Hello, Yankee Belle Café!!
The Fresh Pioneer is back and I have some lovely pictures of my week's kitchen activities. Brace yourselves. It's gonna get ugly.
First up, we have mini lasagnas. Mmmmmm. What could go wrong?? I may possibly, just possibly, have added the salt twice. Or three times. Not sure what happened. Unless I can blame a toddler, it was salty enough to choke a horse. I have a suspicion that I was tired, spacey from writing into the wee hours and thought I hadn't added the salt to the simmering sauce so added it again. And again.
Anyway, looks delicious, but was inedible.
"Punk your family with this lasagna! Can be used as salt lick."
Next I decided to make oyster stew. I've had oyster stew maybe 5 times in my life and I have great memories of a big pot of it steaming away on the stove, filling the house with an amazing smell of seafood and herbs.
I called my dad for the recipe and he said something along the lines of "milk, butter, herbs, onion, and oysters". Not very exact, but I was sure I could handle it.
Half an onion
one cube butter
4 small jars of oysters
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
Wow! It smelled delicious! It was just like I remembered it!!
And then I walked away.
And it burned in about 2 seconds.
Burnt oyster stew smell is THE WORST. And tastes like charred cheese. *gag*
I declared it a kitchen fail an offered it to the cats.No go. Apparently, cats are pickier than we thought.
Then I had an idea to try a grasshopper cake. I made a chocolate cake mix and mixed whipped fresh cream topping, lightly flavored with mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring.
Honestly, this was delicious. But it looks NOTHING like the picture. This was going to be a blog post, but I'm sure you all get tired of trying to create the impossible. I know I do.
I waited until it was cool and everything, but somehow their grasshopper cake with the tidy mint leaf morphed into unidentifiable cake mass.
Finally, Edna took the situation in hand/beater.
We had leftover pumpkin in the pantry and she said we should try a jelly roll type cake. That sounded really, really impossibly difficult. If I can't make a cupcake, then I certainly can't roll up a cake. But she insisted. So... we started, even though I didn't have a jellyroll pan.
Preheat oven to 375F
Beat eggs and sugar, then pumpkin in a bowl.
ADD flour mix and beat well. Pour into a wax paper lined pan. (Edna says not everybody has a jelly roll pan.)
BAKE 13-15 minutes
Meanwhile, sample interesting dinners prepared by small children. Here we have chopped baby carrots, six almonds, 1/2 cup cheerios, and a 1/2 cup of stale candy corn. Very colorful!
When the cake comes out of the oven, immediately flip over onto plate and peel off the wax paper. Sprinkle powder sugar on a clean, light dishtowel. Roll it up carefully and let it cool.
After it's cool, layer on the filling.
Reroll the cake, making sure to eat any filling that drips out the sides. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in the fridge for two hours.
Ta-dah! Much better than salty lasagna, burned oyster stew, or even the leaning tower of chocolate cake.
It was a bit dense, but everybody really liked it. It wasn't exactly a Spring dish, but we'll start on those next week.
Here's a picture of Spring around my house:
Until next time, take care my friends!