Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Family Meals

Sistah Girl Desserts may have started with an apple pie, but my love of cooking goes farther 
back than that.  As a self proclaimed chef, I am always trying new recipes and I take enormous
pride in the recipes I create.  My kids used to say that when they were young  they always felt
like they were eating gourmet meals at our evening dinners. But to me, it was my way of 
introducing them to different tastes.  I was always taught to be prepared to eat anything if 
you were a guest of someone, so what better way to teach them graciousness then by 
 introducing  them to different ethic cuisines.

My Mom was from Rhode Island, so we grew up eating baked beans, canned brown bread,
and coffee ice cream. My father, who was from South Carolina, introduced us to
okra, beans and rice. Rice was always on the stove and every Saturday he cooked beans.
One of his southern traditions was making Hoppin' John (black eyed peas and rice) on New
Year's Eve, which is supposed  to bring you good luck in the coming new year.  My parents 
 took pride in their culinary traditions, so growing up I learned to enjoy two different regional 
 cuisines which are still a part of my everyday diet. Plus my father was a military man, so we 
 traveled extensively during my childhood, eating different cultural foods.  And because of
that, I learned to cook.

 In our family, if you were a young adult, unemployed and living with your parents, there
were two things you had to contribute to the house:

  • One: The house had to be clean when they got home from work and
  • Two: dinner better be ready or cooking. 

At some point I was back living at home and the task of making the family evening meals became  my responsibility.  What was serendipitous, was that during that time, I had purchased a cooking encyclopedia from a traveling salesgirl, so I used that book and learned the art of cooking. I still refer to it from time to time.  I call it my culinary bible.

After making some traditional meals, my Dad would say "surprise me." So family meals 
became a culinary experiment, with me trying many recipes.  I would always make something 
different. And because of that, I refined my cooking and baking skills.
My father was very critical and if he didn't like something, he would let me know.  I remember
this one time I made Yorkshire Pudding for dinner. I remember him looking at me

sardonically and telling me never to make that again. I had to agree, it was awful. 

But errors like that have made me a better cook and I take pride in my cooking and take many chances when creating new recipes.  And because of my love of cooking, Sistah Girl Desserts was, for me, a natural progression. It just took  me some time to get here. 

As always.......bake with love.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What the Munchies Creates

Strawberry and Blueberry Crepe with Creme Cheese Filling
So I had what some might call the munchies. I had eaten dinner and as always, whether it's ice cream or cake, I have to have dessert. That's how I grew up. 
 So I decide since I have a cream cheese filling already made (from last week) and fresh berries, I'm going to make crepes. I go to grab the butter, no butter, so I think no problem, I'll use coconut oil. So I get out my blender, crack the eggs; add the milk, oil, salt and water. I then get the flour tin and no flour, WTF! We are never out of flour!  I am always well stocked, ready to use at a moment's notice.

So now I'm panicking because it's late, I have no cash, (I'm on a shoestring budget this week) and I've already started the process. What to do???? I'm panicking and I'm hoping that I can find something that can be used as flour.  So I start opening the cabinets, cursing, trying to see what substitute I could use and then I spot my savior… old fashioned oats.  

 So I get out my blender, grind those babies into flour; add it to my half prepared mix. I whip the mix till it's light and fluffy; pour that sucker on a hot skillet and hallelujah!  I've got me some crepes. They turned out to be delicious.

Pictured is my most wonderful Berry filled Crepes. Mmmmmmm…….
So my advice to those lovers of cooking... let your inner cook guide your skills to your most creative culinary delights.

As always with love,
The SGD Squad