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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bloody..... Cupcakes

Hi...

I wanted to share this little indulgence in the kitchen with you.  It was for a Halloween  bake-off. I didn't win the contest, however, I don't think any of the other contestants had as much fun as I did preparing their entries.

This idea comes from Easy Baked.

I used a different recipe for the cupcakes and icing but Easy Baked glass and blood are PERFECT.

This is the glass, cooling on parchment paper.  I wasn't happy with my first batch and redid it.

I found that spraying the parchment left a bit of a residue on the glass candy. My second batch was much better. I let it harden on a silicone sheet.  When done I used the heel of a kitchen knife to shatter the glass.

 


I couldn't resist taking this picture. No one was hurt.  It is delicious though.


Red velvet cupcakes are sooooo pretty.




Here is my display.  I made the skulls using easy melts and a mould.










Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Own Version of Presidents Choice Recipe



Here is a link to the original recipe.

http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/recipes/recipeslisting/lemon-infused-mushroom-triangoli-with-parmigiano.html

Here is my version...

1 pkg  PC Black Label Triangoli Porcini Mushroom with Truffle filled egg pasta
1 cup  pine nuts
2tbsp  EVOO
1tbsp  butter
Zest of one large lemon
3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
Fresh chives (amount to taste)
Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (the real stuff only please)


Cook Triangoli pasta according to directions on package.

While pasta is cooking toast pine nuts in a dry pan. Remove from pan and set aside.





















Heat olive oil and butter in warm pan. Add chopped garlic, slowly and lightly sauté until translucent, about 5 min.












Add lemon zest, pine nuts, chopped chives, and cooked, drained pasta to pan. Remove from heat and add parmiggiano cheese.  Salt and pepper if desired.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun, Beautiful Dessert

What you need

One package of Chocolate wafers
Whipping cream
Sugar
Vanilla
Raspberries
Kahlua or other liqueur for flavouring (optional)

Whip up some fresh whipping cream, sweetened to your liking, add a dash of vanilla and if desired add something special, like kahlua or triple sec, etc....  Optional.  For my first attempt I used only vanilla extract.







Spread a layer of whipped cream on the chocolate wafers.















Slip in some berries on one of the layers.  Now you stack the layers on top of each other. Only one of the layers will have berries.













It doesn't matter where the layer of berries is, but the cake is a little less tippy if the berries are not in the bottom layers.




I made five layers of wafers and cream, put the berries in the middle layer and one plain layer on top. You can do more or less if you wish....








Now, use whipped cream to ice it like a layer cake.





Let them set up in the fridge for at least two hours, the cookies will soften and have a cake like texture. So pretty, so fun....


I grated some dark chocolate on them and dropped a few berries on the plate.





Sunday, July 7, 2013

Green Eggs and Ham

This is my version of Green Eggs and Ham. Great for company and can be easily doubled or tripled.

I've followed a recipe for this dish for some time but this morning I had left over mascarpone and was determined to incorporate it into breakfast. This recipe also includes fresh basil from my herb garden and baby arugula to add more flavour and texture.   Can be easily doubled or tripled. 






Recipe

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
4-6 slices of Canadian Bacon or Peameal Bacon
2/3cup Mascarpone Cheese (or cream cheese softened with milk)
4 large eggs
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (more if desired)
2 cups baby arugula
1/4 cup parmesean cheese

Heat frying pan over medium heat add olive oil. Cut bacon into 1 inch squares. Add bacon pieces and garlic to frying pan and cook over medium to med/low heat until garlic is soft, approx 7-8 minutes.  While bacon and garlic are cooking beat eggs, add chopped fresh basil.

 Increase heat to medium.  Add mascarpone to the pan to melt and stir, about one to two minutes.  Add Arugula and stir to wilt, about one minute. Add eggs and stir as you would to make scrambled eggs.  Continue cooking eggs slowly over medium heat until desired doneness.  I prefer my eggs a little on the moist side. I find that if they get cooked too much they become rubbery and runny.  I don't like that.  When they are cooked to your liking turn of the heat and stir in the parmesean cheese.  Serve with toast and coffee or tea, a nice fruit salad and, of course, mimosa!!

I have often made a large batch and placed the eggs in a large dish to serve a group of people at brunch.  Because the ham/bacon is in the eggs you have a one dish main that looks and tastes great.

L




Saturday, May 4, 2013

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

These have got to be my new favourite cookie. I think they will be for a long time. I mean, how can you outdo the combination of rich chocolate, toasty pecans and smooth buttery caramel.  How?

I found this recipe at Pixelated Crumb.  It is an America's Test Kitchen Recipe and really worth making.  I was on Pixelated Crumb recently to recreate those fabulous Garlic Oven Fries this past weekend and I came across their top recipes of 2012.  This one is #1 so, duh, had to try it...

The dough is sticky so it needs to be kept cool for best results.
Here is it after chilling for an hour in the fridge. That chocolate looks so rich.


In some of the reviews I read that it was important to keep the dough chilled before cooking so after initially forming the cooking balls I put the tray in the fridge to keep that butter solid and help the cookie hold its shape

After rolling them in the eggwhite and pecans I formed the caramel cup.


After baking they puff in the cup a bit and need to be pressed again. Do this right away and if the cookie cracks it is really easy to squeeze it back together when they are very warm from the oven

Now they are ready for the caramel jewels.

They are so good and despite the caramel filled cup they are not overly sweet.

Try them, let me know how yours turn out.