Eye Will Never Be The Next Food Network Star
One would think that I would watch reality shows of value, if there is such an animal. Dancing With The Stars, America’s Got Talent; but no, I am addicted to Big Brother, Survivor, The Kardashians, Ice T & Coco Reality Show and the Next Food Network Star. What sticks in my head is always what the judges on Food Network Star say and that is ‘always tell a story with your food’ so it gives the audience a bit of info into who you are…so I have decided to do just that today with this post.
Of course you can look at my Bio and know who I am…but the real me is in my personality and my words. At times I am quite fun to be with and I am never at a loss for words especially if I can take those words and put them into contexts that my Grandmother would gasp at. Yes, this is the same Grandmother who told all her grand-daughters when we were dating ‘that it is okay for the men to touch us as much as they want above the waist, but never below.”
Now you get a glimpse into my family and know why she was married twice to men who were madly in love with her and one who I believe owned the town of Scranton Pennsylvania he was so rich.
When my father died and my mother had been alone for a while it was nothing for my sister and I to tell her she needed to get laid…right after she cut the marijuana plants that she had been watering for my brother all summer long and had no idea.
Yes, this is a glimpse into my family. Who I am. My mother was supposed to marry a man that Aunt Soph Bronfman and my uncle Irving wanted her to marry. Instead she fell in love with my father, married him, had three kids (my brother with Tourette's Syndrome)who all wound up to be University graduates. It didn’t matter that none of us chose to be schooled or had the freedom to venture into the area of life we loved, because had we, I am certain my brother would have had many Oscar statues today and I would have gravitated towards Fashion. My father was a dress designer and all that fashion meant to him was working in a hot factory all day long and there was no way that was going to happen to any of his children and there was no way my brother was going to venture into Acting because he needed to make a living.
Never mind that my brother, Tourette's and all, studied Fine Arts; Major Acting and that he was granted the lead role on stage, when Sir George Williams University decided to put on the production of Harvey, primarily to accommodate my brother’s talent; and have him play the lead of Elwood P. Dowd, who was the character that James Stewart played, in Harvey.
To rave reviews.
So none of us followed our dreams and instead we followed into paths designed for us by our folks who grew out of the Depression. It didn’t matter half of my mishpocha made their living bootlegging whiskey or that the other half ran gambling houses a la Funny Girl and Fannie Brice. Holidays at my house when I was a kid, were just fascinating, as stories never stopped nor did the laughter.
So this is the story that would delight Susie Fogelson and Bob Tuschman when I present to them...
THE ICE BOWL.
No explanation of what this is, is needed. It is an Ice Bowl which can be used for anything: Sangria; fruit; ice cream…the list can be endless but you must remember to either put it on a towel or another plate as the ice does melt. You want something that can hold the water that will defrost off the ice bowl.
1..You must have two bowls with one bigger than the other so that they can fit inside with a considerable amount of space to allow for water and decorations. I would say 1/2 – 1 inch would be sufficient.
2…DECOR…Gather either fruit, or herbs, or whatever decorations you would want to be shown once the bowl is able to sit on the table. In this case I used sliced Strawberries and Peaches and Blueberries with Mint leaves
3. Place 1 inch of water into the base of the larger bowl and then place it in the freezer until it is frozen solid. This will become the base on which the little bowl will sit.
4. Once the base is frozen take the bowl out of the freezer and place the smaller one inside and on top of the frozen ice base. Carefully pour water around the empty space between the two bowls using either a measuring cup with a spout or any cup with a spout. Then place the decorations around and even though they will float just simply try to push them down with popsicle sticks or the back of a spoon. The more decorations you use the better but this can be done without any decorations.
5. A weight must be put into the smaller bowl so it doesn’t move. I used water and it froze and was a good weight.
6. To make sure that the center bowl does not move and sits inside giving an even space all around…use plastic wrap to cover the top so it holds.
7. Take out the bowls from the freezer and let is sit room temperature approximately 10-15 minutes so that you can easily remove the interior/smaller bowl.
8. Turn the ice bowl over on a flat plate and warm a dishtowel in the microwave or under hot water. Keep rubbing the bottom of the bowl so that it heats up just enough to release the iced interior which will not take long. Immediately turn it upright and place back in the freezer to firm up.
9. Take it out ; fill it with what you have planned (in my case it is fruit which has been macerated in Red Wine) and make sure you place this bowl with a towel underneath to soak up the water that will be melting.
Serve it and listen to the Awes and Oohs and then send them to my post right here….
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