Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse, Bowling,

For those of you in the path of the eclipse today, do please be careful of  your eyes. A very short amount of exposure is damaging to them. I must admit I would not bother to travel to see the event. I gather they are expecting hundreds of people to do so. I think I might be nervous about driving home in case some of the 'viewers' had not properly protected their eyes and could no longer see well enough to drive home.

We will both be upset not to be able to bowl this week but they are re-surfacing the lanes which has to be done every year.There is just a slight possibility we might be able to bowl on Thursday. At least there is a possibility we might be able to go to Victoria Bowl.

The author of the following recipe started off by making a filling for pot stickers but, as he said, he spent another 45 minutes or so, after making this recipe, pleating the pastry for the pot stickers. He decided in future to just make the filling and eat it as is. I thought this was a good idea too and share the recipe with you.

Quinoa Cabbage Salad

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 cup cabbage
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 cup green onion
1/2 cup zucchini
3 Tbs soy sauce
3 Tbs rice wine vinegar
2 tsp natural cane sugar
2 tsp sesame oil

1. Place quinoa and water in a medium pot, bring to a boil, reduce, and cover. Let cook for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed.

2. While quinoa is cooking, in a pan, heat oil. Place carrots, green onions, and zucchini in pan and saute until vegetables are slightly tender. Add in cabbage and continue to saute until cabbage has cooked through and wilted slightly. Once vegetables are ready, stir in soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sugar. Continue to cook until liquid is almost gone, about 1-2 more minutes.

3. Stir vegetables into quinoa and serve right away.

Servings: 2

Source: Naturally Ella
Author: Erin Alderson

Have a great day

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday Recipe

I have been hunting around on Pinterest to find a copy of the Red Lobster Chocolate Wave Cake. I fan find lots of pictures but between Denise Hammond and myself, the only actual recipe we found was the one that follows. This recipe makes individual cakes and not one complete cake as made by The Red Lobster. Not only that theirs has layers of a ganache or something similar and is absolutely delicious.  Finally there is no white chocolate used. The picture above is the one of the original cake. However, this does look like a good chocolate cake recipe so thought I would post it anyway. I have seriously thought about buying a whole cake $40 and cutting it in slices then freezing it. I do so love this cake and as I am a confirmed chocoholic I am tempted to do just that. I brought a slice home with me last Tuesday and have been eating small amounts of it all week. Their servings are huge.

Chocolate Wave Cake

3/4 cup butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
4 eggs
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp Grand Marnier

White-Chocolate Truffle
6 oz white chocolate
3 Tbs heavy cream
3 Tbs softened butter
2 Tbs Grand Marnier

1. Melt butter in a double boiler over medium-low heat. Add chocolate chips, heating until mixture is melted.

2. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl. Add chocolate mixture to sugar mixture and beat well.

3. In a separate bowl, combine four eggs, four yolks, and Grand Marnier. Add this to the chocolate mixture and beat until well mixed. Cover and chill overnight.

4. For Truffle: Melt the white chocolate and heavy cream in a double boiler over low heat. Add butter and Grand Marnier and stir until smooth. Chill overnight.

5. Butter and flour individual 5-ounce ramekins. Fill 1/3 of each with the chilled chocolate mixture. Add a rounded tablespoon of the truffle mixture. Fill to the top with the chocolate mixture.

6. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes. Let the cakes sit for 15-20 minutes before inverting. Run a knife around the edges to loosen.

7. Serve with chocolate sauce, raspberries, and/or ice cream if desired.

Servings: 6


Have a great weekend