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# 16 : Tuesday 17-7-2012 @ 22:34
 
 
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# 17 : Wednesday 18-7-2012 @ 01:53
 
 
The thing about carrot cake is it traditionally comes with a cream cheese based icing.
There's no law says you can't serve it with a different type of icing.
In fact, like fruit cake, I prefer it without icing, just plain.
As with fruit cake, if served a slice of carrot cake I would cut the icing off and push it to the side before eating the cake.

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# 18 : Saturday 25-8-2012 @ 23:24
 
 
Reading the Dead Thread and reminiscing about Neil Armstrong, remembering watching it on tv etc., opened up the memory vaults.
I have a lot of smell memories .
A certain aroma will trigger a memory of a moment or an event from the long ago past. I had a sandwich for lunch today, it was on a rye bread. This particular bread had caraway seeds in it.

One of the seeds found it's way between two of my teeth and was there still a little after lunch. I dislodged it with a toothpick and it's flavour was now prominent as it was alone with my taste buds, not competing with all the other ingredients of lunch.

The distinct flavour reminded me of the smells wafting from my aunt Margaret's kitchen. Wonderful aromas that were distinctly hers. She was an amazing cook and would create a feast for throngs of people with seemingly little or no effort.
Fast as you can imagine.

"Just give me a minute." she'd say.
Next thing you know there is a freshly baked cake on the table
and a fresh pot of coffee to go with. Though we kids weren't allowed coffee. We had ice cold milk.
And the cake was a caraway seed cake. She baked it in a bundt pan. The singular aroma drifted from the kitchen throughout the house.

When I remember it now; it must be nigh on half a century since I've had a piece of that cake, I close my eyes and I can smell the kitchen and taste that cake.

So I Google caraway seed cake , and sure enough it was a traditional cake in Ireland years ago.
My memories are from Margaret's ranch house in Southern California, although she like my father came from North Kerry.

I looked at the recipes and it's simple enough. I think I'll go to the shop and buy some caraway seeds.
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# 19 : Monday 3-9-2012 @ 14:09
 
 



I wanna try this some day!
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# 20 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 18:41
 
 
I made pumpkin pie..simply cos I wanted to use a pumpkin...I'm not convinced, it's a bit of an odd mixture

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# 21 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 18:45
 
 
What makes the pumpkin pie is the spice mixture.
That, and the scoops of French Vanilla Ice Cream
or dollops of Whipped Cream you smother it in.
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# 22 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 18:50
 
 
Yeah...I have the spice in it. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and I also have a layer of ginger nut biscuits there too. The texture is a bit odd though.

I might have to bring whipped cream with me to work in order for them to try it...
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# 23 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 18:53
 
 
Pumpkin pie is not as sweet as most other pies.
Here, people tend to use canned pumpkin when making their pies, it's just easier than the hassle of a fresh pumpkin.

You should try baking a Sweet Potato pie.
A Southern favourite.
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# 24 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 18:58
 
 
I have pumpkin left...I might try pumpkin bread
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# 25 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 19:02
 
 
The main difference between the fresh pumpkin and the canned is that the fresh is a bit more fibrous, if you run it in a food processor it smooths it out to more of a puree.

Pumpkin bread is nice with pecans or walnuts.
Or muffins.
Serve with cream cheese instead of butter.
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# 26 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 20:09
 
 
Made some Focaccia earlier infused with Garlic and Rosemary, mmmmmmmmmmm.
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# 27 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 20:11
 
 
Someone said :
I made pumpkin pie..simply cos I wanted to use a pumpkin...I'm not convinced, it's a bit of an odd mixture


Wow. Looks great.

I've a couple of barm bracks in the oven.
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# 28 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 22:08
 
 
if any of you like savoury pies, like Steak & Kidney and such; there's a pub in the West End in London which has won numerous prizes for their pies, they share the recipes and there are videos as well of how to make them on their website.

http://www.windmillmayfair.co.uk/pie-club.php
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# 29 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 22:10
 
 
Someone said :
if any of you like savoury pies, like Steak & Kidney and such; there's a pub in the West End in London which has won numerous prizes for their pies, they share the recipes and there are videos as well of how to make them on their website.

http://www.windmillmayfair.co.uk/pie-club.php

Is there a barber shop next door.
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# 30 : Monday 29-10-2012 @ 22:21
 
 
The new stork in a bottle looks quite handy
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