Today is New Year’s Eve – now, depending on where you are in the world, it could be mere hours before 2013 or you’re already in the New Year. I’ve never abbreviated New Year’s Eve in my communications, so the last few days have been lived in some confusion whenever I saw NYE until I figured out what the letters stood for.
For Christmas, I made a flognarde and a crustless pumpkin pie. The flognarde (flow-nyard) was a little different this time, using hazelnut flour whereas before I’ve always used almond flour. It was also the first time I’ve ever used hazelnut flour. I was anxious that it wouldn’t work (hazelnuts’ association with chocolate was too close for me) but I sallied forth, with my efforts paying off, thankfully. It’s a moister flognarde and we all agree that we like it better with the hazelnut flour than almond flour.
When I made it with blackberries, it was an inspired move and that proved to be a success with everyone. The blackberries, especially ripe ones, work well with the apples and currants.
The Olympics are over and those of us who watched are still coming down from a mixture of nerve-wracking high energy and emotions from watching and rooting for athletes from around the world that inspired us all.
Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony was deserving of its name, Isles of Wonder, and it was inspiring. I’m not the only one who thinks he deserves a knighthood. Outside of sports, it was a definite highlight – with James Bond and the Queen being a particular favourite for many. (I wish I could find a video to link, but no such luck. They’ve been taken down.) The closing ceremony didn’t exactly live up to the anticipation leading up to it, I think, but there were its highlights for everyone. For me, it was Russell Brand singing a cover of “I Am the Walrus” and Eric Idle’s performance of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. Footage of Freddie Mercury on a video screen was unexpected and masterfully done as he roused an audience of 80,000 (and more from the world over) in a call-and-response before Brian May broke into his guitar solo.
Celebrating British and Olympic spirit, the idea for this ice cream was inspired within the first few days of the Olympics but it wasn’t until after it was done that I made it. Inspired by Eton mess, a classic British dessert named after the boys’ prestigious school where it was created, this ice cream has strawberries cooked into a jam and swirled into a custard base with meringue cookies (made from scratch and sweetened with honey) crumbled into it.
On Monday I published prototype recipe (nothing else, not even a picture) for a pear sorbet. At the end of the week, I’m bringing to you now the proper recipe. This pear sorbet has the flavours of cardamom and vanilla – and goes really well with white chocolate (more on that later).
To give a brief recap of what happened, my finger accidentally slipped across the publish button when I was using the WordPress iOS app. I often use my iPad as a computer and use the WordPress app to compose posts and revise them until they’re ready for publishing, including formatting code. I even upload images to insert in posts with the app after I’ve edited them with Snapseed and saved to my camera roll. (I will also use the WP app on my iPod touch, but generally for when I’m more on the go.) I also approve and respond to comments with the app. Basically, most of my blogging is done on mobile. I think it will be even more so now since WordPress rolled out the newest app update that basically includes everything.
I decided to poach the pears after reading a recipe for a poached pear sorbet in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer. Originally I was just going to blend all the ingredients together, but poaching allows the pears to become infused with the cardamom and other ingredients. The pear juice made from poaching is also equally tasty. The recipe for this pear sorbet that I’m sharing now has been developed slightly further than the one accidentally leaked earlier this week.