Well I think the weather forecaster may have read my 80 degree taco post, because we’ve been having what some might call winter here. Its been rainy and in the 60’s during the day, and 40-50’s at night. So needless to say there has been some sweater wearing, jackets, and the heat is on. In the past when it would rain Jonathan and I would go to breakfast in the morning, or I would make a pancake breakfast, and the rest of the day we would lounge around watching movies. Times have change, and with a toddler in tow, you have to get creative, and keep their attention and avoid as many breakdowns as possible. So we baked this weekend, went on hikes when it wasn’t raining, read lots of books, crafted, and watched a few movies later when Ollie was in bed.
My new mom friend invited us over for a Sunday supper. I’m fortunate that a lot of my really good friends had babies around the same time I did. So its always awesome hanging out with them. The downfall is most of them have gone back to work, or school. Which is something I myself will be doing next year, going back to school after 20 years. That’s something for another post. Trying to make new friends besides the friends I already have has been difficult for me. Trying to connect to someone I really like, is not so easy. I’ve sorted out the crazy mom’s and I’ve learned my lesson to not give my number out to just any mom.
I met my new friend Sara through a client and good friend of mine. She kept trying to get us to connect but both us where not really interested. Maryjane finally convinced us that we would really like each other. And she was right, we do like each other. Its so nice to meet someone new, and actually like them. They had us over for dinner on Sunday and it was great. Some of her family came too, that also have little ones. It’s nice so the kids can have fun and run around. She made a delicious bolognese sauce with pasta, and a really good salad. I wanted to make something that was suiting the rainy and cold day. So I made a blood orange upside down polenta cake, served with a bourbon creme anglaise. It came out good. I liked it and I think everyone else did too, I think. I normally have an after picture of the it, but I forgot so you’ll have come up with your own image!! Enjoy!
Ingredients for cake:
- unsalted butter 2 sticks plus 3 tablespoons, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2-3 thinly sliced blood oranges
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2/3 cup fine cornmeal
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
First I cooked the orange slices in 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the peel is translucent. Take them out lay in a 9 inch cake pan that has been lined with parchment paper. At this time preheat your oven to 350. In a saucepan add 3 Tablespoons of butter along with your brown sugar. Cook until the butter is melted and all is incorporated. Pour over orange slices. Mix butter until smooth, then sugar, and one egg at a time. Next add your vanilla and sour cream. Then your dry ingredients. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Test with a tooth pick. Let cake cool for about 10 minutes and then flip your cake out onto the plate you want to use for serving.
Ingredients for bourbon creme anglaise:
- 2 cups whole milk
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon bourbon