Thursday, 19 January 2012

Pistachio Butter

Tonight I went looking for a pistachio butter recipe because we had some salted, roasted pistachios that weren't exactly going down a treat. Modifying a few of the recipes I found online (everyone treats it like an artform), I blitzed a cool little number that is guaranteed to go well with the likes of filo pastry rolls (think Greek), panfried veal or roasted chicken, or even on your morning toast. The applications go as far as your imagination can stretch! If you like pistachios (or even sweet yet savory nut flavours), this is guaranteed to get your lips a smackin'.

le beurre de pistache

100g shelled pistachios
100g softened butter
50g raw caster sugar

Method: Put all ingredients in the blender, food processor, or blending bowl attachment of the stick mixer and blitz until it's the consistency you like.

Yep, it's a difficult recipe alright, a total art form.

NOTE: I happened to have made my own butter also (no, I do not moonlight as Betty Crocker or Nigella Lawson in the least!). The supermarket was selling out the thickened cream and I bought a pile and beat it to death in the Kitchen Aid (no Thermomixing going on here, ladies), and now have a lovely little supply of buttermilk and butter. The butter I used was my own but this will only affect shelf life and not end result.

ALSO, I did read online that if you completely husk the nuts, the butter will hold more of that trademark pistache bright green. Other people have sweetened to taste with honey and agave sugar or nectar. The general rule appears to be two to one. One part sweetener, two parts nuts. I did see one recipe that used 3/4 cup of honey with 1 cup of pistache, but this seemed like a sickly outcome to me.

REMEMBER what I tell my kids when adding to taste: Start with the small amount and you can always go back for more, because once you add it you can't take it out or put it back in the jar.

Enjoy :)

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

“Faites pour les autres tout ce que vous voudriez qu'ils fassent pour vous, car c'est là tout l'enseignement de la Loi et des prophètes.”

Friday, 6 January 2012

Putting It To Good Use

One of the things God told me quite clearly a number of years ago concerning one of my gifts was "Use it or lose it." Would God actually say something so severe? You'd better believe it. I don't know about you, but sometimes I need something said to me in no uncertain terms so that I will grasp it and run with it.

I decided to grasp and run, and have enjoyed some serious success in this area, especially about two and a bit years ago when my gifting was "called to question" again. How serious was I? How bad did I want to pursue this and be used by God?

Pretty bad. Quite bad. Reeeaalllllllly death-deyingly badly, in fact. So I am pursuing.

As a matter of following this pursuit, I signed up for several quality email subscriptions only to realise many of them are on repeat. How do I know this? They built up in my inbox and today it was time to sift the chaff from the wheat. It's also good for seeing which emails are in agreement, which are simply selling something, and which come from left field and are of very little good to me whatsoever.

Some emails were a bit more challenging, while others offered seats to hear people speak on topics I just read about in emails I just deleted.

For me, 2012 is about being decisive, but also about avoiding distractions. Someone asked me recently why I don't blog more frequently. Well, I believe in quality, not quantity (that's for sure), but I also don't want to be the last word on someone's life. I like to choose what I'm going to say and everyday life determines the importance of when and what to say.

What say you? How do you decide what will take your time and what will waste it? Can you cut out something that is a distraction in order to be come more productive in the area of one of your greatest gifts?

It's worth thinking about, and hopefully acting on.

“He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away." Luke 19v26

Eh bien, je vous le déclare, à celui qui a, on donnera encore, mais à celui qui n'a pas, on ôtera même ce qu'il a.