The mailman must think I’m very special for receiving all these packages!
Archive for July, 2010
There are some fun-filled (and food-filled) days at work, my number one choice being Ethnic Edibles Day. Everyone brings in a dish, savory or sweet, that represents their ethnicity. I’m lucky to have plenty of choices in that category, so I went South African this time. Melktert is a classic South African dessert. Meaning “milk tart” in Afrikaans, it is a sweet pastry crust containing a creamy filling made from milk, flour, sugar and eggs. The ratio of milk to egg is higher than in a traditional European custard tart, resulting in a lighter texture and a stronger milk flavor.
I seemed to have misplaced my mother’s melktert recipe (must ask for that again!), so instead, I used the recipe from my favorite South African blog – Cook Sister.
I followed the Cook Sister method, except I used my own pie crust and skipped the cardamom – purely because I only had ground and no pods.
Out of the oven came a beautiful golden pie which tasted just as I remembered from mom’s baking. A light and fluffy custard pie with the perfect spices. My co-workers seemed to enjoy it as well – there were no leftovers to take home :(
Want more I-Spy? NEED more I-Spy?? Here are a few swaps around in my interwebs :)
- * Updated … this swap is now full *
If you are a kitty lover, Heather at FindingLightPhotography is hosting a cat-only I-Spy fabric swap … there’s only 4 spots left so hurry and sign up!
Here’s a peek into the fabric squares I’ve already received in the mail so far … keep them coming!
Thanks to a few friends, the idea of wine making was introduced into my head … and I took it, ran away with it, and married it. Within a week I had purchased a all-out beginners wine equipment kit, had researched how-to’s and read a few books. The hardest part was deciding on what wine to make first. I decided on a non-grape fruit wine first so I could use the berries I had picked locally. Plus, I enjoy the more semi-sweet side of life, which fruit wines fit nicely into.
My wine kit requires a 5 gallon batch of wine. That equals 30 (yes, thirty) 750mL bottles of wine!!Last night I started on my first batch – a blackberry, strawberry, pear blend.
4 lbs blackberries, 4 lbs strawberries, 12 lbs pears, 10lbs sugar, water and some “wine chemicals”. Smush. Squeeze. Stir. Tonight I add the yeast starter and then watch the magic happen.
Wine is a more complicated process than I had imagined with all of the additives I hadn’t heard of … but the hardest part is all of the WAITING before you can actually taste your creation. Mix it together. Wait a week. Move to another container. Wait 3 weeks. Pour into bottles. Wait 6 months!
So I’ll keep you well updated with my progress … and when I’ll be sharing.
In the Potholder Pass 3, a few people lost partners along the way and so didn’t get any fun potholders in return. I offered to be a “potholder angel” for any of those swappers, so everyone could enjoy the pass. And my calling came in the form of a “bright potholder” request. So I answered.
On several of my regular blog reads — including the host of the potholder pass — I came across the cathedral window block and various tutorials. This fabulous block was touted as easier than it looked, so I gave it a shot. I gathered various bright fabrics from my scrap stash (some which you might recognize from previous projects) and found the pink for a good background. I really wanted to use white, but I couldn’t convince myself that was good for usage in the kitchen since so much of the white would be exposed. The pink seemed to fit nicely with the chosen brights.
I learned the precision of cutting and ironing is key – VERY key – for lining up corners later. So my first attempt at the block wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t close to perfect either. My only relief came from the fact these were potholders, would be used as potholders, and would get dirty like potholders. Perfection doesn’t matter at that point :)