SOUTHERN BREAD PUDDING

A celebration of deliciousness.  Ok, it’s not the healthy dessert that will make your doctor smile while you’re relaying your daily food intake.  But, it’s the holidays.  A small piece of this amazing dessert will have you feeling that ‘special moment’ that’s not found lightly.

What we have here is not a failure of communication of food.  When you create this bread pudding and share it with others, they’ll be ecstatic at the decadence and joy their taste buds are sensing.

The photo of the bread pudding is BEFORE the bourbon sauce that’s added at the end.IMG_2417IMG_2422IMG_2419IMG_2423The bread pudding was a group effort, with the result being crispy edges, and slightly soft and gooey on the inside. A dense and impressive pudding with a bourbon sauce that you CAN taste the bourbon….. to the point of a slight buzz.

SOUTHERN BREAD PUDDING

1 loaf french stale bread (1 1/2 feet long)

38 ounces (1 qt and 6 ou) half and half cream  (Whole Milk to trim calories)

3 large Eggs, beaten

2 cups Sugar

2 Tablespoons Vanilla

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 cup Raisins soaked in bourbon

3 Tablespoons Butter

Whiskey Sauce

1 Stick Butter

1 cup Sugar

1 Egg, beaten

1/4 cup Bourbon

In a large bowl, cube bread into bite size pieces.  Pour milk over bread, occasionally mixing, and soak for 1 hour.  Add the 3 beaten eggs and 2 cups of sugar, vanilla, and raisins (drain off some of the bourbon).  Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a 13″x9″x2″ baking dish and make sure the bottom and sides have the butter coating.  Pour in pudding and bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees.  It will be firm when ready.

Sauce

In the top of a double boiler, melt 1 stick butter and a cup of sugar.  Add beaten egg slowly with wire whisk.  Add bourbon and whisk in.  Pour sauce over pudding.  Extra sauce can be kept in a sauce bowl and reheated.

Hope you enjoy for the holidays!

 

Monday Night is Pizza Discount Night at Brooklyn Bridge Italian Restaurant

IMG_20151026_193241Romantically amicable, shades of sensual ambiance AND aromas to ignite the salivary glands….. now you have the stage set for a sensory-excellent dining experience at BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT.  In Memphis, on Kirby Pkwy, Mondays are pizza discount night ($4 off medium pizzas, $5 off large pizzas).

Chef Giorgio ( trained in the Abruzzi  region of Italy) is on board creating menu selections that will keep you ruminating.  While sipping wine (they specialize in regional wines) and enjoying an appetizer, I’m guessing the night will be very easy to enjoy with your dinner companion. We started with Mussels Fra Diqvole, (black mussels sauteed in a spicy tomato sauce).  Then our entree, being pizza night, was a medium size NAPOLITANA Pizza with pepperoni (around 12.95), and the result being the restaurant nailed it.  Delicious.  Completely full from our meal… and extra pizza was taken home.IMG_20151026_185506IMG_20151026_185555IMG_20151026_185850IMG_20151026_195027IMG_20151026_195727

When You Need Mexican…..EL PORTON

One of the perks of eating Mexican food is it’s not pricey.  If you enjoy fresh, spicy salsa dip and crisp low-salt, low-oil tortilla corn chips when you sit down before you order a thing; Mexican, and especially EL PORTON MEXICAN RESTAURANT should be considered an option for a evening of delicious food.  I enjoy sitting outside, probably for many reasons, but the obvious one is that it’s a feel-good while the weather is so pleasant in Memphis.

In the past, I’ve had the tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, and combos of a variety from the menu.  There’s still many items I need to experience at EL PORTON…..flautas, salads, fajitas, molcajete for 2, seafood dishes, and wraps.  For an appetizer what I enjoy is their guacamole dip, made at the table and  a must to try.

For your budget, remember EL PORTON’S Thursday Taco Night.  Ground beef or shredded chicken on hard or soft tacos are ONLY $1.25 each. (normally $2.25 each).  If you choose to add a side of rice (it’s quite a bit of tasty), $2.50.  With the welcoming salsa and chips (free), and 2 or 3 tacos, I’m guessing you’ll be more than full after the tacos.  Add a glass of wine, and an entertaining dining companion and you have a to-be-remembered-and-repeated dining experience.

The waiting staff is professional and the length of time of your meal depends on you, the diner.

When it’s not Thursday, one of my favorite meals is the YOLANDAS, for $9.45.  When you order this selection, you will receive 3 chicken enchiladas, topped with ranchera sauce, rice, and guacomile salad.  Yum.

I enjoy the EL PORTON in the Poplar Plaza Mall.IMG_20151022_184353IMG_20151022_184359IMG_20151022_183654

 

 

Taste Buds Verses Budget

When my appetite says yes to the seduction of the senses thru food and my budget says whoa-no-stop………what’s a girl (and I say that in the most liberal sense) supposed to do?

Search, shop, google, listen to word of mouth testaments concerning ‘the dining experience’ of the pleasure-or-not of dining out or cooking in.

SEKISUI MIDTOWN  (in Memphis) is an award winning Sushi Restaurant  (cooked vinegared rice combined with seafood, vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits) serving sushi or cooked fish in combos with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.

How can I explain the taste of nourishing, clean food?  A taste, and you know you are enjoying real food, nutritional food.

Please check out SEKISUI MIDTOWN, with Japanese Cuisine.  We had a sushi combination (around $12) and fried spring rolls (pork and vegetables, $4.95).  Not only was the meal delicious, unique, but a reminder to eat slowly, savoring the taste, smell, and experience.IMG_2323IMG_2326