Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Frilled Heart- Cheers for the 150th!

I do not blog that much these days, but my love for food and the making of it beautiful and tasty is still there. It is my 150th post, and I celebrate it with this cake I made for a wedding anniversary that happened today itself, where I was a guest too!- it was a surprise gift- well loved and eaten to the last crumb. An eggless cake, Iced with buttercream and decorated with a sugarpaste centerpiece tray filled with sugarpaste lilies, small hearts and carnations- the January flower- and the best news- it was all edible, although I advised the couple to keep it as souvenir if they wanted to! It was all thrills for frills!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cream of Mushroom Soup- Creamy...

Rich and warming, and certainly filling...Mush-roomy :)- positively, for it's chopped button mushrooms pampered in roux - butter, lots of it. And vegeta(-rian)-ble stock. Black pepper, coriander....less is more.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Wintry Devil's Food Cake

Recipe ripped from page 666 :) of my "Ultimate Recipe Book". Ha?
White chocolate snow flakes and a Christmas tree.....
It was gooooooooooooooood. ...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Galushte- a More Traditional Kind- Merry Christmas

 A while back I wrote about the stuffed leaves delicacy, called galushte in Moldova (galushi or sarmele as well, depending on the region). Well, I confess the way they are made there is not quite the usual way, maybe more elaborate, but not quite there. The traditional way of making them is holding the leaf (usually cabbage or grape) in hand, adding a little stuffing an rolling in in a zig-zag fashion, making sure the end is well sealed. The stuffing is usually rice and seasoning, coarse corn meal and seasoning, or both. The shape it takes is irregular, but may look like triangles a lot of times. Depending who makes them.

 used to be the "crown" meal at a festive table. There is even a tradition of stuffing these dumpling and "dancing of the pot" for weddings- I promise to post that video some time, which I luckily took before my own wedding. That is fun to watch, you will at least laugh once! Unfortunately about that time the mass transition from "home-crafted weddings" to wedding hall style ones has taken place and a lot of these age old rituals, if you may, have simply dissipated in the vast ocean of globalization....Now beautiful carpeted walls have given place to floral bouquets and the wooden bar lounge-seat covered with hand made runners is replaced by the pompous foam stuffed bow-tied chair....

Here I have two kind of galushte- one with couscous and  seasoning , the other is barley and seasoning. Maybe not traditional, but certainly delicious!
And wish you a very Merry Christmas- to all of you celebrating it on January 7th!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Merry Christmas - Viva January 7th!

here is more why we still do it that way, but Merry Christmas nevertheless! Hey, I will take two Christmas-es a year, even if they are so far spaced apart (or close)...that explains my lack of verbiage....;)

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