I have only fried something one other time in my life. I think it was a Fijian doughnut that I made after returning from the island last November. I was feeling up the challenge, and ready to try that whole deep-frying thing again. I am glad with the result, onion rings with a good light coating, fried in grape seed oil. But the whole process kind of grossed me out. I could feel my skinny jeans getting tighter as I poured, poured, and poured oil into my pot. I’m not saying that this recipe isn’t worth making, on the contrary –if you’re up to deep frying. This whole thing got the fried bug out of me, I will now be returning to making lentils and eating artisan bread, please and thank you.
The real hero, and “ah hah!” moment of this whole ordeal was serving the onion rings with blackberry jam. Kind of a weird idea, I never would have come up with it, except there was a pot of the jam simmering next to my splattering vessel of oil. One dip of the slightly tangy ring into the sweet jam made a great surprise. It was a refreshing change from the normal mayo based sauce served with onion rings. It adds a little touch of sophistication to a greasy diner recipe.
Oh and please invest in a good thermometer, I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason these came out so well.
Let’s call it The Fully Loaded. The potpies to beat all pot pies. A potpie that is more then, gravy gravy gravy carrot…pea…gravy gravy gravy. I loaded this thing with vegetables and just enough gravy hold everything together. It’s all put together by a light and buttery wholewheat crust. Speaking of crusts, before you go all “that crust looks like crap” on me, have you ever made a wholewheat pie crust?! It’s hard, it will not stay together to save your life. But you know, you can piece it together and make it looks halfway decent.
And don’t feel confined to use the meat or veggies I used. These were just the ones I had on hand. Chicken of course would be great, as well as carrots, sweet potatoes, or anything else you have on hand. I’ll bet you could even use leftover cooked veggies from this week’s dinners.
What’s with scones? They’re freaking amazing, and addicting, and sometimes you just want a scone. I love this scone recipe, this is my standard when it comes to baking scones. I changed them up a little, added a little glaze, made them fancy. They’re so flaky, and flavorful. Butter flavor. And lemon flavor. And cranberry flavor. Nothing like those not-worth-the-claories scones you get at a coffee shop or grocery store.
Obviously this dessert was a joy to photograph. I couldn’t stop taking shots of this beaut. Secondly, I am now obsessed with spiced chocolate.
Third and finally, is this my Valentines Day post? I don’t know, I am not a celebrit of the holiday. I still paint my nils black, and go out to a movie solo –and I like it like that. Will I be posting a fluffy pink dessert with a recommendation of serving it with red wine and gazing into the eyes of your significant other on Thursday? Yeah, probably not. Please. Eat chocolate. And be merry, grab a fork and eat this happily alone.
Also some past pear recipes: swaddled pears, pear and blue cheese salad , pear and hazelnut flatbread.
I’ve been into cake. What a thing to be into. Thank God for cake. The dense crumb offered by a simple cake is sometime more satisfying then a complex French dessert. This was inspired by a coffee shop that was recently found to be walking distance to where I live. They serve a over almond extract infused crumble cake. But even in it’s impurities its so satisfying. I came up with this lemon bunt version, mostly because I needed to use some lemons, and I never use my bunt pan. Careful with this, bake it until you think it’s on the verge of burning. It’s so thick and dense it takes a while to cook though.
I don’t post many salads, if you’ve been reading here a while, you know that. Normally I feel that salads aren’t deserving of a recipe. But this I need to share with you. It gives a wink to the gloomy time of year, but is shinning on the possibilities of the coming seasons. It’s light and refreshing, something that is hard to come by these January days.
Alright guys, here we are the second week into our Nutella Tuesday series. What do you all think? Are you liking this series? Today we have a Nutella mousse topped with cream –of course. Pretty wonderful, I mean it’s chocolate folded into whipped cream chilled and topped with more whipped cream. I love mousse, if I am ordering a dessert at a restaurant and there is a mousse on the menu, chances are I will order it. What is there not to love. Chocolate + cream. So please, partake, and make this Nutella recipe.
I know the new year is all about looking forward to the fresh start of this year, but I like to step back and look at what happened this past year. Take account for what was accomplished this past year, so I can see what the goals are for 2014. Here it is, my year in a nut shell, the big and the small:
I am sure you all have made commitments to eat very well in this new year, well I am here to dash those plans with a new blog series: Nutella Tuesday!
You probably know about my Nutella obsession. I still remember the first day I had it, it was in Ireland, and my life was forever changed. That was right when Nutella was getting popular in the States, so when I got home it seemed like everywhere I looked there was Nutella everything. Not much has changed since then Nutella is still a top trending flavor, and well deserving.
I recently bought the official Nutella cookbook. I will be basing and adapting recipes from that book as well as other Nutella recipes, to bring a series Nutella Tuesdays! What do you think? Do you like that idea for a series?
I am so excited about todays giveaway. My dear friends hand makes this beautiful jewelry, another one of those products that pictures never do it justice. She designed this necklace after my logo/header. I am totally in love with the result. And one very lucky reader gets to have this handmade copper necklace.
Thank you so much to Especially Eli for designing and making this. You are very talented. Now you all had better enter, because this is a very awesome giveaway.
Visit Especially Eli and leave a comment below to enter! A winner will be chosen at random, Thursday, Jan 9th at 5:00PM Pacific time.
The winner will receive this necklace, courtesy of Especially Eli.
(Me trying to be awesome and show you the necklace. And failing. Really Madey, a bathroom mirror pic? Really?)