Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Prepping for Robert Burns Night

It's been a long week. The menu change and market are already a blur as I'm more focused on our next one night menu.
Each year we celebrate Robert Burns Birthday with a one night menu of scottish food, a piper and dancers.

For this year, I'm creating a version of a traditional border tart:
dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter in a short crust. I've added a bit of caledonian cream (marmalade sweetened whipped cream) to serve with it warm and toasty from the oven.
Next we're doing a chocolate and caramel covered shortbread,
Blackberry sorbet,
and a whiskey cream chocolate fondue.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Menu change tomorrow

but the desserts are going to stay the same.
Just too good and too much fun. And I'm getting over a cold.

But I want to do a chocolate that's a peanut butter cup sort of thing...
BTW, still spilling things.
Today lost 4 eggs, 8 oz of sour cream and 12 chocolate cakes.
Grr. Argh.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wow. A different day

Some personal stuff shadowed the morning.
I'm kinda too scared about outcomes to talk about it.
Didn't sell it all. There was a new baker at the market that did.
Sigh. Shortening and Margarine.
But now. I'm kinda sick. Gonna go lie down.

Cinnamon Streusel Bread
Marmalade Bread
Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake (Gluten Free)
Coconut Lime Custard
Whiskey Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Double Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
Currant Scones
Molasses Bars

Thursday, January 10, 2008

One of those days

where everything goes a bit wrong.
A couple of days ago I stumbled and fell. in the rain. on the sidewalk. in Oakland.
Skinned my knee and felt okay until the next day. Then the wrist started to swell and ache. and the arthritis in the other hand.
So today, I've spilled cocoa, sugar, scraped my knuckle, tripped, spilled au jus on my keyboard to the point my left mouse button ain't workin' right.
Grr. Argh.
Today is Thursday. So here's the new stuff:

Coconut Kaffir Lime fondue
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Fried Bananas in Palm Sugar Syrup

Recipes on request until I get all that done.


Sunday, January 6, 2008

It was SUNNY!

My goodness but I needed the sun today.
First day at the new marketplace and I prepped for lots of rain.
Got lots of sun and SOLD OUT. Woot. Can't tell you how good that feels. Being out there talking to people is one thing that makes me happy. Doing it in the sun when it isn't too hot or to cold is another happy. With my handsome? Three. When they ALL buy something!!! Definite four. Yum.

Here's the menu:

Flourless Chocolate Almond Torte (gluten free)
Spiced Pear Almond Upside Down Cake
Lemon Mascarpone Mousse
Orange Clove Bread
Butter Pecan Bread
Creme Fraiche Currant Scones
Breakfast Bars
Butterscotch Brownies
Roasted Peanut Fudge Cookies

Whaddya think?

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I'm a ranting raving lunatic

I think I pissed off scared everyone in the kitchen on the Eve.
Man, but I do rant. Angry too.

Inside I feel like:

Outside apparently I'm:

Just about presentation on a dessert. Not critical. Not something anyone is going to remember tomorrow. But now they will. Remember my anger. My (over)reaction. And my bad attitude. Grr. Argh. There's something about single day menus that drives us all up the wall.

Must control anger since only person willing to slap me upside the head is the nsyo and she doesn't work here every night. SHE has a life. Sigh. lol. My life is here. Right now, I'm just taking it all a bit too seriously.

New Idol: food whore.

Time for a martini or three.