Posts Tagged ‘spring’


What am I cooking?

April 16, 2014

cadbury egg toast

Here is a charming, Spring recipe I found on Serious Eats (one of my favorite recipe sites.)  It combines pound cake with those delectable Cadbury cream eggs to make the recipe we used to call “egg-with-a-hole-in-the-middle” when I was a kid, albeit this is a tooth-rattlingly sweet version – Genius!

While it’s inspired by the look of “egg in hole toast”, a morning delicacy made by griddling a slice of bread with a hole cut to fit an egg, this treat is all sweet. It’s made with thick slices of pound cake instead of bread, and Cadbury creme egg halves instead of, well, actual eggs. When heated on a griddle with plenty of butter, the fondant-filled eggs get nice and melty in the middle, making for an extra sweet surprise in the middle of your cake slice.

Recipe note: in terms of your pound cake, you want fairly thick, at least 1-inch slices. You also want slices which you can cut a circle into and still have a bit of cake remaining on each side. If the “walls” of the cake are too thin after you’ve cut the circle, it may fall apart. The chilling process in step 1 will help the cake firm up so that it is less likely to crumble once heated.


  • 2 Cadbury Creme Eggs
  • 4 thick slices of pound cake
  • plenty of butter, for the pan
  1. Unwrap the Cadbury Creme Eggs. Place them on a dish and put them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes along with the pound cake.This chilling period will help the elements of the recipe remain firm and easier to handle in the next steps
  2. Remove everything from the fridge. Using a sharp knife, cut the eggs in half along the “seam”. Try to make it as clean a cut as possible. Since you chilled the eggs, they should slice cleanly, with the insides somewhat solid. Place the four egg halves to the side for the moment.
  3. Delicately slice a hole in the center of the pound cake, as close to the size of the creme egg as you can without being larger than the size of the egg. You want it to fit in very snugly. Remove the hole cutout and enjoy it as a snack before proceeding. Repeat with the remaining slices.
  4. Heat up your frying pan with a fat dollop of butter in the middle. Let the butter get nice and hot over medium heat. Using a spatula, transfer one or two of the pound cake slices, sans egg, to the pan (as many as will fit comfortably). Let them fry for about 30 seconds, or until lightly toasty on the bottom, then flip the slices.
  5. Now, place the egg half in the holes in the cake, facing yolk side up. Heat for 30 more seconds in the pan, and then turn off the heat.
  6. Place a lid or plate on top of the pan (which is no longer being heated) to capture the heat. Let the residual heat melt the eggs inside. Check them after 3 to 5 minutes. Once they’re nice and melty, you’re ready to serve. If they’re not melty enough, put the pan back on a low heat setting and monitor until the eggs have melted enough for your liking.
  7. Using a spatula, transfer the finished slices from the pan to serving plates. Enjoy the Easter magic.



What is tattoo Tuesday about?

April 15, 2014

eclipse tattoo

The tattoo this week is about the lunar eclipse.  A lunar eclipse is a fascinating sight.  This time, however, I missed it because this is what I woke up to.


I hope the daffodils survive.   I was at the beach on Sunday – brought a book and a lawn chair and sat in the sun – temps in the upper 70s at least.  The temperature of the lake?  That is another matter entirely.  It won’t warm up until much later. Too often we go from winter directly into summer (and back again) here is the Connecticut Western Reserve.

I will try to catch another lunar eclipse later in the year.  This information is from NASA:

For people in the United States, an extraordinary series of lunar eclipses is about to begin.

The action starts on April 15th when the full Moon passes through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a midnight eclipse visible across North America. So begins a lunar eclipse tetrad—a series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals.  The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, will be followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 28 2015.


What is tattoo Tuesday about this time?

May 7, 2013



I think I mentioned the nest outside my front door.  Here are some photos.  The nest is in perfect condition, but the birds must have changed their plans because it does not look as if it was ever put to its intended purpose.  Maybe the porch light was too much.

This week I celebrate the vernal appearance of birds and their nests.




Happy spring – and happy mother’s day a bit early.


What am I celebrating tonight?

April 30, 2013


April 30 is Walpurgis Night – the festival exactly 6 month opposite Halloween that marks the beginnings of spring, rather than the harvest season.

St Walburga 3

The holiday is named for St. Walpurga and it originated in northern and central Europe.  Walpurga is the patron saint of those suffering from rabies – make of that what you will.

Traditionally celebrated with dancing and a bonfire, in Scandinavia, there are often fresh funnel cakes to celebrate this night.


Here is a funnel cake recipe from Alton Brown:

Funnel Cake
Prep Time:  10 min

Cook Time:
10 min

Level:  Easy
Serves:  10 cakes

1 cup water
3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 cup eggs, about 4 large eggs and 2 whites
Vegetable oil, for frying
Powdered sugar, for topping


Boil water, butter, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan. Add flour and work it in until it is all incorporated and dough forms a ball. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer lowest speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, making sure the first egg is completely incorporated before continuing. Once all eggs have been added and mixture is smooth, put dough in a piping bag fitted with a number 12 tip. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy pan. Pipe dough into oil, making a free-form lattice pattern; cook until browned, flipping once. Remove cake from oil, drain on paper towels, and top with powdered sugar. Continue until all of the batter is used.

Credit:  Alton Brown at Food


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

March 26, 2013

Today is March 26 and it is still snowing in Cleveland.  This weather is not out of the ordinary, and I am not one to rush the hot weather.  If I ruled the universe, I would make spring and fall the longest seasons with a few weeks of snow over the winter holidays and warm sunny weather whenever I want to go to the beach.  Perfectly logical, if you ask me.

Today’s tattoos are an homage to snow.





At least our magnolias are still in their buds, not like this Washington, D.C. tree


(photo by Kevin Andrews from the Washington Post)


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

February 19, 2013


Daffodils yesterday, daffodils today, daffodil tattoos – I sense a theme . . .

The lyricwriter talks about the symbolism some attribute to daffodils and their depiction in tattoo art.






Where am I traveling?

February 18, 2013

Last Saturday, I was traveling – first a meeting in Frankfort, Kentucky (a nice little town) and then to Cincinnati to visit friends.

While in Cincinnati, we visited the market and the Krohn Conservatory,  which offered a splendid breath of spring.

Here are the daffodils at the Krohn Conservatory. . .


and here are the ones in my garden  . . .tracks3

Here are a few more photos from the Krohn:

hydrangeas 1



The photo above reminds me of the Cluny tapestries.


orchids 11

pink hydrangeas


Whose birthday am I celebrating by a road less traveled?

March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to Robert Frost, born March 26, 1874.

Spring Pools

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.

The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods —
Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.


What did I find in my garden?

March 20, 2012

It was a busy week last week, what with all the looting and pillaging I had to take care of.  I did, however, take time for a walk around the garden and I found these little white crocuses blooming. The first indication of spring returning.  This week the temperatures have been in the eighties and the bulbs are blooming all over the place.  Lovely to see and not typical for March in Cleveland.  Happy Spring.