World’s best Alfredo sauce

I had a dinner party yesterday and made my mother’s very best ever Alfredo sauce. It is incredibly good and very easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 l whipping cream (33%mf)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Half a block of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated/flaked parmesan
  • A dash of freshly ground pepper
  • A shake  Hot paprika (like 1/16 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)

Cooking time: 90 minutes or more.

Steps

  1. Add the whipping cream to a saucepan  and turn  the burner on to low.
  2. Crush the garlic clove into the cream and give it a stir.
  3. Cook the whipping cream on low for about an hour, until the cream has reduced to about 3/4s.
  4. Add the cream cheese, the parmesan,  pepper and paprika. Stir.
  5. Keep stirring and cooking on low to medium-low for a while longer, half an hour if you have it.
  6. Add salt and more pepper to taste.
  7. Serve over freshly made pasta.

Happy 2014

Happy new year, everyone :) All the best hopes for everyone in 2014.

I spent the day doing my traditional New Year’s clean-up today; I purged quite a few things that I’ve been meaning to for some time. The only thing left to do is drop a box of pots off at the thrift store and I’m done.

Back to work tomorrow.

Anyway that’s all the bring stuff. I’ve started using Instagram for pictures; you can see my stream at http://instagram.com/breeonne.

stairwell-vancouver
Stairwell in Vancouver (Broadway off Ash)

Baked Egg Cups

A fun breakfast idea.

Ingredients:

  • Whole egg (1 per cup)
  • Thin sliced ham or cooked bacon
  • Cheese (I used old cheddar)
  • Chipotle hot sauce

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Put two slices of ham into personal ramekins in a “cup” shape (ie line the cup with ham). If using bacon, either shape the bacon to the cup if it’s not too cripsy; otherwise break the bacon up and line the ramekin
  3. Crack one whole egg into the ramekin on top of the ham.
  4. Add a couple of dashes of chipotle hot sauce on top of the egg.
  5. (Note that there is no added salt in this recipe – if you’re using ham or bacon, there is already a lot of salt in this dish, and the egg doesn’t need additional seasoning) (well, maybe a little pepper)
  6. Add a few slices of cheese on top of the egg, just to cover the top of the egg.
  7. Bake the ramekins for 16-18 minutes. The goal here is to have the egg white set while the yolk is still a bit running.
  8. Remove from the oven, and eat.

 

 

Skulls and squiggly things

Back in February, we went to the Beaty Biodiveristy museum (pro tip – free admission for UBC employees and students) and here are some pictures. Warning, there are dead squiggly things in jars in this post (and even more at the Flickr Set).

Display
Display: Red, Green, Dead Birds
Sea snake in a jar
Sea snake in a jar. Perfect Seal
Mountain Goat, Reflection
Mountain Goat, Reflection
Untitled
Squiggly things
The Owls are Judging You
The Owls are Judging You
Life Matrix
The matrix of life, from Day 0 on.
Black Tailed Deer
Black Tailed Deer
Blue Whale Skeleton
Blue Whale Skeleton

 

Thrift Shopping

Ended up at the thrift shop today and found a whole bunch of books from my childhood – oh, the memories. The disturbing memories.

sweet valley
Best Friends? Or Choosing Sides?

Given that between Book #1 and Book #4, Elizabeth throws over her twin sister for another bestie, you can imagine how their teen years would play out. Oh wait.

twins
Most twins I know aren’t like this

This wasn’t one of my childhood books, but I couldn’t pass up a picture; the cover is  like some horrible mashup of a conjoined twins horror film and a bad photoshop job.

space jam the book
Space Jam, the novelization

1) how and b) why.

mathnet
A Mathnet case book. MATHNET.

MATHNET. I flipped through,  there were actual math questions to help you solve the case. I’m impressed.

Tho I’m a bit curious about the dummy.

clue
Clue boardgame novelization

Book #10 isn’t bad for a crappy Scholastic board game novelization. The premise is that Mr. Body (left) invites all his murderous friends up for the weekend (again) and murder ensues. In the vein of the Encyclopaedia Brown books.

bcs
Babysitter’s Club Super Mystery

I’m not quite sure where to begin with this one. “it’s beginning to look a lot like danger”? Those sweaters? some asshole trekking ash across the carpet? Honestly, life in Stoneybrook isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.