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My first entry was a recipe for spaghetti squash, which prior to last night I had found inedible. Also a description of the disgusting looking cookies I made for tea day before yesterday. I made them from the cookbook which I wrote for my son, Lady's Fingers. They are shaped like fingers, down to the knuckle indentations, then red frosting is applied for the fingernail and the bloody end. They are delicious anise flavored cookies which go great with tea, but hard to eat because visually they turn the stomach a bit. His friends won't try them. :) I thought October an appropriate month to try some of these recipes and take a picture of the results.
Anyway, I just wondered if anyone else keeps a cooking journal? You probably all blog, but I like to have a book in hand to page through.
Also a description of the disgusting looking cookies I made for tea day before yesterday. I made them from the cookbook which I wrote for my son, Lady's Fingers. They are shaped like fingers, down to the knuckle indentations, then red frosting is applied for the fingernail and the bloody end.
That's too funny! The perfect Hallowe'en treat. ;-))
I once went to a Hallowe'en part where we were supposed to bring foods shaped like, named after, or otherwise related to, body parts. I brought Hostess® Ding-Dongs®!
Karbie, I like your idea of collecting all the families favorite recipes into one place. As it is now, I have to look here, there and everywhere to find them.
Fingers and fingernails, toes and toenails, and Ding Dongs!
The things I learn from this site!
My talents for sculpting are not developed; if, indeed, I have any such talent!
I think I'll leave ice swans, body parts, and other such stuff to the more experimental.
I do think a journal is a good idea. I frequently create a dish and wonder a week or a month later what I did. Notes in these cases would be helpful.
I've started putting pictures of some of my food on Flicker. If you want to see, go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9098776@N06/sets/72157601839426458/
Really neat photos; thanks for your effort.
I think your son must have a stronger stomach than I do! The fingers and fingernails look uncomfortably real!
The Marmalade Cake looked good, though.
I think we all have books coming out our ears and wonder where we are going to put all of them. You have found a number of creative solutions.
I have lots of bookshelves, but not one with a face!
Fungi are amazing, aren't they? They seem to be most everywhere in enormous variety.
Gardens are a lot of work, but soothing to the soul.
Karbie, the Marmalade Cake is in The Mitford Cookbook by Jan Karon. There was such a demand for recipes from her books, and she herself is not an avid cook. So she asked a chef friend of hers to come up with recipes to put in a cookbook for her. That cake was one which they had to create. It had only been imagined in fiction before. I'm not sure about copywrite issues and such, as far as posting on the internet, but I'll send it to you on your profile page.
I had a sort of dream/nightmare the other night about a marmalade cake. It was chocolate cake, with marmalade or mandarin orange sauce and coconut frosting. That sounded possible, but when I cut into it, someone had filled it with chocolate mint frosting. Blech! I don't care for mint.
You cut cake and taste it in your sleep?
That's creative dreaming!
How about leaving out the mint?
You could use raspberry jam on the inside layers?
I don't have a blog, but love to lurk and surf. Any others out there?
I had another dream which inspired a pie, I called it Banana Dream Pie. So creative. ;) I really don't like bananas at all, but my husband loves them, so I made it for him. It came out as something even I could eat. There was an ingredient in the dream which I couldn't capture on waking, but one thing was clear. There was to be no chocolate in the pie. I love chocolate, but this pie couldn't have it. So I asked my husband what he thought would be good to include and he came up with chopped up hazelnut brittle. Yum.
1 spaghetti squash
3 T. sundried tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T. cilantro, chopped (or other green herb if you can't abide cilantro)
1/2 c. pinenuts - toasted
2 T. olive oil
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. ground sage
1/2 t. fresh ground pepper
Parmesan cheese (fresh grated) to taste
Halve squash, brush w/olive oil lightly, bake on tray open side down in 350deg; oven for about 1 hour. Turn, bake 10 min open side up. Scrape out and separate with two forks into strands.
Sizzle tomatoes, garlic and cilantro in olive oil for about 3 min. Toss with squash and remaining seasonings, add pine nuts, Top each serving with Parmesan cheese to taste.
Very simple really, all the ingredients are replaceable according to what is in your cupboard. :)
I was doing a food blog for awhile, but when my husband got ill and then passed away, it took a lot of the fun out of it. I still post in it once in a great while: http://www.neopagan.net/phaeblog.php