Wow, what a party! A week long progressive dinner with Australia day thrown in the middle - I'm ready for a little kip! Thank you for coming to dinner. Thank you for the stimulating conversation, high praise and good fun. I've had a fabulous time!
The randomly chosen winner of my giveaway prize, a copy of 'Fresh Fabric Treats' and a layer cake is:
Bronwyn who said:
I have loved reading your post!! Just finishing listening to JBT solo on guitar - oh my!! The book looks delicious.
24 January 2011 08:26
24 January 2011 08:26
Congratulations Bronwyn! I will be in touch. Thank you to everyone who left a comment. Each and every one of them was read and appreciated! Please forgive me if I don't manage to reply to them all.
To follow up on a few queries:
Camembert is a traditionally French, semi-soft cheese. It is beautifully creamy, with a soft rind. It is readily available in Australia.
I may well have discovered why camembert is such a mystery to US readers. According to this site:
"Unfortunately for American consumers, true Camembert (always made with raw milk) is simply unavailable in the U.S. Why? It must be made with raw (unpasteurized) milk, and any cheese made with raw milk must be aged at least sixty days before it can be sold in the U.S. The difficulty is that raw milk Camembert won’t last that long. It’s aged for just two or three weeks and is at its best thirty or thirty-five days after it’s made... There are pasteurized Camemberts sold in the U.S., however. They are tasty; they just lack the range of complexity of the raw milk cheese."
Caster sugar is simply a very fine white sugar. It dissolves easily so it is ideal for meringues, jellies and baking. When used for baking, the smaller crystals caramelise evenly so it produces a fine golden colour in the finished product.
Caster sugar is evidently sold as 'superfine' sugar in the U.S.? If you don’t have any castor sugar on hand, you can make your own by grinding granulated sugar for a couple of minutes in a food processor.
A rasher of bacon?
A rasher is a single slice of bacon. Perhaps called Canadian bacon in the States?
Have a great weekend everyone. Bloom x