nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
Put together this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake today (from the Washington Post). Followed the instructions except for sifting the flour and spices together -- just took it out of the oven and it smells delicious. :D

We must have an opossum in residence close by -- Layla treed a youngster both last night and this morning in the backyard, scaring the bejeebers out of the little guy both times.

Currently reading Jay McInerney's The Good Life, sequel to Brightness Falls and the middle book in his "New York trilogy" (I've noticed some people calling it his "Yuppie trilogy," heh). It's a good read, but omg these characters do not talk like normal people talk. Before this I read Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I had read it once, years and years ago, but I heard Gaiman had restored something like 12K words to a new edition. It was interesting to see how the book did or did not follow the first season of the TV show, and how a few scenes had been transferred to TV virtually unchanged. I enjoyed it a lot -- two thumbs up, would recommend.
nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
Today is the second time I have made this recipe, and it is so good. It's sort of like the consistency of crème brûlée, layered with thinly-sliced apples. Very easy to put together, not much sugar. This time we added a teaspoon of apple pie spice and a couple of tablespoons of golden rum, and subbed almond extract for vanilla. The whole recipe is under the cut ...

Dorie Greenspan's Custardy Apple Squares )


Nov. 13th, 2016 05:37 pm
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Beautiful weather here today -- bright sun, cool temps. Squirrels are chasing each other around the backyard, but Layla is taking a nap so she doesn't see them. On our walk last night we saw a house with a very large, fully-lit Christmas tree in the front window. :-/

I have been reading The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters (by Laura Thompson) and am really enjoying it. Absolutely fascinating, but I would warn potential readers that the first sixty pages or so are ... a rumpled mess slog. A lot of information, really fast, with an assumption that the reader already knows about the Mitfords' parentage and ancestry. But keep going, and the book is very rewarding in terms of presenting a time and place and social history that is truly interesting. Last night I read the chapter in which Unity Mitford (one of the sisters) wrote her fan letter to JULIUS STREICHER. Oh my god. I was so angry for a while at this sad, stupid girl who's been dead for sixty-eight years. (There's more of the letter in the book than is quoted in Wikipedia and jfc it is just terrible.) I mean, I knew Unity had a thing for the Nazis, just as her sister Diana had a thing for British Fascists. I didn't realize it was that ... overt, I guess.

SO ANYWAY. Anyway. I made Crustless Cranberry Pie on Friday and it is so good (I know, it's not a very attractive name). I left out the walnuts and used an 8x8 square pan. Eh, that seems to be all for now.

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Mar. 27th, 2016 03:43 pm
nightdog_barks: 1930s movie poster of Buster Crabbe and a lion (Movie Poster -- Jungle Man)
Three pics of Layla that I took this afternoon are under the cut.

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OTHERWISE. One of the Early Girl tomatoes is turning red, and we have three or four baby peppers on the Santa Fe Grande plants. Also we had a Great Visitation of Birds yesterday -- cedar waxwings (a wrath of waxwings?), bright red cardinals, wrens, and sparrows.

Oh, and we made this granola recipe today and omg it smells SO GOOD. We cut the recipe in half (we DO NOT NEED nine cups of granola) and substituted chopped pecans for the pistachios. It only took about 30 minutes to bake in our oven. Really looking forward to trying it tomorrow morning. :D

ETA that we couldn't wait and tried a bit of the granola by itself, and OMG IT IS DELICIOUS. :D
nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
It's the Chicken and Chickpea Tagine from the NY Times (I've c/p'd it below with the proportions that I used). I made it for dinner last night and OH MY GOD YOU GUYS SO DELICIOUS. :D

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nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
From the Guardian.

Roast chicken with plums, prunes and potatoes

Lovely with lots of crusty white bread to mop up the juices. Serves three to six, depending on how hungry you are.

670g Charlotte potatoes, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks*
20g thyme sprigs
7cm piece ginger, peeled and grated
18 dried prunes, pitted
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
75ml soy sauce
3 tbsp muscovado sugar**
7 whole star anise
6 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick attached), skin lightly scored
6 large plums, pitted and quartered

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil, add the potatoes and cook for 10 minutes, until almost done. Drain, refresh under cold water and shake dry, then transfer to a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients apart from the plums. Mix with your hands, massaging the sauce into the chicken, then cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least four hours, though preferably overnight.

Heat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. In a high-sided baking tray, spread out the chicken pieces skin side up, and add all the marinade, vegetables, prunes and herbs. Cover tightly with tin foil and roast for 30 minutes. Remove, discard the foil and stir in the plums, basting the chicken as you do so; roast for a further 40-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced to about 200ml. Leave to rest and cool for five minutes before serving.

* I had to Google. These are smaller yellow-fleshed potatoes. I'm probably going to substitute a Yukon Gold.

** Also had to Google, and came across an interesting discussion on Chef Talk. Basically if you don't want to search out muscovado sugar you can sub Mexican piloncillo or turbinado sugar (the stuff labeled "sugar in the raw" at the store).

And this is the recipe I'm making right now: Brown Butter Raspberry Tart. :D
nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)

1 egg yolk
Dash of salt
Dash of pepper
1 tsp mustard (Dijon or Düsseldorf)
1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice (we used lemon juice)
1 cup peanut, vegetable, or olive oil (we used canola oil)

Place the yolk in a mixing bowl and add salt and pepper to taste, mustard, and vinegar (or lemon juice). Beat vigorously with a wire whisk or an electric mixer.

Start adding the oil gradually, beating continuously with the whisk or electric mixer. Continue beating and adding oil until all the oil is used. If the mayo is not to be used immediately, beat in a tablespoon of water. This will help stabilize the mayo and slow its turning when stored in the fridge.

~ from The New York Times: More 60-Minute Gourmet, by Pierre Franey, with my notes

We made this the other night to use with chicken salad, and it was delicious. And it's not hard to make! It's easy to separate an egg -- you're allowed to use your fingers if you want (wash your hands, before and after). And whisking is easy -- just keep the whisk moving. Or use a handheld electric mixer! Or a standing mixer! If you want more lemon, you are totally allowed to add a little more! Keep drizzling the oil in while you're mixing, and you're good to go. Drizzle, mix. Drizzle, mix. Don't be afraid if the mayo doesn't look like much when you start -- it will thicken up and assume a pale gold color. It won't look like Hellmann's or Miracle Whip -- IT WILL BE BETTER. Use this bad boy on sandwiches, in tuna salad, in chicken salad, on chicken with bread crumbs (or panko! EVEN BETTER) for oven-fried chicken. Use it wherever you'd use store-bought mayo!


Also! Three obligatory warnings about using uncooked eggs, one from the Incredible Egg Organization (i.e., the Egg Council), one from the CDC, and one from ABC Australia.


Dec. 21st, 2012 01:57 pm
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Sunny and a little warmer today, although weather guys are still saying there's a possibility of wintry stuff next week. In the meantime, this is on the schedule today. Which requires me to buy a package of cream cheese, so ... I think I'll go do that. :D


Nov. 11th, 2012 03:16 pm
nightdog_barks: In the morning mist, a huge oak tree rises in a field (Field Oak)
Cloudy and much cooler, got some much-needed rain this morning as the cold front came through. Trying out a new recipe -- this Apple Pound Cake (recipe is on page 3), made with roasted apples. Although we're using a mix of apples and pears. And more cinnamon than cardamom, because Mister Nightdog likes cinnamon more than cardamom. Anyway. It's in the oven and smells delicious. *g*
nightdog_barks: (Horse Weathervane)
1) Cold, overcast, and very windy today.

2) Had a small glass of sparkling wine with Thanksgiving dinner. It was from (of all places) New Mexico, but it was very nice. Tasty and cheap reasonably priced. *g*

3) Made this recipe for applesauce-spice cake yesterday. Substituted rum-soaked raisins for the walnuts and did not make the frosting. It was still delicious!

4) This sounds SO AWESOME. (It's the daily Audubon Page-Turning at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.)

There. Four things make a post. :-D
nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
Accomplishment for the day so far: making nectarine jam. Okay, so it's refrigerator jam, meaning no boiling water and sterilizing jars, but still. It's jam!

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nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
I made this today -- blueberry cornbread. It is really good. Doesn't need butter on it, doesn't need the maple-butter. It's just good. And I don't even work for Land o'Lakes.



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