I first became aware of black sesame seeds when I found the recipe for my Peppery Pistachio Brittle, which has both regular and black sesame seeds. I did some research and found that these seeds are very good for you. They have fibre, protein, magnesium, zinc as well as some other vitamins and minerals. They help prevent cancer, improve bone and skin health, lower cholesterol to name a few of the health benefits. They also taste good and look great in things like my scallion and black sesame seed scone and of course the brittle is amazing as well.
In the winter I found a recipe for savory scones that called for scallions. I thought they looked like something between a green onion and a leek. I went to the store and was unable to see anything that looked like that. When it got time to start going to the Port Perry Farmer's Market I asked in the store for scallions. Well, scallions do not look anything like a leek or a green onion. They are more like a garlic. I now know what to look for, so I will be bringing scallion and black sesame seed scones to the market.
I was right scallions are green onions. The picture about is of shallots. The scones still tasted great but I think they are better with scallions
I have been selling my Southern Iced Tea at the Port Perry Farmer's Market. It has been previously contained in a large thermos, but the other day I saw a similar container at the Queen Beans. I thought a container like that would look much better beside my cute coffee urn. Well , just my luck, I was at the Kitchen Plus store in Whitby the other day and they had a whole assortment of glass dispensers on sale. Had to get one!
I am often asked what make my Iced Tea Southern. The recipe comes from a recipe card that was taped to the range hood in my Uncle from Mississippi's kitchen. My Aunt must have left is for him before she passed away. You cannot get much more southern than Mississippi.
These are supposed to be the same cookie. Guess what happened this time.
I was once again doubling a recipe. I had what I thought were two 1/2 cup portions of butter in the fridge. I tossed them in the mixer and continued on with the recipe. When I was finished I thought they looked a little darker than usual, and the dough was a bit stiffer.
No red flags until I baked them, so this recipe calls for two trays that you flip half way through baking. For some reason the cookies on the bottom pan were burnt, and they were also way smaller and darker than usual.
So I started thinking what could I have possibly done to get this result. Then I remembered that I had just grabbed the butter and not done a check to see that they were actually 1/2 cup each. My guess is that one or both were just under.
I will be selling coffee at the Port Perry Farmer's Market this year. I was in the store a few weeks ago and saw this Farmer's Blend Coffee. I remember watching Dragon's Den a few years ago when the people from Balzac's were on, I have also been to their shop in the Distillery District. I thought it would be very appropriate to serve Farmers' Blend at the Farmer's Market.
The other day I was making a double batch of Asphalt Cookies. I made them into balls and froze them and then went to put them in a freezer bag. There were six that did not fit in the bag. So I baked them.
They did not look right and they tasted very bitter. I then realized that I had forgotten to double the sugar.
I then made another batch with extra sugar and combined the two. I then baked some more from this batch and they turned out quite well. So, yes cookies do need the sugar.
If you know me, you know I love to bake and I enjoy cooking, but I am not a big fan of decorating cakes and cookies. There are many people around who do a much better job at decorating than me. I have not found all of the tricks that make things easier and look better.
I think if I did more decorating, investigated new techniques and invested in tools and supplies I could do a better job and make it more enjoyable, but since my passion is more in the baking than the decorating I will probably continue to make great tasting cakes and cookies that look like they were decorated by the average mom.
This year I will also be selling coffee at the market. Just bought a very nice urn to make it in. Just have to try a text run to make sure we get ti right before we go to the market.
I found a recipe on Pinterest for a flaky GF pastry. It looked good in the picture so I decided to try it for my hand pies.
I have decided that I need to practice with making the dough, it was trickier than I thought it would be. Once I got it to a workable state it was very easy to work with, and it rolled our very nicely. It is a big stickier than regular pastry though.
The final test was how did it taste. I don't like pastry at all, so I had to ask my husband who does like pastry. He said it was ok, but you could tell that is was not regular pastry, He had 2 so they can't be too bad!
I am the owner/operator of the Asphalt Cookie Company