Firstly, the Birthday Girl, who actually reads this blog we have come to find out, would like me to thank you for all of your birthday wishes. She was quite touched…and not just by me.
Second, I will be guest posting on the fabulous Tanantha's I Just Love My Apron. If you remember she dazzled us with her guest post on LC last week. She made a wonderful, Tilapia in a Silver Pouch dish. Please visit her blog. Not because of my guest post, but because she does a really great job and you will love her. My guest post will be on Wednesday June 2, 2010.
On behalf of Nancy and me, we would like to thank three of our blogger friends who graced us with awards these last few weeks. I view blogger awards as the ultimate display of appreciation I can receive. I blog because it merges my two strongest talents, cooking and writing, I do not make a penny from this. So to be recognized, to have someone say, “Hey I dig your blog”…That is priceless. I appreciate it more than I can properly express. It never gets old or tired.
On May 14, 2010, Tanantha at I Just Love My Apron, nominated us for the Sunshine Award.
On May 28, 2010, Juliana at Cook Fast, Live Young & On May 29, 2010, Turmeric n Spice nominated us for the Honest Scrap Award.
Please check out Juliana & Turmeric n Spice. Both blogs are amazing, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them both.
Since I have now won both awards before, I will make up my own rules. As per the Sunshine award, I will list 5 things that make me happy. And as per the Honest Scrap rules I will list 5 random things about myself. I wll be bypassing the obvious things that make me happy because as I said I have posted them before.
2. Fringe on Thursday
3. My supportive blogger friends (You know who you are!)
4. Writing for Blogcritics
5. FIFA 2010 for the PS3
6. I have been known to cook dishes up to 20 times before getting them right
7. All 5 of the cats I've had in my home are all strays
8. I have an odd infatuation for a fictional character - Olivia Dunham from Fringe
9. According to my wife, I agrue with people in my sleep - mostly in Spanish
10. And when I snore, and she tells me to stop, I always apologize and stop
Now I will nominate some of my favorite bloggers for these awards. Take one, take both. This is just me passing along my respect and admiration for what you do. Now...Denise, Silvia, Sam, and Natasha, I could give you every award I get, you know how I feel about your blogs. But, I want to spread the wealth around a bit.
1. Stella at The Witchy Kitchen - Spellbinding
2. Trix at Tasty Trix - Sophisticated Cook
3. Vanessa at Coffee & Pie - Amazing writer & Photographer
4. Jacqueline at Jacqueline's Cat House - An Angel on Earth for cats
5. Mo at Mo's Kitchen - 16 year old dynamic cook
6. Joanne at Eats Well With Others - Fantastic cook & Witty Writer
7. Renni at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice - Beautiful Blog
8. Ashley at Sweet Southern Prep - Sunshine in a blog, A smile everytime
9. Dennis at More Than A Full Mount - A Professional Chef I Respect
10. LeQuan at Luv to Eat - Super Mom & Blogger
For those of you still with me, I will not leave you without a recipe! I was recently speaking to Natasha at 5 Star Foodie, who incidentally will be guest posting this coming Thursday, you won’t want to miss her amazing post. Natasha told me about a cooking contest on another blog that is similar to our Quickies Challenge, only their two ingredients are Mango & Tomatoes. Well I love a cooking challenge, so my mind went to work for a few days, and finally I came up with this dish.
It is quick, creative, and super-tasty. My wife ate it yesterday and absolutely loved it. Give it a try, if you feel daring. Serve this to your next dinner party and blow their minds.
Mango Custard with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
1/4 cup superfine sugar
2 large organic egg yolks
3 tbs Mango puree
3 tbs Moscato d’Asti
½ cup whipping cream – (lightly whipped)
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
Fresh chopped orange basil leaves
1. In a heat-proof bowl add the sugar & egg yolks
2. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. The bowl must not touch the water.
3. Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the egg & sugar till tripled in volume, and thick enough to form ribbons
4. Off the heat, fold in the mango puree & Moscato d’Asti
5. Carefully fold in the whipping cream
6. Add the cherry tomatoes
7. Using a cook’s blowtorch, wave it over the cream to caramelize it and slightly roast the tomatoes.
8. Garnish with the orange basil
Note: In the photo, I used thyme leaves. However on my second attempt I used fresh orange basil from my Brother’s garden and it was even better.
That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!