Happy Mother’s Day!!! Hooters Mother’s Day Deal: Moms Get Free Wings

Happy Mother's Day!!!  Hooters Mother's Day Deal: Moms Get Free Wings

If you’re truly and hopelessly without an idea for what to get your mom for mother’s day, perhaps you’re a chiseler and you’re looking to save a dime, or you’re a mom yourself and just want some free wings, Hooters is a good time had by all.

Hooters restaurants will be honoring all moms this Mother’s Day with a free order of 10 boneless wings, tossed in their wing sauce of choice.  The offer is good for all ladies who dine in at participating Hooters restaurants on Sunday, May 13th.

Can’t say as I’ll be taking them up on the offer but it’s nice to know the option is there if things really go down hill.

Happy Mother's Day!!!  Hooters Mother's Day Deal: Moms Get Free Wings

British Asparagus Festival Cancelled – Due to Lack of Asparagus

British Asparagus Festival Cancelled - Due to Lack of Asparagus

Recent rain and flooding Northwest of London, has forced organisers of the annual British Asparagus Festival to cancel the event, for lack of asparagus.  Organizers said that, after an unusually warm March, the flooding that followed heavy rain and cool temperatures in April had left the seasonal vegetable “almost completely dormant”.  After the River Avon burst its banks, flood waters left the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire (the event’s venue), under several inches of water.  And yes, the Asparamancer was due to be there.

Organizer Angela Tidmarsh said:

“We were expecting asparagus to be scarce due to the unseasonably good weather at the start of the year followed by the recent deluge.  However, this week’s flooding means that the asparagus crop is almost completely dormant.  What’s more, the venue for the festival has been under several inches of water when the River Avon burst its banks.  It’s ironic as the British Asparagus Festival was started as a way of helping the area recover after the severe floods of 2007.”

The British Asparagus Growers’ Association has reported the earliest recorded, but small, crop of the vegetable due to the hot March, but said that with cooler temperatures and rain, production had ostensibly come to a halt.

In a continued interview with Organizer Angela Tidmarsh, she said there were plans to continue celebrating asparagus throughout May and it was hoped the crop would be available for the asparagus auction at the Fleece, at Bretforton on May 27.   The “king of asparagus”, due to be crowned at this weekend’s festival, will instead receive their crown of asparagus spears at the auction.

More cool weather forecast means it could be another ten days to two weeks before asparagus reaches British shops in full volume.  Growers say this year’s harvest is likely to be short but particularly intense.  Plants that had been stunted would pick up pace when the weather improved.

The Cuddrireddra of Delia – An Italian Spiced Cookie For Easter

The Cuddrireddra of Delia - An Italian Spiced Cookie For Easter

Being that I’m a full continent’s worth of travel from my family there was no Easter/Passover celebration in Seattle as such.  We had a nice day out, relaxed about, and I decided I’d make an obscure, unpronounceable, fried Italian cookie for dessert.  Typically they come in a neat crown/ring/pretzel sort of shape.  That’s unless you’re lazy.  If you’re lazy then they can be any shape you like.

Cuddrireddra is the Sicilian word biscuit, and is a tasty and crispy small donut shaped cookie from the town of Delia, in the middle-ish part of Sicily.  Local legends say that the cookie, which has the form of a little crown, is a tribute to the noble women of Delia who lived in the medieval fortress that still dominates the town during the war of the “Vespri Siciliani” (1282-1302). Continue reading

Peeps S’mores!

Peeps S'mores!OK, I also understand the need to stand down with the whole Peeps thing.  Three recipes in a row.  I still have some left.  To be fair the leftover ones are now fairly stale.  I know there is a contingent of the population who will place these things on top of the microwave and leave them for extended periods of time to acquire the necessary state of staleness.  Mine are just garden variety stale.

S’mores are so good because they offer cheap entry into serious comfort food.  Anyone can make them.  The recipe is so easy that it needn’t be written down or even referred to.  Admittedly it’s easy to go on a s’mores bender.   And that’s never pretty.  But there’s not much better than a warm, toasted, gooey marshmallow melting a slab of cheap chocolate sandwiched on graham cracker. Continue reading

Battered and Deep Fried Peeps!

Battered and Deep Fried Peeps!I’m still on my Easter themed Peep kick.  Rather, I still have leftover Peeps that can – in one way or another – be sacrificed to the food gods.  I last sacrificed three dozen Peeps to make some Rice Krispy treats with a technicolor twist.  I had given some serious consideration to sharing that with my co-workers.  After a taste test I thought better of it and consumed the whole thing by myself, over the course of a week.

I had read up on several attempts to deep fry Peeps.  Often as not the Peep would nearly disintegrate or the coating would come slipping off, leaving virgin marshmallow to be decimated by hot oil.  I jumped into this knowing only what had been tried before and didn’t work.  There’s not a lot of documented deep-frying of Peeps going on, clearly. Continue reading

A Breakfast Casserole Recipe

A Breakfast Casserole RecipeDuring the Christmas season a variation on this breakfast casserole makes its way out of the fridge on Christmas morning and at far flung family celebrations as a treat for the morning after whatever celebration has just transpired.  Given its comfort food quality and its great taste, why not move it into more regular rotation, then? Continue reading