Tuesday, January 15, 2013

homemade creme fraiche and other stuff

I was fooled there for a minute.
I forgot it was winter. 
I was lured in by two good feet, a blur of a weekend filled with exciting meetings and new acquaintances. By the unseasonably warm weather in a city not my own.

So I sped up. I made list. I took down Christmas decorations. I made plans with friends. I started thinking about things due in April.

And then I crawled into bed. Patting myself on the back for not doing "too much." For going to bed with  the Christmas bins filled, but unpacked luggage and baskets of clean laundry still sitting on the floor. 
I turned on the TV, grabbed my stack of books, and flung open the laptop and set to doing Something Important.  Whatever it was. 
And then I realized what I was doing. 
I was multi-tasking. When I should be resting. And relaxing. And suddenly I realized how fast I had tried to go fast again.  And how much I didn't like it.
I missed my Slow ways.
So I closed my lap top and watched Project Runway All Stars only. No texting, no blogging, no reading. Just watching.
And then I went to sleep. Before 10PM.

Today there was a blast of bad ice and sleet and school let out early.
At first I thought I would come home and clean and organize my studio now that it is all freshly painted.
Or finish with the Christmas decorations.
But instead I ate leftovers for lunch and then took a 2 hour nap.
Hmmm. Maybe Memphis wore me out more than I realized. In a good way. Trust me. I think I was napping off the excitement alone today.


When I got up I made coffee and some Banana Bread Pie. Because we had some very overly ripe banana's that I didn't want to go to waste. And I wanted pie.
Then I sat on the couch and got caught up on my DVR with my laptop wide open.
Because sometimes multi-tasking is exhausting at all. And sometimes it isn't. Especially when I am going about slowly. Watch a little. Surf a little. Type a little. Watch some more. Ya know. A nice steady pace.
I feeling so feisty I may just put away all my laundry, slowly, after dinner.
Maybe. I reserve the right to change my mind.

Tomorrow we have a late start time.
That means a little more time to go slow.
And pie for breakfast.

Banana Bread Pie (JollyGoode Style)
3 very ripe bananas
3/4 cup biscuit mix (like Bisquick)
3 large eggs
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla

Place bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well blended. Pour the mixture into 2 greased 9 in pie pans. Sprinkle a 1/4 cup of chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes. The pie should be caramelized on the edges but still a little soft and custard-y in the center.

Whipped Creme Fraiche

(I found the guide for my recipe here, this is my version)

2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
4 Tbsp Buttermilk
Pour the heavy cream in a glass jar with a lid (like a mason jar) and add in the Buttermilk. Screw on the lid tight and shake well.
Unscrew the lid and leave on top of jar loosely .
Let mixture sit out on the counter for overnight. 
Stir, and place in fridge till you are ready to whip.
When ready to whip, pour mixture into cold mixture bowl and add 1 tbsp of sugar.
(You can also add flavoring like vanilla or fresh fruit, I have added raspberries before.)
Whip all together until peaks begin to form and it reaches desired consistency (I like mine more on the thick side.)

This mixture will keep for up to 10 days and you can pull it out and use it like cool whip during that time.

(If you do not want to use this as a whipped topping, leave the original mixture on the counter, in the jar for up to 24 hours. This will create a sour cream-like substance that you can use on top and in savory dishes. It also will not curdle when heated. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.)


  1. mmmmm...that's sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love that you are reminding me to slow down and enjoy my life. Thanks for that gift, it just what I needed.

  3. Made the pie tonight and it was a hit! Banana bread + pie = genius.

    Thanks, Jerusalem! :)


  4. I made this tonight. It was super yummy!!!

  5. Made this tonight. It was super yummy!!!

  6. There's nothing better than pie for breakfast! :) Ooooh, love the idea of whipped creme fraiche. Thanks for the delicious inspiration!


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