Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It all started with a package, which showed up at my door: brown, unremarkable in all its markings. Just a box with my address staring back at me. I knew instantly what it was. My sister has been exploring pottery this past year. She has sent me pictures of all her works and each time my feedback goes like this: beg, beg, "make me something" beg some more "Don't you love me?" --insert a little more begging here if necessary... Either I have become one manipulative sister or she does love me because next thing I knew she announced that she was working on a plate for me and that I would receive it in this Summer. Finally, I am the proud owner of my very own pomegranate plate, handmade by my sister.
I am so thrilled with the new addition to my pottery collection that I have been pondering what I could make to showcase its beauty and honor it properly, and then it came to me: Candied Orange Sticks.
My sister loves them and I am pretty sure that we tried to make our own at some point in our childhood... but the memory is so vague (probably drowned in too much sugar) that I think I better let that one go. I'll just keep it simple: she loves them, I love her plate (and her of course), therefore it had to be Candied Oranges.
My sister gets credited for cooking with me at such a young age that I had to prop myself up on a chair. I remember the mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse) and cakes, and the croissants we made together. She had this book called: La Cuisine Des Petites Filles Modeles (The cooking of Exemplary Little Girls). Under her leadership, we set out to prove that we were "exemplary little girls" indeed.
I have great plans for those little sticks of sugar, orangy goodness... I'm having visions of cakes, cookies and pilafs. Oh, the possibilities... First things first, some of them are destined for a dip in some dark chocolate and then we'll see how many survive our hungry sugar-craving fingers.
So where can you find a recipe for Candied Orange Sticks? Here are a few links that will lead you right to it:
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