It's a blue moon tonight.
Wiki has an interesting article on what a blue moon is HERE .
Read the article and you'll understand where the saying "once in a blue moon" comes from.
Sheila decided this occasion needed a cake and I volunteered to make one...as if I wouldn't. I didn't want to just make a regular cake though.
I wanted to make a BLUE MOON CAKE!!!!
I had all these grandiose visions of having the man in the moon on the cake, all sorts of nice craters and things showing up, and I even thought of putting up some moon landing stuff for fun.
My vision was pure art I tell you.
The reality was more like this,
It's just half a sphere with blue icing.
BUT, I made a spherical cake without one of those spherical cake pans! IT CAN BE DONE!
And there was minimal cutting involved. I used 1 9inch springform cake pan, 1 pie plate, and 1 pottery bowl. FYI the batter in the pottery bowl cooks up fine, it just takes a bit longer. The only thing I cut was the cake out of the pottery bowl because the bottom side wasn't flat enough. Other than that, stack them up in a 3 layer cake and ice it into a sphere.
In other news, I made my first home made pasta sauce recently.
We had an insane amount of roma(plum) tomatoes from our garden out back so I blanched roughtly 2 colanders full of them, peeled them, and chopped them up. I also used a bunch of onions from the garden out back and sauteed those with fresh garlic and olive oil. I added fresh basil paste, fresh chopped oregano, salt and pepper, a bit of sugar to balance the acid in the tomatoes, and I have to admit I didn't have tomato paste so I threw in a store bought can of sauce to help it thicken. I also browned some lean ground beef and made it a meat sauce. Oh and I added a little hot sauce and one secret ingredient to give it some zing. :-)
Here's my very first ever from the garden made pasta sauce!
IT WAS AMAZING!!!!
I worked hard on that sauce and even burned my thumb. Yes, suffering and love went into that sauce people.
IT ADDS TO THE FLAVOUR!
I can't believe I had an Italian grandmother and I never got around to making a home made sauce until I turned 40. She'd probably pinch me and be proud of me at the same time.
Wish I could have known you Grandma Ida!
Dave, tell her good things about me ok? And tell her I love elephants too.
Miss you. Always will.
I think of you all the time...not just once in a blue moon.