“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Monday, 28 November 2011
Several weeks ago the people from Eddington's sent me a couple of things from their Christmas line to test out. You probably remember the snowflake moulds that I made little nutmeg cakes with. The other thing that they sent was this sweet and charming Birkmann VIP IV Angel Wings Cookie Cutter Set! Each cookie features a slot allowing you to perch them on the side of your mug. Charming and fun, they'lre just perfect for baking with during the Christmas holidays!!
Can you imagine hot mugs of cocoa with these little angel wings perched along side? I know! A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!! Could you get any cuter??? I think not!
They're not just for cookies though. They also come in incredibly useful for making toasty croutons for soup or even little puff pastry savouries to serve along with soup!
Are they not just the sweetest perched on this delicious mug of Creamy Sweet Potato Soup that I made for our lunch today??? I know! I am so in love with them!
This really is a delicious soup. You wouldn't need angel wings to convince you of that really, but they are cute. Creamy and rich . . .
Slightly sweet from the addition of chopped apple . . . a bit of spice from a cinnamon stick, some fresh ginger and . . . garlic . . .
As touch of heat from Chipolte Chili Paste, which you can find in the spice sections of most shops. Mine is from the people at Bart's. Don't add too much though! A little bit goes a very long way!
*Creamy Sweet Potato Soup*
Creamy and rich with a slight sweetness from the apple and a bit of a bite from the chipolte paste.
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 tsp finely grated fresh gingerroot (no need to peel)
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 stalk of celery, trimmed and chopped
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1000ml of vegetable stock (4 cups)
500ml of water (2 cups)
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp (or to taste) chipolte paste
Salt to taste if necessary
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic and gingerroot. Cook, stirring occasionally over low heat, until softened. Add the apples, celery and sweet potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Add the stock, water and cinnamon stick. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a slow simmer. Cook until the vegetables are meltingly tender, about 30 minutes. Fish out the cinnamon stick and discard. Stir in the chipolte paste. Blitz until smooth with a stick blender, or alternately by pureeing carefully in a blender. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Keep warm until ready to serve. Serve in heated bowls.
Birkmann VIP IV Wings Cookie Cutter Set, available at all good Kitchen stockists, Stainless steel and very easy to use. The set also comes along with a few tasty recipes.
Many thanks to Miriam from Shrewd PR and the people at Eddingtons for sending them to me! I just love them.
Over in The Cottage today, Dressed Road Kill Potatoes. Oh so scrummy!
Note: Anyone in the UK can purchase these adorable angel wing cutters at Trendy Kitchen for only £6.99 a full £2 off the regular price. Sounds like a great deal to me!