In the blogging world, today is Sugar High Friday #8 (SHF), and the theme this month is Citrus. Hosted by Alice at My Adventures in the Breadbox, it’s a theme that normally would have been a slight challenge for me. Like Stephanie at Dispensing Happiness, I don’t often cook or bake with citrus, and usually just eat it right from the peel. However, a few months ago, I stumbled on a really fantastic dessert from Jamie Oliver, that qualified as an OMG dish for me. This is one of those recipes that the sum is greater than its parts (or however that saying goes!), as it is really simplistic both in ingredients and preparation, yet packs a WOW in terms of flavor. Elegant enough for company, ya gotta try Cheat’s Dessert, my submission for SHF #8. As Jamie describes it, “this is a dessert which is absolutely great for getting you out of trouble at the last minute if you have friends descending on you for dinner,” and that’s a very apropos description. I made some slight changes to it myself, and the recipe below includes those modifications.
4 almond biscotti
4 clementines, plus the juice of 2 oranges
4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
55g/2oz caster sugar
Smash the biscotti up into crumbs using a pestle and mortar, or place them in a clean Ziploc bag and bash with a rolling pin. Put them into a dish. Peel and slice the clementines, making sure you remove any pits. Bring 55g/2oz of caster sugar to the boil with 6 tablespoons of water on a medium heat until you have a golden caramel. Remove from the heat, add the juice from the extra 2 oranges and stir it in to loosen the caramel syrup slightly. Pour this over your sliced oranges so they marinate in the caramelized juices. Divide the biscotti crumbs between 4 plates and top with a scoop of ice cream and divide up the slices of caramelized orange.
We refinanced our house today, and I celebrated by getting out to the bookstores tonight to do a little retail therapy. Perfect timing, since the June magazines are starting to come out. I bought the new issues of Olive, Eating Well, BBC Good Food, Donna Hay and a few others. Barnes & Noble was having a “buy 3, get 1 free” sale on their books and I also picked up two books by Ruth Reichl (Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples) and The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw (loved her other books). Amanda, if you’re reading this, a copy of your very own will be winging its way to you! And lastly, Food & Wine released Chef Recipes Made Easy, featuring recipes from Mario Batali, Alice Waters, Bobby Flay, Jacques Pepin, Jamie Oliver, Wolfgang Puck and more AND Weber released Grilling with Family and Friends, which I also snagged. These last two are sold with the magazines, but lean more towards “books” with their $10/each price tag. So, a very, very good night in the literary sense.
That’s all for now … tune in tomorrow to find out what celebrity chef I get to meet this weekend. Until then, have a happy one!