|I made this earlier today for the kids afternoon meal.|
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
|I made this for my daughter and her chef boyfriend last night. This is a great appetizer or a nice light dinner served with a salad.|
Monday, November 28, 2016
- 2 pounds potatoes, cut into bite-size chunks
- 1½ - 2 pounds smoked sausage sliced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 stalks of celery diced
- 1 cup diced sweet peppers
- 2 diced carrots
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Dice the carrots, onions and celery. Saute' them along with the diced peppers for a couple ofminutes. Add the stock and the cubed potatoes. I also added broccoli and kale. Add the broth and bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender. Add the sliced sausage and cook until heated through. Add the cream and the seasoning. Taste it and adjust if necessary.
- Stir in shredded cheese until melted. Serve immediately.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
|It's full speed ahead for Xmas now so to start the season off, I made a gingerbread cake with molasses cream cheese frosting.|
- For the gingerbread cake
- Dry ingredients
- 350g | 12.3oz plain flour
- 330g | 11.6oz dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbsp treacle (molasses)
- 200g | 7oz cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 200ml | 7fl oz whole milk + 1 tbsp fresh orange or lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- zest of 1 orange
- 3 tbsp very finely diced candied (crystallised) ginger
- Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Grease and line three cake tins - or spray with cake release.
- Sift all the dry ingredients and add them to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed to combine.
- Add the cubed butter and mix for a couple of minutes until the mixture resembles sand.
- Add the eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the treacle.
- Add the milk, vanilla extract and zest and beat together. Stop and scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl. Continue mixing for a couple of minutes until batter is smooth.
- Fold the chopped ginger into the batter and divide between the prepared cake tins.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
You might see this photo and be under the impression that I am somehow responsible for all the food and festivities before me. That was intentional. I told my sister to take my picture and I did the "I made this!" pose, as you can see here. But it's a lie! My mother did all of the cooking and planning and decorating. However, I *did* play a big part in finishing the green bean casserole dish that's two pans to my left.
This is the pre-Thanksgiving spread that my mother made for us on Thanksgiving morning. You can see her cranberry corn bread, as well as two pumpkin pies. In the foreground are these things called Muffin Tops. They're like muffins, but just the top half, as the name implies. I had never heard of these before Thanksgiving, but we are now well acquainted. I am proud to report that everything in this photo is now gone from the Earth by way of stomachs. Well, just the food. Not the glass trays or the counter. We aren't animals.
Here are some turkeys. I believe they are not different states of the same turkey. The top one was the 'eat' turkey and the bottom one was the 'show' turkey. Nevertheless, they both became the 'eat' turkey by the end of the night. I don't know what that rub stuff is that my mother used on the top turkey, but it was delicious.
Here is the table where all the eating went down.
Here is a pecan pie in various stages of consumption. I love this pie so much. For my next birthday I want a swimming pool full of this pie. By the end of the night, we somehow had one whole pecan pie left over. My sister brought it to work and let her coworkers eat it! I now consider myself an only child. There's no way those coworkers did anything to deserve all that delicious pie. My sister was way too nice to them.
There's a closeup of the pumpkin pie above. And a picture of what I believe is banana nut bread. I just realized while writing this that I did not eat any of this bread pictured above. Look, there was a ton of food. I apologize to my mother and to the banana nut bread. It looks delicious.
I thought I'd close with another picture of the cranberry corn bread. The youth where I work love this stuff. They talk about it on a fairly regular basis. This bread is capable of spreading happiness across all lines of potential separation in this country: generational, economic, racial, gender, political, cultural, and so on and so forth. Everyone loves this bread. It doesn't matter who you are. If you are alive, you'll like it. Unless you don't like cranberries, but even then, this might be an exception. And in my opinion, that's what Thanksgiving is all about. We set aside our differences and remember that there's one thing we can all agree on: food is delicious. Especially my mother's food.
By the way! Everyone who reads this, please comment and ask my mother to make us another pecan pie. I won't let my sister bring it to work this time. My wife and I will eat it. It's so delicious. We can't wait another 365 days!
Thursday, November 24, 2016
|It's finally here and I have very little to do today compared to the last week or so. I have a second turkey to roast, cream to whip and stuffing to make. Then it's time for dinner.|
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
|The sweet potato casserole is ready to be baked though photobucket seems to already have eaten half of it.|
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
I sent along apples to be sliced and served with it and some different flavored mustards and lots of additional crackers and pretzels.
Make the turkey head by using a Slim Jim and attaching a piece of candy corn to it with royal icing. Make the eyes using two dots of royal icing with a black peppercorn in the center. Ritz Crackers are the nest and pretzel sticks are the tail feathers.
I hear that the kids were thrilled with this though they weren't sure what it was. None of them had ever seen a cheese ball before. Really something, eh?