Showing posts with label spices. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spices. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Not Again - Disappointment

 It's the Oven Again.
I had every thing I needed to bake a bundt cake. I even picked up an inexpensive new pan at the store a while back. My bundt pans were ancient, like me and I was a little concerned about the "old style coating " of years past. So, I was all set and decided to make Apple Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.

Assembling every thing went fine and my decision to use cardamon spice instead of cinnamon worked out very well flavor wise. I did not have any cinnamon because I cleaned out my old spices a few days ago.

You may know or remember that I have a hate-love relationship with my range. I haven't taken the time to do the cleaning and replacement of the gasket yet. But, I thought I would try to keep an eye on the temperature gauge. Into the oven goes my beautiful prepared cake batter in my nice brand new cake pan. Fun, huh?

Well, 20 minutes into baking time I noticed the gauge inside the oven was 25 degrees higher than the external gauge on the front panel of the range. The cake was already browning beautifully which surprised me, but I turned the range temperature down and kind of baby sat the cake until I felt it was time to take it out of the oven. Oh, so lovely it came out of the pan! See the photo.

Are you ready? Here comes the disappointment. I decided to cut a piece before preparing the frosting so I could see the texture and taste it first. The flavor was wonderful but the texture was a combination of very over baked and just slightly under baked  and gummy in the center! That meant that the outer portion was very dry. Not Good! I think I should have screamed, but I didn't.

This is a beautiful picture from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen blog of what I was expecting. Doesn't that look great?
Well now, since the flavor was so good. I will probably be enjoying some of it even though I chose not to prepare the lovely frosting.

That's my sad tale for today. Now I have to give a lot of thought as to what I want to do with "The Range That I Hate." Look at blog here. I really don't want to pay for a new door gasket (it looks fine) and install it when it may not make any difference. After all, this temperature thing has been going on for quite some time.

Ya gotta give me an A+ for trying, I think. 

Please have a Great Day.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Fresh Spices And Beef Short Ribs

I have been checking my pantry products to clean out anything that has become outdated and there have been many. Many more than I expected. But then, when I consider how little cooking I have done in the last two years I guess it should not be a surprise. But, I really do not like wasting money. So, I plan to carefully replace items on an as-needed basis and if I see a good sale price.
There were some beef short ribs in the freezer that I did not want to freeze any longer. Everything in my freezer has been checked for freshness and I want to keep it that way. I had saved a recipe that I saw recently and wanted to use. As I looked at it I could see that I did not have all of the stated ingredients but it looked like I could substitute for them.

My recipe is very simple with ribs, vegetable oil, salt and pepper, yellow onion, garlic clove, beer, wine or broth and rosemary or thyme. As you can see above, I changed out a few things. I have never cooked with Beck's wine in the past. So I thought that was a little iffy. Red onion instead of yellow. Chopped garlic from a jar. No big deal. And then, Oregano for the herbs. After the stove-top preparation it was placed in the oven for two hours. I am delighted to tell you that the Ribs Were Very Tender And Fantastic! The onions were so nicely caramelized in the beer.  And, the oregano worked great.
Instead of making a meal with all of the sides I chose to remove the fat that provided great flavor and then shred the beef and use it for sliders/sandwiches. Wow, I liked it!

When cleaning my spice cupboard I had to toss out eleven different spice containers. Some had expire dates back to 2012! When there no longer is any fragrance you know its all over. I kept a couple that were out of date (just a little) but still had a nice fresh strong fragrance.

We have a fantastic Spice Shop at the end of my street at Main Street downtown and I may check their prices and smaller quantities can be purchased. I have bought from them in the past with good results. It's pretty special because they carry any spice you can imagine and if they do not, they will order it for you.
The Spice Tin as it is called is so cute and very well managed. I don't know why I don't think of it more often when I need spices. After all it is so close! This night time picture was taken one year at the downtown Christmas Open House.

The Spice Tin has a nice and informative website with recipes and more. Be sure to check it out. I was a little surprised. These folks "really know what they are doing!"

Well, that is just a little more about the joy of where I am blessed to live. It is a very sunny day and that makes me very very happy. It's about time. For about the last two weeks I have really had "The Slows" quite badly.

Happiness to All.


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