Sticky Toffee Pudding

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A good sticky toffee pudding should be more than simple sugar hit – add nuts, for texture, and cloves or ginger for a hint of spice, and this is one transatlantic migrant which will have no problem getting its visa renewed.
This pudding is my favorite, it’s one of the reasons why I put on at least 5lbs when I am in the UK!
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175g medjool dates, stoned and roughly chopped
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
300ml boiling water
50g unsalted butter, softened
80g golden caster sugar
80g dark muscovado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
175g flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of ground cloves
75g walnuts
For the sauce:
115g unsalted butter
75g golden caster sugar
40g dark muscovado sugar
140ml double cream
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C or 350 F. Butter a baking dish approximately 24cm x 24cm.
2. Make the sauce by putting all the ingredients into a pan with a pinch of salt and heating slowly until the butter has melted, then turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Boil for about 4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour half the sauce into the base of the dish and then put it in the freezer while you make the rest of the pudding.
3. Put the dates and bicarbonate of soda in a heatproof dish and cover with the boiling water. Leave to soften while you prepare the rest of the pudding.
4. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, and then beat in the eggs, a little at a time. Stir in the flour, baking powder, cloves and a pinch of salt until well combined, and then add the dates and their soaking water, and the walnuts, and mix well.
5. Take the dish out of the freezer and pour the batter on top of the toffee sauce. Put into the oven for 30 minutes, until firm to the touch, and then take out of the oven.
6. Heat the grill to medium, and poke a few small holes evenly over the surface with a skewer or fork, and then pour over the rest of the sauce. Put briefly under the grill, keeping an eye on it as it can easily burn. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Is sticky toffee pudding the perfect marriage of stodge and sweetness, or does the name promise more than the dish delivers? What do you like to add to yours – I like it with Custard or Ice Cream.
ENJOY!!!!

Mount Ashland Oregon

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Did you Know…….
Mount Ashland has tons of snow this year and great skiing for all the family, alpine skiing, snowboarding and sledding. There is also night skiing under lights. My children used to love night skiing, we would start around 4 pm after school on a Friday, they would ski until around 9 pm and come into the lodge every so often for some hot chocolate and a snack. They are all grown up now but they still have fond memories of those Fridays in the snow!
It’s a wonderful time to come to Ashland and enjoy the winter fun!  For information go to

Fire destroys Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point Oregon.

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Fire destroys Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point Oregon. For all of you who have been out to visit Butte Creek Mill  during your stay at the Blue Moon, this is devastating news.
The unthinkable happened on Christmas morning. Butte Creek Mill which was a unique historic water powered grist mill, caught fire and burned to the ground.
 No one was injured, for which we are thankful.
Bob Russell and his family are determined to rebuild the mill, we wish them well in their long journey ahead.
To find out more about the Mill and how to contribute to the rebuilding effort go to their website:

THE ANTIQUE STORE

Butte Creek Mill Antique StoreThe Antique Store is still open while the mill is being rebuilt it is adjacent to the mill. It was an 1895 cheese factory before being converted to the antique store. They have an incredible collection including toys, advertising signs, country store materials, etc. There are new items to delight you each time you visit.

Smithfield’s Pub and Pies

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Smithfield Pub and Pies opened just a few weeks ago on Second Street in Ashland. Just one block down from Smithfields Restaurant.
Owner and Chef Neil Clooney has always wanted to open up a  pub and pie place, when Paddy Brannan’s Irish Pub closed it’s doors, Clooney felt was the perfect opportunity to follow his dream.
Jean-Pierre and I had a meal there just a few days ago, we both had the Steak, Ale and Cheddar pie with sides of mashed potatoes and peas.. it’s the ultimate in comfort food… absolutely Delicious!
Meat pies are not the only pie on the menu, there are also fish, vegetarian and even gluten free pies.
The restaurant and bar has a real pub atmosphere, plus a large array of Oregon Craft beers to choose from.
It promises to be a lively place with live music and trivia nights.
Open Daily from Noon to Midnight…. 541-482-7437

Cornish Pastie Recipe

 

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Cornish Pasties are an British staple, they are savory and super tasty finger food!

Cornish Pasties

For pastry:

3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, diced

¾ cup ice water (you may not need it all)

For filling:

12 ounces raw beef skirt steak or chuck steak, cut into 1/3-inch dice

2 cups 1/3-inch-diced yellow or white onion

2 cups peeled, 1/3-inch-diced red or Yukon Gold potatoes,

2 cups 1/3-inch-diced carrots

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped

For assembly:

1 large egg

2 tablespoons milk

For pastry: Place the flour and salt in bowl of a food processor; briefly pulse them together. Add the butter and pulse at 1-second intervals until largest pieces of butter are size of chickpeas. Remove lid, pour 1/2 cup ice water evenly over flour mixture, replace lid, and pulse a few times. Add just enough additional ice water so dough holds together when you press it between your fingers. Do not overmix.

Pour dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, gently pat it together using edges of plastic wrap; then flatten it into a large, flat disc or rectangle. Wrap it tightly in plastic and refrigerate while you make filling. (Dough may be made several hours ahead of time, or a day before, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to use.)

Heat oven to 400 F.

For filling: In a large bowl, combine the chopped beef, onion, potatoes and carrots. Add the salt, pepper, olive oil, thyme and rosemary; mix well. Set aside.

Cut pastry into 6 equal pieces and shape each into a flat disc. On a lightly floured surface, gently roll each piece of pastry into a 9-inch round. If dough starts to stick to work surface or rolling pin, sprinkle it with a small amount of flour.

Place about 1 cup filling on each round, either in center if you want to bring both sides of pastry up and together, or on 1 side so you can pull other side of pastry over to make a semicircle. Use your hand to compact filling a little.

Beat the egg with the milk, brush edges of pastry with egg wash and seal them together. If you’re making semicircles, you can decoratively crimp edges of pasties with a fork or your fingers.

Place pasties on a heavy-duty baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper. Brush them all over with egg wash. Bake in preheated oven until golden-brown, for about 40 to 45 minutes.

Serve pasties hot, with mustard on the side. They will keep for a couple of days in refrigerator and will also freeze well. Reheat in oven or microwave.

Makes 6 pasties.

Merry Christmas from the Blue Moon Inn

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Christmas greetings from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
This is the season for memories, of Christmases past, of our children hoping to get their longed for gift under the tree, now for many of us it’s our grandchildren who rush to the tree on Christmas morning hoping their favorite present will be waiting for them. I have always loved this time of year.
Jean-Pierre and Julie wish all of you a very happy holiday season.

 

Pureed Broccoli Soup

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Pureed Broccoli Soup is a warming hearty soup, full of flavor and perfect for cool fall weather days. Enjoy!
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or parsley
  • 8 cups chopped broccoli (stems and florets)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, “no-chicken” broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste.
Directions:
  1. Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme (or parsley); cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  2. Stir in broccoli. Add water and broth; bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in half-and-half (if using), salt and pepper.

Hearsay Restaurant Ashland Oregon

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Hearsay is a new restaurant in Ashland Oregon that we love.The ambiance is lovely,
Jean-Pierre and I had dinner last week at “Hearsay ” on First Street.  Our meal was fabulous, tasty soup to start and then a juicy steak and for dessert a deconstructed Baklava… absolutely divine!
Well worth putting Hearsay on your list of favorite restaurants. There is much more than good food at Hearsay.
It wouldn’t be a Monday evening at Hearsay without the amazing Alan Berman!   Alan’s cabaret theater work in San Francisco let to solo engagements at the once famous Purple Onion. This exposure brought the opportunity to sing and tour with vocal groups, The Cables and later, The Other Three, working on the Playboy Club circuit and other show clubs around the country. His 3-year stint with “Cornucopia”, a jazz-rock group featuring original tunes brought more focus on the keyboard. Alan eventually settled in Monterey, CA where he found mentors in piano and voice, and played regularly with inspiring jazz musicians. The Monterey/Carmel area eventually provided him a musical livelihood without travel. In 2005 Alan and his wife Harriet moved to Ashland. Join everyone there from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a night of wonderful classic jazz piano tunes. Also other guest artists come to Hearsay to entertain you, there is music most evenings of the week.
Sometimes Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors join everyone after the play is over and also entertain patrons of this exciting new space.

 

 

 

Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon 2016

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Autumn is such a  lovely time of year. Astoundingly rich colors of brilliant gold and sunlit yellows greet you as explore our unique town of Ashland Oregon.
November is the time when many of you will be planning your trips to Ashland for 2016 so, please remember to book early at the Blue Moon to insure that your favorite room will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Did you know……  Spring is a good time to come to Ashland, there are lots of events … such as the Independent Film Festival and the Taste of Ashland.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival tickets are less expensive in spring and so are our rooms at the Blue Moon.  Whenever  you decide to visit Ashland, we at the Blue Moon are always excited to see each and every one of you; we appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Cake

Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Cake
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I made this cake for tea, it’s a tender, rich and delectable cake with tons of cinnamon and a deliciously gooey glaze, truly scrumptious!
Our guests absolutely loved it, one piece left for me, I savored every bite.
 
Ingredients:
 1 stick butter, softened
 1½ cups sugar plus ¼ cup, divided
 ½ cup greek yogurt
 2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
 3 eggs
 1½ cups flour
 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
 2 teaspoons cinnamon
 2½ cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×5 loaf pan with baking spray.
 In a stand mixer beat the sugar (not including the ¼ cup) and butter together for 2-3 minutes or until noticeably lighter in color and fluffy.
Add in the eggs, yogurt, milk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
 Using the last ¼ cup of sugar, add the 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to it. Add in half of the batter, then half the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.
Add another half of what you have left (so a quarter of all the batter you started with) and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar over that layer.
 Add the rest of the batter. Bake for 60 minutes or until your tester comes out clean. Cool cake completely before adding the icing.
 Mix the powdered sugar and milk (just enough to have a thick but pourable consistency, like honey. Reserve ¼ cup of it and add the ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to it. Pour the regular icing over the cake. Add the cinnamon frosting to a small ziploc bag. Cut a tiny bit off the edge and pipe a zigzag line on the top of the cake.
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