Tags: food


plum jam

So what do you do when you are (finally) feeling better but not really 100% better. You know, just better enough to be bored and rather annoyed about how un-productive you still are? Why you make jam of course!

I tried my hand at my first plum jam. It's really the fault of my tree fruit vendor at the Farmer's Market. There I was innocently buying some yummy Honeycrisp apples (I adore apple season!) and there was a tub of plump dark little fruits with a sign saying "Damson Plums - great for jam!". So evil. Never mind that I've never tasted plum jam, it just sounded SO good. So I bought some.

I actually made two kinds. The first was a standard pectin added recipe, which I spiced up with some bourbon (from the local distillery). The second was a small batch, using the leftover 2 cups of fruit from the pectin batch. I just used sugar and lime juice (apparently plums have a lot of natural pectin) and added a little Cointreau for fun.

The small batch was good, a slightly citrusy thick fruit spread. The larger bourbon batch is my favorite though, nice and spreadable with an autumn feel to the flavor. It goes really nicely with the ABC sourdough with blue cheese and walnuts that I love eating this time of year so much. *sigh* I love the fall.

jam day!

It's jam day!

Mom and I are making our first ever jam today. We are starting out with my favorite, strawberry. The local strawberry crop was hard hit by rain and hail this year so this may be the last of them at the farmers market. So we can't put it off any longer - jam here we come!

So far so good. No major disasters, the first batch has actually set as far as I can tell and it's now in the pot being "preserved". So no major disasters and Mom & I are having a good time.

1And since I'm using girliegirl32786's official Jampange strawberry jam recipe I'm wearing my tiara. 'Cause I can. :>

Wild Mushroom Ragoût

In lieu of costuming content (since I am still on my sewing hiatus) here is the recipe I promised months ago for the Wild Mushroom Ragoût that I served at my Victoriana Luncheon. This is a combination of 4 different recipes as I wanted to create something tasty and that would flow with the rest of our meal. We couldn't find crème fraiche at the time so we used the Greek yogurt instead.

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dancing & dressing up

Last night I went to the local ballroom dance studio's Halloween party after all. I debated about it all day (while I made mini pumpkin cheesecakes for the potluck - which came out yummy although not as good as Costo's pumpkin cheesecake) but in the end I wanted to be a pretty, pretty princess for the evening.

With a whole wardrobe of pretty things to wear I took sage advice from my LJ friends and decided to wear a totally impractical dress for dancing since I didn't want to dance much. I went with my Fire Dress. With the addition of my Golden Diadem it worked well with Mom's Snow Queen costume so we were Fire & Ice. (Bridget gets credit with that idea!)

It was fun to wear the frock again (it had only been worn once!) and it totally worked on the not much dancing front too! After several wardrobe malfunctions during the complimentary Hustle lesson no one but Dad was brave enough to ask me for a dance afterward. Yay! After bustling the train of doom and safety pinning up the underskirt's sweep it wasn’t so bad really. It just took a couple of tries to work out the kinks. I still didn't have much movement in the shoulders but with tall guys (like Dad) it wasn’t much of a problem. So I got to hustle, swing, cha-cha and foxtrot with Daddy, not that Mom got a single pic - shirker!

Mom's newly bling-ed out Snow Queen was very cute. We didn't get any pics of the new detachable bustle (she'll be wearing it again for an event in Dec so we'll get better pics then) but it was very pretty. She also added a lot more face make-up and fiber optic lights to her hair (never did get a good pic of them) and rhinestone snowflakes to the hem of the dress. I'm beginning to wonder if this dress with ever be finished, she has so many more ideas for bling. She is SO funny!

After dance we went to the Ale House for a beer and munchies - it was a good way to end a fun evening.

recipe: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

I took a little break from the Pink Italian today to make soup.

My family and I have gotten rather lazy lately, relying on going out, prepared foods or the same 2 uninspiring "chicken on the grill marinades" for most of our meals. So this soup marks my first "I'm hungry, what's in the house I can make without too much bother" meal since the prepared foods have stopped being replaced around here.

Inspired by some of the produce we got at the farmer's market on Saturday I made a Curried Butternut Squash Soup, which I ate with blue cheese sourdough bread from the local bakery and sliced apples from a local orchard. No I'm not in an autumn mood at all!

The recipe is one I came up with myself, based on some recipes I looked at online (I love Google!). I love experimenting, especially when the results are super yummy (if I do say so myself) and super easy. Next time I want to try it with pumpkin. A very good beginning I'd say to the new style of eating around here...

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a lazy Sunday

The church picnic & baptism got rained out today so I've had a lovely restful Sunday at home. Mostly I've been working on my Peacock gown and sipping Bellinis made with fresh peach purée from local peaches. Yum!

Feels good to be working on the Peacock again, I've missed the joy of beading it since I set the project aside in May in the cause of my CosCol wardrobe. I'll have to break down and buy some more beads soon though... once I recover a bit from what gilded_garb calls the financial trauma of Costume College of course. :>


The chocolate macarons... fabulous! Working on the buttercream right now... *rubs hands together with glee*

You know it occurs to me that I really need a macaron icon.