Little did I know that I'd be finishing one giveaway and starting another, but that's what's happening, so let's go with it! The winner for last month's $25 gift card is Jennifer Reed who likes salmon! And I hope you tried the paiche. It is really a great fish and one I could eat a lot of. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and not even slightly energetic but let me start by saying thanks to everyone for your condolences. I really had no idea there were so many kind people out there reading my crazy blog. I'm so thankful for all of you and your encouraging and thoughtful words really brightened my day. Now it is time to get going and get up and get dressed and face some new challenges. What better way to do that than with a gorgeous bunch of flowers staring me in the face?
These aren't just any flowers. These are Fair Trade flowers and by giving them you are also helping those that are growing them. From the Whole Foods website:
The Whole Trade® Guarantee seal means these flowers meet specific criteria including:
- Meets our product Quality Standards
- Provides more money to producers
- Ensures better wages and working conditions for workers
- Cares for the environment
- Donates 1% of sales to Whole Planet Foundation®
Additionally , children are often provided with schooling under the social premium that is paid for each case of flowers shipped. Not a bad deal when you think about it. Someone you care for gets roses and someone you don't know, gets to go to school. Makes me feel good!
My local Whole Foods at Southglenn has a great deal for those who live nearby. On the 12th, 13th, and 14th they are offering a dozen roses for $9.99! You can't beat that. And they are enormous and lovely and will bring a smile to anyone's face. Even mine! I don't know what your local store is doing but check it out. And buy them quickly. One year my husband missed out and came home with a dozen dried roses. I asked him why he was coming home with dead roses. He said that was all they had. Just maybe he should have planned a little bit ahead?
Nothing goes better with roses than someone you love and quite possibly, these cookies. After all, I am a cookie girl, you know that don't you? I found this recipe in the Wall Street Journal and though it was a poorly written recipe, after I deciphered it, I must say they came out delicious. I wish my Zoe was nearby because she loves Madeleines. When she was a little girl she used to go with her dad to Starbucks and order hot chocolate and a Madeleine.
Then when she was in 8th grade she had a French teacher that gave the kids a Madeleine recipe written in French and gave the kids extra credit if they made them. After buying the Madeleine pan, we did succeed in making them and I think she received an A on that assignment. If you happen to have the pan, these are a fun treat to make but they also work well in mini muffin tins, too.
Madeleines are like little sponge cakes but disguised as a cookie. They are perfect with a cup of tea. They aren't overly sweet and delightful for that little pick me up we all need during the day. These Madeleines have a touch of rose in them, but not too much. I did gild them with a powdered sugar glaze that I flavored with more rosewater. You could also use orange water and orange zest, or you could leave it out. I happen to think though that the rosewater gives that little something extra-the intriguing, exotic, what is that taste that makes you take another bite, and then another, until you've either figured it out or it's gone!
Match the tea to the Madeleine and look for something lemony. My favorite though is Earl Grey and as far as I'm concerned Earl goes with anything. Of course you could really surprise your loved one if you added in some chocolate and champagne and a night of romance. But there's no point in overdoing it is there? Trust me, roses and cookies could knock anyone's socks off! (Thanks for that, Mr. KR!)
Whole Foods is giving away 1 $25 gift cards to help fill your basket. All opinions expressed are mine, baby. All mine. This giveaway is easy to enter as long as you live in the US. Giveaway closes on February 23rd. Subscribe if you don't want to miss the announcement of the winner or tune in on February 24th to see if you won! (And please, if you have a common name, you need to give me a hint like Sue from Sioux City or something like that, or an email address to reach you) The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator! So now, to enter: (dahdah, dah, dah, de DAH!) Enter once by leaving me a comment and telling me what your favorite Valentine's Day recipe is! Enter again by following me on Pinterest or Facebook or Twitter. I'd love you to subscribe. Hey, I'll give you 2 entries for subscribing!
Lemon Rose Madeleines
Yield: About 18
Total Time: 25 minutes
Adapted From: Wall Street Journal
3 T unsalted butter melted to grease pan
6 T melted unsalted butter
2 t lemon zest or zest of 1 large lemon
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/3 c sugar plus 1 T
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 t rose water
1 c sifted cake flour
1/2 t baking powder
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 375.
Brush Madeleine tin with melted butter and dust lightly with flour. Some butter will be left for the second batch.
Melt 6 T butter and stir in lemon zest. Let cool to room temperature.
In an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until very light and lemony in color but thick in consistency, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and rose water and mix for about 10 seconds.
While eggs and sugar are beating, mix flour, baking powder and salt. When egg mixture is ready, sift half of flour mixture over and fold gently into batter. Now do that with the other half.
Gently fold in cooled, melted butter until incorporated into batter.
Using a tablespoon, scoop into prepared tin. Bake until center of cookie springs back to the touch and edges are golden brown. 8-11 minutes does the trick. Let sit in pan to cool for 5 minutes then turn on a rack to finish cooling. Dust with powdered sugar or glaze or both! Wash tin, butter and flour again, and repeat.
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