Monday, October 22, 2012

Normal Whats That

I thought I would start this post with recipe which I got from Samhain Siren and today theme is normal
Vampire Blood Tomato Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 fennel bulb, chopped, about 2 1/2 cups
1/2 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
2 cups homemade vegetable broth or low-sodium canned
2 cups tomato juice
6 basil leaves, torn
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add fennel, onion, garlic, salt, fennel seed and crushed pepper, if using, and cook until vegetables soften and brown slightly, about 5 minutes. Drain and reserve juice from the tomatoes, then crush tomatoes gently with your hands. Add the tomatoes, increase heat to high, and cook until they begin to brown slightly, about 5 minutes.

Add the reserved tomato juice, vegetable broth, tomato juice, and basil leaves. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook until vegetables are cooked through and soup reduces and thickens, about 30 minutes.

Remove pot from stove and puree the soup in batches, with an immersion, regular blender, or food processor. Stir in lemon juice and season with pepper to taste. Serve. 

Muenster Sammies with Apple Jelly:

16 (3 1/2-inch square) slices Westphalian Pumpernickel, or other thin black bread
1/2 cup apple jelly
8 slices muenster cheese, about 3 ounces
8 slices yellow cheddar cheese, about 3 ounces
Optional garnishes:
Dill pickle rounds
Fennel fronds
Spanish olives with pimentos
Special equipment: Cookie cutters (pumpkins, ghosts, black cat, bats and witches), optional

Toast bread in toaster or toaster oven until slightly crisp, about 5 minutes (or less if using a toaster.) Spread one side of each slice of bread with apple jelly. Layer the cheese over the apple jelly, top with remaining slice of bread. Cut out as desired. Garnish as desired.
Now there is a give away over at Pagan Mart I have to say there stuff looks reasonable price. I didn't see any but I would like to purchase some yule cards with a “Yule greetings” inside. I already bought my Christmas cards for this year...I got them right after last year “Christmas Sales” 
It was an easy day since I haven't woke up. Before I took Quenella in to Sandpoint to see the eye doctor. I took care of some small errands that took less then 10 minutes each.
The 6th of November Quenella.
She had one stop which was super drug to return some type of screws and she got 5 practical candles. I went over to Big R and bought some yo-yo. That what our great grand niece and nephews are getting for Christmas. I haven't yet seen anyone you didn't like a yo yo.

Coffee is on.

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