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the time Chef Peter made cronuts…

Waaay back in 2013 my husband heard a story about the street vendor who invented cronuts on NPR. He told me about it and the two of us became obsessed.

It was a while ago, so I apologize if I have any of this mixed up. A man invented something wonderful that was a cross between a croissant and a donut…a cronut. He sold them in New York City for $5 each with a limit of 2 per person. He started selling them at 5am lasting for only one hour. Everyday there were crazy lines down the street.

Peter’s version was filled with lemon custard and frosted with dark chocolate frosting. the original had custard and chocolate frosting, too, but he made some adjustments.

The dough is croissant pastry. you should have seen the mastery at work (and the astonishing amount of butter), when he made that!

You form it into a donut shape, leaving room for the lemon custard filling.

Deep fry it and fill it with cold custard and put the chocolate frosting on top.

Eat immediately!

Eating them was an experience unlike any other! The texture is insanely nice. The hot dough and cold custard balance each other perfectly.

You have to eat them when they’re almost too hot to hold so they don’t seem greasy.

The frosting is ganache. He makes it by melting Scharfenberger 79 % dark chocolate in a dish over boiling water. He stirs in heavy cream and lets it cool.

The very dark chocolate contrasts with the sweet custard beautifully.

The whole thing melts in your mouth. It’s perfect harmony!

We both ate 2 and then feel in bed and died.

Damn they were good.

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Chef Peter

I take pictures of the food we eat pretty often because my husband is a superb chef. He cooks 3 meals a day almost everyday (lunches…for both of us…are leftovers during the week.).

I eat like a queen! Some of it, like tonight’s roasted cauliflower soup, is healthy, and some isn’t at all!

He really should blog about it, but it seems funny to even think about Peter writing a blog. He’s a total introvert and when online, he lurks at all possible times!

I thought I’d start sharing some of his cooking, it seems too good not to!

On Sunday nights my he makes meals that take quite a while to prepare. That’s partly because he has the time, but also because he goes to the farmer’s market every Sunday morning. He likes to take the time too make more creative and ambitious dishes. He usually concentrates on one dish.

Tonight he used one of my least favorite veggies, a winter staple, cauliflower, to make a delicious soup.

He roasted 2 heads of cauliflower tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. He roasted it in the oven for 45 (?) minutes and then used a hand blender to mix it with chicken stock he made yesterday. He could it until boiling, added soy sauce, sautéd broken up spicy Italian sausage (also from the farmer’s market).

Finished with powdered Chipotle and pecans, it looks as tasty as it was! We ate it with the toasted ends of last week’s bread.

Stay tuned for more YUM.

 

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3 reasons for me to feel good today

There are three reasons for me to be in good spirits today. Yay!

It’s National Fried Chicken Day!!I LOVE fried chicken! The second) good news will be ruined unless I only eat a little bit o. But oh I really want plates of it! 

What a bummer that other countries aren’t having national fried chicken day. If anyone hasn’t had American style fried chicken, come have dinner at my house. My husband is frying enough chicken for thousands!

The other news is pretty exciting!

As of this morning I have lost 57 pounds! (26kg)

I’m still losing I don’t have a goal, even though they say you should. if someone asked my advice even *I* would say it was a good idea. Right now I don’t I’m trying to pretend it’s not happening. That can help me do well and to stress less. I really don’t get it. I eat very lightly but I just don’t feel tempted. I don’t think about food most of the time. Maybe my depressive episode is to thank for it. Yay for depression. Ugh.

I want to go in an imaginary world where I can lock myself into my bedroom and have a pillow fight with myself. It would be zero gravity, so almost no pain! I need my beloved soda stream! My dog, water, comicbooks, alllll the pillows and blankets we have,and …LOTS of other stuff!

My huzzy does everything that needs to be done. I’m struggling to stop feeling guilty; last night after dinner I played with my phone while trying not to watch him clean up the dinner *he* cooked.

Everybody who reads my blog a lot (thank you lovely people) knows that I’m disabled. I have fibromyalgia and spinal stenosis, I walk with a cane. I have a lot of chronic pain, so there’s no way I can help with anything. I want to so much. I want to do things, like very simple stuff like putting the dishes in the dishwasher, but I can’t. I can’t stand up very long and bending over is not an option.

I want you to know, fuzzy huzzy, that you are the best husband a girl could have! Our 24th anniversary is at the end of July. Pretty impressive, I think!💞🌹

The huz takes excellent care of me. He’s a fab cook and he really enjoys that. But who enjoys going to the grocery store  and the farmer’s market to, go to the post office and such. Thank goodness we’re able to have a cleaning service come in.

He never complains, he’s never late, he doesn’t neglect things that need be done. He’s not perfect, but he’s the best choice i ever made. 💘💒

It’s hot and i didn’t notice again. Lol it’s 90F (34c)!  Lol!  I think i’m going to walk down the stairs very very carefully! Have a good evening, all.

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terraced caverns postcard

terraced caverns postcard

last week i butted heads with mania and came out, well, manic! i’m not as revved up as i was then, but it’s still here, not far away, just under the surface. not the surface of my mind or my skin, but the surface of my heart. it’s leaking out. out of my eyes, my mouth, my skin. you can see it on me.

the crazy moods led me to spend a ridiculous amount of money on watercolor paints. art supplies are my favorite indulgence, but this was just silly. 😀 they arrived today and they inspired me to paint! that’s been kind of difficult. i want to paint, but i almost feel like i physically can’t. i tried to force myself to, and i did paint all over a piece of paper, but i didn’t enjoy it and i knew without even having to look at the painting when it was dry to know it was nothing i wanted to share.

but the paints arrived today and i was so excited! i regretted the purchase right after i made it, but today i wasn’t sorry. as you can see from this painting, i chose all purples, reds, and blues. i’m trying out a variety of different brands this time.

i had fun painting this, and i actually like the way it turned out. 🙂 yay!

all of that and there’s still another day of weekend left! i look forward to sunday because andrew always cooks pancakes for breakfast. we have a lot of food traditions that are fun; they give me things to look forward to. we just finished homemade pizza, the regular saturday evening meal. it was delicious and i think i’m ready to paint more!

hope everyone in blogsville is doing well! ❤