I have been thinking about what I have been doing for the past few weeks because I have noticed the lack of blogs coming from me. It’s mainly due to the holidays and that I have to get my packages into the in order to make our gifts arrive on time for Christmas in the US.
So I have not been knitting much not as much as I would like. But I have started to do some holiday baking. We went to a party last Saturday night and the hostess asked if I could bring something nibble. So I thought, hey I will make fudge. Well … but … the fudge was simply a disaster. I made Alton Brown’s version of fudge because it was made without marshmallows. I also own a really nice candy thermometer but that didn’t matter in the least because the fudge didn’t set; and I have no clue why! I reached the 234 F on the candy thermometer but still … So here’s my excuse - it could have been my ingredients; butter and flour are both very different here in Europe compared these same ingredients in the US. Also, Olive could attest to this theory as well as she has had a similar experience of using US recipes with European ingredients.
Anyway, I ran back to the “vortex” (aka, my computer), “googled” fudge again and scrolled down to find a nice selection from Martha Stewart. I made her “Simple Chocolate Fudge” version and it turned out perfect! (Can I just say how very happy I am that Martha is out of prison???) Even Gin and Vermouth agreed that it was good. I made another batch yesterday just for them.
But back to Tuesday’s Tin of the Week … I love Peppermint Bark. The Shaker traveled to the US last year and brought back Peppermint Bark especially for me. The girls don’t really care of the taste of mint and chocolate together (in the words of Vermouth, “whatever”). I ate “the bark” and kept the tin. In all fairness to Tuesday's Tin of the Week, this tin was kept long before the idea of "Tin of the Week" started and this week my fudge has a nice home in this tin.
The Martini Knitter