Thursday, September 1, 2011

Matt's & Dana's New Adventure


My son and his girlfriend are the two bravest people I know.  They spend their Christmas vacations in foreign and exotic places, like Iceland, Romania, Puerto Rico, Central Mexico and San Francisco.  The last may not be so foreign, but it's the one they've decided to move to.  They leave Tuesday, so Mom and I drove to Nashville to see them off yesterday.
  We went to Rotier's for lunch, where one of the cooks took our picture.  I took their chaise lounge home with me because they were going to sell it, and I've always dreamed of my very own chaise lounge.  I'll reupholster it this winter, an adventure of my own that I'll share with you as it happens.
  We said our almost-teary goodbyes, then followed them to the Belcourt neighborhood to do some shopping.  They took us to Pangea, www.pangaeanashville.com/.  It's an amazing store, filled with folk art, hand made jewelry and luscious accessories.  Then, goodbyes again, and Mom and I went next door to Davis Kitchen Supply.  Dangerous.  Dangerous store.  Many items of use and need to pastry chefs.  Dangerous.  Cut into my fabric budget.
And here we see my idea of heaven.  Textile Fabrics:  www.textilefabricstore.com/   I love this store.  I have to say that one thing I do not like about living in 
Knoxville is it's lack of a fabric store.  My wallet is probably healthier for it, but I sure do wish there was
 one like this.
And what would a Sweet Threads post be without SWEETS?   I've been dreaming of rocky road ice cream lately, but haven't bought any because of the mediocrity of the store-bought product.  So, for this week's cooking school, with Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park in Boston (www.no9park.com/), I made this version.  It's chocolate ice cream poured into molds with vanilla bean marshmallows pushed into it before it froze solid.  The white square is another marshmallow, with toasted pecans and chocolate chips in it.  The sauce is caramel, and the crumbs are chopped pecan toffee.  The sauce is simply warm chocolate ganache.  Yeah.  Yum.
Well, I've just previewed the post and found the fonts and sizes of fonts to be completely haphazard!  
I apologize, but must fly off to work. 
 Please accept my apologies for those with damp keyboards!