|Chocolate ginger biscotti|
Food Diary (December 08, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Fish stew
Dinner: Mushroom and caramelized onion risotto
Baking/sweets: Chocolate ginger biscotti
Sometime ago I made chocolate ginger brownies. Chocolate and ginger is not a very common combination but it worked so I decided to try the same combination with a biscotti. It worked again.
This was my first attempt at making biscotti. When searching for recipes and reading reviews I noticed that generally speaking there are two contrasting opinions on biscotti. The majority seem to be fans while a minority think it is a teeth breaker. I must say I was a little concerned that I might fall in the teeth breaker category, but thankfully I did not. The texture of the biscotti was perfect and addictive. It was light and crispy.
The chocolate ginger biscottihas polenta. Using polenta in biscotti's is uncommon, as a matter of fact I only found one recipe and that was created by Giada De Laurentiis. Polenta added graininess or grittiness to the biscotti. I liked it. The recipe is available here.
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Source: The view from Great Island
New England Fish Pie
Today’s Favourite Blog
A food crisis is looming in Norway, and the impact could be beneficial, depending on whether you think butter is healthy or not. Norwegians are running out of butter and prices have shot through the roof. That possibly means eating less butter, and this may not be such a bad thing.
The popularity of "low-carb" diets and emphasis on higher intake of fats partly explains why Norwegians have eaten up the country's entire stockpile of butter. According to TINE, the country's biggest farmer-owned cooperative, sales increased 20 percent in October and 30 percent in November. With Christmas just around the corner, shortage of butter could mean a rather bleak Christmas.
There is plenty of butter in neighbouring Denmark but Norway’s high import duties will prevent butter from crossing the sea. Its not uncommon for people to cross the border for shopping, not just in Scandinavia but throughout Europe. The most popular item is probably alcohol. Alcohol is expensive in Norway, like everything else, but this time Norwegians will be stocking up on butter. I never imagined this happening.