Feb 28, 2009
Genetics are an amazing thing. These two little boys were not born to the same parents. They don't even have the same Grandparents or Great Grandparents but there is no mistaking the similarities. The connection between the two boys would be 2nd. cousins twice removed. That is why genealogy is so important to me. My family from long ago and from right now are connected to me in a deep and profound way
On the bright side there is a chicken roasting in the oven and it will be good.
I am looking into a web hosting site which will have much more space to work with and lots of other groovy things that I don't even know about yet.
I got the book for dummies and am crawling my way through. It makes my head hurt and I am not a complete beginner.
What is lower down than dummy? Maybe Cretin? Fool? Bozo?
Well I am nothing if not stubborn so I will get there I am sure. Wish me luck and please follow me there, where ever there is going to end up.
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
Toss beef lightly with flour and brown in batches over medium high heat in oil. You can't do it all at once or it will steam and not brown. Don't turn too often or you won't get the nice brown seal. Remember...brown = flavour. Remove browned beef to a separate bowl as it is browned on all sides. I removed the smallest pieces early so they don't have time to cook right through. They will have to borrow the flavour from the rest of the meat.
Last I add the stock but maybe not the whole 2 cups. I want enough to cover the bottom of the pan about 1 inch deep but not so much that the dish is like soup.
It's not like we drink a lot of wine or anything...we just entertain a LOT. Not buying that are you? The truth is these corks have been collected over a span of about 5 years. There were a lot of really fabulous wines along the way.
First I cut up some richly coloured grape vine leaves from Michael's Store into shorter lengths. Start at the top of your wreath and push them firmly into the wreath doing half to the right and half to the left. They will overlap at the bottom. You don't want to just wrap the whole vine around and around the wreath because that doesn't look right. Curve it like ( ) this.
Using lots of hot melted glue dip the ends of the corks in and stuff them down deeply through the leaves into the grape vine. Use lots of smaller pieces vine leaves to fill the bare spots. Then hang it on the wall and take a picture so you can see the big sticking out strand on the right. Adjust this and take another photo for your blog.
Eventually when we have a dedicated wine room in our new house which doesn't exist except for in my head I will hang it there. For right now it is in my entry way and will serve as a warning to all who enter. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO DRINK BAD WINES. For the record my walls are a lovely shade of yellow??? Go figure.
I put it in a large roasting pan with a beer, bay leaf, black pepper, Ancho chili powder and enough water to cover bottom to a depth of 1 inch.
I covered this up with lots of tin foil and left it in a 325 degree oven for 6 hours.
The house smelled fabulous.
Using two forks I pulled out all the meat I could. There is a fair amount of fat but I ended up with an 8 x 10 pan full of meat.
Serve it on a bun with lots of barbecue sauce and some cole slaw.
Pretend it is July.
Feb 24, 2009
When TB didn't come back I actually went looking for her in the Seniors Lounge. She wasn't there! Did I really scare her away? No she was just freshening up.
You really would have thought we were in grade 6. Such anxiety. I gave each one of them a topic with specific results required to search out on the Internet. They had to find the exact topic, save a picture from this topic to a folder they had made on the desktop and then email me a link from the web page. It was an open book test however with me being the open book. They did great.
TB who was always searching for foods rich in iron had to find the top steakhouses in North America.
JD always searches out stuff on soccer (or football as they call it...so Scottish) so I had him find the names of the wives and girlfriends of singer Rod Stewart, who owns a soccer team.
ER always searches and writes about animals and his search was to be on the winners of the Westminster Dog Show this year.
When this had been successfully completed they used the paint program to then play around with their saved images.
The delicious looking steak had hearts drawn around it, the judge in the dog show was first given some hair but then had a lobotomy when ER tried to erase it and poor model/ex-wife of Rod Stewart, Rachel Hunter, has a nasty moustache and some pretty ugly braces. Poor ugly girl.
Well done group. I am so glad you have signed up for more lessons. You are a blast and thanks JD for the latte afterwards.
Feb 23, 2009
1 ounce of Van Gogh's White Grape Vodka
3 ounces of Sunrype pure Pink Grapefruit juice, no sugar addedCombine with ice in a shaker and shake gently about 15-20 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with pink grapefruit slice and some grapes on a cocktail pick. (white grapes would have been better)
Feb 22, 2009
This is so good it will make you cry. Happy, happy chocolate tears.
8 oz bittersweet chocolate. (I mixed in chocolate chips)
2 T. cocoa powder
5 T. water
1 t. instant espresso
1 t. brandy
2 eggs, separated Pinch of salt 1 cup plus two tablespoons of whipping cream 1 tablespoon of sugar divided between the egg yolks and whites
Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler over low simmering water.
Add in cocoa, espresso, brandy and water whisking together well.
Separate eggs. Beat egg yolks with half the sugar and the salt.
Add a little of the slightly cooled chocolate mixture to the eggs and mix well. Then add this egg mixture back into the chocolate. If you add the egg yolks right into the hot mixture you will end up with chocolate scrambled eggs and this is not a good thing.
Whip cream until soft peaks form.
Whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Start on med. low for 2 min. add sugar then move up to higher speed. Don’t over beat.
This is so rich you only need a small serving. No really you can't eat a big bowl full. Enjoy.
Slumdog may have had an advantage because of the fabulous Indian dinner I made tonight.
Feb 21, 2009
In celebration of the Oscars and Slumdog Millionaire I decided to make an Indian Chicken dish that is a variation on a recipe by Andreas Viestad. His recipe called for cardamom pods and I think they taste like barf so I didn't use them. Sorry but it's true.
I also switched out the whole piece of cinnamon for the ground variety because I didn't think I could pulverize it enough. No one wants to chew on chunks of cinnamon pieces. This came out quite spicy but delicious.
2 tablespoons garam masala
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons red chile flakes
2 teaspoons fresh ginger
2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup plain full-fat yogurt
1 whole chicken cut up or 8 pieces
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
6 tablespoons cashews
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
chopped fresh cilantro
1. Place garam masala, cinnamon, chile flakes, ginger and salt in a mortar and lightly crush with the pestle. Mix into yogurt. Add chicken pieces and turn to coat. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (you can easily peel ginger with a teaspoon)
2. Using a rubber spatula scrape excess marinade from the chicken but keep it. Pat chicken dry with paper towels so that it will brown properly. Sprinkle with the turmeric.
3. Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Working in batches add chicken and brown turning occaisionally about 10 minutes or until nicely browned. Add a little more oil as needed. Oh yeah baby. Look at all that golden brown flavour. You should smell the kitchen right now.
4. Remove chicken from pot and set aside. Reduce heat and add onions and garlic. cook stirring until softened about 4-5 minutes. Mix in reserved marinade and tomato paste. Add cashews and chicken. Add a 1/4 cup of water if needed.
5. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in cream if using or 1/2 c. yogurt. Garnish with cilantro.