Friday, February 12, 2016

Tangerine Soufflés

Tangerine Soufflés recipe by Paulding & Company adapted from a recipe in Bon Appétit, March 1998

Soufflés are a delicious way to add a global feel to any meal. You don’t have to go all the way to Paris to enjoy this fabulous French dessert because Paulding & Company have made this European favorite oh-so accessible.   

What's the secret to a good soufflé? Beating the egg whites with the sugar until they are stiff and still very shiny, then folding them into the flavor base carefully in two or three additions so that the whites do not deflate. This dessert has an intense tangerine flavor, which comes from using the entire fruit, except for its seeds, of course. Any leftover tangerine syrup can be added to sparkling wine to make a mimosa with a twist.




Yield: Ten 2/3 cup servings
  • 10  2/3 cup soufflé dishes (or custard cups)
  • butter and sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pound peel-on tangerines, quartered and seeded
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1.     Butter the soufflé molds; dust with sugar and arrange on baking sheet.

2.     Bring orange juice, 1 cup sugar and tangerines to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tangerines are very tender, about 35 minutes. Strain mixture through sieve set over medium bowl, pressing firmly on fruit. Transfer fruit to food processor; puree until tangerine peel is finely chopped (or chop fine by hand). Return puree to saucepan; mix in 1/2 cup strained syrup, reserving remaining syrup for another use. Puree can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

3.     Preheat oven to 400°F. If you have a convection oven, you do NOT want to use that setting. Stir tangerine puree over low heat until barely warm if it’s been refrigerated; set aside.

4.     Beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar, adding it gradually, until egg whites are stiff and glossy.

5.     Gently stir 1/4 of whites into warm tangerine puree in saucepan. Then gently fold tangerine mixture into remaining whites in bowl. Divide mixture among prepared dishes.

6.     Bake until puffed and brown, about 15 minutes.

7.     While soufflés are baking, or earlier if desired (it can hold in the refrigerator for an hour or two), beat cream, orange liqueur and 1 tablespoon sugar in large bowl until stiff peaks form; refrigerate if making in advance.

8.     As soon as the soufflés come from the oven, serve them, with a scoop of the whipped cream to add as each diner breaks open their soufflé.

Note: If you want to make larger soufflés, use eight 1-cup dishes. Increase the cooking time by 1-2 minutes.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Paper Cookies A Preschool Food Craft

My kids are so cute! They always want to help in the kitchen! When I do dishes, my daughter Harper will push a chair into the kitchen and climb up to the sink. She will say "I can do this Mom!" or she will want to help make coffee and push all of the buttons. If there is cooking involved my son dashes in, ready to help! I welcome their company in the kitchen 90% of the time. But, as any mom will tell you, there are times when having small kids in the kitchen is not the best idea.

On those rare times, I feel bad to deny their help, so I came up with a few fun food crafts that the kids can make while I am occupied with a complicated recipe.  The first one we did as you might recall was a pizza craft. The kids had so much fun making pizzas! We have made several of these since the post!

Tonight I was frying chicken, a rare thing that I admit, I am not so great at. I didn't want the kids to get splashed with hot oil so I entertained them with a paper cookie craft. It was a huge hit!



This was incredibly easy for the kids to make, the materials were super simple making preparation a breeze for me, and best of all- this craft does not require anything special. Seriously, you are going to have the supplies in your house!


Materials Needed to Make Paper Cookies

Several Brown Paper Bags or brown or yellow construction paper
Glue
Sprinkles
A Paper Plate

Instructions

To begin, cut circle shapes in the brown bags or construction paper as your cookie base.
{I cut about 30 circles at a time so that we can do this craft multiple times}.


Place as many circle cookie shapes as you like on the paper plate.
Drizzle glue onto the circle 'cookies'
Decorate with sprinkles
Allow to dry.

This was so fun for the kids! We will be making these again soon I am sure! Do you like to do paper crafts with your kids? I would love to hear about your favorites!
Monday, February 8, 2016

3 Cities That Are Perfect For Stimulating Your Child's Brain


No matter where you are in England, there is somewhere nearby that is perfect for taking your kids. As we all know well, keeping your kids entertained is perhaps the most difficult task facing parents. It seems like their attention spans are constantly conspiring against you, and they'll soon be bored. This can be frustrating, especially considering all the money we spend on the latest toys and gadgets!

Sometimes, though, all your kids need is to take a step outside their comfort zone. Despite the fact that children desperately need routine, they're all little amateur explorers in their own right. If they're stuck facing the same four walls every day, it's no wonder if they start acting out once in awhile, is it? Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of fun.

Children have a unique perspective on the world. Everything they come across is vivid, bold, and fresh. It's exciting to them. They want to create new experiences for themselves, even if they don't quite know it yet. So, next time you find your kids acting out, maybe consider taking them somewhere else. It's not rewarding bad behaviour by any means. It's simply allowing their freedom to flourish. Here are a few ideas to give you inspiration.


Blackpool

Children, despite what you may think, aren't as easily overwhelmed as we seem to fear. We often worry that too much noise around them will throw them off. But, you'll be surprised by how durable they actually are. Indeed, in small doses, they can thrive off flashing lights and plenty of visual stimulation. Where better to demonstrate that kind of stuff than Blackpool? How could they even think about being bored with so much going on around them? Best of all, trips to Blackpool are often very cheap, which makes it perfect for families.


London

There is a reason that London is the capital of England - it's a cultural hotbed with plenty of diversity. Depending on where you live, it's that kind of versatility that you might not get to experience very often. And why shouldn't you? Experiencing new cultures, cuisines, and atmospheres should be something you crave as much as your child. That's why a visit to London could be a match made in heaven. With plenty of things to see and do, no matter how old your child, there'll be something to keep him heartily engaged all day long.


York

There is perhaps no other city in England that has as unique an atmosphere as York does. If you can manage to get there in a reasonable amount of time, you should always aim to see it in all its glory. Indeed, the city itself is steeped in fascinating architecture that is still prevalent today. While your child may not be able to appreciate the intricacies from a historical perspective, they will still marvel at them. Whether it's the old-fashioned buildings, or the unique walls that run around the entire city. They'll be full of questions, and the answers will keep their brains engaged.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Do the South Of France Like A Millionaire




Now and again most of us get a hankering to live the good life. It can be cathartic not to worry about the expense and just have a good time once in awhile. Why not extend that to a whole holiday? For a week or two, you could live like a millionaire, though without actually having the buy the luxury house and the supercar. What better place to do that than the South of France?

The location is everything

The French Riviera has it all. For nearly two hundred years it’s been attracting people drawn by its warm climate and gentle ambience. Some of the greatest artists in the world travelled down here because of the quality of the light and the colours. Matisse, Renoir and Chagall among others made it a base. That charm and colour are all still here. It is also a land of contrasts. Marseille has always had a real sense of rakish charm, and that still is the case today. Then again up above in the hills, there are lovely towns such as Grimaud or the Medieval Village of Eze. Everywhere you are surrounded by scented vegetation and with views over impossibly blue sea. The Cote d'Azur ambience is infectious. Antibes is where you will find all the super yachts, and St Tropez is legendary, albeit a little busy in the summer.


Stay in style

To sample the South of France in style, you have to stay in a luxury villa. That means with all the trimmings. A view of the Med would be nice, but on top of everyone's list would be a lovely infinity pool to sit around and take a dip whenever you felt like it. The best thing about hiring a villa is the number of people that it can accommodate. If you get together and share the costs, a millionaire pad can be had for not much more than the cost of your apartment! Not bad for a top pad overlooking some of the most expensive real estate in the world. You could even have the service of a maid or a cook if you felt like it.

But then again a villa allows you complete freedom. You could quite easily cook for yourself and make a visit to the supermarket or even the market in St Tropez for your provisions. Having a villa means you are in control. You can choose when and how you are going to eat, or you could simply spend the day around the pool and dress up in your finery for a night out in on the town.
If you develop a taste for the finer things, you could always take your chances at the Monte Carlo Casino!


Do as the locals

Whether you are here for the Cannes Film Festival or not, there is no place quite like the Riviera to show off! You can simply enjoy the pleasure of being seen and people watching. This is the best place in the world to do some classic cafe grazing and bar hopping. The sea is free and getting your tan topped up doesn’t cost a penny. Nice has a great personality and you can while away hours in the narrow streets of the old town. It’s a choice place to grab a coffee and engage in some serious people watching. All in all, if you ever fancied indulging yourself in a stylish and super rich lifestyle the Riviera is still the place to do it.




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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Guide to Making Your First Investment

Investing is a great way to make some extra cash or make your retirement more comfortable. Here’s a guide to investing for the very first time.

Decide on an Amount

You want to start small when you’re making your first investment. There are many mistakes that first-time investors make. And it’s always better to make mistakes with a relatively small amount of cash than with a huge amount. Make sure you make a definite decision on how much you want to invest before you go ahead. It can be tempting to throw too much money at it when you start out. But that is not the way to make your investments sustainable and secure. Mistakes can be catastrophic at this stage, so it’s best to stay pretty conservative until you have a little more confidence.

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Compare Your Options

There are so many different types of investments that you can make when you’re starting out. Which one you choose will depend on how much cash you have, how much risk you want to take and how hands-on you want to be. For people who want a big project to undertake, investing in property might turn out to be a good idea. Stock markets are risky, but they can be a lot of fun as well. Visit the homepage of Alternative Investment Coach to find out about some alternative investments. There are lots of interesting ideas you can try out like investing in old toys or art.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

When you put all your money into one investment, you are immediately taking an unnecessary risk. Think about it. If that investment fails, all your money goes down with it, and you’re left with nothing. If you think it’s a pretty sure bet, there is always a chance that it could all go horribly wrong. So, that’s why you should never put all your eggs in one basket. When you do that, you’re simply asking for trouble. Instead, you should be looking to spread your investments around a little. If you make numerous smaller investments, you can afford to lose out on one or two of them and still make some money. Putting all your money in one place is a common mistake that beginners make, so make sure you don’t make it too.

Know When to Withdraw

Sometimes, an investment simply doesn’t go to plan or how you wanted it to. This is when you have to stay cool and weigh up your options. Eventually, you will have to think about pulling your money out and looking for somewhere else to invest your money. Withdrawing your cash is just as risky as investing it. You could withdraw it and then see the price of the stock rise, and then you’ll wish you hadn’t. But these are risks you have to take sometimes. When you have gained more experience of investing, you will start to gain a better intuitive feel for when to stick and when to pull out.

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