Thank you, thank you Mandy! I haven’t been keeping up with my posts lately for a few reasons – we’ve been busy finalizing all of the design and selection details for the kitchen remodeling project (just a few more details and then about a month wait for the cabinets); we’ve had such glorious weather here in Massachusetts that I’ve had to get out and make hay while the sun shines (no, I don’t have hay, but I’ve got plenty of weeds); and I have a nice batch of photos to share but alas, they are stuck in that black hole called Windows 8 (I’m going to try tipping the computer upside down to see if they’ll fall out). So when I saw Mandy’s idea to do a post on “Getting to Know You” I thought it would be a great idea to reconnect with my blogging friends and sneak in a little, tasty treat at the end. I loved Mandy’s idea of a no pressure, if you feel like it, post of answers to a list of questions to get to know each other better. If you’d like to join in just add your post and link to Mandy at The Complete Cook Book. Oh, and if you do…. be sure to ask her about her new and exciting bay and olive wreath making business!
1. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?
2. What is your favourite alcoholic drink?
3. What is your favourite food?
Lobster – boiled dipped in butter
4. What is your least favourite food?
Tofu – is that even a food?
5. What do you eat that others think is really weird?
6. What is your favourite thing to cook/bake?
7. If you could only chose one, would it be sweet or savoury?
8. What time do you usually eat your dinner during the week?
6:30 or 7:00 pm
9. What kitchen item/s have you never owned?
A pressure cooker but I only got a food processor a year ago
10. What tip would you give to a newby cooker / baker?
Let other’s help you
11. What is the best vegetarian dish you have eaten?
12. What is the easiest meal you can cook?
American Chop Suey
13. If you could only grow 3 herbs in your garden, what would you grow?
Basil, parsley & chives (chives aren’t really an herb are they?)
14. What would you use as a substitute for salt?
Got to have salt
15. What 5 items would you pack for a quick and easy picnic or day out?
Cheese, fruit, crackers, Genoa salami, and a bottle of wine
Now about that Raspberry Mousse…
2 Large bars of white chocolate, chunked up into pieces
1 1/2 Cups of fresh raspberries
1 Cup of whipping cream
– Puree raspberries in food processor or blender
– Melt chocolate in a double boiler (or use microwave in 30 second intervals)
– Whip cream
– Set aside the melted chocolate in the top of the double boiler & set raspberries over the bottom half in a heat resistant bowl to warm the raspberries
– Slowly stir the melted chocolate into the warmed raspberry puree – I did end up putting this back into the food processor to really blend the chocolate & raspberries
– Fold the raspberry chocolate mixture into the whipped cream
– Refrigerate for about 4-6 hours and garnish with raspberries…maybe a little mint leaf