La La La Raspberry Bombe

National Raspberry Bombe Day, Desserts, Food Porn Friday, Foodimentary

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We celebrated some pretty cool desserts during the hazy days of summer like ice cream, frozen custard, and Semifreddo. Today on Food Porn Friday, we are celebrating raspberry bombe, since it is National Raspberry Bombe Day. Bombe, a frozen dome-shaped dessert, typically contains sherbet, heavy cream, sugar, chopped nuts, candied fruit and a dash of rum. It is layered in a spherical mold and frozen overnight. The center is made of custard, mousse, or ice cream in a different flavor.

Here is an impressive and easy Raspberry Bombe dessert recipe from the folks at The Culinary Cellar.

3 pints raspberry ice or sherbet, slightly softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
4 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon sugar
1-1/4 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup orange-flavored brandy
3 cups fresh red raspberries
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

1. Spread sherbet evenly over bottom and sides of lightly oiled 2-quart mold. Freeze, covered, until sherbet is hard, about 2 hours.
2. Heat 3/4 cup sugar and the water in small saucepan to boiling; boil until candy thermometer registers 238 degrees (soft-ball stage), about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks in small mixer bowl until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in hot sugar syrup in a slow steady stream until mixture cools to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, about 30 minutes.
3. Combine orange peel and 1 teaspoon sugar in small bowl; mash together with back of a spoon. Whip 1-1/4 cups cream in chilled small bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in brandy and orange-sugar mixture.
4. Fold cream mixture into egg yolk mixture. Spoon into sherbet-lined mold. Freeze covered overnight. Unmold onto serving plate. Garnish with fresh raspberries, the 1/2 cup whipped cream, and mint leaves. Serve immediately. (Don’t forget to stick a sparkler on top and light it right before serving! It looks really cute and festive). Serves 10-12.

Happy #RaspberryBombeDay

Attention Deficit Seduction

Smartphones, Texting, Technology

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Have we become blinded by how much we are more controlled by technology than we care to admit? Our very thoughts, imagination, analytical perception, and creativity all seem to be controlled by our digital devices. Are we now becoming the robots, in this crazy role reversal? Don’t get me wrong, I like my mobile devices, but I refuse to let them seduce me into a scary and obsessive relationship.

I was recently listening to a conversation about how common it is for people to walk and text, or drive and text simultaneously, oftentimes resulting in some scary and tragic situations. Although driving while texting is illegal in many states, walking while texting can be just as hazardous. Why are we so obsessed over our Smartphones and digital devices? How did we become so seduced by those illuminating screens that make us lose our sense of awareness?

Many people do not find this seduction problematic, but let’s face it, our digital devices are just as addicting than controlled substances. Go into practically any restaurant and observe how many people cannot sit, talk and eat without grabbing their Smartphones. It appears that no one wants or prefers to talk anymore, but instead prefers to let their fingers do the talking.

Another alarming thing I have noticed more often than I care to admit is when you see parents or caretakers paying more attention to their smartphones than they do to their kids. Of course, as some of you may have experienced, saying something to these adults brings on a glare of war declared on you for saying something, or they may even hurl insults back at you…like mind your own damn business kind of responses. 

While many feel this is our new normal, should we just deal with it? I am inclined to believe that Attention Deficit Seduction is too great of a risk to take when it comes down to the safety of yourself and others. That’s just my two cents for today!

Roller-Skate Stilettos

Stilettos, Shoes, Fshion, Designer Footwear, Saint Laurent Roller-Skate Stilettos

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Everyone who knows me knows how much I love a pretty and unique pair of high heels. Foot candy is an important fashion element for any wardrobe. So when I read this article, SAINT LAURENT’S ROLLER-SKATE STILETTOS ARE THE BEST THING YOU’LL SEE ALL WEEK, I couldn’t believe the combination of elements designed into such fanciful footwear for that unique fashion statement. It’s quite an art piece.

Although this accessory is a jaw-dropping splurge if you had a lot of disposable income, would you pay £1,995 ($2,638.39) for them? I do love these shoes, but for safety reasons, I can do without the rollers and only take the stilettos. Just sayin’. Click here to read more of this fashion story.

Back-to-School Lunchbox Memories

Vintage School Lunchbox

I can’t believe it’s that hallelujah time for Back-to-School. Aside from buying essential school supplies and new clothes, I am reminded of that fundamental back-to-school accessory from my childhood and that was the tin lunchboxes with matching thermos. Lunchboxes were the fashion statement over the brown paper bag, and students who carried one were considered oh so cool.

Vintage School LunchBox, Lunch Pails, Lunch Containers, Lunch Tin Totes

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Nowadays lunch containers come in many sustainable designs, but for me, the vintage lunch boxes were quite an art statement as much as it was a hip, school fashion accessory. Did you have a metal or tin lunchbox? If so, what kind? Come, let’s take a quick trip down vintage school lunchbox memory lane.

Vintage Lunchbox, School Lunchbox

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Tin Lunchbox, Vintage School Lunchbox

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Tin Lunchbox, Vintage School Lunchbox

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Vintage Lunchbox, School Tin Lunchbox

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Vintage School Lunchbox

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Back-to-School Days are here again
the halls are bustling with noise again
so let’s sing a song of homework again
Back-to-School Days are here again!

– Kym Gordon Moore

Poetry of A Summer Twilight Clear

Summertime, Poetry, Full Moon

Image Credit: Sheila Brown

As summer winds down and as the days shorten, if you live in an area where nature sings it’s daily and evening songs, you can’t help it when you are moved to momentary silence. It’s such a beautiful thing.

A Summer Twilight Clear

It came upon a summer twilight clear
I sit, surrounded by peace surpassing all understanding
I watched the birds retreat to their treetops
as a rambunctious squirrel scurried for his last evening acorn
strobing fireflies sparkled momentarily aglow
I looked upward towards the south eastern sky
and saw the face of the moon smiling in full brilliance
I smiled back and whispered all is well with my soul.

© Kym Gordon Moore

The Creamy Richness of Frozen Custard on Food Porn Friday

Frozen Vanilla Custard, Frozen custart, Frozed Dessert

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Well, we are in the middle of summer and still trying to beat the heat by cooling our parched tongues with relief from something beyond iced cold. Ice cream is one of our all time favorite summer dessert treats, but there is another frozen dessert that is richer and far more luscious.

Although National Frozen Custard Day is celebrated on August 8, we couldn’t wait until then to drool over and feature this dense creamy magical goodness. So what’s the difference between ice cream and frozen custard? While they both are frozen, cool and creamy, ice cream is made from milk, cream (or both) while the ingredients of frozen custard are milk, cream, and egg yolks.

The ingredients needed for this Frozen Vanilla Custard from the good folks at MyRecipes.com are – 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup half-and-half, 1/2 cup sugar, 5 large egg yolks, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Hands-On Time
16 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 39 Mins
Yield
Serves 8 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Click here to get directions on how to make this deliciously rich Frozen Vanilla Custard.

Here’s another recipe to check out for preparing this cold rich heat quenching frozen custard dessert.

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Click here to get directions for this FRESH CHERRY & FROZEN CUSTARD PIE RECIPE from Divine Lifestyle.

Happy #FoodPornFriday