Wk 7 (July 23 – 29)

Week 7 done of my US National Food challenge!  5 out of 7 – again not bad considering I’m on vacation still!

July 23 – National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

2014-07-23 Vanilla ice cream Vanilla ice cream … what can you do with it to make it look interesting in a photo?  Not much!  But I found some yummy vanilla ice cream while in Canada, not ice confection, mind you, but real dairy ice cream.  Very yummy and very gluten-free!  Mind you, I put this photo on Twitter as well, and some company replied and said their sprinkles would make the ice cream look better – not sure if they were trying to help me or themselves!

  July 24 – National Tequila Day

Not being a big drinker (not at all!), I sat this day out!

 July 25 – National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

It was interesting to have this day two days after the vanilla ice cream day.  To be honest, I combined the two – served up my vanilla ice cream for Wednesday, took the photos, then made the sundae and took that photo … and then ate it!  Nothing too special, vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate fudge sauce, whipped cream (from a can) and slivered almonds.  Very yummy though! 2014-07-25 Hot fudge sundae

 July 26 – National Coffee Milkshake Day 

I struggled with this one – I really don’t like the taste of coffee, and my digestive system doesn’t really appreciate lots of milk these days, so I thought I’d sit this one out as well!

July 27 – National Crème Brulee Day

 2014-07-27 Creme brulee First time I’ve ever tried to make custard from scratch.  And then do the torching of the sugar on top – fortunately my brother had a torch so I could make it look proper!  But I had a few problems – originally I had it in a dish that was way too deep and the custard wasn’t setting.  Then I put it into ramekins and cooked for another 30 mins, but it still didn’t set properly, except one of them, which my brother got.  The taste was great – I guess I just needed to leave them in the oven for a little longer!

 July 28 – National Milk Chocolate Day

 I originally was just going to buy a chocolate bar, take a photo of it and call that my contribution for the day.  But Grant said that wasn’t really the spirit of my challenge, and I needed to make something out of milk chocolate for this day.  So, I thought I would bake some chocolate crackle cookies again (recipe here) but after some research through Twitter, I found a recipe that also used coconut with the almonds and chocolate chips.  I tried it.  I liked it.  Very much.  This is now my new nemesis of a cookie that I can’t stop eating!  2014-07-28 Milk Chocolate (chocolate crackle cookies)

July 29 – Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day

Tomato, cucumber and feta salad  Wasn’t sure what this day was all about, but the link basically took you to a number of different cheeses.  During my stay with my brother and his family, my sister-in-law showed me one of her favourite quick salads, with tomato, cucumber and feta cheese with a balsamic and olive oil dressing (my adaptation of the recipe is here).  So, since this recipe uses a slightly different than normal cheese, I thought I’d have this dish for this day!

Coming up next week:

  • July 30: National Cheesecake day
  • July 31: National Raspberry Cake day / Cotton Candy day / Jump for Jelly Beans day
  • August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie day
  • August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich day
  • August 3: National Watermelon day / Grab Some Nuts day
  • August 4: National Lasagne day
  • August 5: National Waffle day / National Oyster day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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