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Grilled Peaches

29 Sep

It’s no longer summer but this was a tasty summer treat that can still be enjoyed if you can find some peaches. It’s super simple. Peal and slices peaches into wedges. Toss with some honey and cinnamon. Grill on medium heat until caramelized (light grill marks). Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

look at them glisten

Gilroy Garlic Festival

27 Jul

We went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA on Sunday. It was hot! And really sunny! I’m getting super tan this summer even after many applications of sunblock. I need to get sun proof clothing that won’t make me sweat to death.

The festival was really big and had lots to see. There were many, many food booths with all types of garlic infused foods as well as carnival foods (funnel cake!). There were craft booths selling all types of things including garlic related items like garlic roasters, garlic olive oil, and garlic shaped hats. The air was infused with garlic though Brian said it smelled stronger last year.

Amanda (right) and I in front of a flaming garlic!

The festival was a great place for garlic lovers and families with kids. They had a great kids section with carnival rides, crafts like spin art and wax hands, carnival games, and a live sing-along. For adults, there was a cook-off hosted by Fabio and Mattin who were both former Top Chef contestants. Since they’re not professional MCs, they didn’t really do a good job of letting us know what is happening with the 2.5 hour cook-off. Fabio kept giving away free stuff including random vegetables and flower arrangements that were decorating the stage. It was pretty amusing. We didn’t stay long because our section had no shade.

The cook-off on stage. Secret ingredient was mushroom.

Fabio talking with an organizer.

Even though the food smelled good, it was so hot that we didn’t have a big enough of an appetite to wait on the long lines for real food. Plus we snacked on goodies like FREE garlic ice cream samples.

garlic ice cream in a cute mini cone

I remember Bakerella was looking for cones like this recently. I want some too, they were adorable and would be super cute with cake balls. The garlic ice cream was great. Sweet with a good garlic flavor and even a bit of bite at the end that you get from raw garlic. We also got garlic fries. The garlic and herbs were on the bottom. These were really good. They also sold sweet potato garlic fries and crab fries.

Did you know that California produces 90% of the garlic in the US? More and more often though, you’ll find garlic from China so check the label/package if you care about buying local. Christopher Ranch is the largest garlic grower in California.

Brian likes to make silly faces when I try to take pictures.

After buying a large garlic braid, we finished off our garlic-filled day with a fruit smoothie before we left. Super long straws for the win!

Strawberry, banana, peach fruit smoothie.

Five minute mango ice cream and puppy cookies

29 Jul

Freeze some mango chunks and blend with some sugar and cream and what do you get? Five minute mango ice cream! Smooth and creamy soft serve style. Freeze for a bit to make it scoopable. We just ate it right out of the blender. Probably easier to make with a food processor.

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Doggy shaped cookies made with Ovaltine! Ovaltine is a delicious chocolate malt drink mix. Usually we mix it with warm milk and sugar and it’s a great hot chocolate replacement. My bottle is the European formula which may make a difference in whether it has sugar or not. The cookies were based off of the doggy cookies made out of Horlicks so that’s why mine are darker.

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Here’s the original recipe:
Horlicks Puppy Cookies (for humans)
Ingredients:
(makes about 48 cookies)

180g butter, soften at room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
80g Horlicks (original flavour)
200g top flour or cake flour
25g corn flour
25g milk powder
100g chocolate chips
some chocolate rice
some Koko Krunch

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven to 140deg C. Line baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
2. Sieve top flour, corn flour and milk powder.
3. Cream butter and Horlicks for about three minutes at low speed. Do not overbeat.
4. Put in top flour, cornflour and milk powder and beat for about one minute to form
dough.
5. Divide dough into 10g each. Put three chocolate chips into each piece of dough and roll into balls.
6. Insert two pieces of Koko Krunch to form the ‘ears’, chocolate rice for the “eyes”, and a chocolate chip in the centre for the ‘nose’.
7. Bake at 140 deg C for about 25 minutes. Depending on your oven, it may take another 5 to 10 minutes more for the cookies to be ready.
8. Leave to cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.

Recipe from here. Also on craftster.

I substituted Ovaltine for Horlicks and added about 1/2 cup of white sugar because I like my cookies sweet. The original recipe does not make very sweet cookies. I also made mine bigger and cut out ears because that brand of cereal is not available in the U.S. and I couldn’t find a replacement. Since mine are bigger, I made only about 24 cookies.

Woof woof! O_O
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