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Madeleines


picture of Madeleine Pan

I recently had a birthday and I received two of these non-stick Madeleine pans from DH. I tried them out for the first time this week and made these lemony Madeleines. I have eaten Madeleines before, but I had never attempted to make them. I discovered that most of the recipes are basically sponge cake recipes that you bake in these special shell-shaped pans to produce tender, cake like cookies. I think they would be nice as refreshments for a shower or tea.

picture of Madeleines

I work in an office with two other ladies. We often discuss books that we are reading or authors that we have enjoyed. This summer all three of us have been enjoying books by Alexander McCall Smith, a Scottish author who has written a delightful series of books about The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. The stories take place in Botswana, South Africa. They do not contain a lot of violence or bad language — the stories are primarily about relationships between people and you can learn a lot about the customs and life in Botswana. I have found the stories to be quite charming.

One thing that the ladies in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency do quite often is to drink Bush Tea.They also treat themselves to donuts on Fridays. I found some Kalahari Bush Tea at a local grocery store (Ingles) and on Friday we had a little tea party at work with the Bush Tea and Madeleines. The tea is a herbal tea and we tried a variety that was lemony. It went quite well with the lemon-flavored Madeleines. It was a fun way to end the week.

picture of Precious Tea

Becka


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Accidental Salmon Patties


The other night when I went to open up a can of cat food for the two resident cats, I accidentally opened up a small can of salmon instead. I recently had a coupon for a free 5 oz. can of Chicken of the Sea salmon which just happened to be the same size as the cat food. Deciding that salmon was really too good for the cats I refrigerated it and then made these salmon patties for our lunch the next day:

picture of Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

1 16 oz. can salmon
1 egg
1/3 cup finely minced onion
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
2-3 Tbsps. cooking oil

Drain the salmon and place in a bowl. Add the egg, onion, flour, and baking powder and mix lightly. Form into small balls. You can get 8-10 from this amount. Place the balls on a plate or tray (line with waxed paper) and let stand for about 15 mins. This helps them to firm up a bit. When ready to fry the patties, heat the oil in a skillet and then gently place each ball in and press down with your fingers to form a patty. This method helps to prevent them from breaking. Brown for about 3-4 mins. and then turn with a spatula to brown the other side. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Since I had just the small 5 oz. can, I halved all the ingredients. (To halve an egg: break into a cup, stir with a fork, and then use just half.) This amount was perfect for two people. You can also make these with a can of tuna if desired.

I had mentioned in the comments section of my last post about an accident a former Home Economics student of mine had where she broke a cast iron skillet. I was actually rather stunned because I thought those things were indestructible. Our class was meeting in a basement kitchen which had a concrete sub floor. When she dropped the skillet it broke right in two. Children and students have a way of doing things you never thought possible!

Becka


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Our new floor


Our new floor is finally finished and I wanted to post some before and after pictures.

Here is the old, dingy, stained white vinyl floor:

picture of Old Floor 1

picture of Old Floor 2

Here is our friend Bill installing the new tile:

picture of New Floor Bill

Here is the finished look:

picture of New Floor 1

picture of New Floor 2

We are very thankful for the opportunity to replace the old vinyl linoleum and are very happy with the new look.

Becka


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Floor update


Well, there have been some delays so the floor is not quite finished. I do hope to post pictures soon. We did get the appliances back in place so I am able to do some laundry and now I can cook and use the refrigerator in the kitchen again.

Since I was pretty much banned from the kitchen for about a week I started work on a sewing project--another baby quilt. I'll post pictures of that soon as well. This one is girly and I've been having fun working on it.

In the meantime here's a cool and easy summer pie recipe:

picture of Symphony Pie

Symphony Pie

1 King size Symphony Candy Bar (4.5 oz.) milk chocolate or toffee flavored
1/4 cup water
8 oz. tub Whipped Topping
a prepared graham cracker crust

Break up the candy bar into a large microwavable bowl. Add the water and heat for 45 seconds. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Set aside briefly to cool. Stir in about 1/3 of the whipped topping to cool the chocolate and then fold in the remainder. Pour into the crust and freeze for at least three hours. Garnish with additional whipped topping, chocolate syrup, chocolate or toffee chips.

I have also made this using 1 cup chocolate chips and omitting the water when I did not have a Symphony bar.

Becka


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