The Tig says thank you for all of your comments! He spent the afternoon
smoking chewing grass.
He’s so cool..
I found myself stuck at the bakery again this afternoon. Seems to be a recurring situation! I wanted to stay and work, but I wasn’t planning on staying so I’m caught unprepared again. I was pretty hungry after biking to my meeting, so I went over to Cville Coffee for a smoothie! I love their smoothies – they’re made with berries, banana, tofu and plain yogurt.
I asked if I could have a tiny thing of their granola on the side – and a spoon! Bingo!!
SIAB x2 today! I gobbled this bad boy down – it was just what I wanted!
Dinner back at home caught us unprepared as well. I knew it had to involve kale, which was wilting, and garbanzo beans, which I made in the crockpot.
What we came up with took 10 minutes and was a killer dinner!
The chickpeas were soaked overnight, water changed and then crockpotted on LOW for 8 hours – PERFECTION!!!
We called this dinner:
Chickpea Parmesan or Chickpea Pizza Scramble
- 2 cups chickpeas
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
- 2 leftover roasted eggplant rings (or any other veggie you like)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Salt + pepper to taste
- 1 tsp Garlic gold nuggets
- 1/2 cup shredded jack cheese
- Add chickpeas to a hot skillet.
- Stir in everything.
- Heat through.
- Top with cheese.
It was DELICIOUS!!
Of course kale chips were the answer> to the kale question!
Here’s a treat for you: Francesca’s Tiramisú Recipe!!
Francesca is from Sicily and this is her mom’s famous authentic recipe!
Prep: 20 Minutes
Chill: 2 hours minimum
- Espresso coffee – We use a stovetop espresso maker but any coffee can work as long as it’s strong and not of the flavored variety.
- Mascarpone Cheese – We usually use 500 grams. Mascarpone often comes in 250 gram tubs.
- Egg Yolks – The use of egg yolks is dictated by the amount of Mascarpone used. 1 egg yolk is used for every 100 grams of Mascarpone. We use the whites for other cooking.
- Sugar – One tablespoon or regular spoonful per 100 grams of Mascarpone. Italian spoons are smaller (surprise!) than American spoons so this is a light (NOT Heaping) spoonful. Also, the cookies are very sweet so you don’t need too much sugar.
- Coffee Liqueur – Yep, its true. Any good recipe uses a little alcohol. We use half of a shot of Kahula or other coffee liqueur. Just a little flavoring!
- Savoiardi Cookies – Americans call these “Lady Fingers”. However, the Italian variety are not soft. They can be found at an Italian Grocery Store (We got them at Foods of All Nations in Charlottesville). We buy two packages at a time, just to make sure there are enough.
- Pan – We use a roughly 9” x 13” pan but any will be good as long as you can get a spatula or other serving utensil into it.
- Use a good size bowl and an electric mixer or stand mixer to mix the egg yolks and sugar together. As the eggs and sugar are blending add the mascarpone and liquor. Mix for about one minute.
- In a separate pan, pour in the coffee (watch out for it being too hot) and if you want to make it a little less potent add a little milk.
- Take your cookies one at a time and dip them on both sides in the coffee and layer them into your pan. This is no more than one to two seconds on each side, otherwise they become soggy and fall apart. Layer the entire bottom with cookies next to each other leaving no gaps on the inside or edges of the pan.
- Spread a thin layer of the mascarpone mix on top of the cookies. Then, set another layer of cookies on top of the mascarpone. And finally, spread the remaining mascarpone mix on top of the second layer of cookies. Keep it thin, beware of crushing the coffee soaked cookies, and spread the mix out over the entire pan.
- To finish we sift some cocoa powder on top. Sam likes to throw some coffee beans into the sifter with the powder, thereby coating them in cocoa as well. He takes the beans and decorate the top while I start cleaning up (after him).
- Congratulations you just finished making my mom’s Tiramisú. Put it in the fridge for at least two hours. Enjoy it for desert or breakfast (I, as most Italians, love my sweets in the morning).
Tiramisú will provide a nice pick-me-up!
I’m off to have a sliver of the piece that is left!
It’s a stormy evening and if Matt will tell me I can end my shift at the bakery now, I’m hoping to dig back into my book! I started Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, which I picked up used online after you guys recommended it a few months ago when I was looking for Westerns. I read the prologue last night and I am hooked!