Cooking School

I hope you’re all enjoying your week! I have been trying to keep busy as Eric is away on business again but its become quickly apparent how quiet this house can get when he’s away. Good thing I have my cute puppy to keep me company! She has taken up her place on Eric’s side of the bed now and I’m afraid Eric may have to fight her for it when he gets home. I can’t imagine what I’d do without her though. Here she was this morning when  I woke up.

But I digress, the point I’m trying to make is that when Eric is away, I plan more social things for myself to do so that I don’t go crazy being alone (though to be fair I am an introvert and enjoy being alone quite a bit). Wednesday night I decided to finally take some friends up on their requests for me to teach them how to cook something or in this case bake something. Recently, one of my girlfriends expressed an interest in pies and, just her luck, pies are one thing I have conquered. I invited her and another friend over for pie making and instructed them to bring two things: a pie plate, so they could take their creation home, and a pound of butter. Pies require lots of butter, maybe that’s why I like them so much…

I love that the evening meant spending time in the kitchen getting covered in flour and being chatty girls. I also loved the fact that each one of us wanted to make a different type of pie. I like to think people’s taste in pie is another facet of their personalities and find it fascinating what people favor in their pie flavors (this is the type of question that I love asking, “Hi, nice to meet you, what’s your favorite kind if pie.” I could almost decided if I like you or not based on the answer to that question alone).

After a simple tutorial on the Do’s and Don’ts of making pies, we got down and dirty making our pie crusts, rolling them out, making the fillings and putting the entire pies together. We had three pies in total; I made a peach, raspberry and blueberry pie, one of my friends made a blueberry pie and the other made a triple berry pie which include red raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.

I was so proud of our pies! Here they are before going into the oven:

Blueberry

Triple Berry (check out the gorgeous lattice top!)

Peach, Raspberry, Blueberry

We had such a nice time together. I love feeding people and using food to bring people together, to make them feel welcome in my home, but this was a whole new way for me to share not only food, but the passion that I have for making food with people I love. It was so fun to see the pride my friends had in their creations!

Here’s shots of the finished products:

Blueberry

Triple Berry

Peach, Raspberry, Blueberry

My friends have now declared that I am giving cooking lesson and have named it “Marah’s Cooking School” and we’re already discussing what we’d like to cook next. I for one, can’t wait!

Lindemans Kriek – Beer Review

As women, I think it’s safe to say that if you choose to drink alcohol you’ve probably heard of Lindeman’s Framboise beer. It’s the sweet raspberry beer that is usually served in a pretty glass and is in fact pink.

Product - Lindemans Framboise

It’s one of those stereotypical “girl” beers and for good reason, many women really do enjoy it! But something most people fail to realize is that Lindeman’s makes other flavors of this tasty lambic. Apple, peach, cassis and kriek (cherry) are also flavors of this popular elixir.

Eric and I are big fanatics of all things cherry, you can read about that in this post or this post, so when he spotted a cherry lambic while purchasing some other beer, he couldn’t pass up the chance to try it.

He poured it into two glasses at home and the color was so pretty and Christmasy, being so red.

Once you pick up the glass to drink, you smell a sweet and very cherry aroma but the beer itself is not overpoweringly sweet. I find the raspberry one to be just a little too sweet for me to drink a whole lot of it, but the cherry was a nice balance.

If you’re a fan of cherries and looking for a drink that embodies Christmas Spirit, look no further than Lindeman’s Kriek. It will not disappoint!

Speaking of Christmas Spirit, can you believe its less than 2 weeks till Christmas?! Yep, I freaking out a bit this morning considering I haven’t even purchased cards to send out or wrapping paper, or finished shopping, but I did finally finish decorating the outside of the house! Hopefully Santa won’t miss it now.

How are your holiday plans coming, anyone else feel like Christmas has snuck up on them this year?