Thursday, 12 July 2007

Little Foodies America - Pecan Pie and it's all about MeMe

I wish!

Pecan Pie (or Peecan Pyyy)
Enough shortcrust pastry to line an 18cm (7inch) flan/pie tin.
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
2 tablespoons of soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
250g pecans (could have used a lot less)

Line the pie tin with the pastry and bake blind in the oven (220C/450F/gas mark 8) for 8 minutes. Take it out and let it cool a little.
In a bowl beat together the eggs, golden syrup, sugar, melted butter and vanilla essence.
Arrange the pecans in the pastry shell. You could easily get away with using 100g / 4oz pecans.
Pour the syrupy mix over the top and bake in the oven on high for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to about 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and cook for a further 25 minutes.

We really could have used a lot less pecans but Little suggested it would taste so much better if we tipped the whole 250g packet in. Having never made or eaten pecan pie I don't know if he's right about it tasting better but it certainly does taste very good.

It's all about Meme...

I've been tagged by two lovely ladies Nora of Life's Smorgasbord and Margaret at Kitchen Delights. So here goes...

1. I've said that I will sort out the food for the evening reception at my cousin's wedding in France (in under a month). That's fine there will only be 72 people! Eeeeeek!

2. Ever since, I've been surfing the internet for ideas of traditional French wedding food and festivities. I've unearthed all sorts of traditions such as the bride and groom should drink from a double handled goblet that has been engraved with their names, etc. but not really anything about food.

3. We're driving and I'm not that keen on being in the car with 2 small children for what may seem like forever. As we're going on to Spain afterwards I fear that we may fall out several times before we return home.

4. My dad's friend taught me to ride my bike without stabilisers when I was about 5 years old. He held the back of the bike and said he was still holding it when in actual fact he'd let go about 50 metres before hand. I turned round to see I was riding by myself and immediately fell off! My dad says he was too scared to do this as he thought I'd hurt myself. (Work that one out!)

5. My childhood was far from conventional - and would make a good TV drama. With a mix of madness, sadness, happiness, love, laughter, rich timesand poor times. It did however teach me that laughter does indeed nourish the soul. It's something I do often, every single day. It's also in stark contrast to my husband's childhood and to now with my own family (Little, Small, Hubby and me).

6. My hair desperately needs cutting!

7. One of my favourite holidays was one I thought would end my relationship with my then boyfriend (now husband) and involved driving from England to Spain in a very old MG Midget. I'm hoping the fears I have about our upcoming driving holiday will turn out the same - unfounded.

I don't know who to tag as so many blogs have been tagged already, so perhaps I'll just tag them too (I know it's a cop out!)
Little and Small at Boys Can Cook Too, (lovely well brought up boys - teehee! who will only participate if I actually do it for them.)
Mum at TOC Aromatherapy, (lovely well brought up Mummy, it's taken me a while (36years) but she's getting there!)
Janet at Janet is Hungry, (fellow mummy - tagged already).
Kelly-Jane at Cooking the Books, (lovely blogging friend who I've tagged before but she's been tagged by Margaret and agreed to do it so sorry KJ but as you were doing it anyway!)
Truffle at What's on my plate (lovely blogging friend who is kind and generous! Currently on a tour of Europe soon to return with lots of wonderful stories I'm sure - tagged already).
Ros at Living to Eat (great blog and as she'll be starting a new job in September, we may see less of her so read while you can - tagged already.)
Patricia at Technicolor Kitchen (absolute sweetheart, also tagged already.)

Meme's - They could be likened to those celebrity magazines that are often trashed but secretly read by many. (I've personally weaned myself off them... celebrity magazines that is.) Take part only if you wish to.

I have a busy few days ahead. End of year school mum's night out today, hen night tomorrow, then Saturday will be the first time ever the boys will be away from us for the whole night. Possibly wont see any of you for a few days.. but plenty to read with the blogs above.


Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Lovely pyyy!! That's a huge downfall for me...can't make it...especially since my husband doesn't do pecans, so I'm the only one eating it.

Don't worry about the car trip...just take lots of distractions for the boys. I've found the kids magazines that they sell here at the newsagents are brilliant distractions!

Margaret said...

Hi Amanda - The pecan pie looks wonderful. Interesting to learn more about you and your family too.

Nora B. said...

Thanks for sharing!

That peecan pyyy looks great. I made pecan pie once to impress this American guy i was dating at the time who came from Alabama (or somewhere in the south) taught me an important lesson that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. My mom was such a good cook that dad always came home for dinner and he also likes mom to pack him a home made lunch.

Have fun at the hen's night. I'm curious to see the menu you've got planned for the wedding in France. I'm also wondering how much you will be missing your kids when they go for their first ever sleepover.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Little is perfectly right - more pecans means more better!!!
Hope your trip is fabulous or at least the good way out weights the less good. It will all become food for stories with good laughs!

Pat said...

Ohhhhh Lovely looking Pecan Pie there Amanda and I agree with Little, the more pecans the better. I just love pecan pie!! Sometimes mine will turn out right and sometimes they are too soupy. I think I will give your recipe a try as it looks perfect!

Asha said...

Ooh! Southern Pecan Pie! I love it.Looks delicious.
Loved reading the MeMe,we get to know you little better.
You are going to be a very busy bee but also lots of fun too.Enjoy!:))

Marie said...

Love the chair! I absolutely adore Pecan Pie. I once made one when I was pregnant for my oldest daughter and ate only one piece of it and then, afraid that I would eat the whole pie (husband was away) threw the remainder in the bin and covered it with smutts so that I would not be tempted to eat the rest....sacriledge I know! I loved reading your meme too! I feel as if I know you a little bit better! Hope you have a great time tonight at the hen night!

Kelly-Jane said...

Your pie looks fab!

You are so right about laughter, a day without a smile is a bad day!

Thanks for the Meme :)

Have a great time tonight, tomorrow and Sat! Sounds like a social whirl :) :)


Patricia Scarpin said...

You are so sweet, my dear friend - thank you for your kind words.

I wish I could have a slice of this magnificent pie in exchange of the meme. ;)

Cynthia said...

Enjoy the weekend honey.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Caffienated Cowgirl, It's probably a good thing, it's a bit moreish. I'm planning on taking loads for them to do but hadn't thought about the magazines. Thank you

Margaret, It was tasty. Thank you

Nora, That's lovely about your mum and dad. So far just researching for the wedding. Feeling a mixture of sad and excited about the boys first sleepover. I probably wont sleep.

Tanna, I hope so. You're right even the tricky times on a trip like that make for good stories afterwards even if it's not so good at the time.

Pat, It was really good and not liquidy at all. In fact I wish I'd made a bit more of the topping so that there was more of it, along with all the pecans it would have made it perfect.

Asha, Thank you. I like reading other people's.

Marie, Thank you. I would find it pretty hard to put something like that in the bin. My one saving grace is that I always keep slices for the children and hubby and would never touch those pieces.

Kelly-Jane, Thank you, don't know about social whirl. It's like buses, nothing for ages and then they all come at once.

Patricia, Thank you, and it was rather yummy!

Cynthia, Thank you, you too!

Thank you for your comments, I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

cherry menlove said...

I loved this post, it's so nice to know more about you as I love your blog and your comments to mine so much. Have a wonderful time at the wedding. I'm sure it will be wonderful with you at the foodie helm.

Cherry xx

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Thank Cherry!
Amanda x

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Obviously I meant Thanks....

Jerry said...

My dad loves pecan pie. I haven't had it in years, but I remember not liking it. However, yours looks delicious!

The Cooking Ninja said...

I love your pecan pie. I was just thinking the other day of making one when I saw yours :) According to my better half, french wedding: from 12 noon with aperitif and series of finger food to 4 pm with long series of chic and elaborate dishes till night time. There are the traditional multi-coloured candy that they give away and traditional french wedding cake Croquembouche

Cottage Smallholder said...

A decent pecan pie is to die for, this looks great Amanda.

My Mum held onto my bike endlessly and suddenly let go one day. She said stabilisers were for wetty pants.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Jerry, It was the first time I've had it. It was sweet and savoury because of all the nuts.

Cooking Ninja, Thank you for the info. of French Weddings. We're eating in a restaurant mid afternoon and then nibbles and other food throughout the evening.

Cottage Smallholder, It was good but I don't think I'd want to eat it often. It wasn't quite sweet enough for me.
I think I'd like your mum.

Thank you for your comments.
Amanda x

Elle said...

You can never have too many pecans. Looks yum. Hope your trips are full of fun and that there will be no falling out. Just be prepared for lots of 'Are we there yet?'s :)

Valli said...

I am enjoying browsing through your blog. I love the idea of travelling through food with your kids. Maybe sometime you can travel to Canada (if you haven't already). Canada is a melting pot of diverse cultures but there are food that could be called uniquely Canadian... Nanaimo Bars, Buttertarts, French Canadian Pea Soup, Tortiere and Poutine!!!! I have a recipe for tortiere and Poutine on my blog..I had better get cracking on the others!!There is always Google!!


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