My Dad isn’t really one for all the fluff of a “celebration cake”. In some ways that meant I had an easy job for making something for Father’s Day, but what? What would I make that still looked special but didn’t require chocolate (Dad isn’t a fan) and still looked well presented.
Having recently received my Chelsea Winter cookbook, At My Table, (it arrived the day we flew out to Canada) I browsed the pages and found something that seemed very much the type of food my Dad would like.
I’m sure Dad would have been quite happy with a block of cheese, or liquorice, or pineapple lumps, instead he got Chelsea’s Oma’s Dutch Apple Cake.
While Chelsea has shared a large number of her recipes on her own website, this particular one isn’t one of those. If you search you’ll find someone else has shared the recipe, but for copyright purposes I won’t.
When I phoned Dad to see that he’d be free the Sunday afternoon I ended the call with “tell Ruth she doesn’t need to make anything, we’ll bring afternoon tea”, and I knew those words would mean nothing.
As expected Natalie and I turned up with afternoon tea and Ruth had a table laid out with savouries and slices.
All that food was way too much (no surprises there!) and there was a heap left over. I had made far too many cookies so I dished those out and I left the leftover tart with Dad and Ruth to have with their dinner (which was leftover afternoon tea).
When we arrived home I got stuck into make Chelsea’s Cream Chicken Vegetable Pie. It isn’t a difficult recipe, but it does take a fair amount of time to get it all together, and that despite having prepared the carrots, mushrooms (yuck!), garlic and leek (the first time I touched one of those – had to ask for help how to prepare it!) during the morning.
The pie however was well worth the effort. Despite Mr Fussy’s misgivings about leek (which he’d never had, but on principle that it was a vegetable he didn’t like it) he enjoyed the pie. We did suggest that we might make it without the mushrooms next time. Neither of us are a fan but my MIL likes them so I kept them in, this time.
Going back to my cookies, I bought a dehydrator on returning to Christchurch and this was my first time trying it out with the cookies. It certainly helped speed up the drying time, but it didn’t quite eliminate the possibility of craters. You can see a couple of the letters have the tell-tale sign of a crater wanting to break free.
It was a very busy weekend in the kitchen for me. I’ve made Mum’s birthday cakes, ganache and royal icing in preparation for more sugar cookies to come.
During the week several packages arrived with more cake/cookie decorating things. One of those was a book on using cocoa butter to paint on sugar. The book has a number of different methods of painting and I enjoyed reading it Friday night. Now I’m itching to start painting. I can see a few week nights practicing all these new ideas I have running around in my head. In fact I’ve got so many ideas I’m almost not sure where to start! Better find somewhere.