Please forgive me if I post pictures twice here (like I did yesterday). I get a bit befuddled sharing a quick picture and one sentence comment on Facebook (very fast), writing a longer blog post here, and then posting the pictures to Flickr.
These are fresh, never-blogged-before photos about having FUN with our food! Food SHOULD be fun!
Unc, now age 84, as of Sunday, January 24th. bakes from scratch biscuits every morning. He has been doing this for well over a year. This particular biscuit he made to look like a little Westie or Scottie! I could not bring myself to eat it! I think I am going to coat it in a matte polyurethane and save it as an example of his culinary sculpture!
I did not know about his little heart shaped cookie until he showed it to me at the very end of the cooking process. In our Cookies for Care Package Production System, Gordon watches the cookies carefully from the moment they enter the oven until they come out perfectly cooked, every chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chip melted to perfection.
Unc is one of the official taste testers, and the chief cookie sheet washer and washer of other vital implements to keep me mixing and dropping out cookies on the cookie sheets.
Speaking of which, Santa has been told to bring me next year some premium stainless steel cookie sheets...maybe some with those layers of air between the layers. I will be asking for your advice on the ultimate cookie sheet in the future
Another Fun with Food picture was Unc's 84th birthday cake on Sunday. He wanted a caramel cake, and I wanted to make it in the stacked round layers like Grandma used to make. I will come up/find or develop a from scratch recipe that will give me three tall layers. The recipe I used only had enough batter for two layers, but Unc tells me that Grandma made three layer cakes...so that is my goal!
I had FUN playing with the icing, but I REALLY do want to learn to make sophisticated cakes like one sees in magazines.
For some reason that I don't fully understand, I am OBSESSED right now with making things the way Grandma made them or with cooking utensils that Grandma actually used. More on that later when I share a crust-less custard recipe with you, hopefully tomorrow.
So in case Santa is reading this particular blog post, and since it fits in with the Fun with Food theme, here is one more item on my wish list for any gift-giving opportunity on the calendar! It even comes in my favorite Happy Yellow color right now!
Kitchen Aid is calling it "Citron", but I would not have minded if they had called it "Penny's Happy Yellow" color! *dreamy sigh*