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New Pouch + Meal Plan {09.09.2013}

 

I was so lucky in our pouch swap….look at my new pouch, with the fabulous Melody Miller Typewriter fabric !! I love the grey corduroy on the bottom as well. My partner made this large pouch from the  Noodlehead open wide zipper pouch tutorial. Great, isn’t it? I am a very happy camper 🙂
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Look at that cute pocket in the inside 🙂Pouch_Swap_Typewriter_inside

I already know that this week, my schedule is going to be kind of chaotic at work…for instance between 1-5pm today I had 8 meetings…totally crazy. So, this week I want to keep our meal plan simple.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Fish Burgers
Sunday Toast + Banana+ Peanut Butter Spaghetti (GF) Bolognese
Monday Fresh Orange Lightening Muffins Fruit Salad
Tuesday Berry Spirulina Smoothie Vegetable Frittata
Wednesday Oatmeal + Banana + Walnuts Chicken Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Thursday Berry + Spirulina Smoothie Spinach + Pasta Salad
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Black Bean Vegetable Burgers + Homemade Fries

I hope to get a few hours of sewing in when I get home at night this week. I would like to finish 1 chair bag (which is an order), and a paper piecing block (which I am testing).

 

Menu Plan {02.09.2013} + Triple Berry Trifle

I am definitely enjoying the long weekend (Labor Day here in the US) and did not realize how truly and desperately I needed the day off :-). I have had a pretty productive weekend and will have some posts to show for the upcoming week, but I must say I am most happy with getting back in the kitchen and cooking/baking. It had been a while, and I decided to prep some of the items in our weekly meal plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Gulguph (favorite German bakery) Grilled Chicken + Beef tips + Corn cobs+ Salad
Dessert: Triple Berry Trifle (see recipe below)
Sunday Left overs Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon + Egg Noodles
Monday Breakfast Egg + Coffee Meatball Pasta Bake (with gluten-free pasta)
Tuesday Berry + Banana+ Spirulina Smoothie Vegetable Frittata
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Taco’s
Thursday Bircher Muesli Vegetable Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Salad + Zucchini Corn Fritters

The dessert on Saturday night was due to us have friends over for a BBQ/grill. The two desserts I remember growing up, that represented summer in New Zealand, were a trifle and a pavlova. For the BBQ, I decided on the trifle but with some upgrades to it. I must say it was a splurge and a keeper!!!

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 Sponge cakes ( I used about 1 & 1/2)
  • 1/2  frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/3 cup marsala wine (madeira wine or sherry could be substituted)
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 4 oz fresh raspberries
  • 3-4 oz fresh blueberries
  • 2 1/4 cups custard
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipped)

Take sponges out of the oven and let cool (if you would like my recipe for the sponges then let me know). You can also use store-bought.
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While the sponges are cooling, make the berry compote. In a small – medium pot place put in the blackberry jam, marsala wine, frozen berries, slow heat until the jam is incorporated into the sauce and the berries have softened. Take off the heat and place on the side. IMG_8447

At this time I would also make the custard, which you can do two ways – with custard powder or by making an egg custard from scratch (let me know if you want this recipe, I know custard powder is not always easy to find in all grocery stores). I was a little lazy this time and used 2 1/4 cups of milk, 3 Tbsp of custard powder, 3 Tbsp sugar. Follow the directions for the custard powder and slowly heat until thick. Take it off the heat put cling wrap (glad wrap) directly on top of the custard to stop the custard creating a skin, as it cools.

Back to the sponges….cut the sponges in 1 to 1/2 inch cubes. Use ~ 1/2 the sponges and place randomly at the bottom of a glass dish, make sure you cover as much of the bottom, as possible, in a single layer.

Using a ladle, spoon 1/2 the berry compote evenly over the sponge.IMG_8451

Place 1/2 of the sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries over the compote layer.IMG_8454

The last of the first layer is the custard. Using a clean ladle, place 1/2 of the custard (about 1 cup) evenly over the berries. In the picture below my custard is still warm, as it needs to still be  spreadable/able to be poured.IMG_8456

Repeat all 4 layers again. Top with the whipped cream and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours. You will have plenty of left overs, serves at least 12. Refrigerate the left overs as they will be great up to 4-5 days.

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Let me know if you try it. Is there a favorite summer recipe you enjoy from your childhood?

Heavenly French Toast

Of course, while on vacation, we have more time to do things like make french toast for breakfast, go sight-seeing and hopefully get some reading and sewing in. For some reason though, I am falling behind in my replies to comments but I plan (and promise) to catch-up tonight. Maybe I am falling behind due to that craving of French toast???

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 4-6 slices of toast bread
  • butter
  • 2-4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Lightly beat the eggs and milk together (I use a fork or a whisk). Pour mixture into a flat square/rectangle dish. Place the bread in the dish, leave each side for a few seconds (no more than a minute) to evenly coat the bread and let it soak in. Turn the bread over with a fork and coat the second side. The bread should soak up most of the egg mixture.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Sprinkle some of the sugar mix onto a plate. Carefully take a slice of bread out of the egg mixture and place on the sugar mix to coat. Repeat with second side.

Place about a 1/2 tsp butter in a warmed skillet. Spread the butter to evenly coat the skillet. Place the coated bread in the skillet, once browned and sugar is starting to caramelized use a fork to turn the bread to caramelize the other side.

Repeat with all slices of bread. Serve immediately with maple syrup or whipped cream or a fruit compote (blueberries or raspberries works well). I also like to add caramelized banana’s on top with a Tbsp of maple syrup.

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We have also been sight-seeing in downtown Charleston, as mentioned yesterday. Above is the Old South Carriage Company we used yesterday for the tour around Charleston. Below, is an amazing little Inn, close to the old market city – I just love that mustard color exterior. Charleston_Inn

Unique architecture can be found all over Charleston, but the most common characteristic is the Single House, a style from the English row houses…look at the privacy door. It is just a door to the Piazzas (veranda’s). They are so quaint and definitely contribute to the historic nature of the Charleston.Charleston_SingleRowHouse

Then of course there are the mansions which have been used in all kind of period films and now selling for $4 million USD on average.Charleston_Mansion Charleston_Mansion2 Charleston_Gates

We couldn’t believe the number of churches – Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish, Unitarian….and moreCharleston_Church

So that is what we do when we have that extra time….what things do you take time doing while on vacation??