Archive for March 2014

The Wayback Machine: The Eleventh Doctor's Fish Custard

The Wayback Machine: The Eleventh Doctor's Fish Custard
By now, I suppose, it won’t shock you to find that we’re a nerdy family, right? So, when the 11th Dr. Who threw down the gauntlet of fish fingers (sticks) and custard, what else was left for us but to pick it up? April 3 has been officially adopted as “Fish Fingers and Custard Day”... Read more »

The Food Desert Project - Jai Rava Dosa with Blatjang (Oat and Farina Crepes with Chutney)

The Food Desert Project - Jai Rava Dosa with Blatjang (Oat and Farina Crepes with Chutney)
So, today we are going to make Indian-style Farina, Oat and Rice flour crepes with South African Chutney.  ”But wait…” you say, “How on earth are you going to make farina and rice flour crepes – where will you find farina and rice flour in a food desert?  Aren’t those only available in natural food... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Carrot Torte

Sundays with Sparky: Carrot Torte
So, I went a little crazy buying carrots. You see, Sparky puts in his lunch order for the week on Sundays, and I happened to go shopping on Monday and remembered he’d asked for carrots, and then I ran out on Wednesday and had that niggling feeling that I’d forgotten something and bought carrots…and by... Read more »
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Pi Month Special: Pie On Demand

Pi Month Special: Pie On Demand
I am always in search of good ideas to steal from.  The other day, trolling for recipes, I came across this post and immediately fell in love (and seriously started considering whether or not I need to change the title of this blog, considering how often pie comes up!)  At any rate, the idea is simple... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Pi Landscape Tea-dyed Lemon Meringue Pie

The Wayback Machine: Pi Landscape Tea-dyed Lemon Meringue Pie
Note: This year’s Pi Day Pie was entered in the Instructables.com Pi Day contest – vote for it here! Now enjoy a past venture into the world of math and pastry: You never know how random information will connect with you; you see, immediately after I’ve completed my pi day project each year, I start... Read more »

Pi Day Special: Feynman Nine Clementine-Mincemeat Pie

Pi Day Special: Feynman Nine Clementine-Mincemeat Pie
Happy Pi Day!  With this year’s pie, we decided to celebrate our favorite Nobel Prize Winner and Bongo Player, Richard Feynman. Sparky and I still have a tradition of bedtime reading for the time being, even though he’s now bigger than me (gasp!) Recently, we read “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman” (because, really, why wouldn’t a... Read more »
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Pi Month Special - Pie R Squared

Pi Month Special - Pie R Squared
A Food Desert Project exclusive! March 14 is pi day – one of my favorite of all days, one that sends me into a flurry of baking and writing that’s if possible more energetic than the one that posesses me at Thanksgiving and Christmas! This year, I had the opportunity to make several π day... Read more »

Pi Month Special: Pignoli Punition Pie

Pi Month Special: Pignoli Punition Pie
Pi Day 2011: PIgnoli Punition Pie from Michele Hays on Vimeo. Some time ago, Sparky and I were watching CBS Sunday Morning when Dori Greenspan suddenly appeared on our screen, along with a magical video of a man making simple cookies with only one hand and no other equipment but a table.  Sparky watched intently, and... Read more »

Pi Month Special: πneapple-Rhubarb Pie

Pi Month Special: πneapple-Rhubarb Pie
For those of you who have followed Quips Travails for some years now, you know that Pi Day (March 14 – 3/14 in America) is a special, special holiday.  I recently realized with great joy that this year, ALL OF MARCH can be written as Pi (3/14) so I’m taking the opportunity to post our... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Swamp Monster Soup (Broccoli-Cheddar with Egg "Eyeballs")

The Wayback Machine: Swamp Monster Soup (Broccoli-Cheddar with Egg "Eyeballs")
Vegetables don’t have to be difficult: sometimes just adding a little whimsy to your food can make it magically, happily disappear. After preparing this recipe, Sparky and I devoured the whole thing, which meant we ate a half-pound of broccoli each! I first saw this soup on Epicurious.com (a reprint from Matthew Mead’s Monster Book of Halloween,)... Read more »