Thursday, October 17, 2019

Pause for pavlova

Ah but TECHNICALLY I didn't say which Wednesday SPECIFICALLY, so... Here's a lil Katrielle dessert post while from Pennsylvania!

Episode 8: An Unexpected Windfall
Dessert: Pavlova

It's sweetened whipped egg whites baked until crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I used this recipe. Here's how it turned out.

Verdict: Didn't get this one to look very much like the picture, admittedly; the picture looks like an individual serving but the recipe is for a big one and I didn't know how changing that would mess with the cooking time. As it turned out, it rather kindof caved in, but the whipped cream topping helps hide that. What it tasted like was when cotton candy gets compressed and hard but also flavored like... egg whites. So... I can't say I cared for this one much.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Scarecrow time while we... oh I don't know

Comics WILL come before Wednesday! But before that, here I've made a scarecrow for great Halloween decoration.

I named him Waiter Wilby. Then we had to pick our pumpkins as the weather's turned frosty.

A good haul.

Some more fall pictures:

And Katrielle dessert!

Episode 7: Ratman Returns
Dessert: Tiramisu 

Tiramisu is alternating layers of ladyfingers soaked in coffee and brandy, and a cream with weird cheese in, topped with cocoa. I used the (halved) recipe that was printed on the ladyfinger package.

Which is as follows:

3 egg yolks
2 T. sugar
1/4 C. Marsala

Beat eggs and sugar together, then cook in simmering double boiler while slowly adding Marsala and beating constantly. Cook several minutes until softly thickened. Set aside in refrigerator 30 minutes.

1/2 C. whipping cream
2 T. sugar
8 oz. Mascarpone cheese

Whip cream and sugar, then fold in cheese and cooled egg-yolk mixture. Mix until combined. Refrigerate 1 hour.

1 C. espresso
1/4 C. brandy
1/2 T. vanilla

Line rectangular dish with 8 (or however many) ladyfingers. Then spoon half of coffee mixture over them. Spread cream mixture over that, sprinkle with cocoa, and repeat for a second layer. Cover and refrigerate at least 5 hours before serving. (THIS STEP IS IMPORTANT AND I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED IT.)

Verdict: Since we didn't wait long enough when we first tasted it for a lot of the alcohol to evaporate, it was WAAAAAY too boozy. Better the next day, but then it tasted like coffee, which I also don't like, so I'mma pass on this one.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Witch time for a stitch in time

No I still haven't drawn comics, but I've decorated for Halloween, and thought you might like to see all  three witches together now.

There they are, havin' a blast.

And here's the next Katrielle dessert!

Episode 6: Katrielle and the Bus Beyond Time
Dessert: Tarte Tatin

It's basically an apple upside-down-tart with a caramelized sugar and apple-goo sauce. I used this recipe. Here's how it turned out!

Verdict: I think it came out looking nice, but I only tried one tiny bite, because I utterly loathe any form of cooked apple. Sure enough, I couldn't stand it. My parents thought it was REALLY good however, a least until my dad loosed a filling to the caramel...

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pumpkin time while we take our time

Still no comics but here are lovely fall pictures.

Pumpkins are growin' in!

It's that warty goblin!

And some mushrooms.

Pancake mushroom!

Sesame seed bun mushroom!

And more pleasantry.

And here's the next Katrielle dessert!

Episode 5: Katrielle and the Lucky Man
Dessert: Galette de Rois

Galette de Rois is an Epiphany cake made of puff pastry with almond filling. I used this recipe, with poor man's modifications. Here's how it turned out!

Verdict: I liked it, though it could have used WAY more filling, in my opinion.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Bird time while we bide our time

I know I promised funny engagement trip comics, but I haven't made them, so let's skip ahead to now as I plan the wedding. One thing I've done to prepare is design the invitations. My idea is all based on a nursery rhyme book of fortune-telling crow counting simply called Crows. The first stanza goes like this:

One is for bad news
Two is for mirth
Three is a wedding
Four is a birth.

So I wanted the motif to be three crows! Here's the page from the book.

Image copyright Heidi Holder

I drew up four different designs, then my fiance picked which one we're using, which I'm not to reveal until it's used, but here are the other three!

This is the cutesy cartoony version. Speaking of sunflowers, mine have really taken off! Here's a pretty fall bouquet I put together with them.


This one is horizontal type. I did a watercolor wash for the background.

This one... well I can't imagine why he didn't pick it.

You'll see the one he did pick later!

And then these birds came barreling through the yard!

Turkey time!

Not the best pictures; they're notoriously skittish, so they bolted before I could get very near.

Bother to them!

To close, here's the next Katrielle dessert!

Episode 4: Katrielle and the Phantom Thief of the Century (which has a bird in it too, I should mention.)
Dessert: Fruit Tart

I used this recipe for the crust, but after how the Millefeuille cream turned out, I got paranoid about everything being too eggy, so I switched over to this recipe for the cream filling, then brushed melted apple jelly over the fruits to make them shiny.

Verdict: I liked the crust a lot, the filling was kindof blah. I might try again sticking entirely with the first recipe, since the creme brulee was egg custard and turned out just fine, and it may be that I just messed up the tempering on the millefueille. (I actually made this one second; I can't always go in order because I had to act when the fruit was in season!) But all in all I think it made a smashing presentation.

Good day!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Quick bears

Quick post today before I hunker down to draw some stupid comics about the recent announcement!

Howbout the garden! The only new and exciting thing I planted this year was some dwarf sunflowers.

They're... smaller than I expected. I'll try planting normal ones in future years to come.

Now let's meet some bears!

Shopping Bear I got at the big ol' historical society garage sale. What a great outfit he has!

Beddy Tear was a very simple sewing kit of sorts with pictures of the front and back printed on the cloth and you just sew 'em together. I did a little needle sculpting on his neck just to give him a bit more definition.

Both of those were named after things said in Team Edge videos, huh...

Anyways, to close out, here's our next Katrielle Dessert!

Episode 3: Katrielle and the Resurrected Corpses
Dessert: Creme Brulee 

I used this recipe. (with a few modifications for being poor and simple) Here's how it came out!

Verdict: Holy BUCKETS this is good. I've already made it a second time since this first try. Huzzah!