Summer Strawberry Trifle

Aug 12, 2011 by

This past weekend I was once again invited to a family reunion-with the amazing Diva Toby’s family. It’s funny isn’t it, how “family” has nothing to do with bloodlines. I choose to think of it as a family of the heart…and I have been fortunate to know and love this family for (gulp!) forty years. It was a beautiful August afternoon/evening down at the beach, at the home of Toby’s cousin (and a Diva in her own right) Kaye Ellen. Family came from far and near, excellent food and the ‘Tinis were flowing! So anyway, I’ve known about this party since late January, certainly long enough to have a plan for my assigned dessert. Sadly, on Friday night I started thinking “What should I bring?” Like most of us of a certain age, I...

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Think Buttermilk! A Summer Cooking Staple...

May 20, 2011 by

I’m a buttermilk devotee. Especially in the summertime, this old-fashioned ingredient becomes an essential staple in my refrigerator.  And unlike some of the more exotic ingredients I have to search for on the internet or in specialty stores, you will always find buttermilk on the shelves of most grocery stores. I like drinking it straight, with a sprinkle of salt or mixed with honey and lemon the way my daughter’s Danish dad learned to do as a child.  And I use it for transforming all sorts of summer bounty into cooling, easy-to-prepare soups.  And of course there is Buttermilk Pie – simple, sinful, totally delicious! Here are three of my favorite Buttermilk recipes: Moroccan Cold Tomato-Orange Soup This is a simple assembly job and makes a great way to begin a summer meal. Ingredients...

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Pavlova From Down Under

Mar 18, 2011 by

Pavolva (yes, named after the famous ballerina) is a Down Under invention. Not sure who claims original, NZ or OZ. Great for summer dessert … made in advance of serving as well. 3 Egg Whites 3 tablespoons of ice cold water 1 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon Vinegar 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence 3 teaspoons of cornstarch. Beat egg whites until stiff. add cold water and beat again. SLOWLY add the castor sugar while beating. Slow beater again and add vinegar, vanilla and cornstarch. Make a mound of the mixture on cooking paper on a cookie sheet. Bake at 150C (250-300 F) for approx. 45 mins. Leave to cool in the oven  Sometimes I do sometimes not. Experiment tis the only way! It should be crunchy on the outside, have light brown tinges and marshmallow inside....

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