My dad is a great story-teller. It’s something that I love about him and a bond that we share. I love to hear the stories of his childhood in a small fishing village. I love to hear stories about my ancestors and my heritage. And I appreciate every one of them because they make the generations past seem real to me.
This year for my birthday he gave me the best gift.
He gave me an old cookbook that was my great-grandfathers. My father is named after him and he died in 1927 in an accident. He was a cook on a tug boat and my grandmother got this book when they went to retrieve his body and belongings. It just made me feel so much more that cooking must be in my genes. That I’m doing the right thing.
I decided to try the recipe for Fruit Fritters that was in there. I love how some of the pages are marked with pencil and some have drops of whatever on them.
I wonder, did he make the Fruit Fritters?
On my card my dad said that my great-grandfather would have been proud of the work I have done in the kitchen.
Gosh, that is just the best gift isn’t it?
For my fritters I used peaches. It’s peach season around here and they are big and juicy and so sweet. Apples would be good too.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 4-5 medium peaches, peeled and sliced into 1 inch slices
- powdered sugar for dusting
1. Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk and eggs and mix until smooth.
2. Heat canola oil to 350° in a deep pan or fryer. Batter peach slices and gently drop into oil. Fry for 3-5 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar. Best eaten warm.
Well I sure have missed this place! Been a while since I posted a recipe, but it’s not for lack of baking! Things sure are busy in this house and summer is here in full swing.
I love today’s post for many reasons..
1. It takes less than 15 minutes and looks like a million bucks.
2. I made this this morning and let it chill for the rest of the day until our company arrived for dinner which meant I had no dessert hassle. Just placed it on the table and looked like the wife and hostess of the year (as I wiped my brow…).
3. It’s disposable. I’m still using that package of disposable wine glasses I got a month ago for this post here. Then I realised that I also used these cups here, both of which are my last two posts! I am not for filling the landfills with plastic, but I do have a package of glasses to use up.
4. It tastes ridiculously summery good.
A lady from our local market shared a similar recipe with me. I added the jello bottom and couldn’t resist the beautiful cherries for garnish. For the cream cheese whip I used some frozen mixed berries with pomegranate. I threw in some of my own frozen summer strawberries too. Its light and delicious!
Easy Summer Whipped Parfait
- 1 pkg jello, any berry flavour prepared and poured into the bottom of serving glasses ( I did this the night before)
- 250 gr cream cheese at room temperature
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups mashed berries
- 1 litre container of frozen whipped topping thawed
1. Beat sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add berries and mix well. Fold in whipped topping. Pour over jello that has set.
2. Refrigerate several hours. Garnish with more whipped cream, chocolate shavings, berries, etc.
Note: You can also pour the whipped mixture over a 9×13 graham crust and refrigerate.