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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“Carb”onara

Am I allowed to say how incredible sick I am of Spaghetti Bolognese? Because I am. Utterly. To the point where pasta is now a no-go in my life. Which makes me sad, because I love carbs.

So tonight I’m making a break for it and going all Pasta on supper.

Creamy Bacon Carbonara. Yum. My friend Emily makes a great Carbonara and I love how light and creamy it is. Declan is helping me cook tonight, and what’s easier than Carbonara. You just put it all together!!! Which, strangely, reminds me (always) of my friend Hamoun… who once put rice on top of a hot dog and when given strange looks he shrugged his shoulders and said, “well it’s all going to end up in the same place anyway, right?”…

Well this Carbonara created magic in our house. Pure magic. It was delightful. It was a mild evening and the windows were open, the guitar came out in the sitting room, the futbol was out in the backyard, wine was a plenty at din din and smiles and laughter were in abundance. Not to mention the singing.

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Waffle Wednesday

There was lots of laughter, delicious toppings, nutella abounding and great conversation.  It all happened so fast there are no pics.  Don’t worry there will be a next time. :]  
*** Got a pic this time for a delightful Whiskey Waffle Wednesday :}
Nana’s waffles
1 cup all-purpose flour   (I use whole wheat)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablesoppn rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg. separated
7/8 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons oil
2 tsp cinnamon
1.  Heat waffle iron. Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Wisk yolk and buttermilk and butter.
2.  Beat egg white until it just holds a 2-inch peak.  (they’ve got to be kidding) (nana note).
3.  Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients in a thin steady stream while mixing gently with a rubber spatula. Gently fold egg white into batter
4.  Spread appropriate amount of batter onto waffle iron.  Cook waffle until golden brown.  2 to 5 minutes You can keep waffle warm on a wire rack in a 200 degree oven for up to 5 minutes.
This doubles makes 11 squares, you may have to experiment with your waffle maker depending on its size to know how much it will make for you.
almost as good as butter milk waffles.
If you are out of buttermilk.  Make your own baking powder using baking soda and cream of tartar and cutting back on the quanity of milk
Follow recipe for Best Buttermilk Waffles, adding 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar to the dry ingredients and substituting a scant 3/4 cup milk for the buttermilk. 
*****Or just use the less milk and no cream of tartar 🙂  It is really forgiving. 

Taco Tuesday

 Yup I got the ladies to eat this tonight.  And they even said they would eat it again some day.  Could be lies but who knows.  It’s Joy’s Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos modified to fit our lives.  Instead of red cabbage, I used some green that showed up at our door step.  Instead of sweet potatoes I used roasted butternut squash.  We didn’t find cilantro but it would have totally made it fantastic.  Quite filling, especially with all the orange poppy seed cookies we ate today :]

You Live, You Learn, You Make Pretzels

Suddenly today I was overcome with a carb/salt/yummy craving.

So soft pretzels it was.

The thing is, we don’t have a mixer. So Joanna and I teemed up and kneaded all the ingredients together, slowly but surely. And after letting the dough rise in the hot press (aka for all you non-Irish, the utility closet) we had lovely fluffy dough.

We made cinnamon and sugar… they didn’t turn out quite right, but not too bad! After the taste testers deliberations, we still aren’t sure about where we went wrong, but we continued to eat them.

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Breakfast on Pluto

In honor of the magnificently splendid and controversial and strange and epic movie that was filmed here in Callan… we are having a party!

Breakfast on Pluto

Ideas are still forming but we’re thinking: Irish Car Bombs (the drink), Irish Car Bombs (the cupcake), Irish Car Bombs (the cake), Irish Car Bombs (the ice cream)… That’s about as far as we can get… Well and it will be a fancy dress party (obviously).

The biggest tribute that will be made is to this man:

Who was the bus driver. And he will tell you that. And then make sure that he told you that. And then ask you again just for good measure. And then one more time.