Our life has been lacking order, quality time and sweets. So I am really trying, despite feeling old and pregnant and totally impatient at times, to correct that.
Order is rough. Still getting stuff put away but with a throbbing varicose vein (sexy) I am not that ambitious.
Quality time. Bought some glue. Spilled some beans on a plate. Outlined a shark. Go! My son likes crafties, so I got him started on a second bean mosaic. Remember the first?
He’s very proud of his shark and I think it turned out great.
Sweets. Not having a proper kitchen set-up has been an austerity for our family because it has meant no baked goods. On occasion, we’ve bought donuts from Maintrini, the best donut maker in my book. But, my son loves them so much, he wanted me to recreate the sweet mapley goodness at home. I tried. It didn’t work out so well. But still, we ate them.
My pet project usually involves shrikand. I had a master plan for perfecting the perfect frozen shrikand recipe, but then I bought a bunch of cherries on sale at Publix and thought, what the hell, let me just wing it. I gathered my ingredients, let my five year old daughter cup up the cherries, and shoved it all in the ice cream maker.
The flavor was excellent. The texture….hmmm. Straight out of the ice cream maker, it was very gelato-ish. I put it in the freezer overnite and then it was super hard. Maybe a little too hard. But the taste was divinity. Tart and rich, like the frozen yogurt I had as a kid at Saks with my mom. Not all fat-free skinny assed like the frozen yogurt being sold in chains across America.
With both the donuts and frozen shrikand, I need to experiment more. But before that, I should probably get everything put away.
Other things cooked this week–lots of buckwheat cake, with cherries thrown in for some extra summer sweetness, artichokes (of course) and a killer stuffed baked potato made with pepper jack cheese. The dinner table tonite will include some fresh organic kale and a lovely green salad. Calcium, iron and folic acid makes for a happy baby in-utero.