Friday, November 24, 2006

Friday's Feast

Friday's FeastFeast One Hundred & Nineteen

Appetizer
Have you ever changed a flat tire by yourself?
  • No. That's why I've always been a member of CAA (Canadian Automobile Association). If something goes wrong with the car, like a flat tire, I can call them, and they'll help out.
Soup
Do you have an "innie" or an "outie" belly button?
  • Innie
Salad
Name a new paint color and describe it.
  • Siamese blue. This blue is bright and vibrant, the colour of a Siamese cat's eyes, like the eyes on my dearly departed Whiskers (to the right)
Main Course
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
  • Both of my parents are French-Canadian (although they are from Manitoba, not Québec), and my favourite holiday tradition has always been the Réveillon. This consists of attending Mass on Christmas Eve (Midnight Mass is typical, but when we were younger we would go to an earlier Mass), then coming home and having a small meal (tourtière would be served) and opening one gift. Tourtière is a meat pie, typically made with ground veal, beef and pork. My mother's tourtière, made entirely from scratch, is delicious. She makes everything, including the crust, by hand.
  • More details on Réveillon and tourtière can be found at these sites:
Dessert
If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be, and why?
  • Protein Power Cookies, because they are healthy with just a touch of sweetness. So they are like me - eating healthy most of the time, but not afraid to indulge every now and again.

    Protein Power Cookies:

    1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
    1 cup whey protein powder (I like Designer Whey vanilla)
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 cup Splenda (or sugar if you don't like Splenda)
    2 eggs (or equivalent egg substitute)
    1/4 cup skim milk
    1 tblsp vanilla extract
    2 1/2 cups oats (old fashioned)
    1 cup chocolate chips (unsweetened or semi-sweet)

    Preheat your oven to 350°F. Toast the oats for about 15 minutes. Leave your oven on at 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

    In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

    Cream together the applesauce and the Splenda. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Combine the milk and vanilla, and add to the applesauce mixture.

    Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in two or three additions, stirring to combine. Stir in the oats. Mix in the chocolate chips.

    Using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough (slightly smaller than a ping pong ball) onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about an inch between them. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes; remove them from the oven when they've started to brown around the edges.

    Let the cookies cool for a few minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

    Yield: about 5 1/2 dozen cookies.


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21 comments:

Gattina said...

For once I find somebody who celebrates as we do ! We also have our réveillon with Christmas songs and an apperitif while we open the gifts and then we would have our Christmas meal, Fondue Bourgignonne. I got the the subject only this morning after having asked yesterday late evening and found it too late, because I already had published my post. Maybe I'll do it later.

Gabrielle said...

thanks for sharing the recipe :) happy friday!

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Nice dessert and thanks for giving the recipe. Maybe I'll try it sometime when not too busy.Have a nice weekend.

Nadiah Alwi said...

I like your Salad, too...

Have a great weekend!

:D

Addie said...

Wonderful feast - thanks for sharing it. Hop on over to my space and come join in ... :-)

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Great Feast and with a recipe too. I love your salad. Very pretty color. And I especially love your Main Course. Sounds like a wonderful tradition. Happy Friday:)

Wystful1 said...

Fabulous Feast!!! Really, Caylynn!!! This is one awesome setting for a grand table.

I love the paint --especially since I've had the privilege of having a Siamese grace our lives too at one time!!! And the dish your mother makes from scratch sounds heavenly!!!

Happy Friday....happy weekend!!!

Connie and Rob said...

I absolutely love your salad. Oh what a beautiful cat. Your main dish sounds like a wonderful tradition.

Take care,
Connie
Thanks so much for visiting.

Michelle said...

I'll have to check out the tourtiere recipe - my dad's father was french and he has fond memories of eating tortiere as a child.

It would be a nice thing to be able to make it as well as his mother.

Sanni said...

It´s me again ;-)
Thanks for the yummy feast... and for sharing the recipe. I will try it next weekend :-)


Ich wünsche Euch ein schönes Wochenende :-)

Sanni

Celfyddydau said...

It's great that you are keeping up the French traditions.

Love your feast. Aren't Haflingers cute.

Ma said...

Great Feast! And that desert sound wonderful, I think I need to try it. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by. I love your new desing with all the horses. :)

Gattina said...

I have a proposition to make if you could read it on http://gattinamycats.blogspot.com/
Maybe not for now, but when you have your little cat ?

Christine said...

I absolutely loved your Salad!Such a beautiful cat!
Thankyou for sharing the cookie recipe.
Happy Friday, and Have a great weekend!

Barbara H. said...

Love the color you chose! I've always loved Siamese cat's eye color. The tourtière sounds wonderful! the power cookies sound great, too -- I need to get into more healthy eating.

Cat said...

Wow, those cookies look great and I'm definitely printing off that recipe.

Vicki said...

Nice feast. Nice salad...siamese kitties do have incredibly blue eyes.

Thanks for stopping by. I added a pic of my Christmas village to my post. =)

Jason said...

Thanks for the recipe, looks yummy!

Shawnee said...

Very interesting main course. The tourtiere sounds wonderful!

Your cat was beautiful. One of my cats is a Russian blue with brilliant green eyes. I would love to have a paint color the same shade!

Chateau said...

I wish I could be as disciplined as you when it comes to food choices! :)
It's nice to learn your Christmas traditions. In our country, we also have that midnight mass (Misa de Gallo). Afterwards, the family shares the midnight meal (Noche Buena). All the spanish terms are because we were a spanish colony for some time.
Have a good weekend!

Jason said...

Caylynn, just hoping for some sage advice. I made the protein power cookies, and they were tasty but they never smooshed out in the oven, they just baked in the shape in which I dropped them on the pan. Has that ever happened to you and did you figure out what the problem was?