Monday, July 17, 2017

Cookbook Throwback!

Ah, remember In Search of the Lost Taste, my first cookbook (unless
you count Fire & Ice, although it was later that it came out in nicer
form) published by someone that wasn't me! It came out in like, what,
2008 or 2009... wow that seems like a long time ago now.
Order here:
Or here:
Or order it from your local book store.

It told the story of an adventurer going about to outer space, inner
space and various weird locations in search of the perfect recipe.
Rather a sendup of food tourism and adventure stories, with cover
art by Aaron Renier, author of the Unsinkable Walker Bean and so
much more... 
Nate Beaty did the inside art, telling the story, super cute... his other
work can be found here:
And lastly, Ian Lynam was the design person, super cool and
interesting fonts and some places people bought this book
just for his work!!
It was a fun project to work on, and I've even read the story, which
starts each chapter, to various groups (mostly children). They
seemed suitably entertained.
I get an A for creativity on this one!

 Here's a recipe, since plums are around...

Sugared Plum Tarts
Pie crust, made into 12 little balls, rolled out into rounds,
place in lightly greased muffin tins or ramekins.
Prick them with a fork and sprinkle with sugar.

2 C. chopped Plums
 1 C. Sugar
½ tsp. ground
½ tsp. ground Allspice
1 tsp. grated Nutmeg
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
Sprinkle of Sweet wine
Sprinkle of Lemon juice
½ C. Flour
Sprinkle of Plum Brandy
A few dabs of margarine

Mix together all of these ingredients and place in your little pie shells.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then lower to 375 degrees and
bake for another 10. Decorate with little fanned plum slices with a bit
of sugar and lime juice on them.

* That was a lot of sugar! I would cut it back nowadays, maybe use
more plums. Might take a little more thickener but with smaller pies
that isn't as much of an issueas with a big one. I've probably got a pie
crust recipe on this blog somewhere, you should search for it.

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