Welcome to Take One of August’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
Here are the links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado
Just A Little Nutty
Follow me home . . .
Moore Organized Mayhem
Stacy Sews and Schools
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
The Insomniac's Dream
Searching For Sanity
Evil Joy Speaks
My subject is: If you could choose your menu for one entire day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert) and not have any added calories or allergies . . . what would be on your menu? It was submitted by Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.
Maine Lobster with drawn butter. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a snack I’ll have a Lobster Roll, grilled, light on the mayo and no celery. And for dessert, cheesecake (bet you thought I was going to say Lobster). I’m sure no one can guess I’m a displaced New Englander, right?
OK, in lieu of eating lobster non-stop, let’s try this:
Who: Me. Just me.
What: Apple Puff Pancake with a rosette of whipped butter already melting into it and warm Maple Syrup.
When: About 20 minutes after I wake up and about 18 minutes after coffee was magically delivered to that exact same place.
Where: In bed, of course.
Why: Because I really miss these delicious puffs, and although I make them myself (rarely), nothing tastes like the original.
How: Not my problem.
Apple Puff Pancake
Who: Me, Magnum PI, Steve McGarrett, Jack Shephard
What: Whatever fish is freshest, Macadamia-crusted. And a Mai Tai (make sure you use my recipe, it’s here: My Mai Tai).
When: As soon as I come in off of the beach.
Where: In a hammock on a lanai overlooking the beach in Hawaii.
Why: Beach, lanai, fresh seafood . . . why not?
How: Private jet?
Who: Me, Degas, Jules Verne and Coco Chanel
What: Baguette, crusty and still warm from the oven, Camembert and a Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
When: Sometime mid-afternoon, I’m not picky.
Where: Jardin de Tuileries.
Why: Are you kidding?
How: Probably something that involves a time machine.
Who: Me, George Clooney, Sting
What: Antipasto, Risotto, and a lovely Prosecco, of course.
When: Whatever time of day George and Sting are available. I’m a very accommodating guest.
Where: George’s villa in Lake Como, Northern Italy. Unless Sting wants to host at his place in Tuscany. I’ll let the guys work out the location.
Why: Great food AND eye-candy.
How: Any way I can.
Who: Me. Just me.
What: Anything chocolate, warm and gooey.
When: When everything’s done for the day and the house is quiet. You know, that moment at the end of a day when you take a deep breath in and let it out slowly.
Where: Back home. In bed.
Why: It’s been a long day of eating and traveling and scintillating conversation. How better to end it than with chocolate?
How: Carefully, luxuriously, and with a whole pile of napkins.
Apple Puff Pancake
2 Apples, peeled cored and sliced
1/3 stick butter plus 2 pats of butter
2 tsp lemon juice
2 TBSP brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon plus cinnamon for sprinkling
¾ cup flour
¾ cup milk
*Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a 10 inch pie plate with non-stick spray.
* Sautee apples in 1/3 stick butter until soft. Add lemon juice, brown sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon. Mix and cook for 1 more minute.
* Wisk the eggs, flour and milk together until smooth.
*Put 2 pats of butter into the pie plate and put in the oven. Watch it carefully, allow it to melt but don’t let it get brown.
*Carefully remove the pie plate and swirl the butter around the bottom. Immediately add the pancake mixture. Spoon the apple mixture into the center. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
*Put into the oven. Do not open the oven again until the pancake is completely finished.
*Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 10 minutes.
*Remove from oven and serve.