Last week my PC died a catastrophic death. After a week of shaking like a fricken junkie over loss of computing functions, things have returned to normal. All I will say is God Bless Micro Center! Now let us never speak of the last 7 days ever again...
Saturday, Kerrie and I went out and had a day for ourselves. We went shopping with all the various gift cards we have acquired over the last month and got some good stuff. Kerrie got a new floor lamp, I got a stylin' new Mandoline slicer, and We got a new MB and processor.
The point, and here's my point Dude... I've always wanted a Mandoline. Mandoline slicers are an amazing, yet slightly expensive tool. With a Mandoline, you can make all sorts of things like Waffle Fries, Julian Strips, and paper thin slices of whatever you want. Today, being my day off, I decided to make Dried Pear & Apple Slices. Let me tell you, after using my mandoline, I felt good... I have used them several times in various settings and situations, but never for anything I wanted to make. Today was different. Today was allll me baby.
I started by making a simple syrup, then sliced my fruits, and now they are crisping away in the oven. Glorious...
Tonight I'll be making Jumbalya. There's something very comfy about Chicken and Okra that I really like. Served up with some Cuban Bread and a bottle of Scotch, tonight promises to be a phenomenal dining experience.
Dried Pear & Apple Slices
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 t Lemon Juice
1 t Rose Water
1 Pear (firm)
1 Apple (firm)
Pre-Heat oven to 200F.
Combine Water and Sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is just dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in Lemon juice and Rose Water.
Slice pear and apple using 1/8 setting on Mandolin Slicer.
Dip slices into syrup and shake of excess then place on sheet pans lined with parchment paper.
Bake in oven for 2 1/2 hours, rotating sheet pans ever half-hour or so.
"Damn it... NEVER trust my instincts..."
- John Cusack, Grosse Point Blank