Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sour Cherry Scones | Carry On

          Goodness, you guys, I meant to post this recipe such a long time ago! I posted a recipe for sour cherry scones using canned or fresh cherries a while back but I always meant to share a dried cherry version–so here it finally is! Christmastime is prime Carry On time so.... These would make a lovely holiday breakfast or teatime accompaniment, with lots of butter, of course. Slabs even. ❤️

"I just can't pass up the scones if they're there. They're soft and light and a little bit salty. Sometimes I dream about them."
–Simon, Chapter Two, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hearty Truffles | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

          I'm finally posting more of my "Breath of the Wild" recipes (I have a slew that need to go up)! I thought these yummy chocolates might be good to share for the holidays because they are very gift-able/shareable. :) In-game of course, the hearty truffles are mushrooms, just like their counterparts in the real world which are fancy-schmancy, but I wanted to do something fun and simple and easily party-able, so I went the decadent chocolate ganache route of truffle (named thus because they are rich and special and shaped like the mushrooms).
          I wanted to get the real-world mushroom truffle look with these treats; bumpy and earthy and the right color, and as I was experimenting and comparing to truffle photographs, my daughter gave me some good input which produced the result you see here. She is a good helper and tester. :)

"This rare mushroom has a rich scent. Cook it before eating to temporarily increase your maximum hearts."
– In-game description, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"

Monday, December 11, 2017

Clove Shortbread w/ Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt | Unhooked

          In Lisa Maxwell's young adult Peter Pan re-imagining Unhooked, there is a handsome pirate captain who smells of cloves. Haha, I started calling him "Captain Clove" in my mind because the female main character mentions it several times. I couldn't not make something clove-ish for this book. ;)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kurabiye Tea Biscuits | Delilah Dirk


          I love me some graphic novels, and the adventuresome Delilah Dirk series by Tony Cliff published through First Second Books is one of my favorites! Because there is much tea (Delilah's companion Mister Selim is a masterful blender of the teas) and many of the adventures take place in Turkey and surrounding areas, I decided to make my own, Delilah Dirk-inspired adaptation of the traditional Turkish tea biscuits called kurabiye (or qurabiya and various other names depending on country).
          When I researched recipes and information on kurabiye there were different ways to go about making them, and this is the way that I came up with that works for me. The feedback I received was very positive so.... I hope you get Delilah-vibes when you make and eat these! Feel free to top them with other chopped nuts or dried fruits, and add spices of your choice to the dry ingredients if you'd like. :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mary & The Witch's Flower Garden Sand Café Replica Sandwich Plate

          "Mary and the Witch's Flower" is a beautiful animated film that opened in Japan on July 8, 2017 from the new Japanese animation studio Studio Ponoc. "Ponoc" is a Serbo-Croatian word that means "midnight", chosen to symbolize the beginning of a new day. Because of Studio Ghibli's hiatus/decrease in operations in recent years, and because of a need/desire for animation work, many of the studio's employees have found a place at Studio Ponoc, founded by Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura. "Mary and the Witch's Flower" is Ponoc's first feature film and was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi ("The Secret World of Arrietty", "When Marnie Was There") with a screenplay by Riko Sakaguchi ("The Tale of Princess Kaguya") and music composed by Takatsugu Muramatsu ("When Marnie Was There"). The film is an adaptation of a British children' fantasy novel published in 1971 titled The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.

♥ Hurrah! hurray! GKids has announced that they have acquired the US distribution rights to the film and have a projected release for Winter 2018!
You can actually get tickets now for a special January 18, 2018 screening! ♥

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