Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Inglorious Bastards Strudel

Good Morning! 
For the holidays and my love of Quentin Tarantino movies I made an apple strudel based on the movie Inglorious Bastards. 
I started by putting on my red lipstick and preheating the oven.



Then looking over the recipe from Dave Wattshead chef at the Cotswold House Hotel. Link Below.

First you start by mixing the apples (sliced of course), sugar, spices, salt and sultanas (raisins). Mix and cook until the apples have started to break down.

Then remove from heat and let cool.

While you wait, toast bread and pecans on an oven tray. Then use a food processor (few pulses) to chop up the bread and nuts. Once apples have cooled, add the chopped nuts, bread and rum.


Next, take about 8 sheets of filo pastry, the melted butter and a pastry brush and begin making your layers for the crust/pastry. Brush layers with the melted butter and sprinkle Demerara sugar (I used brown sugar) on each. This is the part where I get a little overzealous....and probably add too much sugar he he!
Try to: "Place the first sheet of filo pastry length ways away from you and brush liberally with melted butter. Next, take another sheet of filo pastry and overlap on to the first by three fingers. Brush with butter and sprinkle the pastry with 2 tsp of Demerara sugar. Repeat this process with the other filo pastry sheets. Butter the second layer, butter and sugar the third layer, and then only butter the fourth layer. "

When finished spoon the apple filling onto the pastry, leaving space to fold in the sides and roll the pastry up. Brush with butter as you go. Once finished rolling, place in the oven on a large baking tray (buttered). 
Sprinkle more sugar on top and bake for about 25 mins.
Remove from oven, sprinkle lightly with icing sugar and make sure to serve warm with cream, yum!
 
In lieu of creme, I added some vanilla and caramel ice cream. Delish! I am sure Hans would approve.


Bon Appetit -Bunny

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Book

Look what I snagged for Christmas! Thank you Craig for my new sweets recipe book. I know you will reap the benefits!  He he
Definitely more to come. -Bunny

Nail Polish

So excited! My True Blood nail polish came today! 

Still need to do 1 more coat and maybe then my fingernails. 

Love my Blood! He he
Until next time! 

Ta ta -Bun

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sex is a Bitch

Hello Darlings! 

Here is another yummy True Blood inspired drink from the Drinks & Bites book! 


The cranberry and grapefruit really add a kick...but I should have guessed...given it's name he he. 

Hope you enjoy! 
video


Cheers! 

-Bunny

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Goodie Bars

Good Morning, 
Last night I made some yummy candy using my Great Grandma's recipe. They are Nut-Goodie Bars (as she called them). 
While I want to keep this recipe a secret...they are not hard to make. Let's just say there are two kinds of chips, some peanut butter and marshmallows. 
These are one of my favorite treats during the holidays!

Thanks! -Bunny
Hint: Place in fridge to help with cutting later.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Elephant Engagement

Good Morning! 
It occurred to me that through all the excitement...I forgot to make a blog about my engagement! Oops!

 When it happened
Saturday, November 08, 2014

How we got engaged

On Nov. 8th we were planning to go up to my parents’ house...or so I thought. Instead we went south. After a while we made a circle ending up in Gilroy. Craig of course wouldn't say anything about our obvious detour. There are only a few places I know in the Monterey/Gilroy area so I was quickly blindfolded. We drove for a bit and then the engine stopped and Craig took off the blindfold revealing an adorable bungalow at the Monterey Vision Quest/Wild Animal Park. We had visited before, just for a tour about the animals and facility. I really loved the huge elephants and zebra.
I knew something was up...but I wasn't 100% sure…so I decided to go with the flow! LOL! We spent time in the bungalow and then ventured out to meet a few of the Zoo animals and to feed the elephants carrots for their bed time ritual.
I thought maybe he would propose at dinner, instead he surprised me during the elephant bedtime, proposing in front of Butch the 10 thousand pound bull elephant. It was so perfect. Trainers brought me a little gift basket and card, and as I was reading, beside me Craig knelt on one knee. I was so nervous and really didn’t know what to do, besides say YES!
Here is a short video capturing the proposal! 


Fun fact: Craig asked if he could have Butch hand me the ring…but apparently in the past he had eaten two rings and they only got one back. So that was not an option.
The Monterey Wild Animal Park takes care of animals that need help and a better life. Often they used to preform and are retired. Staff spend lots of time creating a fulfilling life and forever home for them. I love seeing them flourish! Thank you Craig for creating this beautiful memory!

Here is what I posted on FB:

"Woke up this morning in a lovely bungalow and with a beautiful new ring...is this real? The Monterey Wild Animal Park takes care of animals that need help and a better life. Often they used to preform and are retired. Staff spend lots of time creating a fulfilling life and forever home for them. I love seeing them flourish! Thank you Craig for creating this beautiful memory!"
 — feeling excited with Craig Murray at Vision Quest Safari Bed&Breakfast.

Please visit our wedding website at: http://murray-and-hull.ourwedding.com

Thanks for sharing this moment with me! 
-Bunny

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Breakfast

Made a lovely little breakfast for the fiancé!  Eggs, bacon and sausage!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Engaged

Wooooooo! Found my prince! He he! Oh wait that's my Jack! ;)

Anniversary Dinner-3years

Tonight I made some yummy pasta with vodka sauce, sausage and a bit of green onion. Top with some fresh parmesan.
Roses courtesy of Mr Craig! Bon Appétit!

OMG!

Oh my gosh!! 

Google True Blood nail polishes...and scroll down!! I made it to Google! he he!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

This made my day!

http://ellehull.tumblr.com/post/104269148249/ace-ventura-vs-daryl-dixon-x-amaze

Monday, December 1, 2014

Inglourious Basterds

Happy December! 

To celebrate the holiday season I will be making the apple strudel from Inglourious Basterds. There is a great recipe online that I have used a few times. 
See web recipe HERE

"If you'd like to create your own at home, without the fear of persecution, we spoke to Dave Watts, head chef at the Cotswold House Hotel, who gave us his perfect strudel recipe."

Stay tuned....



-Bunny

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend!

Thanksgiving breakfast is surved! Yummy eggs with cheddar cheese and green onions. Sausage and bacon! Waffles with a bit of vanilla!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Candied Sweet Jesus Potatoes...Yam Version

Howdy,

What could be more perfect for Thanksgiving than Pecan Pie and some Sweet Potatoes! Nothing but maybe yams!

I made the pie pretty quick, just lots of sugar and pecans. Then I started on the potatoes, which came from my handy True Blood Cookbook; from a sweet little section about Lettie Mae and the Reverend Daniels. 
Man I miss True Blood :(

First boil them until soft (check with a fork) then drain the pot and let them cool. After then cool, enough, peel. Some of the skin starts to come off while boiling...so that helps. 
Next slice and arrange in a dish. I went ahead and made a bit more, lots of folks to feed. 
Then add the butter and lemons to the top. 
Mix the water, sugar and vanilla in a bowl, then spread over the butter. Next add the corn syrup over all. 
To top it off sprinkle with the cinnamon. 
Bake for about an hour, until potatoes/yams are glazed.
Let cool and enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving
-Bunny!

Alright! 1 Gran's Pecan Pie

Decided to make a few pecan pies for Thanksgiving! I love any excuse to bake! He he

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mini Mortal Muffins

Howdy!

Tonight I made Mini-Mortal Spicy Corn and Cheddar Muffins from the True Blood Drinks and Bites book. Yummy!

These are from one of my favorite True Blood moments...with my favorite vampire, Eric Northman!
First you mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg and chile. Then combine them and mix. 

 Next, fold in the butter then cheese and green onions. After scooping into muffin tins, cook for about 10 mins or until muffins are golden. Let cool and enjoy!
These muffins were scrumptious. As Craig put it "hardy, savory and delicious."
Extra tip: Add a little sprinkle of cheese to each muffin before baking.


MWAH! -Bunny