This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

~Cook Up With Vicki...No 7~

Boy what a busy time it's been here...but in a very nice way...

JoJo's birthday last weekend...the Event Of The Year in this house LOL!!!

The Craft Fair...family down for a visit...Mr Armchair home for a week...

and rehearsals are under way for our local Amateur Theatre's production of Cabaret!!!

Meanwhile...I have had the best fun doing another cook up with Vicki!!!

Above are the aprons...one for me and one for DG...along with matching tea towel and pot holder...how cute are these!!!

But first, Mr Armchair brought home some cheese...the one on the left is D'Affinois Brie and the other one a Sage Derby...just delicious, especially with a glass of red!!!

This Cook Up from the June/July issue of Donna Hay magazine...

Tonight the menu was...Herbed Polenta Chips...Creamy Cauliflower Soup and Pear and Ricotta Tarts!!!

First I fried a little cauliflower for the garnish on the soup...

The Polenta Chips...very very popular!!!

Together with the soup...the pic should be turned around but I couldn't get to do it!!!

And the most exciting part...I found this Gluten and Wheat Free pastry at the supermarket...I haven't had pastry for quite a while now and was very excited to see it!!!

I simply adore pears especially when cooked...here they are atop the pastry and ricotta!!!

Into the nearly new oven...

All ready...I couldn't stop taking pics of the pears!!!

One version with a strawberry over the ice cream...

And another just with icing sugar...

With srawberries...

And again with ice cream!!!
Very very moorish...especially on these cold nights...

and even more so seeing I haven't had pastry for ages!!!
Off now to make a batch of Cauliflower Soup...
and perhaps over the weekend maybe put some batting and backing to my A Christmas Wish quilt...

Have a great weekend...Happy Cooking...Happy Stitching and

and Bon Appetit!!!

35 comments:

Notjustnat said...

The apron sets are very adorable. Congrats on the production of the Cabaret. It looks yummy I will be cooking pastry and pear this weekend.

Hugs
Nat

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dzintra! THIS IS A GREAT MENU! And for me, cauliflower soup is so AUTUMN, which we are ready for out here! It has been HOT and stormy....but what can I say, what a fabulous summer! Polenta chips...what a treat! ENJOY THE WEEKEND DEAR ONE! Anita

Margaret said...

Great photos , and a lovely post, AND CAULIFLOWERESOUP, Ihave never made it and at the moment the caulis are plentiful and ours from the garden have been very sweet, a new tiny plant we tried this year. Say Happy Birthday to JOJO.

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Terry said...

Scrumptious menue. As Nat says pears and pastry something to think about.
Like the Wish Quilt hope you get the backing and batting done
Happy Stitching.

Jody said...

MUST HAVE SOME OF THAT GLUTEN-FREE PASTRY! Where oh where can I find it?

Fer said...

I'm glad my daughter isn't looking at this post, she adores pears!

I love the fabric you used for the aprons etc. :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And cheers it is dearest! Wow...blue cheese with the cauliflower soup...what a dream. Cheese and cauliflower are a dream team and I think that next time I make it, I will roast the cauliflower first...it may lend an even BETTER dimension to the velvety texture and flavor!!! BON APÉTIT my friend! Anita

Astrid said...

SIGH! I'm feeling soooo hungry!!! :) I haven't made anything with pears for ages, perhaps tomorrow after hubby is back home from the vegetable market. Polenta chips - never heard of that... The aprons are so cute!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Mildred said...

Happy Birthday dear JoJo!

Lovely aprons and such delicious looking food Dzintra.

Enjoy the weekend.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Dzintra, I love your blog! I really really must try that scrumptuous dessert..with strawberries...and ice cream!! I love your aprons and would really like to know what fabric that is, just adorable. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and I do hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did. I can't wait to follow your blog...doing it right away! Blessings~Sharon

Kath said...

Happy belated birthday Jo-jo, I hope you had a fabulous day! Sounds like you and yours are having a very exciting and interesting time down under!

Barbara and Nancy said...

Hi Dzintra,
Love the cute aprons. The polenta chips look so delicious. Was the gluten free pastry good?

Pooch Morning Glory said...

WOW, you just rock!!if canada wasnt so far i would be begging to come for dinner
~laura xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dzintra, my dear culinary muse! OH.....ORANGES and CHOCOLATE....now you really have my memories going beserk! CHildhood memories are so strong, especially with food! Thank you dear one for visiting and enjoying some orange with me! I love the two colors combined to make a beautiful and soft palate of fashion fun and a creamy taste of delight!!! ENJOY YOUR DAY, Anita

Micki said...

Good luck with the rehearsals! They will be fun, I am sure. All the food looks delicious.
Micki

Kimonos and Sushi said...

A belated Birthday wish to Jo Jo. Your latest cook up with Vicki...yummy yummy. Glad to see that the local store has some Gluten Free Pastry you wont know yourself now. Best o luck with Cabaret. ((HUGS)) Andrea

a good yarn said...

Fabulous Dzintra, you are making me so humgry! Glad JoJo had a wonderful birthday too. You girls look the biz in your apron sets. Cheers, Ann.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Yes ma'am...CULINARY MUSE par excellence!!! Anita

OH! I found an awesome recipe for LEMON CURD CUSTARD ICE CREAM! I will be providing a link to it on my next post...can you guess what flavor is next? :)

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra, Happy Birthday wishes to JoJo hope your day was very special JoJo. Now Dzintra you have just made me so hungry. Glad you had a great cook-up.
Happy cooking.
Bev.xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Heeee! YES! Lusious lemon...ahh, another childhood memory! Anita

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Dzintra
I'm a real goose.. just put this comment on the last post.. so here it goes again!!!


Sorry I missed Jo-jo's birthday.. tell I said Happy Birthday!!! Hope she is still celebrating and enjoying the moment!!!

I just love that photo of the clothesline.. I have a real thing about clotheslines especially the old Hills Hoists.. perhaps that is childhood memories from swinging on them .. hahaha

Looks like you had fun with your cookup.... Hope you get to enjoy that beach walk.. I may just do the same.. xxx Julie

Simone de Klerk said...

Lieve Dzintra ~ I'm glad we just had dinner, otherwise I would get very very hungry. You have a lot of talent, not just making those wonderful courses, but also presenting them! What patience you have. Congratulations and btw, I love the aprons and towel! Very chic.

Nezzy said...

Oh how I wish I could see your play, what fun it would be! The food is to die for baby, it's makin' my tummy runble.

God bless ya and have a terrific day sweetie!!!

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Dzintra, what a wonderful idea to cook up some fab recipes! I'm in! Hugs~Sharon

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

That yummy cheese makes my mouth water... as does those lovely aprons hanging on the line.
The printed ones you had noticed in my header banner are actually 1930's barkcloth curtains and the beautiful salmon coloured ones are early 1900's French Brocade. I'll bet it was the French ones that caught your eye, qui?
Happy belated birthday to JoJo.
Susan x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And I too will think of you even more often when I see my plate!!! Cheers dear one, Anita

ria vogelzang said...

Dzintra!! I missed you!!
I just was thinking about you and it came to my mind I hadn't seen a post in a while; due to my holiday etc.
It's good to read about JoJo's birthday (a big hug to her; a bit late.... 8( ....)!
Lovely aprons! And the way you cook: absolutely stunning!!
By now you must have enjoyed a great week!! :))
Big hugs, Ria.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

...and to my sweet Dzintra, I lift up and clink my glass to you, faerie dust shall spread and sprinkle over all! May love abound in your home and heart dearest. What's for dinner?!!!!

Anita

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe great minds think alike! I have polenta chips on the menu to cook too! :D

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Jeni said...

Hi Dzintra
as usual beautiful food .................
the other week I made cauliflower soup and for sweets pears in marsala yumo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh your dinner sounds like it was memorable....roasted potatoes....you can't go wrong. Now that our autumn is rolling around the corner, roasted potatoes will be on our menu more often, AND during our Thanksgiving celebration, I usually roast them with chestnuts and lots of onion, garlic and portobello mushrooms. Geez, every time I come chez toi, I get hungry!!!!! Have a great evening my friend, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh yes...roasted chestnuts are wonderful, but if you have every been to Paris, MARRONS GLACÉS (candied chestnuts) ARE A MUST-EAT!!!!! They turn into the squishiest (but firm) and most "divine" treat you will ever pop into your mouth. They must be found in Paris, in a good confectionnerie, and it will make you swoon!

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Dearest Dzintra, This all looks so wonderful!!! So sorry I've not been around. Lots going on here. A belated Happy Happy Birthday to sweet JoJo!!! Hopefully I can catch up more with you soon. XXX Vicki

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