Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pancake Tuesday, eat up

A stack of pancakes, perfect for Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or better know as Mardi Gras! Time to use up all the good stuff before Lent starts. There is nothing better to start the day with than pancakes well maybe ones with Nutella and bananas. Let the party begin. The sad news is the founder, Michele Ferrero of Nutella passed away this pass weekend at the age of 93. Wonder if he attributed longevity to eating Nutella? So before Lent begins cook up a stack. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

World Nutella Day

Nutella Swirl Bread

It’s World Nutella Day today. I wanted to make something different than just scooping a spoon into the jar and eating it that way (I was tempted, trust me). Then there is just spread it on just about anything in the kitchen that is edible, well most things. No, those just wouldn’t do this year. So I thought about what have I made in the past that I could make again? Eureaka! I’ll make Nutella Braided/Swirl Bread. I made this about a year ago and it was good enough to make again. Anything with Nutella is worth making again.
I did try to make the Nutella Star Bread but after 2 very unsuccessful attempts I gave up. I later learned that the recipe that I used was wrong it the flour measurements. Not wanting to risk running out of flour and making the hubster run to the store for more I settled for the recipe I know that works.
So break out those jars and have at it! And yes a spoon is ok.

Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Dumplings

Just a spoonful of Nutla
2nd unsuccessful brioche dough

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Just a wee bit of shortbread and scotch

On this day in 1759, Scotland's poet, Robbie Burns was born. He is celebrated every year with a toast. You may even know one of his most widely recited poems, you may sing it on New Years Eve. Yes, its Auld Lang Syne. So to honor Robbie Burns I made shortbread cookies.
The recipe for the cookies is adapted from the Highlander's Cookbook: Recipes from Scotland by Sheila MacNiven Cameron. I used KerryGold unsalted butter and had to adjust the time a bit. The first batch was too dark and so the rest of the cookies came out just fine when I cut the time in half. I purchased it online from vintage bookseller, Omnivore Books, in San Fransisco. Even though my clan is from the Lowlands, I think that I'll keep it.
I would have toasted with haggis but unbeknownst to me haggis is illegal to import into the US. I'm sure that you are glad. It's really not bad, I've had it, twice in one week even! Maybe it should go on my  bucket list to make, or not. I'm not sure it might be hard to find sheep's stomach and other bits and pieces.

So on this day I raise a wee glass of whisky (if is true Scottish there is no e in whisky) and eat a shortbread.