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TWD #51: No man is an island…

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” ~John Donne

Amen John Donne. Amen.

(Is it just me or would that name make an awesome rock star name or action star name?)

I know I am usually pretty silly with my TWD posts but the above quote really hits me esp in these economic times. I have friends that have lost their job, lost their home, in foreclosure, struggling with their debt etc. Its enough to make a person give up and wonder why they work so hard. I guess I just want to remind everyone with the above quote that we are part of a bigger picture. Don’t isolate yourself. This is not the time for “me, myself and I” anymore. Help each other.

Can we do that?


This week’s recipe was chosen by one of my favorite TWD bakers, Shari of Whisk: A Food Blog. You can find the recipe on her blog. Don’t forget to see how the other TWD bakers did with their islands too!

What I learned this week:
I didn’t use to like the multiple step recipes that required wait time, chill time and/or down time. But as my life gets busier, I can appreciate taking it one step at a time, one day at a time. Just makes the end product that much sweeter.

Floating Islands
Recipe adapted from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan

I only have 2% milk in my house so I substituted the whole milk for 1-1/2 cups 2% + 1/2 cup half-and-half.

Dorie says the creme anglaise takes about 10 minutes to thicken but mine took about 15 minutes. Not sure if the 2% milk affected the time. *shrugs Take time to strain. I was surprised at the amount of egg chunks at the bottom. Can you say scrambled eggs??

Attack of the vanilla amoeba!

Props to anyone that could make these “islands” look pretty. Mine didn’t.


Husband rating: B+/B
He liked the creme anglaise. Reminded him of a silky pudding but said the poached meringue tasted like a soggy marshmallow. Sheesh tell me how you really feel huh?

Wifey rating: A-
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one. I knew the creme anglaise would be yummy but I wasn’t sure on the whole poaching-the-meringue concept. This recipe surprised me though. I liked it. Not my favorite Dorie recipe but it was very tasty.

Just curious? Which picture do you like better? white or black? Hubs preferred the black and I liked the white. I think he just likes to contradict me.

Next week: Devils Food White Out Cake (cover cake!!) pages 247-249

February 10, 2009 at 7:39 am 28 comments

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