Tuesday, November 1, 2022

How to Make Bavarian Cream .... then use it for an amazing Mille - Feuille!

As you can see, my husband is my official taste tester these days! 

He has a unique palette to say the least --- nothing Indian, nothing Asian, no Bell Peppers..... and the list goes on. 

But, generally speaking when I ask him what he wants to eat he says " anything you make will be perfect". 

I guess that's what you call trust . 

Anyhow, I digress. 

As promised, here is the recipe video for how to turn yesterdays creme anglaise pastry cream into Bavarian cream and then use it to make the most beautiful and delicious Mille-Feuille. Also known in our childhood as " Napoleon". 

Monday, October 31, 2022

Reconnecting with Recipes: Creme Anglaise Pastry Creme 

Let's get back into story telling shall we? 

Life has been quite a rollercoaster ride since I last posted here: 

  • My mom passed away
  • There was a proposal
  • A wedding was called off 3 weeks prior to the date because someone had the audacity to give ma n ultimatum ( in retrospect, I'm glad he did). 
  • I went on a journey of independence and self discovery again - developing my legal career, enjoying my love of makeup, gardening, and raising a puppy all while living on my own.
  • Met my current husband when I was least expecting it.
  • Got married and moved to Texas
  • Went from a one dog family to a five dog family
  • Started a clothing line
  • Started a craft business ( wood working and clay)

Through it all, I realized every time someone asked my what a dream future looked like, my answer was  the same, year after year. 

    I seem myself on acres of land, maybe a 100 acres. I see my dream kitchen. I see a gazebo in the middle of nature with an amazing view for meditation and morning coffee. I see a huge farm and garden, complete with horses, cows, goats, chickens etc. I see a greenhouse. Finally, I saw an adorable restaurant on the corner of my property where I open my own vegetarian farm to table restaurant. No recipes. Just love and good home cooking from the heart. 

So, once I made the realization that this dream has been my constant throughout all the ups and downs, I came back to food.  I'm back to the blog, I'm posting on YouTube and I'm pursuing this dream. 

I hope you join me as I document this new journey.

Now, to the video of the day, Creme Anglaise. 

As a child, I have so many memories of food. Specific items remind me of my mom and grandma. Lately, I find myself wanting to recreate these recipes as a way to reconnect with them, because I do miss them so much. 

They are missing out on so much of my life and I am missing out on their presence. 

One of the recipes mom used to make was a " Napoleon" made with a creme anglaise pastry cream. 

Now, this is not her recipe, because I don't remember her recipe. But this rendition of it came out insanely delicious. Dangerously delicious. 

I'll be back soon, to show you how I turn this pastry cream into Bavarian Cream and how I make my version of Napoleon. 


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blueberry Muffins, a lowfat breakfast option

 The result:  A low fat, healthy, non-guilt, breakfast muffin. 

3/4 cup oat flour
1 1/2 cup homemade flour consisting of oats, bran, flax and chia
2 tsp vanilla sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup organic % vanilla yogurt ( I used stonyfield)
1/4 cup 0% vanilla greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sour cream
fresh blueberries

More about the ingredients:
Oat flour -  I make my oat flour from scratch when I need it because its ridiculously simple to do.  All I do it put rolled oats in my magic blender and blend. Thats it.
My magic flour -  Its my go to combination of "health". I go to the bulk bin of my local health supermarket, like Sprouts or Wholefoods and purchase the following:  Rolled oats,  Oat bran, Flax Seed, and Chia seeds. There is no real science to this because its just goodness- a plethora of Omega-3, protein, and fiber.  I mix up these "good for you" ingredients and store them. Its a great addition to oatmeal, smoothies, and cookies. This time I decided to blend it up and turn it into a flour.
Vanilla sugar & Baking Powder -  I used the Dr. Oetker brand
Blueberries - I may have used to many blueberries. But really, is there such a thing? Portion out blueberries to your preference...
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line muffin pan or spray with Pam or Olive oil 
  3. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients ( oat flour, magic flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, powdered sugar)
  4. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients ( vanilla yogurt, greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, sour cream)
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just incorporated
  6. Fold in the blueberries
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes
One of the blueberries somehow made the mark of a cross! Pretty appropriate with Easter right around the corner ...