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Who knew plums roasted in honey would make such fabulous eye candy!

So this isn’t about Maine (though I did make this dish here in Maine and it will be in my cookbook) but more about photography and how just the right lighting, contrast and reflection can make a photo pop. The shine of the glaze fascinates me! The plums are roasted with honey and the skins give off this beautiful pink juice. They tasted great too, by the way…

Honey roasted plums

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First the heart shaped cloud photo and now the strawberry…


Recipes from our Danforth Gourmet Brunch Tweetup

By request, we’ve decided to post our recipes from our recent social media brunch. Here are my contributions:

Papaya, Mango and Strawberries with Lemon and Basil (an inspiration from a trip to Manzanillo, Mexico)

Allow 1 Caribbean papaya and 3 mangoes to fully ripen; cut into small chunks, toss with the juice of 2 lemons and the zest of the lemon. Toss fruit with about a cup of the syrup. Cut a pint of strawberries and set aside in a separate container. Add the strawberries to the mixture only a couple hours  before serving (the strawberries tend to soften too much if left in syrup too long).

Basil Syrup:

2 Cups white sugar, 1 1/2 cups water, 3 tablespoons corn syrup – bring slowly to a boil over medium heat. Add a large bunch of finely chopped basil and reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Steamed, Chilled Asparagus with Curry Aioli

Steam asparagus until tender crisp. Drop in ice bath to stop the cooking, dry and set aside. For the aioli, mix 1 cup mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon of Rose’s sweetened lime juice and 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder, a dash of salt and pepper and mix well. Refrigerate both several hours. The aioli is best when made a couple days before serving.

Grapefruit Brûlé with Vanilla Bean Creme

This fruit course was one we served at our inn. It’s really a simple combination of delicious flavors.

Remove a thin slice off each end of the grapefruit (preferably Ruby Red) and stand on end. Cut the rind off right down to the fruit, leaving no pith. Cut into thick slices and place on a heat/flame proof dish (if you skip the FLAMEPROOF dish, I’ll save that for another post; do as I say, not as I do!). Top with a good tablespoon of vanilla creme, light brown sugar and torch until dark brown and bubbly. The sugar will harden almost immediately. You know you have done it correctly if you tap on the sugar and it sounds like you’re tapping on thin glass.

Vanilla Bean Creme:

1 pint sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (available at several gourmet purveyors), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup white sugar, dash of half and half to thin slightly.

Egg Roulade filled with Leeks and Parmesan topped with Lobster in Sherry Butter

This is a recipe that I just cannot bring myself to put out there for the world to see. It was supposed to be featured in Gourmet Magazine before the magazine sadly published its final fabulous issue. Of course had that taken place, I would have gotten used to it being out there…but now you’ll just have to DM or email me. Or just come to our brunch tweetups to enjoy the dish 🙂


What’s for Breakfast? Eggs En Croute…

Try this simple and elegant dish


Port Wine Poached Spice Pears

Poached Pears
Ingredients:

Pears:
6 firm Bosc pears (not too ripe)
1 bottle Port wine
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup light brown sugar
3 sticks of cinnamon
6 Star Anise pods
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 very small drop cinnamon oil (if you don’t have this, use 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract)
6 julienned basil leaves (we prefer purple basil)Sauce:
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Mix in blender and chill

Directions:

Peel and cut pears in half. Scoop out seeds with melon-baller. Bring Port wine and all other ingredients to boil in 2-3 quart saucepan. Once boiling, drop pear halves in, cover, lower heat to medium-high and cook approximately 15 minutes or until pears are just tender. Remove from liquid and put into a large container to cool. Cool cooking liquid in separate container and when cool, pour over pears and refrigerate overnight. Serve pear halves chilled, drizzled with the sauce. At the inn we serve ours with a Purple Basil Pear Sorbet (photo above, that recipe in another post)


Sangria with a Citrus Twist

sangria

For this light and refreshing “Sangria” I used a Grenache Rose and Club Soda (ratio of 3 to 1), the juice of half of a lime and a hefty splash (who measures?) of Limoncello Liquor. Shake, pour over ice and enjoy!


Maine Blueberry Oatmeal White Chip Cookies

The inspiration for my cookies….fresh Maine blueberries…

Maine blueberries

the ingredients…

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)

3/4 cup sour cream

1/3 cup white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 t vanilla

1/2 t baking powder and 1/2 t baking soda

ingredients

Cream ingredients. Add in 1 cup thick cut oats (not instant), then 2 cups flour and mix well. Add 1 cup white chocolate chips. GENTLY FOLD in blueberries to avoid breaking them and turning the dough purple.

fold in blueberries

Place small scoopfuls (I use a small ice cream scoop) on a heavy duty cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat and bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes until the very edges get slightly light brown. Let cool. Keep in airtight container to keep the cookies soft.

cookie sheet

The texture is soft, moist and a cross between a cookie and muffin.

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