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Cinnamon Honey Butter - The Food Charlatan. Weekend Project: Apricot Preserves, Capturing Summer in a Jar. I'm going to try to bring a little order to this 2 and a half year old site by posting certain themed articles on certain days.

Weekend Project: Apricot Preserves, Capturing Summer in a Jar

On Fridays, I plan to post slightly more involved recipes or food projects that are best tackled on the weekends. The first one is this really rather simple recipe for apricot preserves. It's easy to make but the preparation and cooking do take some time - a perfect project for a day off. Making jam and preserves may seem like an out of date thing to do. The idea of having a pot of boiling sugar and fruit simmering away in the kitchen on a swelteringly hot summer day may seem to be a rather masochistic and unnecessary ritual. Crockpot Pumpkin Custard for Fall (GAPS Legal) Cinnamon Honey Butter. Paleo Ube Jam – Purple Yam Jam. Good Shepherd's Offerings A few years ago on a trip to the Phillipines, Henry made the day trip from Manila to The Good Shepherd Convent in the town of Baguio.

Paleo Ube Jam – Purple Yam Jam

This Convent is world renowned for their delicious desserts, specifically their Ube Halaya or Ube Jam. What is Ube Jam? A delicious combination of Purple “Yams” (Sweet Potatoes really), Evaporated Milk, and Sugar. "Tierra de Maria" - sight seen on the way to The Good Shepherd The Good Shepherd version of this Filipino dish is so popular, that you have to wait in a long line, and you can only buy two at a time! Josephine about to enjoy her very first bite of Ube Jam Ingredients for 6 servings 2 Large Purple Yams1/3 Cup Aroy-D Coconut Cream1/4 Cup Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup, Honey, or Brown Rice Syrup1 Tbsp Organic Vanilla Extract1/2 tsp Sea Salt.

Apricot Jam. A lot of out-of-towners who visit France are always surprised to wake up in the morning and find themselves with a few pieces of baguette or a single croissant for breakfast.

Apricot Jam

Those are in contrast to our breakfasts, which can be groaning-board sized, featuring some—or in more extreme cases, all of the following: eggs, sausages, pancakes, bacon, oatmeal, cereal, toast, orange juice, and waffles. Tartines are the popular breakfast in France, a word which comes from the verb tartiner—”to spread”. So along with the basket of bread offered, there’ll be lots of butter (which is one of the few times you’ll see most French people spreading that on their bread) and generally some sort of confiture in a pot alongside. My unofficial survey has shown that the flavor of jam which gets most people excited here is homemade apricot jam.

Luscious Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies {Regular and Gluten-Free} Today, Ian, SiSi, Big Tex and I are headed to the “Happiest Place on Earth”.

Luscious Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies {Regular and Gluten-Free}

Disneyland! We’re hoping to beat the crowds before everyone in Southern California gets out of school for summer break. Wish us luck… But, before we go, I wanted to leave you with a luscious recipe for Lemon Curd Thumbprint cookies. JUST in case you are in the cookie baking mood this weekend I first made these cookies this past Christmas. I made a few tweeks to these cookies to make them gluten-free, and I will share both versions here with you.

My gluten-free flour blend. The funny thing about these cookies is that I made them, along with a couple of other gluten-free cookies, for a holiday cookie exchange with friends. Hah! Not so much! My gluten-free cookies flew like hotcakes! Kahakai Kitchen: Tangy & Delicious Limequat Curd. Remember these little "mystery" fruit I posted recently?

Kahakai Kitchen: Tangy & Delicious Limequat Curd

They are limequats, a cross between limes and kumquats, I found at the farmer's market. They originated in China and are now grown in several countries, including the US. (These were grown on the Big Island of Hawaii). Limequats are small, about the size of a kumquat and have a thin, sweet tasting skin and a pulp that is very similar to limes, somewhat sour and bittersweet. They can be used like any citrus and have a good amount of Vitamin C. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the dozen or so that I bought, but after some thought, decided to make Limequat Curd. Limequat Curd (Or Any Citrus Curd) Adapted from a recipe from Chef Laura Gershuni (Makes approximately 2 cups) 3 large eggs 2/3 cup limequat juice (or other citrus juice) 2 Tbsp limequat zest (or other citrus zest) 1 cup sugar 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces pinch salt. Coconut Whipped Cream.

We love our whipped cream in coffee, on berries for dessert, really on any of our primal desserts.

Coconut Whipped Cream

But it’s nice to have an alternative to dairy and for our Paleo friends. Henry thought it would be good to have some cold coconut milk and stuck a can into the fridge for a couple of hours. When he opened it he noticed that it had gotten very thick on top, so he scooped it out and noticed that it had separated from the coconut water. So he added a little cinnamon and a little organic vanilla extract to the thick coconut and whipped it up. To our happy surprise it got thick and creamy immediately, and Oh Wow!!! So since then we’ve been enjoying our morning cup of coffee with a spoon full. Lemon Curd. Clotted Cream Recipe – Making Clotted Cream at Home is Much Easier Than You Think. Clotted cream is so easy to make at home.

Clotted Cream Recipe – Making Clotted Cream at Home is Much Easier Than You Think

Please don’t think that I’m saying that clotted cream is only easy for experienced bakers to make. Clotted cream is really easy for ANYONE to make, regardless of your kitchen expertise. You dump cream in a pot and put it in the oven. When it emerges, you have clotted cream. It’s like magic!! What is Clotted Cream? If you are in the United States and have never heard of clotted cream, don’t feel bad. UPDATE (01/15/10): Reader Marian sent me this important correction: I looked at their [The London Tea Room] site.