Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Food and Pets


Hello Friends :)

How is your Sunday? Mine is quiet. It's raining cats and dogs so the weekenders are all gone, it's bliss! :) I've been making cheese again, this time I made a really nice goat cheese. It was delicious! It's a lot milder than the store-bought goat cheese. I'm definitely going to make this again! (I'll post the recipe in the next week or so on Rainy Day Cheese Making!)


Speaking of cats and dogs, look what I stumbled on one morning! Baby Oscar and Leo are getting some sun while I do my yoga!


I haven't been posting too much about food lately, so I thought I'd do that today.  I've been really busy re-doing my recipe page. I decided to make printable recipes available - like this one. It's a big undertaking but I think it'll keep me busy during the long winter months!! My recipe page is under construction, it's available but lots of recipes are missing, so if you're looking for something, please contact me! (I have a contact form on the right side bar!)

I made a really nice Oatmeal Maple Bread from a cookbook called The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest.


I told my friend Joyce that I was in desperate need of vegetarian recipes and she sent me this cookbook. Along with so many very nice gifts, my favourite are these:


She is such a sweet woman, go check out her blog Octoberfarm. She has so many delicious recipes on there and writes about her life and her two cute Chow Chow dogs Winnie and Willie! Thanks so much Joyce! πŸ’›


Alex ordered his dream guitar a few months ago. He's been waiting for it to be shipped from California and it's been a long wait for him. We are supposed to get a phone call next week so we can go to the music store and pick it up. In the meantime I decided to make him a guitar cake.


Be gentle with your comments please lol...this was my first attempt at any kind of designer-ish cake! I made it with my Carrot Cake recipe and frosted it with my Brown Sugar and Cream Cheese Frosting. My hands were pretty shaky when I made the shapes - just out of melted chocolate. The strings are licorice. I think next time (and there WILL be a next time!) I make a designer cake, I'll use  a butter based frosting and I'll practice first! Alex loved it!


We had the cake with a few cocktails. A Vanilla Flip (made with brandy, an egg white and sugar) and an Old Fashioned (made with bourbon, simple syrup and some spices).


A few nights ago, I had pent up energy (it's all gone now!) so I made a Chinese food dinner. Sweet and Sour Cauliflower, Garlic Noodles and Stir Fried Rice. There were plenty of leftovers!


We have basically switched our diet to a vegetarian one with the occasional meat products like broths and some sauces. A great vegetarian meal is Mashed Potato Quesadillas.


Look at that potato and cheese all melty and yummy! :) I served this with my Homemade Salsa and Homemade Sour Cream.


And what food post would be complete without my Poutine? :) It's all about the cheese my friends!


My sciatica and piriformis pain flared up a little this week so I spent a few days in bed to recover. I get up for two minutes to get a snack and look what I come back to!!


I harvested my garlic yesterday. It's sitting outside curing for a few weeks. The harvest was quite poor this summer, but that's life! Speaking of Harvest, that's the theme for this Thursday's art date! See you then!

43 comments:

Debby said...

Love your cats!

Another good recipe book by Mollie Katzen is the MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK. I got it as a wedding gift in 1975! I'm a big Mollie Katzen fan! :-)

Leftycrafter said...

Your dogs crack me up. So nice of them to allow you to sleep in their bed lol. I admire anyone who can go vegetarian. I can live without beef but love my pork and chicken. Not a big fan of fish either. As for cheese......bring it in as well as beans and lentils. I am making a loaf of plain old white bread today. Even am cheating and making it in the bread machine. (Not feeling grand today is why) I love trying different bread recipes and your oatmeal maple looks and sound yummy.Your guitar cake is perfect by my standards. You are so creative! The Vanilla flip sounds so yummy. We seldom drink hard liquor but that might make me break out our bottle of Brandy I use to marinate my fruitcakes with.

BTW....vegetarian is so much easier than vegan. I could never give up my dairy foods to become vegan.

Christine said...

you made me so hungry. The guitar cake is beautiful and so thoughtful.

Rain said...

Thanks Debby :) I'm going to look into Mollie's other books, I love her Enchanted Broccoli book!

Rain said...

Thanks Marsha :) I know, the dogs think they own the furniture lol...but they're so cute and cuddly, how can I kick them off? I just kind of squeeze in... :) I went vegan for a year, so yeah, I know what you mean. I have a soy allergy and an intolerance to beans so imagine how difficult life was, even vegetarian is tough for me. I miss chicken mostly! I could eat it, but Alex is having trouble with meat lately so I'm making an effort. Once in a while I'll eat fish though.

Rain said...

Thanks so much Christine :)

Becki said...

The cats sleeping on the window shelf! That is terrific. Oh my goodness... I just checked out Octoberfarm. Her pictures of autumn in the mountains - Oh my! What beauty. And your guitar cake!!!! That is awesome! Did you cut out those pieces? They are perfect! My guys aren't big cake fans anymore, but I used to make them cakes like this. Not guitar cakes, but cut out and decorated cakes. Two of them would have loved a guitar cake. You are amazing, Rain! As for your other food. Once again, you inspire me. And make me hungry - no matter how recently I've eaten, it seems. I need to go through my recipe books and try some new stuff. Mashed potato quesadillas? Hmmmm... Not sure what I think, but your pictures of them sure look delicious.

Susie said...

What a cute guitar cake. Your foods look tasty, especially the bread. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

NanaDiana said...

Hmmm...I got an error when I hit publish. Repeating myself- Love Joyce's blog- she is a wonderful cook (and so are you). Cute cake you have going there. Have a wonderful Sunday night- xo Diana

Tammie Lee said...

It looks like life is good except for sciatica pain.
Your cake is lovely and such a special thing to do for him.

Amazing how the holiday weekend ends and it seems summer does too.

Rain said...

Thanks Becki :) Yes! I cut out the guitar cake, I found a stencil online and printed it. I actually piped in some chocolate strings and it was a crime scene lol...I had to scrape it all off and I ran out of frosting. The licorice was my back up plan, I'm glad I had them! I wasn't too sure about the mashed potato quesadillas either, but oh my, the flavour and texture are wonderful together!

Rain said...

Thanks so much Susie :)

Rain said...

Thanks Diana :) The cake was easy to make but difficult to decorate! I got the same error a few times on various blogs and had to re-write my comments!

Rain said...

Hi Tammie :) Yes, summer seems to be really over fast this year. We usually get a hot humid September! I hope the winter isn't too cold and long (ha!).

Jenn Jilks said...

That's really fun! I love the cats and the dogs.
We still have a few tourists about. sigh

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :) Tourists be gone!

Henny Penny said...

You must be a wonderful cook. Those dishes look delicious! The dogs on your bed are so cute. Eli does the same thing...beats us to the bed and takes up all the space. Hope you are feeling better.

Yarrow said...

Your food posts always make me so hungry. I'll be cheesemaking over the winter, I hope. I need a break from all the outdoor chores! They are taking over!!!
Have a lovely week.xx

Pam said...

So sorry you are having an issue and not feeling well. Get better soon. Loving the food pics for sure...ALWAYS. That bread, oh my gosh. I need to make that. I was going to make Rosemary bread yesterday and realized that I forgot to get all purpose flour. Don't use it much and totally forgot I had very little. So when I went out to feed I picked some up...I see bread being made this week!! haha...LOVE the butt to butt cats! So adorable. And look at those adorable faces on the dogs. They just wanted to keep your spot warm! Just wondering....your squirrel babes ever come to visit?

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

As soon as I saw that recipe book and the name, I thought, hey that's the Moosewood cookbook lady! You'd like that. Try and get a used one somewhere. I should never read your blog when I'm hungry. -Jenn

Rain said...

Thanks Henny Penny :) I can imagine how much room Eli takes up, especially when he stretches out!

Rain said...

That's great Yarrow about the cheese making! I'm kind of getting tired of the outdoor chores too, I still want to be outside, but just lounging! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Pam :) The flareup was caused by overstretching I think. I had to ease up on the yoga and I'm feeling better now! Oh ha ha, that's what the dogs would have me believe, that they're just keeping the bed warm! :) We see Spunky once in a while, I know it's him because he has a unique pattern on his tail. He chirps at us when we're both outside, it's kind of nice!

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) I've looked up Mollie's other cookbooks and I want to find them used. She has so many great recipes!

Betty said...

Hi Rain, the pic of your cats deserves to be framed! all your pets look so relaxed and content, and with all the lovely food you have been cooking I get the feeling your house isi all about comfort and homeliness. Sorry about your sciatica I get that too, it's a bummer, get better soon. I'm still here, but just on my other blog. Betty

Rain said...

Hi Betty :) Okay, I shall check out your other blogs then! :) You're very right, my home's first order of business is comfort and coziness...homeliness is a great word that describes what I try to achieve! :)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! Cute picture of baby Oscar and Leo! Maybe you need to place a reserved sign on your bed to save a spot for you! Our animals are so much company! I think you did a good job on the guitar cake. Nancy

Nicole said...

The picture of the cats in the window is so beautiful.
I love the cake...what an awesome surprise for Alex while he is waiting.
Maybe I missed it sis, why are u guys going veggie ?? I think its awesome !!
Hey ... u will need goats, for milk to make more cheese :)

Rain said...

Thanks Nancy :) The more I look at the photos of the cake (it's long gone!) the more pride I feel! I know I can improve my shaky hands though! :) LOL about the reserved sign!!

Rain said...

Thanks Nik :) Alex loved the cake! I will need goats AND a milking cow I think! ;) Yeah, veggie...we started slowly last year. I still eat fish and occasionally chicken, but Alex doesn't eat meat anymore. After finding a dead baby bird and a few baby chipmunks last summer, Alex is turned off by meat. He doesn't even want to go fishing anymore. It's been challenging to find recipes and create those special dinners! But you know, if it was me who couldn't stomach meats anymore, he'd be 100% supportive, so I'm trying to be too. He doesn't mind if I eat meat, he just doesn't want to for now. I have a tofu allergy, he can't digest beans...it's definitely challenging to find meals that are both delicious and fulfill our protein requirements...so I cook with cheese a lot more than I usually do, it's a big part of our protein intake these days.

sandy said...

so first off that window photo of the cats i loveLOVE.. And I'm really in awe of your many talents - I'm going to start visiting your recipe page as the few you mentioned and put photos up look amazing. I need to catch up here. Until yesterday we were busy out hiking a lot but with the cooler weather, hikes can be done earlier in the day which leaves me sketching and visiting blogs later in the day.

I really enjoy your blog when I come here - Now to go look at your art.


and that guitar cake - Wow!

Rain said...

Thanks so much Sandy :) Oh hiking...I've been enjoying mountain hikes with the dogs each morning now that the tourists are gone for a while! It really is nice with the cooler weather! The recipe page is under heavy construction, but I still have a link to all of my older recipes, let me know if you are looking for something! :)

wyomingheart said...

Hey Rain! Your food looks delicious!!! Update on the pumpkins... We have three pumpkins about the size of a golf ball... crossing fingers that they stay attached to that beautiful plant... I’ll keep you posted. Have a terrific art day!!!

Rain said...

Hi Dino :) Oh the pumpkins...they are sad this year huh? Keep me posted!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Your cake rocks! Seriously, it does Rain! Actually, all your food does! You always make me so hungry! Love seeing your cats in the window! So darn cute! Very special gifts from Joyce! Big Hugs!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

The cake looks great Rain!

But there is nothing at all enchanted about broccoli...

Rain said...

Thanks Stacy :)

Rain said...

Thanks TB, and you know what? I agree with you lol...I'm not a fan of the green stuff either! :)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

Oh, girl! Your foodie photos drive me crazy and I gain 10 pounds starring at your yummy dishes. I have to ask what can you use in place of yogurt in your Oatmeal Maple Bread? (can you send me an answer via email) Yogurt isn't something I keep on hand. I'd like to this recipe. It sounds really good and I saved it. That guitar cake is really super cool. Way to go! For your first attempt, you did an amazing job. I've been meaning to ask how do you determine the shelf life of home-made cheese? You really know how to do a lot of different, many I fear are a lost art with the whole making from scratch stuff that you do. Thanks for sharing. I'll see you tomorrow, dearie!

Lowcarb team member said...

LOL! Love your cats.

Your food looks and sounds delicious.
What an interesting cookbook, and such a great name 'Enchanted Broccoli Forest' … I like it.

All the best Jan

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :)) Message sent, let me know if you like that bread! :) Cheese has always been something that I just know if it's good or not. I can't explain it! If it tastes off then I toss it. But cheese will last a very long time if sealed properly in the fridge. Even when I buy cheese from the store, I'll open it, wrap it in parchment paper then vacuum seal it. I've had Mozzarella that I bought back in April good until last month. It would still be good except that it tastes rather tangy if kept too long. A cheese like Cheddar though, I could store that (properly sealed) for up to a year. So I think I determine it by taste. Oh, also, if it starts to mould. White mould and most blueish moulds can simply be cut off and the cheese is still really good! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) The cats are so amusing! :) That cookbook is really good. Worth a look for sure!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

The cats in the window was a great shot and they did look comfy there, Rain. And, so did the dogs in your bed, hope they left you some room. Don’t beat yourself up over the guitar cake because it looked good to me too and who wouldn’t like a carrot cake guitar with frosting? The oatmeal maple cake is one I definitely plan to try especially using maple syrup, so Grenville may overlook the oatmeal in itπŸ˜€ all the food looked so delicious and I should remember not to look at the photos when hungry.