Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chicken

This is last nights fried chicken dinner. 



Grocery store fried chicken with a sweet and smokey syrup.  A lot of people put honey or maple syrup on fried chicken. Not me.

As a good south Georgia girl I make a blend of cane syrup, hickory smoked bacon and tosted pecans. Pour warm over any fried chicken. 

Yummster!

P.S.  It makes a good change for pancakes too!



Freezing!

I is 68 degrees in this house!  Brew coffee! Brew!

It will warm up as the sun rises higher, but riightttttt nooow itttttt's brrrrrrrrrrrrr!



Aaaaaaah!  That's better!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New favorite Tabasco sauce

My sisters husband Mark is a hot sauce aficionado. Every once in a while he shares a new find.  

Tabasco has a raspberry chipotle sauce that Mark and I have fallen in love with. On tonights fried chicken it rocked!

It is a rich, sweet, mild heat. Just right when a touch of warmth is all that's needed. 

Yummster!





more medical news

I mentioned a few weeks ago a new medication, metformin, that is helping control my polycystic ovaries.  The news is still good. Just in the few days since I first told you about this I lost another seven pounds.

The doctor told me that if we could control this my weight would start to come off. So far so good.

We'll see how long this lasts!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dreaming

Since the excitement the other day I have been having the same dream.  Trixie in hot pursuit.

In her old age our little Queen T is missing more than a few of her teeth. I keep dreaming Trixie has caught a faceless intruder only to realize she is not quite sure what to do with him!

Snickering, Trixie takes a nip at the intruders bottom. Afterwards she flings dirt on him as she would any other refuse.

I swear she's smiling as she ambles proudly home. I wake laughing every time!

Beer bread recipe

Ok! Ok! Here it is!

Guinness Bread

Starter

1/2 cup Guinness
1/2 cup bread flour
1/2 tsp yeast

Dough

3 cups bread flour
1.5 tsp yeast
1 cup water
1.5 tsp salt

Mix the starter.  Leave the bowl with the starter loosely covered on the counter over night. It should be bubbly and smooth.

Next day mix starter with the remaining items.  Knead by hand or mixer for ten minutes or until smooth.  Let rise until double in size.  Depending on temp and humidity it can take from 30-90 minutes.

Deflate by folding the sizes into the middle.  Form into loaf and rise til  doubled. The same time parameters apply.

Slash the top. Put into preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake 20 minutes baste with melted butter return to oven and bake 20 more minutes.

Cool ten minutes in pan.  Then cool on wire rack for at least thirty minutes.  Cooling for two hours would be best.  Slice and serve.

Tip:  the best knife for slicing fresh bread is an electric knife.  Yes, the one you use to carve turkey once a year.  This way the knife does the work. Will not crush even the freshest loaf.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Baking weekend


I usually keep cookie dough in the freezer in case of company. But i ran out a while ago.  This weekend I made walnut shortbread cookie dough and chcolate chip dough for the freezer.




I also made a Black Magic Cake for my doctors office.  They have been going above and beyond to help me replace my wheel chair.   I thought I would say thank you in chocolate!