03/11/2013

St. Patrick's Pub Night - Valley Mills Fire Hall

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St. Patrick's Pub Night - Valley Mills Fire Hall

Saturday, March 16, 2013 From 8:00pm until 2:00am

Have a game of Pool, Air Hockey or Darts. Enjoy the Music and bar facilities.

Pub foods include Hot Wings , Nachos, Sausage & chips. Free coffee & tea all evening.

Admission $5.00 per person. If you wish to "DONATE'' your talent drop by (free admission for entertainers). Karaoke & recorded music is also on the agenda.

Special Prize for Best Dressed!

03/01/2013

Happy March 1 and Dydd Dewi Sant hapus I chi gyd!

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How do we celebrate holidays? With food, of course. Native to Wales, Welsh Cakes are the perfect breakfast on the feast day of their native country's patron saint, St. David, celebrated each year on March 1.

Have you ever tried making Welsh Cakes? They are easy enough to make and they do not require an oven, they are baked on a griddle. You can crank out a batch before breakfast, they're that quick & easy to make and they sure are yummy.

Way back before my kids were that twinkle in the eye, I used to make these, then I lost the recipe and forgot about them. Last week I resolved to make them for St. David's Day. I found several recipes online and I finally settled on the one from King Arthur Flour. You can copy/paste this link into your browser to get the recipe. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/welsh-cakes-recipe

I made an entire batch of these and I didn't screw any up, no burnt or dropped ones, no dough left over, and I came out with 29 of the little darlins'. Now I remember why I used to make them all the time, they are good! (Please, stop me before I eat another.)

From Jamie Oliver's site: Pic ar y maen translates as \'pikelet on the stove\' This is the best recipe that I have , it was given to me some years ago and I have used it many times.... Welsh Cakes are a traditional cake. They are cooked on top of the stove on a bake stone , or , you could always use a very heavy bottomed frying pan. They are only around 1-2cm deep ( maybe slightly more or less depending on who makes the) and around 3inches across. . They are traditionally made using currants.( As my family do not really like currants , I tend to use golden raisins.)

Click on the link below to see Jamie's recipe.

Next up for a baking project: Eccles Cakes. I used to get those rather frequently as a child, the local bakeries sold them and so they were always available.

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10/08/2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

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This lovely graphic is from Jacquie Lawson ecards. There are many lovely pictures to choose from, I may yet try another. Which one do I like best? All of them.

10/02/2012

Got My Heritage, Free-Range, Organic Turkey! Actually, Two Of Them

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Through the TABLES local market group, I was put in contact with the gentleman from Katherine Farms.

He raised organic, free-range, heritage turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving. I asked him to put two aside for me and yesterday he delivered them to my door, frozen. What great service! (Fyi - The bird in the picture is a Narragnsett heritage breed.)

On Saturday they will be moved to the fridge to thaw. Come Monday, they'll be stuffed and roasted for a houseful of holiday guests. Mashed potatoes, gravy, Grandpa Anderson's traditional New England chestnut stuffing, green & wax beans, salad, meaty & rich winter squash, pie and a few other lovely dishes are on the Thanksgiving holiday menu. Whatever is coming out of the garden will be going onto the Thanksgiving table or groaning board. Whatever anyone wants to bring will be added to the menu.

In the U.S., there is a tradition of taking in "orphans" who don't have a place to go or who are far way from their families during Thanksgiving. No one should spend the Thanskgiving holiday alone. It's all about sharing the bounty of all the good food and good people in our lives. There will be plenty of food, enough for any additional Thanksgiving orphans who show up. Mangia!

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04/04/2012

All Natural Homemade Marshmallow Chicks (honey sweetened)

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Honey Peeps! Just in time for Easter. Life is good.

1 cup of water, split into 2 half cups

3 tablespoons of gelatin

1 cup of honey

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon of salt

1. Cover with parchment paper a 9 by 13 inch pan, or jelly roll pan (if not using a stand mixer, you will probably only need a 9 by 9 inch pan). Then grease the parchment paper.

2. Put 1/2 cup of water in a medium bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer with attached whisk), and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Set aside to soften.

3. In a small pot, place the honey, salt and the other 1/2 cup of water. Heat on medium heat. Using a candy thermometer, bring the mixture to 240 degrees. (You can also test it by carefully dribbling a little of the liquid into a bowl of ice cold water. It should be in the soft candy stage — which will form little soft balls when cooled in the water and taken out. It takes about 7-8 minutes to reach this temperature.) Remove from the heat as soon as it reaches the right temperature.

4. With the mixer on low, very carefully mix in the hot syrup into the gelatin mixture by pouring the hot syrup in a drizzle down the side of the bowl. Once it’s all combined, add the vanilla and increase speed slowly to high. Beat for 7-15 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and fluffy and holds its shape when you lift the beaters out of the mixture. (It will look like marshmallow fluff.) Scrape into the prepared pan. I think it works best if the mixture is about 1/2 inch thick. How much the mixture fluffs up will make a difference in how thick the mixture is and how big of a pan you need to use. Adjust pan size at will.

5. Leave uncovered for 4-12 hours to dry. I found that after a few hours, it was dry enough to cut, but still sticky enough to roll in decorating sugar. Use greased cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Roll in sugar immediately. If desired, make a mixture of cocoa powder and water to make eyes. Dab on with toothpick or chopstick. Keep covered in an airtight container for up to one week.

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02/14/2012

Happy Valentine's Day, compliments of Google

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What a great version of this song. Click on the link for the video. Enjoy!
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