Saturday, January 29, 2011

Need a Chocolate fix…

One of my favorite desserts is Pots de Creme (pronounced Po de Cremé). It's quick and delicious, and a great way to wow guests without a lot of fuss. 

This recipe makes 4 servings and you will need:
2/3 cup Whole Milk
1 Egg
2 Tbsp Sugar
A pinch of Salt
1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp of Chambord, Frangelico, or your favorite liqueur 
(this is optional and I've made it without many times)
1 cup Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp Sugar

Bring the milk to a boil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once I put the milk on I add the egg, sugar, salt, chocolate and liqueur to a blender and mix on low until combined, but don't worry about the chocolate chunks since they will be melted by the milk. Pour the boiling milk in a slow stream into the blender and blend until smooth or about 1 minute. Pour the "soup" into whatever you are going to serve it in (i.e demitasse cups, small tea cups or custard bowls, etc) and put them in the refrigerator covered for about 2 hours or until you are ready to serve them. 

Using a high speed, beat the cream until soft peaks start to form then add the sugar a little at a time. Put a dollop or so on each serving just before you serve it. I also use fresh fruit, especially raspberries if I use the Chambord. 

Oh happy day!!

I was thrilled this morning to find that my new sewing machine had arrived! Making the (current) grand total of 4 machines that I will now use on a regular basis. I don't name my machines as some do, but I am happy to say that I purchased the Janome CoverPro 1000. It looks a lot like my serger, but only does cover stitches which I am thrilled with as I am starting to work with a lot more knits and my other machines just don't do quite the job that I would have liked.
I felt a little like a traitor when I ordered it at first as it is the first one that I have purchased that is not a Baby Lock and did not come from Sew Many Stitches. I learned to sew on my mother's machine when I was about ten and several years later was given one by a friend. my gifted machine lasted several years and then was sadly laid to rest… so I bought another one, a Baby Lock Pro Line 6300. A couple of years later I purchased my Baby Lock Eclipse serger, and upon my High School graduation my pride and joy, a combination sewing and embroidery machine, also by Baby Lock, the Eclipse. Now, as my sister is (I hope) reading this I should mention that she and I bought the first sewing machine and the serger jointly. Upon her moving however we swapped our portions of the machine and she was in possession of the sewing machine and I the serger but to make a long story short, and probably partly due to the fact that I do most of her sewing for her, I have her machine again and my arsenal is fully equipped to tackle more than I have time for.
Enough about the machines already though. This past monday I received a thrilling phone call. A lady in town had her own sewing shop and needed to get rid of a lot of extra material and the Lord led our paths together through a mutual friend. I have been going through the fabric, mostly upholstery, and finding many treasures. My mind has been working about a million miles a minute as I go through everything and literally see finished products from the raw material that I have in my hands.
This journey is proving to be both exciting, and a bit scary as I am working towards business deadlines and trying to finish projects that have been accumulating, some of them for a few years some only since Christmas. But I am going to my sisters this weekend so I had better finish a few of them or my nieces and nephews might take me off of Favorite Auntie status.