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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


So, what makes something in the kitchen a failure???
I will be the very first to admit that everything that comes out of my kitchen is definitely not a "success," but that does not necessarily mean it is a failure.

I have mentioned before that Murray is reading The Chronicles of Narnia to the kids.  To say that the kids are loving it is an understatement!  It is the first thing they ask Murray about when he walks in the door.  "Narnia" is their favorite thing to play with each other.

With this new fascination (and our love to cook), Aunt Wellon gave Miller and Ella "The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook" for Christmas.

I am sure you can guess the very first thing they wanted to make out of it...

Turkish Delight!

The way that Edmond is so enchanted with this simple pleasure makes my mouth water every time I read the book.  Any dessert that is good enough to trade a brother and sisters for more definitely has my taste buds very curious.

The kids have been begging and begging and begging to make Turkish Delight (since Christmas Day).  Last week, with rain, rain and more rain in the forecast, AGAIN, I figured it would be as good as time as any to make the much anticipated Turkish Delight.

I lost my helpers when I had to stir constantly for thirty minutes over medium heat.  And let me tell you, this was not just casual stirring, this was thick, thick, thick, thick stirring.  After about 15 minutes I had had enough of the stirring.  The consistency looked good enough to me.
And we only had one minor injury in the process.
The big bummer is you have to let it sit over night.
After Miller got over the initial let down of not eating his Turkish Delight right away, it actually made his anticipation grow even more!

This is the point I really started to question what we were making and 
if it really would be as magnificent as C.S. Lewis makes it sound.

But we did not give up.

The next day ee rolled the filling in powdered sugar and could hardly wait to try our very own 

T U R K I S H  D E L I  G H T...

Turns out, it was not such a delight!
No one ate more than one bite :)

So does that make it a failure?

The next day, with more rain and snow in the forecast, I decided we needed another project in the kitchen that would yield better results.

So we made Caramel Popcorn! 

And, oh, it was so good!  I could not stop sneaking handfuls every time the kids left me alone in the kitchen.

I feel pretty confident in saying this is one of the kids favorite snacks that I have actually made.  
But, what do you think they will remember longer,

The first time we made caramel popcorn?

Or the time we made Turkish Delight together?

I can almost guarantee that making Turkish Delight will be something we will talk about for a long time!  While it may have been a failure to the tastebuds, it was definitely a huge success in spending time together and building memories that will last forever:)

So, thank you Aunt Wellon for our Narnia Cookbook!   Hopefully our next dish will turn out better than the first.  But if not, oh well, at least we are having fun together and bringing some of the magical world of Narnia into our home!

Now, for our delicious Caramel Popcorn Recipe...

You need:
1 bag popped popcorn
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

1.  Preheat oven to 250

2.  In a large pot, over medium-high heat, melt butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and salt and then bring to boil.  Use a candy thermometer and bring temperature up to 250 while constantly stirring (I had actually just bought my candy thermometer the day before to make Turkish Delight.)  It only takes about 3 or 4 minutes to get up to temperature.  

It will be a beautiful golden color.

3.  Remove from heat and add baking soda.

     The caramel will then become beautiful and creamy!

4.  Add popcorn to pot and stir, stir and stir some more until the popcorn is evenly coated.  

If you do not have a pot big enough, use a large oven safe bowl and while you are making caramel mixture put it in the oven to warm up.  If you pour the caramel into a room temperature bowl, it will instantly harden - trust me, I know first hand :)

5.  Spread the popcorn on cookie sheet and bake for about 20 to 25 minute.  

Pass the time with an impromptu drum session

Or, catching snow flakes.

6.  Spread the popcorn out on wax paper or aluminum foil to cool.
Sweet Sage, what torture I put her through!

I promise you, you will love me for this one!  This popcorn is awesome!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Such sweet memories! I remember reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my Brad...and crying so hard at the end that Jim had to come in and finish the book since my tears would not stop!! We loved it. You are building such special memories with your three!!