saturday morn. popovers & lemon curd.

(Meyer lemons)

Even Saturday mornings come early with a one year old in the house. However, I found myself laying awake anyway with anticipation of the possibilities of a slow Saturday that involves no extra curricular activities and no certain plans – perhaps just coffee with a friend this afternoon. The sun is beaming this morning (despite it being very cold) but increasing clouds and a wintry mix are supposed to take over the afternoon and night.

Speaking of Spring (my last post), I’ve been craving a lot of citrus and lemon these days. So with having plenty of time this morning, I thought I’d make one of my favorites – popovers. And in the early morning light, try my hand at making lemon curd to tag along with them for something different. The finished curd tasted rather good but I definitely need more tries to get this one right. Mine was far from spectacular when it came to thickness. It was more the consistency of a heavy cream vs a jelly. I’m blaming it on the little guy I had on my hip the whole time. 😉

Both of the popover and lemon curd recipes were from the Joy of Cooking cookbooks.

The Lemon Curd recipe was from the newer 75th Anniversary edition.

The Popover recipe was from the 1964 edition and is slightly different than the newer 75th edition’s Popover recipe (just in case you were wondering 🙂 ).

Joy of Cooking – Popover recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 450°. Beat together all ingredients except the eggs just until smooth. Then add eggs one at a time. Do not overbeat.

The batter should be no heavier than whipping cream. Fill the buttered muffin cups about 3/4 full. Do not overfill. Bake at once. After 15 minutes, lower the heat to 350° and bake 15-20 minutes longer. Don’t open the oven when lowering the temp. You can test for doneness by removing one of the popovers – make sure the walls are firm. If they are not cooked long enough, the popovers will collapse. (Joy of Cooking – 1964 edition)

*Serve immediately with a variety of toppings. You can make them savory or sweet depending on your cravings. The kids enjoy just a little powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Happy Saturday!

the midwest. a wintry weekend.

It’s what I’d been wishing for and what I’d missed while living in the south, that certain quiet that only happens when snow begins to fall. Although, we had a couple snows while living in Alabama, the anticipation was the same but the snowfall seemed different. It was brief and so infrequent that it wasn’t embraced the same as it is here. (I’m sure northerners say the same thing about those of us living in the midwest 🙂 ) To put it simply, I would compare the feelings of a large snow here to the feelings of our trips to the beach down there. Serene, cozy (each in its own way), beautiful, and a vacation from the ordinary.

Me and the middle have taken several walks since the snow began falling Friday afternoon. The first was Friday night. The sky was still somewhat bright even after eight o’clock because of the snow, the cloud cover, and the moon. Everything was already blanketed with snow and it was still falling steadily. For the first time in along time, she began to talk. About things at school and all sorts of odds and ends as they ran through her mind. This is when I learn her – where she is at and who she is becoming! The only thing better than that beautiful quiet I mentioned above is that beautiful quiet mixed with her nine year old chatter. So funny how quiet always lends itself to the things we really need to hear – either from our nine year old or someone else.

My weekend has been full of snow, shoveling, food (lots of time for homemade soups, cookies, and pizza), play, laundry, my people! Hope your weekend has been full of the best of your world too! Happy Sunday!