thewildsix

A family of six and their fearless journey through life, love and the pursuit of all things yummy

The Best Puff Pastry May 3, 2012

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A lot of folks have asked me to post this video from my youtube page. Let me know what you think.

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Transportation Music April 19, 2012

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This song whisks me away some where dreamy. Whenever the chaos of life is overwhelming, I put on this song and allow the simplicity to transport me to a dance floor with my husband in a jazz club in Paris.



What songs transport you on your toughest of days?

 

How Do You Say, “You’re So Cool” En Francais? April 17, 2012

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I was attacked by another wild hair and came up with the brainiac idea to have us learn French. My husband and I have this love affair with France and decided to be preemptive and learn the native tongue. We found an amazing program online and only $10. What a deal and it works into everyone’s crazy schedule. There are no textbooks (thank God!) and you just listen and repeat. We’ve started “French Fridays” where the evening meal’s conversation focus is our French lesson. The kids are jazzed and I’m over the moon. Check out the Pimsleur Program. http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/

Of course, the kids pick it up the best. My oldest daughter, Violet, was sitting in the afternoon sun today, repeating the lessons out loud. There’s nothing more amazing than hearing your child speaking French and with an accent that might even fool the most particular of Parisians.

 

Seeing her so focused and serious about the task at hand, reminded me of when she was three. She would use my digital camera and take snap shots of her feet. Just a myriad of toes. I printed them off and put them into a frame with multiple spots, all full of those sweet feet. She’s so amazing. Or as the French say, “Tu es etonnante.”

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Bouncing Beautiful Beignets April 16, 2012

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This is by far the best beignet recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s courtesy of Bobbly Flay, but I “Brandied” it up a bit for my Wild Six. Feel free to add a variety of spices to make it your own. These are a must try because let’s face it, life is too short to eat sub-par fried foods!

1 envelope of yeast, 3/4 cup warm water and 1/4 c. sugar. Mix these together in a mixing bowl and let sit until the yeast becomes liquid (5-10 minutes).

To the yeast mix, add 1-2 T. of orange zest, 1/2 t. of nutmeg, 1 beaten egg, 3/4 t. salt, 1/2 c. milk and 1 1/2 c. flour. Mix that all together. Gradually beat in another 1 3/4 c. flour.

Move dough to dusted surface and knead in about 1/4 c. flour for about 5 minutes. You’ll need to eyeball this to make sure that you’re not adding too much flour. Put in a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rise for about an hour or until it’s double in size.

Punch down and dust a counter with flour. Roll out your dough to about 1/2 inch thickness, Using a 1 inch cookie cutter, cut out your beignets and place on a greased cookie sheet. You may reform the leftover dough to do more beignets. Cover beignets and let them rise about a half an hour. Start heating your oil

Heat canola oil in a fryer until it reaches 350 degrees. Deep fry the beignets in batches until golden brown. Place on cookie sheet covered in paper towels and dust with icing sugar. DYNAMITE!