April 1, 2018

Carrot Stew | Miscellaneous

          This recipe began randomly from having leftover carrots and such from other recipes. I thought I'd come up with something on the fly (haha, i.e. a "kitchen experiment" as I like to call it) and I found it so delicious! (I called it soup at the time, but with the addition of chunks of vegetables...it became a stew! Haha, semantics, really). I've since adjusted things and added ingredients and I think this stew is so pretty and tasty (it makes me think of Springtime, though it's color is certainly Fall-ish). I simply wanted to share it with you.  :)

March 31, 2018

Pickled Eggs & Egg Sandwich | The Evil Wizard Smallbone

". . . he opened the refrigerator to get out the corned beef and saw a large glass jar full of round white things floating in a cloudy liquid.
     His stomach lurched. 'What's that? Eyeballs?'
     'Pickled eggs,' Smallbone said. 'The eyeballs'er in the freezer.'"

"Nick found the corned beef and put it in the pot, then made sandwiches with the pickled egg and mayo while Smallbone smoked and commented on his progress."

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

March 26, 2018

Carrot, Radish, & Cheese Scones | Peter Rabbit


"First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes; and then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley."
–The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

          I read the bejeebles out of the various animal tales written by Beatrix Potter when I was a kid. In my early reading years I was only interested in reading stories with animals as the main characters (perhaps living on a farm had something to do with that) and these books fit the bill. We owned many, but I also remember checking them out of our local library, it was a treasure to find one I hadn't known about before (there are 22 or more Peter Rabbit and friends books!).

          Food, especially farmed/gardened food, is so heavily a part of Mrs. Potter's stories and Peter Rabbit's world. I wanted to create something relatively easy and colorful inspired by Peter's tale and came up with these scones! I didn't add French beans (a type of green/string bean, also called haricot vert), but I'd love to next time. I'd add some diced up with the carrot and radish to roast. :)

March 16, 2018

Shamrock Biscuits | The Little White Horse

"...She sipped the milk, and it was warm and sweet, just as she liked it. And the sugar biscuit that she ate with it, a long-shaped one decorated with a green shamrock, was delicious too."
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

Green Bean Soup | Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk

"Mamma made me go up the beanstalk and harvest all the beans that were fully grown. Before the day was done, our cellar was piled to the ceiling with nothing but giant green beans and Mamma started cooking again. She boiled the beans, pickled them, dried them, mashed them into soups and cakes. She even made a bean porridge for breakfast."
–– Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff

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