinner - chicken quesadillias.  Tomorrow - the coconut shrimp I found in the freezer.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Julia Child

Yesterday would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday.  Gone for 8 years now, she continues to teach and inspire.

I made 2 of her vegetable dishes this week - Epinards Etuves au Beurre (Buttered Spinach)

Carottes Etuves at Beurre (Carrots braised in butter)

They were both delicious - the spinach was very very buttery - too buttery really.  The carrots were perfect and I will definitely use this recipe again.

Here's to you Julia.

Bon Appetit! 

Friday, August 03, 2012

Bread Baking Buddies - Easy Little Bread

Thanks to all the Babes and you out there who baked my choice for the Bread Baking Babes July bread - Easy Little Bread. There were some varying opinions but this truly is a favorite recipe of mine.

Thank you a million times over to Lien for the graphics.

I adore the shaping of this bread from Szeretetrehangoltan

A traditional shaped loaf from A Messy Kitchen

This loaf made the guild of knitting kninjas think of soup in the Fall

Beautiful bread from Gilad

Happy ready for jam bread from girlichef

Bread from my old stomping grounds, Calgary, from Crumbs of Love

Berry bread by Sweet and That's it

Bread from a familiar face, Judy's Gross Eats

I don't know why, but I always have trouble with photos from Soepkipje. My apologies, but please click to see her lovely bread.

I've been having some computer troubles lately, so if I've missed you, please send me an email.

Don't forget that the Babes are celebrating Julia Child this month - scroll down to the bottom of Tanna's post for all the details.

Thanks everyone! Happy Friday!