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Monday, July 24, 2017

Creative Eats: Mandarin Orange Fool

Last night I decided to make a mandarin orange fool. A fool is an English dessert of custard with fruit puree folded in. Nowadays, most people forego the custard and use whipped cream instead. I decided to make whipped cream instead of custard.

What brought my attention to this recipe was an incident that happened three weeks ago. There is this 18th century YouTube channel that makes recipes relating to Colonial cooking. The channel decided to make a "recipe fit for the Washingtons", which was an orange fool. Alt-Right fanatics and Trump fans took the name the wrong way, the alt-right snowflakes thought the channel was mocking Trump, and they all posted nasty comments on the channel. They were later deleted and the creator had to release a video statement stating his channel is not a channel for politics, but 18th-century cooking. I ended up subscribing to his channel.

I decided making whipped cream would be easier than making a custard. I found a recipe for a whipped cream fool, it was a blood orange fool. Blood Orange Fool
However, Wegmans ran out of blood oranges and the produce clerk suggested substituting with Mandarin oranges instead.

Tonight I made the Mandarin orange fool with the following recipe:

3 Mandarin oranges, peeled
1/2 cup fresh honey
1/2 cup water
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
8 oz. Mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Put the three peeled oranges into a sauce pot.

Along with 1/2 cup honey. (There's 1/4 here... but I ended up putting in more)

Add the water.

Let boil.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

What it looks like after it simmered for 10 minutes.

Put half of the orange mixture in the blender.

Blend until smooth. Put to the side. Keep the other half of the unpureed mixture in the sauce pan.

Beat the heavy whipping cream until it forms peaks.

Add Mascarpone and almond extract.

Mix until smooth.

Layer the whipped cream and puree.

Add the whole fruit.

It's a tad tart, but delicious! Next time I really want to make this fool the next time with blood oranges. Blood oranges are sweeter.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

35th Annual Turks Head Music Festival | Everhart Park, West Chester, PA | July 16, 2017

Hi dear readers,

I'm finally getting around to sending you the photo album from the Turks Head Music Festival that was held last Sunday at Everhart Park in West Chester. The weather was beautiful; Christina and I had a great time.

We arrived an hour early but decided to go to the playground until the festival officially started. We had a great time swinging on the swingset and catching up. With the wind and shade, it was the perfect spot to wait for the festivities begin.

 However, the swings were a little too low and ended up walking around to the different vendors. I love small retail businesses and I couldn't help buying from one who I saw this crocheted hippo. The hippo was colourful and too cute to pass up.

When the festival started at noon, Christina and I had fun playing with the hippo and listening to the different local acts. The Turks Head Music Festival turned 35 this year and the groups had special performances. We loved dancing, singing, and meeting some of the performers. I named my Hippo Violet and she also loved dancing with me and Christina. 

Joy Ike, a soul performer from Pittsburgh, was really nice. I bought two of her albums and she agreed to take pictures with us. Small performers are great because they really take the time to get to know their fans and the meet and greets are more intimate. I added the CDs and pictures to my happiness box project.

Before Christina and I left to go to the Mad Platter, we decided to rest in the gazebo. I love the Everhart gazebo because the views are perfect. Christina and I arrived in time for a Native American performance. That was really cool to watch, I wish I took video. However, I didn't want to be disrespectful.

I'm glad we had nice weather and it was nice seeing Christina again. The day was lovely and enjoyable.