Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Gentlemen, Fluff up your Capricorns and Grab a Napkin - Dinner Is Served

I'm referring to yesterday's astrological challenge which appears to be "Find out his sign and cook accordingly."

Since this is no longer the '70s when "What's your sign?" echoed across bars all across our great nation, I find it hard to believe that food can be a determining  factor in "lurve" other than edible or not.  But that's just me.  

I did notice that all of the recipes given are extremely simple to make.  I also noted that 10 out of 12  desserts involved fruit.  It's summer and any one of these does sound appealing (if you like fruit).

Peggy Holt, the author, has helpfully prepared an index composed of sign: main, dessert.  Only two of them require oven heat which is undesirable in summer by a long shot.

The following were picked at random.

Leo:  Gingery Pineapple
1 small ripe pineapple, pared, cored and sliced
1 jar of preserved ginger in syrup
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Let the pineapple slices and ginger syrup marinate in the refrigerator for at least four hours, Serve over toasted store-bought sponge cake and toss on the walnuts.

Cancer:  Apricot Mousse
1 1/2 cup sweetened apricots, drained and chopped
1 T lime juice
1 teas. grated lime rind
1 cup whipping cream
2 teas. powdered sugar
1 T Strega (Ogen Nash paraphrased:  "Sweets are dandy, but liqueur is quicker.")

Put the apricots, lime juice and rind and Strega  together and refrigerate, put in a bowl and top with the powdered sugar and whipped cream folding it all together.

Pisces:  Fruit Melba aka Open Cans Dessert
1 small can pears
1 small can apricots
1 T Grand Marnier
1 small can pineapple wedges
1 package of frozen, sweetened strawberries
4 stale macaroons

Mix everything but the macaroons which is the crunchy topping and serve for two.

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