Friday, February 27, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I rolled some in cocoa, some in powdered sugar, others in toasted coconut and some in toasted pecans...( a few I threw in everything). I know I posted a recipe for truffles earlier, but as I was searching for ideas I realized that there are several ways to make a ganache. With these truffles I choose to make some with the earlier recipe and others with a hybrid of the recipes I found online. They all turned out wonderful, because it's chocolate, and really it's hard to go wrong with chocolate.
I also created a macaroni and cheese casserole for a potluck tonight utilizing some of the leftover pepper jack potato soup. I'm excited and hopeful that it will be delicious. It's scary to create a brand new dish right before you showcase to your friends, but that's what keeps cooking interesting!
Also, my mom and her wife went and adopted a dog today. It is hands down the cutest and bestest dog I've seen in a long time. I love it and wish it was mine, but I will settle for taking it for walks and watching it when they let me. I got out both my sewing machines and some fabric scraps to create a few bean bags for them to use as training toys. Of course neither machine worked very well, in the end I think I broke both of them. What's the point of having tools if they don't function?!
It is my intention to make the space that was currently occupied by my brother into a craft/sewing/painting/mediation room for me. Hopefully I can create an organized and well stocked space to get my creative juices flowing. Or it will turn into a messy catch all that is a mirror for the rest of my life.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
2 cups carrots, diced
4 cloves garlic,minced
4 mushrooms, diced(that's all we had, we would probably have used more if we had them)1/2
1 small valdilia onion, diced
14 oz chicken broth
2 cups milk -- more for thinning
3 cups mashed potatoes(we had some in the freezer leftover from potato enchiladas so they were already seasoned with chili powder,butter,garlic powder, onion powder and cumin)
8oz pepper jack cheese, grated
2oz Colby cheese, grated
1/4 cup butter
2 tbls flour
I think it would be good with green onions, chopped for garnish, but we didn't have any.
1.place the butter,garlic,onion,mushroom,carrots in a large soup pot and saute for until onions are tender, about 3 mins.
2. add the flour, stirring to make a roux
3. slowly whisk in the broth and the milk
4. stir in the potatoes
5. simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 mins.
6. remove from heat, stir in the cheese , add more milk to thin if needed. ladle into bowls and top with green onions.
Ours was delicious with the taste of chili and cumin from the mashed potatoes. Since you probably won't have chili flavored mashed potatoes you may want to add spices:
1-2tsp chili powder
1-2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 - 1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
or we think it would be tasty with just salt and pepper.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
She even taught us how to make truffles.
I have always wanted to learn how to make these. Like most things, I needed it demystified for me before I could do it on my own. We made 3 kinds of truffles....candied ginger, black walnuts and cayenne pepper and cinnamon. They were all delicious!
Here is the recipe:
Ingredients(all measurements are approx. per my norm!)
- 8 oz of chocolate, such as Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bitter chocolate chips
- 2 tbls coconut oil
- about 1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 tsp vanilla
You can add anything into the filling. Here is what we used:
- 1/2 cup finely chopped black walnuts
- 1/2 cup finely chopped candied ginger
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon plus 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler until all chocolate is melted. Pour melted mixture into bowl. Add the vanilla and what ever other ingredient your using( such as the walnuts or the ginger). Mix well with a fork and then place in refrigerator until the chocolate mixture is hard enough to roll into a ball.
Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl. Place a tray or plate out to place the finished truffles. Roll the chocolate into a ball, do so quickly or you'll just have a melted chocolate mess(which is rather tasty!), then roll the ball in the sifted cocoa and place on the tray. Once you've rolled all your truffles place the tray in the refrigerator to set.
My grandpa planted trees,had a small vineyard in his back yard, grew fruits and vegetables. If you needed to know the name of a tree or bird or piece of furniture all you had to do was ask him. He painted and drew pictures,made wine with my grandma, built things like back bars and often constructed pieces of art.
When I was young I would spend the days with him riding in his truck and playing Zip(who can spot a windmill first),going to auctions, helping him fix things and tie knots ,swim, eat food and watch tv.
He taught me to tie my shoes, drive a stick, change a tire, check my oil,be kind to children and old people.....the list goes on and on.
He never gave me (to much) shit for shaving my head or getting tattoos or piercings though when he handed me money, which he often did, it came with the caveat of not buying cigarettes(which I often did).
In his life he along with my grandma rode 17 Ragbrais and also biked from Melbourne to Sydney. I can only hope to be as amazing as my grandpa(and my grandma!).
My grandpa was my pal and I will always miss him.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I didn't take a picture of the stuff I pulled out of the sink. I know I should have,I had a rare moment where I thought it would be better to not show and tell. Yet, here I am still telling you about it sans gross pictures.
After I used the hanger to pull out about a cup full of hair and what looked like black toilet paper/snot I used the hanger to scrap the toilet. The plumber told me to scrap with a hanger as far down the drain as you can go to clean off the mineral build up. Also a gross yet strangely satisfying job.
Now to tackle the kitchen!