Sunday, February 19, 2012

Spring Rolls

I had a craving for spring rolls and my favorite Vietnamese restaurant was just too far away, so I made my own.

I didn't have all the ingredients that typically go into these, and for some reason I'm developing a allergy to shrimp so these aren't truly authentic, but they're yummy!

Ingredients: ground pork, rice noodles, garlic, green onions, carrots, and egg

 Rice Paper spring roll wrappers

 Fry 5-6 minutes in hot oil
Serve with Vietnamese Dipping sauce
fish sauce, lime juice, sugar. garlic, carrots, cilantro and red pepper flakes 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

someting knitted!

I finally finished knitting something!! Well, it's not totally complete as there's some blocking to be done and some the finishing bits, but the knitting part is complete!

Actually I finished the knitting part a while back, but I finally downloaded the photo from my camera.

Here it is...
Cables and Dropped Stitches

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Baby blogs

My niece Marissa suffers from an extremely rare disease called Infantlie Spasms. This disease causes her to have seizures several times a day, severe enough that her development is delayed. Her first seizure was when she was 2 months old...and developmentally this is where she is now.

Marissa's Bunny is a group of traveling stuffed bunnies, all named Fairfax, that travel the world and to spread awareness of this disease. Her parents blog about the bunnies, their journeys and Marissa at

They're currently on the list to be a top baby blog. The list counter resets every quarter and I'd like your help to make them number 1.

So let prove to the trolls that believe MarissaBunny does not belong on the list because she has special needs. I think it's great that they are in the top ten and she has special needs.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

chocolate curls

I had the urge to make chocolate curls today. So I made
milk chocolate cupcakes with chocolate curls
milk chocolate cupcakes with chocolate curls

Saturday, August 28, 2010

ozzie rolls

There's a group of restaurants in northern Virginia, that makes these wonderful Ozzie rolls. Fried balls of bread, kind of like a little doughnut, or a tiny beignet, served with whipped butter and poppy seeds. They're best served hot, and they're even better with a dab of sugar.

I've altered and combined a couple of recipes to come up with this:

almost Ozzie Rolls

In a bowl, add:
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp instant dry yeast
In a separate bowl combine the following in mixer using paddle attachment:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can evaporated milk
When mixed, slowly incorporate the flour/yeast mixture and beat until smooth, then add:
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
On the mixer change to the hook attachment. While beating on medium speed, slowly add:
  • 5 3/8 cup bread flour
add the last cup of flour 1-2 Tbsp at a time. The dough will be come smooth and elastic and will begin to knead itself on the sides of the bowl. Continue for approximately 5 minutes. Shape dough into a ball.

Spray another bowl with nonstick cooking spray or lightly coat with oil. Place dough in bowl and toss gently to coat dough ball with oil. Cover with wax paper, then a towel and place in warm dry place to rise for 2 hours.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares and fry in 350Degree oil to approximately 3 minutes, turning frequently.
Remove from oil and drain on rack or paper towels.

Serve hot, with whipped butter. They're also good with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. I like them with Nutella.