December 28 | Comments (0)
Christmas is the only time of year I indulge my craving for butter tarts, This year I've made a couple of batches (some more successful than others), but I've eaten my fill and now have to run more often to burn off the crazy calories. I used a combination of recipes from old cookbooks to come up with the perfect tart.
2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 cup of raisins (or a little more if you want)
3 tablespoons milk
Use your favourite pastry recipe for the shells. Roll out the pastry thinly and cut into 4 inch rounds and press them into tart tins.
Combine the remaining ingredients and fill the tarts 2/3 full. Preheat the oven to 450F and bake the tarts for 4 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325F and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden.
December 20 | Comments (3)
I was in search of a new teapot and I put the question to the Forkd crew. I thought I'd share a few of my favourites from our coversation and my search.
After much searching I decided on the amazing Staub La Theiere Round Teapot. Even though the price is a bit steep (groan), it's worth every cent. It keeps it's heat forever and doubles as both kettle and pot...not to mention it looks great on the stove top. I was lucky to find one here in Calgary and just in time for Christmas. Merry Christmas to me!
Update: As I usually keep searching after I've bought something I'm going to continue the list of beautiful teapots and kettles.
December 5 | Comments (1)
Forkd is the pet project I've been working on off and on the last couple of years. It's taken a long time to get off the ground as none of us wanted to quit our day jobs :) We've done this out of love, and a desire to actively participate in creating communities online.
It's a site for saving and sharing recipes. There are plenty of other sites that do similar things, however we have a few new features we think people will find exciting. One of them is the encouragement of remixing, or "forking" is what we call it.(Basically, a fork is a copy of a recipe, but the copy is yours to modify and changes are tracked in a family tree metaphor.) Read more about the ideas behind the site here: http://blog.forkd.com/2007/10/what_is_forkd.html
We'll be adding new features as soon as we possibly can. Go have a look: http://www.forkd.com
If you're interested in becoming a Feta tester (see what we did there) drop a note into the comments and I'll send you an invitation.
I'm so excited I can hardly eat...oh wait...I can always eat.