Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sad Cat

River is a serial killer of boxes.
Nico the Goddess Cat who lives in our house loves boxes 
and she picks a new one every week or so to love.
Today I went out on the deck for about 15 min and came back in to find this:

Went in the bedroom to take a bath and put up the laundry.
When I came back out this is what I found:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lemon Curd and Fried Pies

If you remember I've already figured out how to make fried pies using The Best Biscuit Recipe Ever, but was disappointed with a lack of lemon pies. I did not want to use the bright yellow lemon goo you find, but was not that interested in trying to find a replacement.
The other day I made THIS pie.
It might be the best lemon pie I've ever made or eaten. 
So good.
The best part was the Lemon Curd that tops it. 
LEMON CURD! I thought.
Perfect filling for my fried pies:

1 1/2 Cup Sugar
6 TBL Cornstarch
Pinch of salt
1 C Water
2 Tea Grated Lemon Rind (4ish lemons)
2/3 C Fresh Lemon Juice (4ish lemons)
2 TBL Butter

Mix sugar and cornstarch in sauce pan.
Add water, lemon juice and rind. Bring to boil over med high heat, stirring.
It thickens about boiling point.
Take off heat.
Throw in butter and stir till melted.
Let it cool a few hours or a few days. I left my second batch in the fridge for a few days (w/o a lid, it began to weep with a lid on) with no issues. Follow the directions here to make fired pies using The Best Biscuit Recipe Ever.


Summer in your mouth.

New Orleans Pic Spam

So you got 2 blog posts and then I forgot.
Mostly because I was wiped out by the end of the day. Suffice it to say it was a wonderful trip that I will always remember.
New Orleans was a joy.
Everyone we came in contact with were friendly and helpful. The staff at the Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel were the best. Our room was comfy and there was a nice courtyard with fountain and pool.

Every meal we had was delicious. Seriously, not a bad one in the bunch.

Stand Outs:
Eat at 900 Dumaine St. was visited twice it was so good. Crawfish Pie, Butterbeans with Shirmp, Fried Green Tomatos and Chochon with Mustard Greens. All equally good.
Tracey's a pub in the Garden District had the best Fried Shrimp Po' Boy of the trip. Also it was just a nice location with outside seating, very laid back. It was the perfect place to eat, have a few beers and talk for two hours with my friend from Baton Rouge.
Meals From the Heart in the French Market though had the dish that has stayed with me. I had the Poached Egg and Crab Cake Passion. Lawd have mercy ya'll! I can't even describe how creamy the poached egg was and how well it melded with the crab cake and remoulade sauce. Even the English Muffin was amazing. I want to go back to NOLA just to eat here.
Also hit Creole Creamery in honor of the Cumberbatch and had a scoop of lavender and honey ice cream. Amazing.

Probably the best trip I've ever had and all because I have the best Mom (and Dad) in the world.