Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Imogen Heap - Just for Now

via Reddit.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dinner-time staple: pizza bread

This iteration used a folded manouche (split open), black olive tapenade, bruschetta topping, sliced mushrooms and goat's cheese.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Homemade, organic butter tarts

When Matt and I first met, we were working together. Just up the street was a 7-Eleven convenience store. When I would offer to pick up a snack for Matt, his go-to order was "a small chocolate milk and a two-pack of butter tarts".

Well, it was just a few weeks ago that I realized that Matt probably hasn't had a butter tart in years, much less a homemade one. I decided to bake some up for him as part of my birthday present to him this year.

I followed CareBear's Butter Tart recipe, having created shortcrust pastry from scratch, using a recipe similar to the Basic Shortcrust Pastry Recipe on The pastry used organic flour and organic butter.

For the filling, I used the aforementioned organic butter (which I browned first), organic brown sugar, organic eggs, homemade vanilla (using organic vanilla bean and some 7-year rum I brought back from Cuba, and I substituted organic pecans for the raisins.