That is what I feel like I have turned this blog into- a foodie blog. I always knew I liked cooking and eating, but these last 2 and a half months have really allowed me to do both of those things to my hearts content. I really should have called the blog: food, music and old churches!
Last post I neglected to post food so I am going to remedy that now 🙂 If ever you would like links to recipes I have used just let me know. So far I have not been disappointed 🙂
I made the delicious stuffed focaccia bread again by request from John. It turned out even better this time! Last time I stunted the rise by kneading the fillings in too soon. This time I waited till the second rise and added them. The result was a even fluffier loaf!
Sometimes one just craves a nice Chicken Fried Rice so that is what one makes! haha Tasty stuff amidst Christmas decor!
Izzy inspired me to make chicken hand pies. I used empanada dough and stuffed them with creamy shredded chicken and peas. After that I had some left over dough and so I decided to make dessert. It turns out that pears cooked with lemon juice and cream make AMAZING dessert empanadas. Top with ice cream and ta-da! This was a good food day!
On one late night, after a long day of rehearsal for John, We decided a cheese and fruit night was in order. Here we have the masterpiece : Jacobs cream crackers, grapes, pears, turkey slices, smoked cheese, Gloucester, and honey and pear baked brie in puff pastry. It was pure comfort food.
I could not find pumpkin puree anywhere, so Mama sent me some. Here are the fruits of two cans:
Above you see Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, which are not at all impossible. They do however REALLY taste like pumpkin pie. I highly recommend these become a fall tradition. I know they will be for us. I topped them with hand whipped English double cream (which is way better than anything I’ve ever whipped in the States!) This cream is the real deal! My, oh my! 🙂
Below is my absolute favorite Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread. I make it every fall at least 4 times! haha
With the food came two concerts. John is in a choir called The 24, which is just as it sounds : 24 singers led by Robert Hollingworth. The 24 gave a concert on the 27th of November. They did a wide variety of music spanning from the 14th-20th centuries. It was a very enjoyable evening filled with beautiful music. The concert took place at Heslington Church, which is on the University of York Campus. It was a very nice and intimate setting for a concert. It most note worth piece on the program was Per Nørgård’s D’Monstrantz Voogli (The Disturbing Duckling). This work is for mixed choir and birdsong. It was very difficult, I am sure. I could also tell that everyone performing it was having a good time. I myself had to stifle a few giggles. It was an experience. Very enjoyable 😀
The second concert we attended was The Marian Consort. It was held in the National Centre for Early Music here in York. The Church that houses the Centre is beautiful. The construction of the church began in the 12th century, but is a relatively new church in that it was mostly built in the 14th century. hahahaha. The amount of amazing history and architecture John and I get to see on a daily basis is stunning. It starts to feel normal because we are around it all the time now, but I just keep reminding myself what a privilege it is to be here.
Happy Friday, all!