Weekend Writing Prompt #121 – Teapot

I started writing a story about my late friend Roxanne, only to realise I have done so three times. Methinks that has been taken care of, don’t you? So then I remembered another teapot story ūüėČ Thanks for this prompt, Sammi!

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.¬† How you use the prompt is up to you.¬† Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel‚Ķanything you like. ¬†Or take the challenge below ‚Äď there are no prizes ‚Äď it‚Äôs not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise. ¬†If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Teapot

 

“We’re having a teatime-theme bridal shower for Fhum and want you to make the cake and cupcakes.”

“I’d love to!”

“Can you make the cake in the shape of a teapot?”

“Absolutely!”

(Am I crazy?)

“That will be so cool! She’s gonna love it.”

“I sure hope so…”

 

 

 

What’s In My Tin? Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

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This NaBloPoMo thing has me all buggered up for my usual series!  The days slip by and I find myself wondering where to slip in a post not related to the Prompts!  I then end up doing two posts in one day and I worry that I exaggerate!

Soooo… as mentioned in the last edition of What’s in My Tin? I have left the apples behind and now give you healthy Banana chocolate chip muffins.¬† I’ve even added some nuts for texture.¬† Why not? They can be switched in or out, the chocolate chips increased or just nuts, up to you and what your family likes.¬† I like to put half and half as nuts are healthier than chocolate chips and I get no complaints from the Peanut Gallery.

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What’s not to love in that glorious mix of bananas, chocolate chips and nuts?¬† Even if it is the healthier version, my kids don’t even notice (or is it because Mom is always trying to give the healthier version and they’ve just gotten used to it?)

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You can get the full recipe here.  Enjoy!

What’s In My Tin? Apple Oatmeal Wheat Fingers

I promise, for now, this is the last of the apple recipes! For now.¬† Maybe.¬† I can’t guarantee it!

I have many (seriously, I have loads) cookbooks in my bookcases(s).¬† Yet, somehow, when it’s time to find inspiration, I often end up on the Internet.¬† In an effort to justify the purchase of all these cookbook¬† purchases (some dating back to longer ago than I dare think), I have decided to get inspired by them instead of the Web.¬† Well, I try anyway!

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This recipe was taken from Barry Bluestein and Kevin Morrissey’s “The Complete Cookie, cookies for every occasion”.

I’m a fan of cookbooks that have lovely photos, so this one, which I’ve had since January 31, 1997(!), must have been purchased through Book of the Month Club.¬† There are no pictures, no drawings, nothing.¬† Oh, sorry, I lied.¬† There are a grand total of 8 photos in the middle of the book.¬† That said, they do have quite a few nice cookie recipes, including this Apple Oatmeal Wheat Fingers one.

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I was astounded at how just 1/4 teaspoon of allspice could completely change a flavour profile.. We all know that apples and cinnamon go together but who knew that adding this smidge of allspice would take it to a whole ‘nother level?¬† Not moi, that’s for sure.

These were delicious, healthy and disappeared faster than I could say “Boo!”

You can find the recipe right here.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  They will definitely be ending up in my tin again!

What’s in my Tin? Apple Gingerbread

Yes, yes… I am still on the apple kick!¬† I promise you, after the next one (because I do have one more…) I will share something else!¬† The boys are not complaining that the tin holds apple-something for the past four weeks so, hopefully, that means you won’t complain either!

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What’s in my Tin?

You know that warm taste you get from gingerbread cookies?¬† Well, you can have that without all the fuss, muss and mess in less time than it takes to make the cookie dough!¬† I kit you not.¬† These babies are just plain delicious.¬† Word.¬† I have made them for snack time, school lunches and, when I’m feeling fancy, served on a pool of cr√®me anglaise in a fancy plate – for those days when you are having people over for dinner but really don’t have time to make something fancy and time-consuming.

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Delicious warmed up and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or just plain with a cup of tea and a girlfriend for some deep conversation.

It is an easy peasy recipe you can get right here!

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What’s In My Tin? Apple Squares

So, I have decided to add a new series. Because. Why not?

Years ago (way too many to count) I found this wonderful tin.¬† I walked into a¬†Fenton’s store –¬†a kitchen supplies store filled with things that make me want to spend all my money – and there at the back of it, in my direct line of sight was the PERFECT tin!¬† Not only did¬†it have my name on it (!), it also had my favourite flower!¬† No way in hell I was NOT going to purchase this baby! (Fingers crossed it was not being sold¬†for an arm and a leg!¬†¬†Can’t remember the price but obviously was within my budget…)

It is pretty, no?

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So… after years of just sitting on top of the cupboards, collecting dust, fading with time, I finally decided to start using it!¬† I guess I was afraid I would ruin it but seriously, what’s the point of having pretty things, if we don’t use ’em?¬† If they get worn or faded, it adds to the charm, I think!

So, without further ado, what did I have in my tin this week?

Apple Squares!

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If you would like to make these for yourself, just get the recipe here!

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A Tale of Two Cakes

We were invited for dinner at my sister Tracy’s last Friday night.¬† No special occasion; just because.¬†¬† I asked her if she minded my bringing a dessert (like, really, who would mind)?¬† She of course said that was absolutely not necessary and I replied that I was in the mood to make something.¬† Make something but not have the left-overs at MY house!

Sooooo…if that’s the case, she said… (Bonus:¬† Left-overs¬†would¬† NOT end up on my tush and thighs and belly…. you get my drift?

My mint has gone absolutely wild in my garden.  I mean, I truly have to rein it in before it engulfs everything!

Mint, mint everywhere!

Mint, mint everywhere!

So this is one of the things I made:

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Lemon Mint Yogurt Cake with Frosted Mint Leaves

Should you not yet be subscribed to Dalectables, perhaps now is time!  You can find the link on the How-To of this cake right here!

This being a great week-end of not cooking for me,¬†we were invited to my sister Lisa’s for her annual BBQ on Saturday, which coincides with her eldest’s birthday.¬†¬† I didn’t tell her, but I felt like bringing a nice Strawberry Shortcake as the Quebec strawberries are still absolutely delicious!

Well… things don’t always turn out as planned… my bloody sponge cake fell apart (why I insist on doing this particular recipe, is beyond me… I get it one time out of four….)

So, when life throws you lemons… and all that jazz…

Turn cake into trifle!¬† No one need know the truth…. Let’s just keep it between us, K?¬† To see what I did with it, check it out here!

This is what it ended up looking like… not too shabby, if you ask me!

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So, again, if you are not yet subscribed to Dalectables, please don’t be shy… I’ll be updating said website, showing you my latest “learning” videos (think Julia Child with the turkey on the floor….), keeping you entertained and giving you some good recipes!

 

How to Make Quick Fruit Cake

As part of my participation (though tardy) to The Canadian Food Experience Project Challenge Seven: A Christmas Tradition the following is my story.

I have bought Victoria Magazine since April 1989. ¬†I was working in Westmount at the time and, during my lunch hour, I took a walk on Sherbrooke Street West and ended up in Cumberland’s Drug Store (now a PJC). ¬†Whilst browsing the magasine aisle, my eye was drawn to Victoria and I had to look inside. ¬†Oh, the beautiful photos, the recipes, the quotes: “Oh, to be in England Now that April’s here…”, Robert Browning. – I was totally hooked!

Victoria, April 1989

Victoria, April 1989

So beautiful and so worth the three bucks! (It’s now $6.99). ¬†It was a bi-monthly magazine at the time. ¬†Oh! To have to wait a whole two months for the next one!!! ¬†I couldn’t stand it! ¬†It then became available monthly. ¬†Yea!!! It then changed ownership and they made it look just like another Martha Stewart-type of magazine (not that I don’t enjoy Martha, I just didn’t want Victoria to look like it). ¬†That did them in and they disappeared for a few years and then… Hark! ¬†An obvious fan of the original re-started it just like it was – bi-monthly (but I’ve faith….) Happy Days!

The December 1991 issue had a recipe for a “Quick Fruit Cake”. ¬†Hmm… I was sceptical but it looked really nice and the ingredients did not contain any of that yucky fluorescent cherry crap so I decided to try it. ¬†It just so happened that my father’s new girlfriend was introduced to us on Christmas Eve. ¬†Poor thing, she was overwhelmed by Larry’s tall, exuberant¬†daughters! ¬†Hmmm… let me taste that fruit cake. ¬†She must have eaten about half the plate!

Well, since then, it has now become an expected yearly Christmas offering.  And, I always ensure Susan gets at least half a cake to her (she is a tiny thing!)

This year is the first Christmas without Dad and Susan was definitely invited to our early Christmas dinner on Sunday.  Of course I had to make sure I had some to give her!  The smile was worth what little effort was required.

The ingredients are easily found and making it is a piece of cake (sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

Fruitcake ingredients

Fruitcake ingredients

What you will need:
10 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut up
3/4 cup milk
6 Tbsp light corn syrup
2 Tbsp molasses
1 cup currants
34 cup pitted dates, chopped
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped mixed candied peel
1 cup walnut pieces
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 Tbsp brandy

Marzipan topping
1 7-oz roll almond paste (marzipan)
Apricot jam
Confectioner’s sugar for garnish

How to:

1. Butter 8″ baking dish, line bottom and sides with double layer of waxed paper. Butter waxed paper. Preheat oven to 300 F
2. In heavy large saucepan, combine first 10 ingredients. Heat slowly until butter melts, stirring occasionally
3. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cool 10 minutes.
4. Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add cooled fruit mixture and eggs. Mix with wooden spoon until blended. Pour into pan.
5. Bake at 300 F for 1 1/2 hours until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean.
6. Cool in pan sent on rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool on rack. Cut a thin slice from top of cake to make cake even. Prick top of cake all over with skewer, then spoon brandy over cake.

To make marzipan topping:
1. On surface lightly dusted with confectioners’ sugar, roll out marzipan to 8″ square. Invert cake on serving plate. Brush uncut top surface with apricot jam (or honey), then press on marzipan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar
(Here’s where I differ. I prefer to spoon jam onto cut side which leaves the bottom nice and smooth.
2. If desired, heat 2 or 3 metal skewers until red hot. Press into marzipan to make a caramelised lattice pattern. Repeat until pattern is complete.

Quick Fruit Cake

Quick Fruit Cake

You can watch the how to right here!