Tuesday, August 26, 2014
CREAM PUFF CAKE!
It's recipe time again. Found another one I had to share. I had a little swimming party last Saturday night and my friend, Anna, brought a delicious, unusual cake. It looks and tastes like a delectable cream puff. Honest. I am not sure where she got the recipe but we all loved it and I thought you might like it too. The name of it is 'Eclair Cake' but I renamed it because to me, it tastes exactly like a cream puff. After all, a cream puff by any other name is still a cream puff. LOL. It is every bit as good if not better after being refrigerated. Enjoy!
Here is what Anna said about it:
“The eclair cake is from the Atchafalaya Legacy cookbook a friend from New Orleans gave me. I'm almost embarrassed to give you the recipe. You won't BELIEVE how easy it is to make!!!! It will totally ruin my reputation. But here goes.
1 box graham crackers in squares
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding mix
3 cups milk (I used Homestead creamery regular)
1 (8 oz) Cool whip
1 can chocolate frosting (I used Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge)
Do not grease pan. I used a 9x13" pan for this. Mix together the pudding, milk and Cool Whip. Layer a pan with graham cracker squares. Layer of pudding mixture. Another layer of graham crackers and another layer of pudding mix. Top with another layer of graham crackers. Put chocolate frosting in the microwave to soften (30 sec then another 30 sec worked for me) Pour over the top of the layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Enjoy!!!!
This is so easy, you can make any time you need an easy dessert. Just be sure to leave enough time to chill in the frig.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
GODDESS CEREMONIAL ALTAR
Goddess Ceremonial Altar
New series! Well, it's a new series again I should say. I created 3 altars many years ago. They sold right away and for some reason on another, I never made any more. I sort of found out why when I started making them again. They are time consuming! I do have a lot of patience though-I mean, look at my B-dazle car! My art car took 6 years in the making and 23,000 beads. I started it in 2000 and finished in 2006. From then on it's been patch, patch, patch.
My B-Dazle Art Car
I created my altar with a clay base and used mosaic tiles and beads. I found a neat looking beaded pendant and used it for her 'crown.' She is approximately 4 1/2" wide x 5" deep x 12" high. You can use a candle for the base of the altar or put a small pot onto base for use as a burning bowl or incense. She makes a dynamic centerpiece wherever she is placed. She is priced at $115 and is available for immediate shipping. I accept Paypal or checks. You can e-mail me and we can go from there. Also, if you are local and want me to hold her for you and bring to the market on Saturday, I'd be happy to do so.
Posted by Healing Woman at 6:59 AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
DECADENT GARLIC SOUP
Garlic Soup With Garlic Keepers
I tried to come up with an appropriate name for the garlic soup that was served to me last week by a chef friend of mine. Chef Stratton hosts small dinner gatherings about every 2 months in his home for all of us who are fortunate enough to attend. The adjectives I considered were, scrumptious, delectable, luscious, delicious, yummy, pungent, extravagant, luxurious and the list goes on and on. I finally decided that the soup is richly decadent. Perfect name for it; Decadent Garlic Soup. I've printed the recipe below, with permission from Stratton. He says he doesn't remember how he came up with it but if I know him, it was from plenty of experimentation.
I have 2 of my garlic keepers for sale. Number 1 is very ornate. She looks sort of like a mosaic with her green trade beads. I have price her at $28. She is 3”wide by 3” deep by 4 1/2” high and has a green oxide glaze.
Sold. Thank you Mary and Doug
Garlic Keeper number 1
Garlic Keeper number 1
Number 2 is smaller with a dark green glaze with hints of blue and purple. Her beads are a deep purple shade. I have priced her at $22. She is 3” wide by 3” deep by 3” high.
Garlic Keeper number 2
Garlic Keeper number 2
You can e-mail me if you are interested in purchasing either or both of my latest Garlic Keepers. I accept Paypal or personal checks.
Here is the recipe for the soup. Hope you love it as much as I do. You might want to double this recipe because everyone who has a bowl, usually asks for more. It tastes great the first time around and every bit as wonderful the second or third day if left in the fridge.
DECADENT GARLIC SOUP
4 Whole garlic heads
1 Quart plus 2 cups chicken stock
6 egg yolks
1 Cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 T. Extra virgin olive oil
6 Fresh sage leaves
3 Sprigs of thyme
2 Whole bay leafs
S and P to taste
1. Peel and grate the garlic. I used my food processor.
2. Heat olive oil in large sauce pan. Large enough to hold 3 quarts
3. Add garlic and saute til it becomes golden.
4. Add whole herbs and saute briefly.
5. Add the chicken stock.
6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes.
7. Remove whole herbs
8. Whisk together the egg yolks and parmesan cheese until thoroughly mixed.
9. While whisking, slowly drizzle 3 ladles of stock into the egg yolks and cheese.
10. Then, while whisking the stock, slowly stir back in the eggs, cheese and stock. This is called tempering. Must be done slowly so the eggs do not curdle.
11. Continue whisking until it comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and using an emersion blender, puree til smooth.
12. Taste and adjust seasoning with s and p if needed.
13. Garnish with fresh sage leaf in each bowl and a very small drizzle of olive oil. Now..sit back and enjoy the soup and the compliments!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
THE HERBALIST GODDESS PLANTER
Herbalist Goddess Planter
Several of my customers have asked me to create more of my planters with pots on top of their heads. Usually they are very large and therefore more expensive. So, I've sculpted The Herbalist planter quite a bit smaller and more affordable, plus, she is just the right size to fit most surroundings (and lighter too!) So here is your chance to own a very unique planter.
Close-Up of Dragonfly
Here is the story I have given to her.
She is a teacher, healer, wise woman and keeper of the old traditions, Each day, with great reverence, she gathers the herbs for the needs of her many friends. Basil for love and good wishes, sage for wisdom and long life, rosemary for remembrance, lavender for devotion. Her garden is a special place. A place where birds and butterflys abound and where laughter and solitude each have their place and where some say, the secret to the universe can be found.....
The Herbalist is 6 1/2 wide by 10" high and 4" deep. I sculpted her with stoneware clay and used stains and glazes for the finish. She is priced at $135. If you would like to purchase her, please e-mail me and we can go from there. If anyone from another country would like to purchase, I can check on shipping to your country.
Thanks for viewing.
Close-Up of Glaze
Posted by Healing Woman at 7:10 AM