Thursday, September 27, 2007

mystery of the day

I kind of have a weird hobby that no one knows about. I like to go to old used bookstores and get really old recipe books from long ago, or from church organizations, family cookbooks, you name it. I don't really know why. Anyway, this recipe is from a book I got called Recipes With A History from the Mason Street School in San Diego.

Elephant Stew

1 medium elephant
2 rabbits
salt and pepper

Cut elephant meat into bite-size pieces (this will take 2 months). Flour the pieces; salt and pepper to taste and water to make brown gravy. Cook over kerosene fire for about 4 weeks, 450°. This serves 3,812 persons. If more expected, add the rabbits (only if necessary, however, as most people don't like to find hare in their stew).


After I got over my initial confusion, the first thing I thought was that some nerd cook included this recipe for a "chuckle". They could've at least put it in a "food humor" section of the cookbook so people like me wouldn't be so weirded out and confused. Does anyone think this is funny? Maybe I'll start putting it in to a group recipe compilation every time I have the opportunity.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

tuesday treats


If you live anywhere near a beard papa's (Los Angeles), go and see what it's all about then tell me. If you can't get to a beard papa's, make your own.
angel cloud cream puffs at land o' lakes
cream puffs with pastry cream at cream puffs in venice
Other tasty treat finds:
key lime pie cupcakes at culinary concoctions by peabody. I want these right now.

Friday, September 7, 2007

ice cream

I can't find our ice cream machine. And there's never a better time than summer time to make homemade ice cream. One of the best presents I got for our wedding was an ice cream maker and the recipe for peppermint ice cream. So good.

My mom only made a citrus one that had pineapple chunks and various juices in it and I remember gagging whenever I tried it. So I am excited to find ones that I do love.

Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream from Simply Recipes. I LOVE the fact that she uses mint leaves to flavor the ice cream and not the artificial flavoring. Makes such a difference in the taste. She also has a link at the end of the recipe to make ice cream without using a machine. Tips from a chocolate/dessert pro, David Lebovitz. He also has some amazing dessert recipes on his site as well like Salted Butter Caramel ice cream. Pretty cool stuff.

Ice cream in a bag at Kaboose. Fun for kids to make.

Fresh Strawberry ice cream at the food network. I like that this uses a vanilla bean. Another taste difference that I appreciate.

Vanilla Bean ice cream and Chocolate ice cream from the food network.

And from my husband cooks, Blackberry ice cream and Uneven Pavement ice cream.