Friday, April 27, 2012

Kale Chips

Yesterday's weather was pretty strange. It started out very windy, not too cold, and the sky and clouds were shades of grey. After a few hours the sound of thunder began. My son remembered the story I've told him about the thunder. My sweet boy said "Mummy they're bowling up in the sky"! You would remember reading the story about the thunder from a post a while ago. In case you haven't read it, when I was a little girl my grandparents would tell me that the sound of thunder were the gods bowling. The sound I hear was the bowling ball rolling down the lane and the pins being hit and falling. The first time I told my son this story there were lightning as well. He said to me "Mummy they have a camera too"! It started to rain which made me happy. There's just something about the rain that soothes me. I guess I long for it more because we don't get much of it in the desert really. It was a short rain, the sky cleared up, and dried up all the rain (the itsy bitsy spider....)lol. It got very hot again and my allergies started to bother me. Now, I'm awake typing this blog with my left eye shut from the swelling red and burning. The right eye is the same but not as bad as the left.

My sissy and niece came by for a visit yesterday. We just had some smoked brauts and I made some Kale chips. They are so good! My sweet boy and daughter loves them. They are very easy to make as well.

















I'll tell you more about that green drink on the left on my next post.

Ingredients

3 stalks of fresh Kale
3 tablespoon olive oil
sprinkle of seasoned salt or any seasoning you like

Method

Set oven to 350F
Wash kale, cut the the leaves from its stalk and pat it dry or use a salad spinner if you have one. Place parchment paper on baking tray. Lay them flat on the baking tray and drizzle olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and bake in hot oven for 10 minutes. You want it to be crispy not burned. Then enjoy with your favourite drink!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Canelés

I saw these handsome little beauties a few months ago from another blog. When he described it to be a crème brulée in a cake form, I immediately fell in love. Crème Brulée is my first love and always will be but to entice me with such as this! I felt as if I was unfaithful. I've attempted to recreate his recipe and I just can't get the baking time right or maybe my oven temperature or both. None the less, I am in love with them.

(photos were taken from my phone)

















I began with boiling the sauce together.

















..mixed the flour, eggs, sugar, sauce and rum to create the batter..

















..poured it in the mould..

















..naturally my sweet boy was in the kitchen with me, watching them bake just as excited as I am..



















..it was as if we were watching a symphony, they were bubbling and rising rapidly from every mould..

















..they started to slow down a bit towards the end..

















..our first batch is done and they are beautiful..

















..this was baked at 210C as suggested which I converted to 410F for 35 minutes. It didn't caramalized all around and some didn't at all..


..I tried again with a second batch..

















..this one I had baked a little longer 45 minutes. I was afraid of burning them I got some caramalized  about 5 pieces..




















..they were one of the best treats I have ever tasted. It was as if I bit into a love spell. It was just like how he said it would be, a Crème Brulée in a cake form. Sigh.......

For the complete history and recipe of these little magical treats please visit Phil in the Kitchen at As Strong As Soup he is the one I thank for this new love. I shall keep on trying and get the temp and timing perfectly.