Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Sense Of Taste ~ Berry Tart

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Boy, I can’t wait for Le Pain Quotidien to open up! I miss their fruit tarts:(

 

This is for Cee’s Fun Foto ~ Sense of Taste

Show And Tell Watercolor

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Here are some of my watercolor from this week! Desserts and drinks themed!

Margarita
Fruit Cocktail
Mojito
Ice Coffee in mason jar
Cream Puff
Ice Latte

All of my watercolor’s were done with three brands of watercolor.

1. Windsor and Newton

2. Reeves

3. Holbein

I only used two watercolor brushes, Silver Brush Black Velvet sizes 6 and 4.

The paper that I only use is Arches cold pressed rough.

I love taking pictures of flowers that has been always as a photographer my favorite thing to do. But with watercolor, I find that the food illustration seems to fascinate me!

April Colors And Letters~ Starts With the Letter S~ Scones

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These were delicious scones! One was a Ginger Scone and the other Cheddar and Chive Scone.  This is for April Colors And Letters

Saturday Morning Baking~ Apple Pie

Apple Pie is one of my family’s favorites!  So this morning I decided to bake one. I use parts of the “Joy Of Cooking” cookbook by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Here and there I tweak the recipe.

After gathering all the ingredients, I put the oven on to pre-heat at 450.

The recipes calls for cornstarch but I find that my pie always lands up runny. I find that Minute Tapioca does a better job of firming up the pie.

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After peeling and slicing the Granny Smith apples into slices, I transfer the apples into the bowl and add white sugar, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

 

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For 6 cups of sliced apples, I use 2 tbsp of Tapioca.

I stir the apples to make sure all the slices are covered with the sugar, Tapioca cinnamon mixture.

 

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The first 10 minutes of baking is at 450, then it’s dropped down to 350 for 35-45 minutes.

 

 

Apple Pie Recipe from “Joy of Cooking”  recipe book~ minor Daphsam changes

For a 9 inch Double-Crust Pie

  1.   Peel and slice 5-6 apples ( Granny Smith is great for pies)

  2. Combine apples in a large bowl and add:

              * 1/2 to 2/3 cup white sugar

             * 1/8 salt

             * 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon this is my idea, recipe book ask for 1/4 teaspoon

             * Sprinkle Nutmeg, recipe book ask for 1/8 teaspoon

             * 2 Tablespoons Tapioca, recipe book ask for  1 to 1 1/2 cornstarch

3. After giving a good stir so that apples get nicely covered with the sweet stuff, pour the apples into the pie crust pan that you are using.

~ I have always used Oronoque 9″ Deep Dish Pie Crust.

4.  After the apples are arranged in the pie crust, dot with 3-4 small dots of butter.

5. If your Apples are bland tasting, then you can add some lemon juice or lemon rind.

6.  Cover your pie with the other side of the pie crust and use a fork to make some air holes.

7. Bake on 450 for 10 minutes.

8. Then turn it down to 350 and bake for another 35-45 minutes depending on your oven. I always check after 35 minutes to see how it looks.

9.  When you see a nice golden brown, take it out and let it cool.

10. We always serve our apple pie with some Vanilla ice cream!

 

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Let’s Do Some Emotional Visual Eating

Well, that was a week to forget. These are crazy times and who knows how long this will last. Since it’s too hard to always get to the market at this time. I thought this would be a fun visual treat for all who can’t get to some sweets!

 

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies baked by my husband. 

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

― Charles M. Schulz

 

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I am a huge pretzel fan, so these pretzels with chocolate are too hard to pass up.

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”

― Katharine Hepburn

 

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Chocolate truffles with coffee beans! Two of my favorites together for an evening treat. 

“Coffee and chocolate—the inventor of mocha should be sainted.”

― Cherise Sinclair, Hour of the Lion

 

Chocolate Candy

A lovely chocolate pastry from the Four Season’s Hotel. 

 

“May your life be filled, as mine has been, with love and laughter; and remember, when things are rough all you need is … Chocolate.”

― Geraldine Solon, Chocolicious

Enjoy your visual chocolate treats!

All quotes Goodreads quotes

Greek Easter Watercolor

Greek Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 19th.  My Greek Easter cards that I sell on my Zazzle and Red Bubble stores.  Mainly my Greek Easter cards featured my photography.  I wanted to take my paintbrush to see if I could watercolor a Greek Easter card!

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Greek Easter bread is called Tsoureki. It reminds me of brioche bread with red eggs decorating the center. The red eggs symbol the blood of Christ. The twirl cookies are called Koulourakia. They are like a butter cookie with a hint of vanilla. They go very well with some coffee!

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I am especially proud of this watercolor. I am mastering the wet on wet technique in watercolor! The chocolate bunny was not easy but I managed to work on my shadow work.

Both of these watercolors will be up in my Zazzle, Society 6 And Red Bubble shop!