Mandarin Orange & Pistachio Meringues

“THE AIR UP THERE IN THE CLOUDS IS VERY PURE AND FINE, BRACING AND DELICIOUS.  AND WHY SHOULDN’T IT BE?  IT IS THE SAME THE ANGELS BREATHE.”  Mark Twain

Mandarin Orange & Pistachio Meringues | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I dreamed about traveling state to state, stopping off to see a baseball game played in every stadium in the country.  Well that dream has changed only slightly.  I would much rather travel the country visiting bakeries!  Have you seen the show Unique Sweets?  Well they often have a theme for each show, but they basically feature several bakeries across the country and one of the sweets that they are famous for.  One show featured the bakery, Proof, in Los Angeles.  And one of the things Proof is known for are these meringues which are about the size of your hand and filled with flavor!  They offer chocolate and pistachio, citrus and coconut, and strawberry.  What fascinated me is that the strawberry was made with dehydrated strawberries.  So I did my best to recreate these using….. [Read more...]

Poppy Pistachio Wafers

“THROUGH THE DANCING POPPIES STOLE A BREEZE MOST SOFTLY LULLING TO MY SOUL”  John Keats

Poppy Pistachio Wafers | From My Sweet Heart

The unseasonably warm temperature here in D.C. yesterday was the talk of the entire afternoon!  Every where I went on my errand runs, store clerks, customers, UPS men in their cute little shorts and their really nice legs…..everyone……was beaming about the absolutely beautiful, warm, sunny day.  Everyone, that is, but me!  You see, the hectic holiday has had me a little out of touch with the news and weather.  With everyone hogging the tv for football,  and with me totally saturated with holiday sweets…..I decided to set out to pick up some ingredients for some savory baking.  Little did I know that I wouldn’t be needing my long sleeved sweater and fleece jacket!  I could only strip down so much and my errands kept me out most of the day.  So by the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was bake and the only thing I wanted to do was take a shower!  But the beautiful day soon turned into an even more beautiful evening.  And with a couple of hours of solitude, I baked these delicious, savory wafers and enjoyed them with a cup of tea on my deck at dusk.  The colors of these wafers were so striking, that I decided to photograph them before baking.  But it was after they came out of the oven, and when the sun began to set, that the magic began….. [Read more...]