Fondant, Fudge + Food

February 6, 2009

Whew! Just did my 30 minutes of Friday speed cleaning – floors are swept + vacuumed, kitchen is spotless, laundry is folded (the husband did it this morning – what a surprise!) Now the weekend can officially begin

Food lab was very cool this morning. We made a bunch of different fondant and fudge recipes with different variations (control, cream of tartar, corn syrup, etc.).


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We did the control recipe for both and neither really turned out that great. Well, the fondant was OK but the fudge was more like a brownie than fudge –

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Here are some of the variations:

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My continental breakfast held me over really well, but I did do a bit of taste testing of 100% sugar concoctions :)

I was super excited about having some of the husband’s new rye bread for lunch. I put the rest of my salmon salad on it with some spinach

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Along with a giant carrot with some Smucker’s Natural

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And green tea

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I’ve got a lot of school work to do this afternoon, but I am still doing the Friday Dance:

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1 zestycook February 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm

WOW – Impressive – Lend me some energy!


2 polly February 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm

yay friday dance! :)

That carrot pic is COOL!! I went with an orange theme, shoulda had your carrot pic in my post! 😉

Happy weekend, KATH! XOXO


3 Liz February 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I just got my Country Bob’s Sauce in the mail, and I wanted to thank you again for hosting that contest. I love that it’s all natural ingredients, and a few ingredients at that. And I love the taste, as well. Hubby said it tastes like “Worcestershire BBQ sauce,” which I thought was a great description. Thanks again!


4 VeggieGirl February 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Brownie-esque fudge??? Ooooohh…..


5 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Interesting stuff that you did today…


6 Diana February 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm

What a fun class!?

I love Rye bread…I bet that was fab! :)


7 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 6, 2009 at 2:17 pm


That sammie looks gooood.


8 Jen February 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Fun!!!! and yummy :)


9 K February 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Rye bread – yummmmmm! Your food lab looks like fun!



10 Sara February 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Yum, your sandwich looks great.


11 Sara February 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I would have way too much fun in your food lab!


12 Bec February 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I love Rye bread, definitely one of my favorite types of bread. Enjoy your weekend!


13 Trust, Hope, Believe February 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Looks like class was fun :) I’m taking a class like that next year.. I cant wait!


14 leadingladylis February 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm

That’s some beautiful sunshine spilling across your lunch there, Kath. Wish I had some! Have a wonderful, sunny day while I’m home sick and studying on this rainy Utah day! (My spirits are pretty sunny, though!)


15 Betsy in Pittsburgh February 6, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Every fondant I’ve ever tried has tasted like plastic… hope yours was better!


16 Elina February 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Can I do the Friday dance with you? 😉
I loooove fudge!! :)


17 brandi February 6, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Looks like fun! I love fudge, and now I want some!


18 Maggie February 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Awesome cooking! I just did my Friday cleaning too :)


19 Sharon February 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Oh wow, what a fun lab!


20 megan February 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

you have motivated me to go home and do some speed cleaning! unfortunately I still have an hour and a half of work left…I wonder if I’ll still have any motivation by the end of it?


21 Jennifer February 6, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I swear nothing calms me like dustbusting my small apartment, wiping the countertops… I’m such a chick!


22 Lauren February 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I should send my fiance to baking school 😉 The rye bread looks great!


23 JENNA February 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm

That bread looks delish!! Do you know when the husband will be starting his blog? I can’t wait for some good bread recipes.


24 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

the chocolate looks amazing!-and so does the bread!! fresh lunch kath as always lookin’ yummy!!! happy friday!


25 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I’m a little too tired to do the Friday dance…how about the Friday “sit on my couch?”


26 Natalie February 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

The fudge looks AMAZING! It’s that time of the day where I always crave chocolate.


27 The Duo Dishes February 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Fondant’s not easy to make! It’s worth the effort though.


28 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Food Lab looks awesome!!!!

happy friday!


29 Heather February 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Food lab looks like fun!

I love the idea of a Friday speed clean. There’s nothing better than starting the weekend with a sparkly house :)


30 Sara February 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm

That candy tasting looks like so much fun!


31 Danielle February 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I’m right there with you with the Friday Dance.
How does February, the shortest month, feel so darn long.
We’re having nice weather too, although not quite 70 so enjoy your warm weather!


32 Shelby February 6, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Oh. My. Gosh.

I want that fudge!


33 Lisa February 6, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Ooh, fondant! I bet you could do some fun food-decorating with that stuff, Kath.


34 sue February 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm

it’s so fun seeing your food lab experiments!


35 theoddbod February 6, 2009 at 5:24 pm

i still need to try that PB and carrot mixture…looks good!


36 Joie de vivre February 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I love your idea of the 30 minute speed clean!


37 Liz February 6, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I’ve never tried carrot with peanut butter, but I love both so I might have to give that a try.


38 NT (21 and Running) February 6, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Yes, hooray for Friday!!


39 Nicole February 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm

That class sounds really, really fun!


40 Michelle February 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I have a soft spot for really brown colored bread…mmmm….How lucky getting breakfast made for you so often!! :)


41 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Woo-hoo – Happy Friday Kath! How was the rye?

PS – your hubby needs to give mine some laundry tips…please!


42 Ashley February 6, 2009 at 7:28 pm

We just did a lab a couple of weeks ago and made fondant and fudge too! Though we didn’t try out different variations. The fondant itself took at least 45 minutes to make! And was a little too addictive…


43 Kath February 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm

He’s started his blog – but it’s not quite ready. Should be in the next 5 days or so. I’m sorry it’s taking so long, but he’s been busy!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter),
Rye was awesome!!! So hearty with perfect caraway flavors.



44 Jess February 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I’m fairly sure that I would have enjoyed lab more if mine included large amounts of chocolate.


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