Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tarte au Citron

Okay, so if you are looking for a light and creamy lemon filling
with a lovely topping of meringue
than... this is not for you.

But then again,
if you are looking for easy, delicious and a sure hit at a dinner party
then this  just might be  what you are looking for.

Simply put, the lemon filling is:

4 eggs
juice of three lemons
zest of 1 lemon
three quarter cup of sugar
one quarter cup of butter

I basically stir together the eggs and the lemon juice,
melt the butter and the sugar on low heat,
add in the egg mixture
and cook on low to medium heat until it starts to thicken.
I do whisk it often as it is cooking.

The great thing about this receipe,
other than being extremely easy,
is that it is very lemon-y and not too sweet.

The crust helps to add in the sweet factor
provides you with a nice combination of sweet and slightly sour.

The crust is easy too,
a half cup of butter
one third cup of sugar.
one quarter teaspoon of vanilla
and one cup of flour.

I lightly brown the crust in the oven at about 350
for approximately 5 minutes.

And then I add the curd,
pop it back in the oven for about 15 minutes
until it appears to be firming up.

Very hard to go wrong with this one.
I like to think of this as one of those recipes you make when you have very little in the cupboard
and possibly some lemons that need using.

A party of 4 took care of this tarte au citron last night,
and as you can see,
some nibbling was going on....

I like to call this one....
a Rustic Tarte au Citron.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Salutation to the Dawn

Certain sayings, habits, rituals have become part of my core
simply due to the emotion and memories that they tend to evoke.

Waking up early these days seems to be part of my new routine
and one that I cannot easily control.

So I have decided to embrace this reality
and this morning I was so glad I did.

As I was preparing my morning coffee,
I felt particularly drawn to the outdoor colours
which seemed to be transforming by the minute...
due to the effect of the sun,
that was slowing rising above the hills.

Even though the rain had dampened the backyard,
it was hard to resist heading down there to enjoy the coming of the day,
knowing that the sun would continue to change the scenery as it crept higher in the sky.

You know those moments when you think,

why not?
in my robe,
daughter's rain boots on (only footwear by the door)

Wiping off a chair
and sitting down to take in the magic of this time of year
I was reminded as to how spectacular this setting is...
and how fortunate we are.

And then you are reminded that these moments are fleeting.
I returned to the kitchen as the sunlight began to flood the space.

A quick refill
back outside,
 and it was over.

The sun had not made it very high in the sky before
the clouds came in and took over.

It was a moment
and one I would not have seen,
had I been rolling around in bed,
trying to bring on sleep.

Nope, this routine just might bring about a very interesting perspective 
on the day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Greenland Raw

Greenland was certainly not on my list
but it might be now.

Look down in the left hand corner and spot those little wooden homes
and then look up at that view.
If  you are like me,

Spot the hikers for perspective.
Oh to be one of them.
Like an explorer from another time.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Front Doors

Choosing an entry door has been a real challenge.
But, I am finally happy with our choice.
This set of doors is a pretty close match with what we have chosen.
Ours will be a bit wider.
I have a fairly limited choice of colours but I think I am going to go with black.
But, I think it will work well if I add black shutters to the front of the house and use black details in details such as the lanterns
that I will now need to find to go on either side of the new doors.

feels so good to move on after making this decision.
Are you like me?
Have a hard time committing to big purchases.... that you will have to live with for.....ever?

Here is a general idea of the existing colour of our home. The green is appearing a little darker than it actually is given the effect of shadows but it will give you a general idea. This is where I am planning the black working shutters.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


I love this time of year,
even though we are busy getting ready for the next season,
the beauty of Autumn cannot be missed.

We pile on blankets and sit out here if we can
and slowly see the hills in the distance come into view as the leaves fall off the trees.

There is a lot of work getting the wood pile stacked.

And no guarantee as to how long fall mums and pumpkins will last outdoors
before freezing...

Hopefully Thanksgiving which is just around the corner will provide us with some beautiful weather to be outdoors and enjoy the last bit of the fall colours.

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