Monthly Archives: November 2008

To pop or not to pop…that is the question

Well, not really the actual question.  I burned myself making some salted caramels.  So, now I have a huge blister on my wrist.  It’s kind of gross.  It looks like a huge wart on my wrist.  Kind of cool kind of not.  Oh well.  I would say the caramels were more or less a success.  I am not going to call it a complete success because the texture was wrong, so wrong.  It was super hard.  The flavor was great!  I don’t mind sucking on it.  But, the final product was not what I was looking for.  However, the SO and I agreed that the taste was so worth it that I would do again some other time.  I don’t know when though.  The burn hurts.  After I let it cool, I wanted to let coat it in chocolate and all that jazz.  But, it wasn’t meant to be, maybe next time.

Salted Caramels (from eatmakeread)

1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon fleur de sel
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water

Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly oil parchment.
Bring cream, butter, and fleur de sel to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.
Boil sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but gently swirling pan, until mixture is a light golden caramel.
Carefully stir in cream mixture (mixture will bubble up) and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 248°F on thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes.*
Pour into baking pan and cool at least 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces, then wrap each piece in a 4-inch square of wax paper, twisting 2 ends to close.

I unfortunately forgot to wrap them in wax paper and just stuck them together in a bowl because I was very frustrated with them. 

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Better luck next time.


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Waiting to do my job…

My job as an American citizen that is. I voted. I voted for Barack Obama. Yesterday was the last day of Early Voting in Florida and I made sure it get it done the day before. I even got a $15 parking ticket for it. It was liberating and I felt proud that I put my two cents in this who deal. I voted for other things as well. I voted to appeal that ridiculous law about some crap about Asian aliens who couldn’t own land. It was like passed in the 1920’s for the Japanese. I couldn’t believe that even existed and I couldn’t believe some politicians said that might have been useful in the future. I voted against number two. We all know how I feel on that. A half percent tax raise to help Alachua county’s wild places and parks. I thought it was for a good cause. At least I won’t have to wait in line on Tuesday; it’s going to suck.

I told the SO to go and vote early while he still could and now he may have wait in stupid lines. I can only hope he does the right thing and votes for Barack Obama. Too bad my car’s in the shop. I might have considered going to see him speak tomorrow.

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