Sunday, September 29, 2013

From "The Baker's Daughter"


I love to read books and I love to cook- so "Cook the Books" event called out to me, what more can I say? When I didn't want to just sit around and catch up Breaking Bad episodes leading up to the finale yesterday, I threw these buns and some great vegan-gluten free strawberry cupcakes in the mix.

 The book chosen for the bi-monthly event Cook the Books is Sarah McCoy's "The Baker's Daughter"- a story about that intertwines food, history and a great narrative (toggles between WWII times in Germany and the present). I am just about a third done and so far like what I have read. I will post the review once I am done reading but in the meantime I leave you with these gorgeous buns that are traditionally made on St. Thomas Day that falls on Dec 21st (which also happens to be the shortest day).

 








Thomasplitzchen Buns

1 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup almond milk

Filling
11/2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup currants, raisins, cranberries, or whatever dried fruit you have on hand (I used raisins, currants and cranberries)
0.125 cups raw sugar

(I skipped the icing)

Mix the filling ingredients together well and set aside.

Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until a very fine crumb, add the milk, mix until it all holds together, and form into a rectangle.  Roll out to 1/8th inch thick on a floured board.  Spread the filling over to within an inch of the edges (it will squish out some).  Roll it up like a fat sausage, and then make one inch slices.  Put them pinwheel side up on a greased cookie sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven 350F until barely suntanned on top.  About 15 to 20 minutes

 Judgement

They were a breeze to make and their somewhat of a biscuit nature appealed to my palette. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Padre Island

 This labor day weekend, wise guy and I set off to Padre Island, a 3 hour drive that turned out to be more like 5. The drive was not so great with me pouting ( to indicate my petulant annoyance!) all the way and the wise guy deciding to stop at a random Mexican joint in Refugio for dinner (it seemed like a popular spot except our innumerable ways of saying no carnitas seemed quite ineffective!).

Anyway once I set foot on the beach all was forgotten. Funny how the ocean has that effect on people.




And we found a great place to eat- JBs German Bakery where the smell of freshly
baked bread and the sights of pristine German engineering kept us going back for more.

This picture of a gorgeous grilled chesse sandwich was taken in color and then converted to black and white. 

Submitting this to Black and White Wednesday started by Susan, now taken on by CindyStar. This week the event is hosted at Cook almost Anything.

Just peachy...



Grab hold of 'em awesome peaches that are in season right now!

Once you have eaten them in all forms and shapes, try this refreshingly simple recipe


You will need,

2 peaches, diced into smallish pieces

For the dressing

2 inch piece ginger, grated finely
1 tbsp honey
juice from half a lemon
garden fresh mint, if you have on hand

In a bowl mix the dressing first and then add the peaches.

That is it, really!

Chill the salad before serving.

Trust me on a hot Houston afternoon, you would want something cool.