Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Festivities

Our family and friends have been enjoying the festivities.  Here is a recap.

1. I found this fortune in my cookie.

2. The Kakayo truffles Mr. KJ gave me for Valentine's Day (in a Chinese takeout box!)

3. A Year of the Tiger paper cut for the girls.
4.  The girls also enjoyed CB2's Clothespin Chopsticks

4. And an office lunch at Rol San in Chinatown.
I hope you are enjoying the celebrations.  Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras....

It's Shrove Tuesday, are you having pancakes for supper?  

Our family likes to attend a community pancake breakfast.   There are usually lots of kids and you don't have to cook and it's an opportunity to meet other families.

This past weekend, the Ottawa Citizen tested five pancake mixes.  Betty Crocker Bisquick came out on top.  For some reason, the testers did not test our family's favourite - President's Choice Extra Fluffy & Complete

We also love William Sonoma's Flappin' Jack Pancake Mix, but we only purchase it when it's on sale (usually after Christmas).

Finally, I am going to leave you with Martha's Maple Syrup Glossary.


Grade A: Light

Also known as fancy or Vermont fancy, grade-A light syrups has a light amber color and a mild maple flavor. It is made from the earliest spring sap, and is used as table syrup or on ice cream.

Grade A: Medium


Grade-A medium syrup has a medium amber color and a more pronounced flavor than grade-A light. It is the most popular grade for use as table syrup.


Grade A: Dark


Grade-A dark is also known as grade-A dark amber. It is darker and more robust than the other grade-A syrups and has a heartier maple flavor. It is made later in the season, and is very popular for table and all-around use.

Grade B


Grade B syrup, made during the end of the sap season, is also known as cooking syrup. Similar to molasses, it is the strongest, darkest syrup. Its strong flavor makes it the best grade for cooking and baking.

Once you've chosen the grade of syrup you like best, it's important to know how to store it properly. Pure maple syrup contains no preservatives. If not stored correctly, it can become moldy. Store it in refrigerator after opening for up to a year. You can also store it in the freezer; pure maple syrup will not freeze. Warm the syrup to room temperature before serving.

What would we do without Martha's wisdom?    Enjoy the festivities!
 

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