4.18.2010

Tarting Around the Kitchen, Again

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I am stubborn. Also, my kids wanted to try the tart I made yesterday, so why not do it again. And this time, get it right. Although, there were no complaints last night!

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(and all of this, using a hand mixer and dough blender)

Please don't label me "martha stewart", just because I started baking. I mean.. really, I only do it once a week.. if that. Maybe, Martha on crack. Ok. I'll settle for that. I'm just really enjoying this hobby. Something to zone out to.  I get caught up in the process, and then of course the happy ending.  There is so much stress these days, this is a great way for me to just blow off steam and relax.

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(getting it right: Less jam, better distribution.)

My mom has been really helpful in this whole new world I've discovered. I call her up right in the middle of one of my projects... "hey, um Mom, is it normal to have dark specks in my Corn Meal?" or "ok, which one of these gadets that goes with this Kitchen Aide (she gave me) can I use to "fold" in the flour?"   She really is helpful.

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(right out of the oven)

I was at my favorite cooking store yesterday in Brooklyn, The Cooks Companion, buying some needed gadgets, including one of those thingies for my mixer. She asked me if I had the Kitchen Aide where the head went back, or the one with the lever. I said the lever. She said I had the wrong gadget. The one I had there was for the one with the head that goes back. "Oh." She went and got the other one, and showed it to me. It was bigger. The one with the head that goes back is smaller. I said, "That's so funny, cause I just told my mom, that I remembered our old Kitchen Aide being a lot bigger than the one I have now." She argued that it wasn't. I insisted. I guess, in perspective, to a seven year old, it did look big bigger.

Ahhh. Perfection


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now for the critics...
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Outcome? "This tart is amazing", said jackson with his mouth full. Dean (in photo) didn't say a word, his mouth was full. Thumbs up!

Coming up this week on Mommy Drinks Style:
Monday: Viva Victoria -  photos from the Event!
Tuesday: Night in the City - The Coco De Mer Romp
Wednesday: Shake it and Bake it Girl
Thursday: Fashionable Florence, interview with a 9 year old fashion rookie.


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4.17.2010

A Tart for Tor

or, Black Cherry Jam Tart, or Baking in Brooklyn.

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I'm so into baking, and trying things out, then hopefully adding my own special, inexperienced touch. But sometimes that touch doesn't go so well.

I absolutely love Smitten Kitchen, a lovely blog by Deb, who humors me with her wit and artfully made and presented bites. As I was trying to figure out what to make for my friend's birthday tonight, I started digging around for something that would be simple, and nice. Something where I wouldn't need a Mixer (kitchenaide, as mine is in the country) or a large quisenart. Can anyone say, old fashioned, wooden spoon? oh, maybe a little bit of the hand mixer. That's ok. So that's when I discovered her post on her "easy jam tart" (you can get the recipe there).

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So things started out pretty well. But in afterthought, when I started applying my little dials of dow to the top, maybe I should have given a bigger ration of dow to the top, and pressed the bottom out more? And after it came out of the oven, I'm thinking, maybe I should have used less jam like she did? I have a feeling it's going to be way to jammy. Jammy?

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Do you like the "V" in the center? That's V for Victoria, a.k.a. Tor.

4.03.2010

Creative Tea bagging

Had this great tin of tea from South Africa, my world traveling husband brought back, and didn't have the right "tea accessories" to make it with... so I got creative.

1. Cheese cloth
2. Egg wire from decoration egg kit.

Results: ***** aka 5 Stars!!!


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