Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What is cooking

 Thought I would do a little post about some of the things I have been cooking lately.   I have been playing around in the kitchen a bit and enjoying myself.

First we have the dreaded mutant Dora cake.  I was up late coloring that marshmallow fondant and ended up working upside down and at a diagonal.  If you had seen it from that direction, it would look more like...   well Dora.  Badger's only comment was "I wanted a bigger Boots!"

 These two are the chocolate cakes I made on her actual birthday night.  We ate one that night and the other as a after the first day of school treat.  I baked box cake mix cakes, then cut out a paper snowflake, placed it on top and dusted with powdered sugar.  Voila!  Pretty decorated cake, no fuss, no thick frosting.  Not exactly health food but...  I like it and the kids thought it was neat. 
 I can't imagine wanting the Mutant in place of the sugar dusted cakes!

 This is the start of homemade granola.  In the bowl is oatmeal, wheat bran and coconut.  I mixed them all up, spread them out of a cookie sheet and baked slowed at a low temp until they looked browner and smelled yummy. I let them cool a bit, and then...

 I melted some butter and raw honey and mixed that in.  I spread it out on the cookie sheet again and baked it some more.  Soon I have tasty granola.
 Then I decided to make roasted tomato sauce.  On the tray are 2.5 lbs of tomatoes from the garden, A carrot, an onion, 5 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oil and balsamic vinegar. 
After roasting goodness, I tossed in the food processor.  Very good sauce it made about a quart. 

Hope you are having a tasty day! - Julia