3/29/15

walter mitty clementine birthday cake

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It was Camden's birthday on Friday ... To celebrate I made him this clementine cake from one of our all-time favorite movies, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  It was really good, in fact it's almost gone today, only two days later.

Our family is so lucky to have a stud like Camden around. He is a wonderful husband and father ... We all love him so much! Happy birthday, Camden!

This clementine cake comes from, Cathy Merenda, who worked on set while they were making The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and according to her, this recipe is the exact one used in the movie.

For the cake you will need:
5 small clementines 
6 eggs
1 1/4 cups of sugar
2 1/4 cups of ground almonds
1 teaspoon of baking powder

For the glaze you will need:
2 cups of confectioners sugar (I used more like 3 - 3 1/2)
1/2 cup of clementine juice
3 tablespoons of softened butter

For the candied clementines (on top) you will need:
3 clementines 
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water

To make the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter and line an eight or nine inch springform pan with parchment.
- Poke each clementine three to four times with a knife. Put the clementines in a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for three to four minutes. Cool slightly, then dump clementines into a food processor and process until smooth (I didn't have a food processor so I used a good blender instead). 
- In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until lightened in color and doubled in size, about five minutes.
- Add in chopped clementines and mix well. Then add ground almonds and baking powder, mixed until combined. 
- Pour mixture into pan and bake for about forty-five minutes or until a skewer will come out clean.
- Cool in the pan on rack. Once the cake is cold, remove from pan and peel off parchment paper if any.
- Top with glaze and candied clementines. 

To make the glaze:
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined, adjusting sugar and juice as needed. Glaze should be loose but thick.

To make the candied clementines:
- Slice clementines very thinly.
- Put sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. 
- Add clementines to sugar mixture and simmer on low for fifteen to twenty minutes (watch carefully as it will burn easily)
- Pull clementines from sugar mixture and lay on parchment paper until cool. 

3/25/15

and after he's worked hard all day...

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Jude spends the first hour of bedtime working hard too. We'll hear him trying his hardest to stand up, once he does, next we'll here a loud "uuuhhhh" over and over until we finally peak our heads in. Then comes this proud smile. I could never be mad at that sweet yet oh so proud face of my baby Jude! 

3/23/15

the most simple dinner we've been eating every night

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We've been eating in a lot more lately. Sometimes, when we don't feel completely drained and aren't drunk with evening laziness, we will actually make something ... And by make something, I mean something that has more than a few ingredients ... And by ingredients I mean not already prepared. This here is not one of those meals. However, this is one of our favorite, most delicious meals as of late and I'll tell you just what it is. Pay attention though, it's pretty tricky ;-)DSC_6463 DSC_6448 DSC_6456 DSC_6470 DSC_6475 DSC_6489You need: garlic naan, white bean hummus with pine nuts, butter, reduced balsamic vinegar. 
To make: Warm bread on oven rack for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread with butter while still hot. Drizzle reduced balsamic vinegar and serve with pine nut hummus. 

Minds blown ... You are welcome ;-p 

3/16/15

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On Pi day, baby Juder turned nine months old ... isn't that crazy? We celebrated by taking a walk down to the mall and watching the fountains ... Jude loves the fountains. He also got to eat some of mom and dad's milkshake at dinner. All he could say was "mmmmmmmmm!"

At nine months old Jude:

loves trying new foods
has two teeth
loves jumping in his swing
has mastered crawling and is now pulling himself up to standing which is crazy scary!
loves drinking water out of straws
likes chasing Kramer around the house
loves playing with musical instruments
can clap his hands on his own
loves the book Pat the Bunny