I've already admitted to you all that I'm the food/cooking novice in the family. Maybe that's a good thing? You know, they say that "too many cooks spoil the broth" and I know that for sure, I don't want to have to compete with Chef Roland in the kitchen. But, I decided that this year, I'm going to put it on my "list" to start trying my hand at various dishes, with the intention of cooking Christmas Dinner for my family (if any are brave enough to come) next year. I've been reading over some recipes, seeing which ones I'll try first and have found one for my soup and one for my first course that I'm not going to reveal until I know I can succeed. I'll keep you posted as to my progress!
One of the recipes calls for sultanas and when I come across a food word that is new to me, I like to pass that information on to those of you who are Gourmet Beginners, like me. The new word is "sultanas" and even if you know what they are, I think you will find the link I'm using to be informational and entertaining.
I did manage to make a couple of different kinds of cookies for the holiday that I am gifting to others (if I can manage not to eat them all up) and think they are a bit different than the usual fare I see others preparing. I made chocolate shortbread and thumpprint cookies with apricot preserve centers. They are delicious, if I may say so without bragging. They're simple enough and I found the recipes in a magazine.
If you would like to share stories or comments about your christmas cookie experiences this season, please submit them via our blog comment box and I'll be happy to post them. Sometimes the stories are just as good as the cookies, if not better!
Definition of Sultanas: http://www.ochef.com/676.htm
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Bon Appetit!
Be patient with me. I'm excited about the following article. As I was looking for information regarding salmon and their natural predators (I know I'm weird), I came across something interesting that really got me to thinking. (Danger! Danger!)
I would like to challenge you to read the article, remembering that it's an article put out by Cornell Lab of Ornithology (which is the study of birds). As you read the article, pay specific attention, looking for the word "nutrients". I don't know if you will agree, but I thought the article was a perfect example of how there is a naturally occuring system in place to provide nutrients to the food supply (reference, "greater fruit production"). I also thought it was amazing to see how the nutrients in the sea, the wild salmon, the natural waterways, the birds and the plantlife all worked together to get the nutrients where they could provide life giving chemistry in a natural setting.
I am no "greenie" but, I do believe that there is a relationship between all aspects of nature that is, in fact, a delicate, determined system that was put in place, in a naturally occuring manner, that was specifically designed to provide sustenance for the inhabitants of the Earth and I, personally (me, Elaine) believe that nothing can replace or out perform this one-of-a-kind system. We, all of us, better wise up - FAST!
Whew!!! We moved our parents from Texas to Missouri.....what a job!! It's not quite over; after 1 good-sized trailer and two 26footers, we have to go back to retrieve our vehicle and bring another good-sized trailer with us! It's going to be a looooooooong fall as we begin the tedious process of unpacking and sorting through as we downsize their home. It's all good, though, as it's a huge blessing to have them near so that we can be of assistance to them.
I've missed posting to our blog so I thought I would hop online tonight and get a little something posted. What came to mind were some wonderful figs that I purchased in a French village market we visited while in France. I love figs and they are so versatile. I can eat them fresh and raw and they are delicious.
I've included a little info link regarding figs and a receipe that I think would be fun. Fall is just around the "corner" and I thought this receipe would be a good one to work on during the end of summer so that you can perfect it for a festive fall meal with family and friends.
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.