Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TWD/BCM: Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake

Hard to find something the patient can eat on chemo day.
But this did the trick.
"It's pound cake," he said.
Well yes.

Dorie explains that they call it a weekend cake in France, because it's something you can take on a picnic or nibble on all weekend. I doubt if this one will make it to the weekend at the rate we're consuming it. 

This nice little cake is enhanced with the flavors of:

- browned butter (WHY haven't I ever browned butter before?)

- lots of vanilla (my bean was more crisp than sticky, so I used extract)

 - and rum ("spiced rum" because it's what we had)


And it was easy. Oh how I love that the recipes in Baking Chez Moi are easy! Thank you Dorie. 

The other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers are here

And for your entertainment, a shoe. This picture was taken in the side mirror of my car. C'mon, you know that's a skill!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TWD/BCM: Granola Energy Bars

For once, I didn't follow the recipe the first time.
I could have.
Had the right ingredients.
But a chocolate and peanut craving won out.

These bars can be made with any combination of oats, nuts, and dried fruit. I believe there is very little you could do wrong. 

 Here's the secret ingredient.

Thank you, Dorie, for expanding my world. It took two trips around a very large grocery store to find the brown rice syrup. Wouldn't have had the heart to go back and search the second time if I hadn't been waiting for a prescription to be filled. I hope Kroger appreciates its pharmacists as much as I do. 

Got distracted and also picked up some nice cheese while I was over on that side of the store. Heard a little story on NPR this week about a time when a woman first discovered that "some people spend money on really good cheese". That phrase stuck with me and for once I couldn't resist inspecting all the interesting selections at the cheese counter. Three tiny pieces for about $20. Looking forward to savoring them. 

Back to the granola bars. Oh so easy. I may never buy commercial granola bars again. Can't wait to try a variety of different ingredients. I can report that peanuts, raisins, coconut, and dark chocolate make a dynamite combination. The chocolate melted and made the whole thing reminiscent of no-bake oatmeal cookies. But somehow they seem healthier. I'm trying not to think of the carb count. At least this is real food. I know what's in it. My goal for the year is to stop eating food-like products. I don't eat that much junk to begin with, but after consuming "prepared" and "fast" food for a few days on the road, it's obvious how different my body feels. 

The other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers are here. Let's see what kind of granola bars they all made. 

Just for fun, here's an interesting story I found while looking for the NPR story mentioned above (which I did not find). I LOVE Norwegian brown cheese. Sliced extremely thin and piled on top of crispbread. With an apple. Makes an amazing snack. Sometimes you can find it at the regular grocery store. I'ts always available at the farmer's market. Treat yourself. Trust me.

And now a shoe. I was actually in a funeral procession when I first saw this one. Couldn't exactly pull over and take a picture. But after the cemetery and a dinner with long-lost cousins, the shoe was still there waiting. Life is short. Eat well. That's my unsolicited advice for today.

Friday, January 9, 2015

TWD/BWJ: Inside-Out Upside-Down Tirami Su

This is going to be quick.
I'm definitely beginning to appreciate phyllo.
So easy. So good.
Someone remind me about this recipe in July!
Perfect for a hot summer day in Atlanta.

Unfortunately this is the coldest day of the year.
Oh well.
Off-schedule never hurt anybody.

Three components to this little delicacy:
The Sabayon: aka "luscious cream filling"
The Granita: aka "frozen sweetened coffee"
The Phyllo "pillows": half a sheet baked in a little pan,
buttered and sprinkled with ginger sugar

Put them all together and you have something a little light, a little crunchy, a little like tiramisu.
As I said, perfect for a summer day!

The other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers can be found here

And now a summer shoe, so I'll remember it when the time comes: