• Cooking with Miranda,  Mirandomness

    Valentine’s Tea with my Valentine

    The Fella and I are very into afternoon tea. It’s kind of a tradition for us, now. When we go on a trip, if there is a place to have afternoon tea (or places) then tiny sandwiches and scones will be consumed. We are also on the hunt for local places. We found a humdinger, the Hummingbird Bakery and Tea Room in the Woodlands, Texas. It’s rather unexpected, tucked into a nondescript strip center, that looks very much like many other strip centers in the greater Houston area. Inside the doors, one finds a charming mishmash of furniture, knowledgeable staff, and delicious foods delightfully prepared and presented. The service started…

  • Cooking with Miranda

    This Long Weekend was Brought to You by Pour Overs….

    The Fella is a coffee snob. Once upon a time he roasted coffee for a living, when he was a poor college student. I think he would still roast coffee for a living, if a living could be made roasting coffee. His latest favorite is the pour-over. It’s like auto-drip coffee…if auto-drip coffee was lovingly coaxed from the bean by an army of winged cherubim, rather than an insistent stream of water soaking one part of the grounds and ignoring the rest, until the moment it drowns them in impatience. At least this is how I think he would explain pour-overs…if he was more like me. There is some merit…

  • Cooking with Miranda,  Geekery,  Mirandomness

    Week One on the Kitchen Front

    I wrapped up the first week by cleaning out the refrigerator.  I used our remaining margarine, meat, and bacon to make meat pasties (shown here with arugula and carrot salad) on Sunday.  There were also carrot cookies and cooked oatmeal scones. I can’t find any documentation in any of my cookbooks for cooked oatmeal scones, but they are very ration friendly, using only 2 tablespoons of butter and very little sweetening.  They were also a smash hit according to the home audience. On Sunday, we went to a showing of “Singing in the Rain” on the big screen as part of the TCM film series for 2017.  It was fantastic…