Fruit Variations

Three photos-variations on Fruit- pastries, a bowlful and a single red apple.

Mark brought a pastry box filled with “fruits” from Mozart’s Austrian Cafe down on High Street in Columbus. The peach had marzipan inside. I checked out their menu and plan to get a piece of apple strudel before I return to Pittsburgh. Their dessert descriptions are enticing. You can eat in their restaurant, too. Piano bar.

Gluten free Tortes available

Esterhazy Torte
A traditional Hungarian torte, the Esterhazy is made from individually baked layers of flourless almond meringue filled with a rum-infused almond buttercream, and decorated with a distinct chocolate striped pattern.  7″, $35, Decorated $40

And at Mark and Erika’s home, on the same kitchen counter as the pastries sat a large wooden bowl filled with fresh fruit.

I chose one to wash and cut up into slices.

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Flavor Preferences

Flavor Preferences. What do you like to taste? Is there a flavor you avoid or don’t like?

Is there a difference between a flavor and a taste?

Where do our preferences come from?

Who are the flavorists who add the flavors to what we consume? I’m not even getting into natural vs. artificial flavors.

People within the same family prefer different flavors. How they taste.

Some individuals detest licorice. Others love it. Cilantro? Spices? Peppermint?

If a family gets ice cream cones does everyone choose the same flavor?

Varieties of flavored waters, drinks and seltzers are big sellers.

Wikipedia -“Of the three chemical senses, smell is the main determinant of a food item’s flavor. Five basic tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (savory) are universally recognized”

I regret not purchasing this particular drink flavor- I’d really like to taste it (seen at Thanksgiving where sold at the Gourmet Garage NYC). Seeing the photo in my phone reminded me I didn’t taste it. Thinking about rhubarb makes me salivate a bit(yep, I said that). My mouth water. I like rhubarb. The tartness. Next trip, I’m buying it!

I’m sure there are people who don’t like Vanilla. Chocolate. Strawberry. Garlic, Ginger. Cinnamon.

(see America’s favorite ice cream flavors)

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/americas-favorite-ice-cream-flavors

Favorite flavors of jelly beans by state available

https://www.candystore.com/blog/facts-trivia/jelly-beans-flavor-rankings/

A Pig in My Raisin Bran at Breakfast

A pig in my Raisin Bran at breakfast!

I was just about to pour on the milk.

At first he was lying flat.

That’s some big bran flake, I thought.

I stood him up.

Oink!

That’s some pig.

I’m always looking for signs.

Granny Smiths

Yes, it’s winter. Seriously cold winter.

What better time to bake apples?

I used my sister’s method and added a few tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar in the bottom which I later spooned onto the apples’ core opening. Nothing else. No cinnamon or raisins or butter or sugar. Granny Smiths snd Balsamic vinegar.

I used an apple shaped Glasbake Vintage baking dish (a gift from Molly) and baked them at 350F for an hour.

The kitchen was warm from the oven and the whole house smelled delicious. Looks like an electric element but it’s gas.

Teppanyaki KYOTO Dinner and 3 Japanese Desserts

Mark came to the city on business and stopped by the house to pick up his mended sweater. He brought me the one I’d left at their house at Christmas.

Steve and Mark and I drove in his rental car, down to Bryant Street, for a late supper.

He saw the sign for Teppanyaki KYOTO and although we had no reservation, there was room for us at the counter.

Our server Steven made us most welcome and offered me a taste of sake since I’d never had it.

We got to watch the Chef and owner Kevin Chen prepare our food so skillfully. Right in front of us! I’m not talking theatrics, just perfect preparation and care taken with the freshest ingredients and served immediately.

Everything was delicious. Just look at these roasted vegetables. Perfectly prepared and served fresh from the griddle.

Mark and Steve had Yaki-Soba. The second photo is Yakitori which we shared. Mark said it was authentic Japanese food and remembered his time in Okinawa and was so glad he was introduced to the restaurant.

He plans to return and bring the family and sit at one of the tables with straw mats in the upper level.I didn’t photograph every dish we ordered but tonight I’m pleased with the results from the iPhone camera. There was green tea cheesecake with a dollop of whipped cream, and four green mochi with bean paste for dessert, and another one wrapped in a special leaf which I asked if it was edible. No, just a wrapper for the sweet rounded mochi. Not the ice cream version but filled with bean paste.  Mmmmmm.  We shared a taste of each.

I remembered blogging about Teppanyaki KYOTO when they opened in January 2012.

It was an unexpected pleasure to dine with my son and he was happy we ate here. 


Zero Nutritional Value

It might even be in the negative column for nutrition. Those maraschino cherries alone, with the preservatives and dye, could do you in but I remember this colorful combination from childhood. Bright green lime, white pears, red cherries. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon to cut the intense sweetness!

My mother always made this Christmas Jello. She’d buy a large green labeled can of Bartlett pear halves. She’d put a cherry in each indentation and hope they didn’t float away.

I don’t even know anyone who makes Jello anymore. Well, maybe a strawberry pretzel salad at a shower or potluck or picnic buffet?

For Easter she’d put together the yellow lemon Jello with grated carrots and a can of crushed pineapple to which she added a pinch of salt.

Because the green, white and red one reminded me of my growing up, I had my granddaughter Anna help put it together and it graced our Christmas dinner table at my son and daughter-in-law’s home.

Do you think it’s time to clean off the front porch?

Do you think it’s time to clean off the front porch?  Past the time for a good Spring cleaning? This is just one swipe off the circular plastic tabletop!

Looking forward to spending time on the front porch- reading, knitting, sipping tea or lemonade,  serving guests supper, remembering happy occasions celebrated on the front porch. One of my favorite parts of my home.  Have to run and clean up the rest of it, spiderwebs and dried leaves. IMG_6716IMG_6718IMG_6719

Below-See snippets from older  blog posts tagged “front porch”

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Spaghetti Arugula

Thanks to my neighbor for giving me the arugula.

Spaghetti Arugula.

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Steve brought home the olives and fresh pasta. A recipe from the excellent chef Anna Flevola formerly of La Cucina Flegrea. Garlic, olive oil, a bit of red onion, pine nuts, walnuts, raisins, red pepper flakes and a ladle of pasta water -topped with the rocket/arugula and freshly grated Parmesan.

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Ready to serve

This should be photo four but having WP posting issue w photos tonight