Weekly Biscuit: The Great Nutella Challenge

And so continues the ode to Nutella—chocolate, milk and hazelnut food of the Gods.

I stocked up on pie pumpkins at Lidl today.  SO excited to find them!  I brought them home, baked them, peeled them and pureed them in the food processor.  I am going to freeze most of the puree for Thanksgiving and Christmas pies and such but I had to make a batch of these pumpkin cookies that just are autumn in one bite, not to mention tradition.  I only apologize that I am not mailing them to everyone I know this year-I am just not convinced they would make it fast enough.   Maybe now you could make your own and give some to a stranger or a friend :}  In a flash of pure genius I put a couple of teaspoons of Nutella in the glaze–why it took me this many years to do that I don’t know.  Also, I was almost out of cinnamon–scandalous I know, but I put in 1/4 tsp each of cloves and ginger to make up for my lacking tsp of cinnamon.   Quite festive and delicious!

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Autumn is here…along with Autumn recipes!

The weather here has been beautifully cool the last week or so indicating that the equinox really did bring Autumn our way.  Autumn reminds me of leaves and pumpkin and lovely spices like nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.  So today, I decided to make gingerbread muffins (or gingerbread buns – for those here in Ireland) with a cinnamon cream cheese icing.  Rich but delicious!

 

HT: http://www.donalskehan.com/2010/12/gingerbread-muffins/

Life is Sweet: The Weekly Biscuit and bread for good measure

 

While life here has its challenges there is much to be thankful for, to laugh about and millions of reasons to be blissful.  We saw Mamma Mia last night in Dublin and this got me thinking of my own momma and this led to bread baking and snickerdoodles.   A delicious train of thought.  In other news all my talk at dinner about planning a rat theme party ended with us spotting a HUGE rat outside one of the chalets.  Think size of a cat, I thought it was a brown oppossum, or hedgehog or porcupine or anything but a rat.  But no, big long tail and pointy nose= rat.  After we get over the shock and horror of it all you may find a red velvet rat cake here…  :]

 

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Jam Session

Extra yummy on brown bread!

Today I bring you courgette and lemon jam.  It looks like pickles and tastes like a lemon drop.  Please don’t let it’s look turn you off–it is absolutely delicious and a lovely way to use all those extra zucchini.  Found it in this article in the Guardian and had to try it.

I had to re-boil it because apparently I didn’t take it far enough—although the crinkle test worked the first time, so now I wouldn’t trust it.  Get your candy thermometer ready and go for it.  Also dying to try the rest of the recipes in this article, if they are half as good as this one it will be well worth it!!

Enjoy.

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Things that happen

New people come.

Great “old” people go.

I spend the morning {let’s be serious, part of the afternoon too} curled up in bed since the heating is off and it’s cold.

I finally got out of bed and made this bread  it warmed my heart and home.

I walked into the sitting room and found this waiting for me.  I  couldn’t  help but laugh out loud with joy and start dreaming up possibilities.

Of course I needed something to go with that bread and so I made butternut squash, apple ginger soup— a twist on the carrot ginger one.  Yum.

And I needed someone to help me eat all that bread and soup.  Most thankfully I have good friends to call—Rachel and Stephane came and helped out :}

In case you were wondering we had corn on the cob [from the L’arche garden!] for dessert.

It’s all bitter sweet, just like today.

Full moon apple pie

Sometimes Saturdays are filled with train adventures and you don’t get around to making the pie you promised for a party until quite late at night.  Sometimes you forget to pick apples in the morning when the sun is shining.  Lucky for me, there’s a full moon and it was surprisingly a clear night in Ireland.  Picking apples by moonlight–magical.    I did make this pie crust this morning so it had time to compose itself :}  This is a delicious, delicious recipe for those who are indecisive about apple crumble or apple pie.  It’s the very best of both.   The best part of it all is that I get to fall asleep with the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and butter floating in the air.   Sweet dreams indeed!

One should never leave home without a good cast iron skillet. This one is now a world traveller. Thanks Papa and Nana!

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