Wednesday, May 18, 2011

strawberry sugar

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Strawberry sugar? It might look a little like the pink powered drink mixes at the bulk store or maybe even a bit like kool-aid. Oh gosh did I ever love kool-aid as a kid, like eat it by the spoonfuls or dip your fingers in it kind of love. I would sit in this enormous chair they had in the corner with kool-aid tin in hand and watch cartoons. My mom never bought the stuff, so I would only ever have it at my Grandma's house. I swear they had an unlimited supply and I'm pretty sure my aunt still buys it to this day although I think she's given up on the red drink and has now moved on to blue.
So yes, it does look a bit like kool-aid but is near nothing of the sort. This is just two ingredients here. Freeze dried strawberries and cane sugar to pretty much do with what ever you think best. Ice cream? Muffins? Or even on cereal? I think yes!
I saw a raspberry version of this in something of Donna Hay's which I can no longer find but I know it pretty much consisted of putting the dried strawberries in a food processor which turns it to powder then is mixed into the sugar. Easy peasy.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

happy mother's day


So I made my mom some pretty special little chocolate puddings for mother's day. She's not the biggest chocolate fan, but every once in a while she's all for it and considering I made her a proper roast dinner to go along with it, where she just might have happened to be more excited about the carrot mash then the chocolate puddings.
Total opposite to me right there.
I just wanted to wish all the mother's out there the best of days and to my awesome Mom. Love you!
Here she is rocking a side pony tail back in the day. Love it.

mom1989

rich dark chocolate pots

1/2 cup cream
200g chocolate 70% or higher (chopped)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs

In a saucepan over medium heat, add the cream and let simmer. Add the vanilla, stir in the chopped chocolate until melted and smooth. Add the sugar and whisk in the egg yolks until glossy. Place in small cups or shot glasses and refrigerate to set for at least 2-4 hrs. Add cookie crumbs to top and serve.
makes 8-10