Pomp And Circumstance

Grapefruit Sorbet

Posted in Food Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on April 11, 2013

 

As the temperatures rise, a sweet cool treat is just what the doctor ordered. Yesterday, the temperature climbed to around 80, and I decided it was the perfect day to try my hand at sorbet.

After bouncing around the internet and pulling ideas from a few different recipes, here’s what I came up with:

  • 3 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (for me it took about 4 red grapefruits)
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest

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In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, zest, and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice and simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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Stir in the remainder of the grapefruit juice and set aside until room temperature. Place the saucepan in the refrigerator and cool completely. Once cool, pour the mixture into an ice cream/frozen yogurt/sorbet maker and follow the manufacturers instructions.

I allowed my sorbet to freeze overnight after being processed in the ice cream maker and this morning the texture was absolutely perfect, and the sorbet delicious!

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Give my recipe a try and let me know what you think!

I hope you love it as much as I do!

 

 

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Chicken Stew With Biscuits

Posted in Food Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on April 4, 2013

We’re still having the occasional cold rainy day around here, and my absolute favorite meal to have on a cold rainy day is Chicken Stew with Biscuits. I use a slight variation of this recipe by Ina Garten.

Here’s the recipe I use (serves about 6):

 

For the stew:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots (4 carrots), blanched for 2 minutes
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

For the biscuits:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish, rub with a generous amount of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until cooked through, approximately 30 minutes. Cube or shred the chicken (whichever you prefer) and set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the chicken stock and bouillon cubes, until dissolved. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onions until translucent – about 10-15 minutes. Turn the heat to low and add the flour, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Add the hot chicken stock to the ingredients in the large pot, and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened. This shouldn’t take more than a minute or two. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and the heavy cream. Add the  chicken, carrots, peas, and parsley and mix well. Place the stew in a large baking dish. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan lined with parchment or wax paper and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

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While the stew is baking, make the biscuits!  Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Add the half-and-half and mix on low speed. Last but not least, mix in the parsley. Dump your dough out on a board that has been well floured, and roll out to 3/8-inch thick. Cut out circles using a circle cutter if you have one. I don’t, so I use a glass cup turned upside-down, and just flour the edges so the dough doesn’t stick.

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Remove the stew from the oven and arrange the biscuits directly on top of the stew. Brush them with egg wash, and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, until the biscuits are brown and the stew is bubbly.

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Voila!!!

Seems like a long process, and it kinda is, but the finished product is totally worth it! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

Kouign Amann

Posted in Food Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on March 28, 2013

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YOU GUYS. I made these DELICIOUS french pastries last night.  Kouign Amann (pronounced kween a-mon) is something I’ve been wanting to try since stumbling upon it on David Lebovitz’ blog. David’s finished product looked pretty different from most others I found while poking around the interwebs, so, lucky for you suckers (and the two suckers I live with), I decided to make my own recipe this time, and share David’s another time, TWICE AS MUCH KOUIGN AMANN!

Here’s the recipe I came up with:

Dough:

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • .25 ounces fresh yeast
  • 3/4 cup plus 1/8 cup of water
Topping:
  • 2 sticks cold salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
This is a MANY step process, so bear with me peeps.
  • Step one – Mix all of the dough ingredients together, making sure not to place the salt and yeast directly next to each other. Mix that dough nice and good, then ball it, place it in a bowl, and score it so that there is more surface area for the dough to rise. Cover the bowl, and place in a warm area. Let the dough rise for 60-90 minutes. 

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  • Step two – Knead the dough, ball it, place it in a bowl, score it and cover it again. Let the dough rise for another 30 minutes. 

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  • Step three – role out the dough to approximately 17 inches by 10 inches and sprinkle with sugar. Slice up the cold butter, and place it on the middle third of the dough. 

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  • Step four – Fold the dough over the buttery center portion one side at a time, sprinkling with sugar after each fold. 

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  • Step five – Making sure the fold is perpendicular to you, role the dough again to 3 times its current length. Sprinkle with sugar again. 

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  • Step six – Repeat steps four and five another two times. 
  • Step seven – Fold the dough into quarters, as shown below.

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  • Step eight – Fold dough in half. 

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  • Step nine – Role out the dough until it is approximately 1/3″ thick.

You can shape your Kouign Amann in two ways:

  • Cut strips that are 2 inches wide. Role and place in a buttered and sugared muffin tin. 

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  • Or cut squares that are approximately 4 inches wide and fold the four corners in to the center. Place in a buttered and sugared muffin tin. 

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I also made some bite-sized pieces in a mini cupcake tin with the leftover batter.

  • Step ten – Let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes while preheating the oven to 325 degrees.

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  • Step eleven – Place a baking sheet on the rack below the muffin tins to catch any errant butter runoff. 
  • Bake the bite sized pieces for approximately 20 minutes, until golden and caramelized. 

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  • Bake the regular sized Kouign Amann for approximately 35-40 minutes until golden brown and caramelized. 

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Serve piping hot and enjoy!!

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Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!!

 

Dessert Crepes

Posted in Food Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on March 20, 2013

One of my absolute FAVORITE desserts is crepes.  Here’s a recipe that really hits the spot:

 
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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter – melted

 

Then you just need some delicious toppings – my favorites are:

  • Butter (while the crepe is still warm so it melts to perfection)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Cinnamon
  • Chopped toasted almonds

 

Technically you’re supposed to mix these in a certain way, but I cheat do it the simpler way. First blend all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Then,  toss all of the wet ingredients into a blender and blend away!  Add the dry ingredients and blend blend blend!  15 seconds should do it.

Heat a lightly greased crepe pan (if you don’t have a crepe pan don’t worry, just use a regular large sized pan and call it good), and pour a small amount of batter along the edge of the pan, tilting the pan back and forth to coat the bottom of the pan with a thin film of batter. Pouring along the edge helps the crepe batter to not pool in the middle of the pan. When the crepe slides back and forth easily when you jiggle the pan, it’s time to flip! Cook the second side until lightly golden, and slide onto a plate!  For the subsequent crepes you shouldn’t need to grease the pan unless the crepes start to stick.

 

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Add your toppings, and enjoy!  I place mine in the middle like a burrito and fold in thirds. YUM!

 

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Give her a try and let me know what you think!

 

The.Best.Sandwich.Ever.

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 21, 2011

We are back from Disneyland, and I already wish we were going back. Like right now. It is the best vacation with kids, even though when you are driving back you are asking yourself “ok, so when does my vacation actually start?”. I am convinced I walked at least 20 miles in 3 days. This is the conversation via text on the second night that took place between us and the family that went with us.

Them- “How’s it going over there?”

Us- “Van was asleep in about .5 seconds, and my hip bones feel like they are about to fall out of their sockets. How’s it going over there?”

Them- “I’ve got one foot up, I am trying to get the other up, and I think I just turned 60.”

And that’s Disneyland folks. But in between the rapid aging, you get to watch your kids laugh and giggle with each other, and have the best most happiest, more-excitement-than-they-can-actually-handle time. Whilst eating way to many treats. And seeing more grown people in any radius anywhere wearing weird hats and fairy stuff, and cord necklace things with you-know-these-people-are-not-actually-real-right? character pins on them.

I also quickly had an “oooooohhhhhhhhh……” moment when upon arrival to the park, as my 7 year old was jumping up and down to head straight to Space Mountain, the 3 little girls in our friends family were enthusiastically talking about heading straight to the fairies and It’s A Small World. And as I told my seven year old we were going to go on Small World first, he looked at me like I just told him after 9 months of waiting to go on this trip and dreaming about California Screamin’, I just told him we were going on It’s A Small World first. But he got over it fast and away we went.

Anyways, about that sandwich. This is the sandwich we had last night for dinner-

Has nothing to do with Disneyland. But it’s the bomb. Bacon? Oh yeah. Avocado? Always. Blue Cheese? Yes, please. So easy mmmmmm good. Find the Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwich recipe here.

And because you might not be all that excited to read a food post on a fashion and home design blog after a week-long hiatus, here is a great DIY tray craft from Martha Stewart my friend emailed me this morning. I’m so doing this. I have a minor addiction to trays. And stripes. And grey.

Watch the video or read the tutorial here.

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