Friday, March 7, 2014

Toasting and Roasting {Marshmallows}

photo by Kimberley's Kitchen

Who doesn't love perfectly roasted marshmallows squished between cookies and chocolate? I have yet to meet someone who doesn't love a good s'more. Do you like them lightly roasted or good and toasted?

Serving s'mores is fun and easy for entertaining, and you don't have to be camping to enjoy this treat. You can make them indoors or outdoors, with many variations of cookies and chocolate.

I have received so many questions from fans regarding flame sources for roasting and toasting marshmallows, so I thought I would share my tips with all of you.

I contacted Sterno Candlelamp, the company that makes a variety of fuels for dining and camping. I love the convenience of Sterno fuel because you can light it, use it, and then extinguish it and save the rest for a later use. It is important to note that there are many fuel sources that are NOT for direct contact with food.

Sterno Candlelamp recommends their Sterno Ethanol Cooking fuel in gel form (not wick form). This product is specifically made for direct food contact and does not contain chemicals that other fuels contain that are not made for direct food contact. Sterno can be purchased at kitchen stores, restaurant supply stores, or even outdoor sporting goods stores.

Tips for Toasting & Roasting Marshmallows:
  • ensure your flame source is safe for direct food contact
  • keep open flames out of reach of small children and supervise children around flames when roasting
  • collect all of your ingredients beforehand, and light the fuel just before serving
  • use sticks or utensils for holding marshmallows that will not conduct heat (or have a wooden handle)
  • extinguish the fuel by sliding a ceramic plate over the flame to put it out, seal sterno pot for later use
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring here in the North, but until then, we will continue to enjoy our s'mores indoors. Let me know if you make some indoors and your favorite ways to serve them!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Spring is around the corner (I hope!)

We had a glimpse of spring the other day. We had perfect, deep powdery snow everywhere, but the air had a hint of spring in it. The sun has been shining a lot lately (making the snow and ice more bearable) and every now and then we crack open the windows and anticipate our spring.

Spring arrives relatively late here in the Bulkley Valley. Last year we had snow on April 30th. I know this because I had family visiting and we laughed at the snow falling outside. But life turns quickly here and early May brings fishing and even camping.

I love living in a place with four distinct seasons. There is a true changeover in wardrobe and linens and we always have something to look forward to. Just as I am waiting for spring now, in August you will read about my longing for fall. 

This spring will also, hopefully, bring personal progress. As many of you know, I am being treated for a head injury. It seems to have been going on forever, and I literally lose track of time. But I remain hopeful and determined to feel a little less crazy soon. Months ago, in the midst of severe symptoms, I joked that I was losing my mind. In fact, that isn't far from the truth. I know that I will fully recover but in the process, it can be pretty astonishing to watch myself not have a well-functioning brain. I don't always catch it (using the wrong words, unable to put a sentence together, complete confusion with numbers, memory loss) but when I do realize a mistake or lapse, it is frustrating and overwhelming. (Case in point, I have been working on this blog post for months).

For my Facebook fans, or Instagram and Twitter followers, you have seen a glimpse of my daily life. A lot of baking. And enjoying my daughters. 

Thanks for your continued support and encouragement. May spring bring you much joy.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

12 Days of Giveaways!

Laura at Eye Candy Event Details is once again hosting this fabulous holiday giveaway! Follow her on Facebook to be sure to see each and every giveaway and keep your eye out for a treat from Kimberley's Kitchen too! Some of my favorite small businesses will be featured and there are lots of goodies in store, plus a big prize for a lucky winner!

Happy Holidays!