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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby ValiantArcher » Mar 14, 2017 5:50 pm

Yum, fk! :D Did you have a lot of help making the pie? ;))

Enjoy your cheesecake, errr, pie, Rose. ;))

I wasn't going to make a pie for today, but my sister and her flatmate were planning on making one and encouraged me to make one too. I don't own a pie pan, though, and was a bit short on proper pie making supplies, so I improvised. ;)) I, oddly enough, had two cans of cherry pie filling (for another project that I never got around to making ;))), and the ingredients for a pat-in-pan crust and a streusel topping. And I made it in a 9x13 pan.

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I took it to wok and put this note on it:
"Happy Pi Day! 'cause we miss circles when they're not a-round."

I have some left (which is rare), but several of my coworkers said they liked it, so that was good. ;))
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby Meltintalle » Mar 14, 2017 8:32 pm

My Pi Day dessert looks like this:

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It's a non-chocolate ice cream cake. Vanilla ice cream, strawberry ice cream, and a lemon butterscotch cookie. :)
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby SnowAngel » Mar 14, 2017 10:26 pm

Yummy!!! Both of those desserts look delicious, Valia and Mel!

I am so glad Pi Day was my cooking day, I got to pick and bake/make the two pies. Several of my young siblings helped me make the pies - Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and Chocolate Coffee Pie. Same base recipe, two variation. We had a blast baking, drinking coffee (mostly I drank the coffee), and listening to Disciple on the stereo, hooray for days when parents have errands. :)

Sadly I have no pictures to post. I tried to take pictures of the pies, but I couldn't get the white balance right. However, I do have a recipe.


Chocolate Cream Pie

3 T. cocoa
2 1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
6 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

1 baked 9 inch pie shell

Combine cocoa, sugar, flour, and salt in a sauce pan; gradually add milk. Stir over low heat until thickened. Temper eggs, add to chocolate mixture. Cook for two more minutes. Mix in butter and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Serve chilled and topped with whipped cream.

For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - I mixed 8 oz. cream cheese, 3/4 cup peanut butter, 2 or 3 T. milk, and 2 or 3 T. sugar. And then spread on the baked pie crust and topped with the chocolate "pudding".

For the Chocolate Coffee Pie (it wasn't creamy, so I won't call it Mocha) - I made the chocolate cream and just added 3 T. instant coffee to dry ingredients.

So, I order this new to me coffee on the 1st...also the first time I have ever bought coffee beans to be exact. Four different kinds from the Black Rifle Coffee company, in two days I have tried two: Just Black and Sniper's Hide. It was a big splurge for me, so I was nervous about it, I shouldn't have been. It's good coffee. My sisters offered to take the coffee beans and my brothers offered to take my ammo cans that I bought to store the coffee beans in, my siblings are just all heart. 8-| We (three siblings and I) were drinking Sniper's Hide while cooking today, I got a full mug and they got shot glasses (which we normally use to take oreganoil). :D

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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby ValiantArcher » Mar 24, 2017 7:55 pm

Yum, Mel! :D

Yum, SA! Those pies sound delicious. :D

I made some peanut sauce chicken stir fry this week. My mom makes a delicious Thai pork crockpot dish, which I was craving, but didn't have the recipe or ingredients. I looked up four or five recipes and then winged it off of what I did have. I served over spaghetti since I didn't have any rice or rice noodles.
About 1/4 c. peanut butter mixed with a couple tablespoons of water; I microwaved it for about 30 seconds so it mixed better. Then I added a pinch of ginger and a couple pinches of garlic, then a tsp or so of brown sugar and another tsp of white vinegar. I mixed it all together and then poured it on top of the vegetables and chicken I'd heated up in the skillet.

The "essential" ingredients I seemed to be missing were soy sauce and rice vinegar/red wine vinegar. But I thought mine turned out delicious, so I'm sure I'll try it again. :D ;))
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby fantasia_kitty » Apr 21, 2017 9:30 am

I'm curious, who all has tried one of those new unicorn frappuccinos from Starbucks and what did you think? :)) I can't... I'd be admitted to the hospital shortly thereafter in diabetic shock. But my niece tried one and really liked it. I guess it's mango base?
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » May 14, 2017 2:53 pm

Not I, fk. ;))

I haven't had much time for culinary adventures the past couple of months, but three observations...

1. You can make a pretty tasty flourless chocolate cake from a very starchy purple sweet potato. I'd had one sitting around for a couple months and didn't know what to do with it because the other one I bought was so dense and starchy it wasn't much good for eating. Perfect for baking, though! I need to keep experimenting with this idea and get a written recipe hammered out.

2. You can substitute at least 1/3 of the powdered sugar in chocolate frosting with unflavored whey protein, so long as the whey protein tastes good on its own (i.e. undenatured). One of these days I'm going to open a bakery for bodybuilders if I keep this up. ;)) Obviously, I'm not sure how long it's safe at room temp since the sugar content is lower.

3. 1 boxed brownie mix + 1 boxed chocolate cake mix = 1 happy brother on his birthday. :P I wanted to make something for him from scratch (preferably this, which looks delicious), but I ran out of time last month. Interestingly, the combined boxed mixes (which I halved, or else we would have had way too much cake) separated slightly when baking, resulting in a fudgier layer and a neat look when the cake was cut. It reminded me of some magic cake recipes that I ran across about a month ago. Has anyone ever tried a recipe like that?
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby mm1991 » May 14, 2017 6:15 pm

Has anyone else tried the "Cloud Egg" trend?

My boyfriend and I decided to try it the other night. You separate the yolks from the white, then whip the whites with a mixer until you get stiff peaks. Then you put the whites in mounds on a pan with parchment paper and make little "nests" so that you can safely put the yokes back in them later. You bake for 3 minutes, put the yoke back in with seasonings, and bake another 3 minutes. And voila!

Now, when we did it, we don't have a mixer, so we hand whisked. That took SO LONG. We took turns. :p We also didn't have parchment paper. We just put it on the pan and hoped for the best. Honestly, it was fine, so I don't think you NEED parchment paper.

With all that being said, it was just okay. I prefer my pan friend eggs. We came to the conclusion it's a cool thing to bring to a party to show off or something, but not for everyday. It's very light so it feels much less filling and satisfying.
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby fantasia_kitty » May 20, 2017 3:07 pm

I've missed out on the cloud egg trend mm1991, and thanks to your trying it already, I will probably pass as it doesn't sound like it's worth the effort. :P Though I do at least have a stand mixer I can whip an egg with.

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Buddha Bowls!
They're a lot of prep work, I will admit, so I have to wait to the weekend to make/eat it as there's no way I can do it now with three kiddos on a weekday. :P But it's worth it.
Honestly, just the chicken part of this recipe is worth making by itself, and then you can do whatever you want with it.
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Re: Food for Thought (and Discussion)

Postby ValiantArcher » May 21, 2017 6:20 pm

mm1991, I haven't tried cloud eggs before, but my mom actually mentioned it this morning. I think she would like to give them a try, so if we make some, I'll report back with our thoughts. ;))

Oooh, fk, those Buddha bowls look good! :D

I think my latest culinary adventure was a batch of oatmeal muffins with apples and walnuts. They turned out a bit moist (which was a common comment about the recipe), but pretty tasty. :)
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