It’s been an emotionally draining couple of weeks here, with the tragedy in Boston, and The Husband’s work and travel schedule, so I have been struggling with what to write here. So, here’s a suggestion: go catch up on The Perennial Plate’s new videos! They have a few new ones up, and some exciting news-Daniel and Mirra are getting married! That Daniel’s a smart guy; I’m pretty sure there aren’t too many girls like Mirra around.
So while I get my act together, head over to The Perennial Plate (there’s a link to click in my list of blogs) and enjoy! I’ll see you soon.
Posted by realfoodroad on April 26, 2013
Last night was our monthly Book Club meeting, a belated birthday celebration for our Book Club leader/coordinator, and an exciting moment for one of our members, and well, for all of us. The occasion called for cake, and I knew just the cake it had to be.
The cake recipe is from a kid-friendly cookbook I received as a promotional free item from Gold Medal Flour a long time ago. The icing recipe is from Wilton Cake Decoration class materials, but you can use any icing you want. It’s your cake. The book cover is for the first novel from Lorrie Thomson, our friend and book club member, to be released in the fall. Look for it! Read it! Tell your friends! (oops-photo credit Ann Grummon!)
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Posted by realfoodroad on April 8, 2013
It is finally starting to look and feel like spring around here. After dropping an additional foot of snow on our winter-weary heads, Mother Nature has at least had the decency to come back every day and melt it. The frozen ground underneath the ice and snow is turning to mud, and little green shoots are poking their heads out to feel the warm (!) sunshine. All the mud has earned this time of year an in-between seasonal nickname: Mud Season. But it is also Maple Tapping Season here in northern New England, and there is nothing, I mean nothing, like real maple syrup that went from tree, to pail, to tub, over fire, to jug, to you. I have waxed on about REAL maple syrup before, so I will stop now.
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Posted by realfoodroad on April 3, 2013
Just a quick post to let you know I have not gone completely insane since Mother Nature decided we needed another 12 inches of snow in the yard. Even Luna the Dog doesn’t want to go out in it anymore.
The pizzas and little mini-pies were our impromptu celebration of Pi Day, which to those not blessed/cursed with the geek gene, was March 14. (3/14, get it?) I was doubly entertained by the fact that our pizzas, bedecked with sausage in the shape of the greek letter pi, were also round, and pi is the number that you multiply the diameter of a circle by, to get the circumference of the circle…
The pizzas were a) Pepperoni and Sausage (The Boy’s favorite), and b) Prosciutto, Dried Fig, Gorgonzola, and Sausage (for The Husband and I). When figs are in season, we love to top slices of fig with a little Gorgonzola cheese, and wrap them in prosciutto, so I figured the combo had to work on pizza, and it did.
The little pies were made with the ridiculous unitasker I fell for, the Babycakes Pie Pop Maker. I admit it, I was seduced by the Suzie Homemaker siren song of all the possibilities this appliance promised: desserts, party treats, appetizers, all at my fingertips. Not to say the little dears aren’t tasty (fill them however you want, use your favorite crust recipe or frozen puff pastry dough), but the thing is so obnoxious to clean, it’s not exactly a go-to toy for some quick fun with your food.
But they’re round. Plus no one was really into an actual pie, so making one seemed dangerous (for me, the one who would end up eating it).
So, that was our Pi Day! I’ll see you soon, somewhere down the (hopefully) sunny Road.
Posted by realfoodroad on March 19, 2013
This year’s deathmarch through winter has seemed interminable, and has brought on two maladies: a bit of Writer’s Block, and that peculiar cube-shaped fever known as Minecraft Mania. The Boy and I have been playing a lot of Minecraft together, it being far more colorful and compelling than the actual scenery outside. But I have been cooking, so, time to come out of hibernation (cube-ernation?) and let you see what I’ve made.
Posted by realfoodroad on March 9, 2013
The Perennial Plate | Adventures in Sustainable Eating has a new video up titled “Two Options”. It’s about farmers in India, their age-old practice of saving seeds, and two women reviving the practice, in response to the desperate choices farmers must make when they begin doing business with Monsanto. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but the Indian farmers, and farmers all over the world (including North America) who are being driven out of farming by Monsanto’s predatory business practices and high-stakes legal bullying need someone to speak for them. Contact your Congressmen and let them know what you think about Monsanto.
If you don’t know what you think of Monsanto, google Monsanto and seed-saving, and see what you think then. Google Monsanto and GMO. Google Monsanto and rGBH. But don’t just sit there and take for granted that Monsanto is some benevolent food giant that wants to feed the world, because that is not what they really want.
Eat Local, Eat GMO-free, and I’ll see you down the Road.
Posted by realfoodroad on February 24, 2013
The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food, an excerpt from an upcoming book by Michael Moss, is a disturbing peek into the world of processed food engineering, and the lengths the food industry has gone to in order to keep people buying and eating foods they know they really shouldn’t be eating.
I first heard a bit about this years ago in a book I did not finish reading, “The End of Overeating”, by David Kessler. But Michael Moss seems to have something more exposé-like here, and I look forward to the release this month of “Sugar Salt Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us”
Meanwhile, I highly recommend the NYT Magazine article. You may not want to read it with a bag of chips or a soda at your side.
See you soon.
Posted by realfoodroad on February 21, 2013
Whoa, where did that week go? Well, actually, I’ll tell you where it went-into a lot of pet care and maintenance, that’s where. Nothing terribly serious, but let’s just say the pets made a lot of extra laundry this week. You really don’t want to know (and if you have pets, you already have an idea.) Oh, and then there was the day I wore myself out scraping ice from the driveway. So done with winter. This will be a quick post, just to let everyone know we’re still alive and kicking here on the Road.
This was dinner the night of the snowstorm. The menu was planned by The Boy, the meal was mostly prepared by The Boy, and it was also plated by The Boy. What we have here are Salmon Fish Fingers, and Crispy Salmon Skin Strips. They are served on a bed of buttered orzo, and accompanied by steamed broccoli. I removed the skin from the salmon, then The Boy cut it into portions, and they were salted, peppered, and dredged in flour. While I pan-fried the salmon, The Boy put the orzo into boiling water, and trimmed the broccoli for steaming. I sauteed the skin strips in a very hot pan, while The Boy stirred lots of butter into the cooked, drained orzo. Finally, The Husband took the lovely photo of the finished dish. It was delicious, and we enjoyed it all the more because we all put something into it. The Boy wants to add bread crumbs to the fish fingers for next time. I’m looking forward to the next time we cook together, no matter what it is.
Cook with your family, cook whatever you all like, and see if it doesn’t taste just a little better, with that special added ingredient. You know the one.
See you on down the Road.
Posted by realfoodroad on February 17, 2013
I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the approaching blizzard, so instead of a marvelous post about my marvelous food, I bring you a couple of links.
1. The Perennial Plate cooking show! Yes, those krazy kids from Minnesota have a cooking show on YouTube. Go check them out here: The Perennial Plate In The Kitchen. Also, if you haven’t seen their latest video stylings of their trip to India, you really should watch it, it’s one of their best videos yet: A Day In India.
2. If you are in the path of the Winter that Is Coming, I strongly suggest you check out the latest posts from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee over at Yarn Harlot; she was a very smart (lucky) woman who managed to be out of Toronto for this possibly historic weather event, and instead finds herself in the Caribbean. The photos alone are a perfect antidote to what’s going on outside on the East Coast of the United States right now, but also read the posts, as her descriptions of her island paradise will warm you right through.
That’s all for now; there is some serious cooking in the works, and that means some serious blogging in the next few weeks. See you soon.
Posted by realfoodroad on February 8, 2013
See what I did there? Sorry if it was too cornball for you, but I couldn’t resist.
I hated beets as a child, but only by proxy. You see, my mother detests beets. I’m not sure “detests” is a strong enough word to describe the way her whole face screws up in disgust just to utter the word “beets”. So you can understand why the wretched root was never served to me as a child, and I assumed I would hate beets just as much as my mother did.
But time passes, and we grow up, and move out into the wider world, and begin to discover which of the things our parents told us were right, and which were fundamentally wrong, wrong, wrong.
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Posted by realfoodroad on January 29, 2013