Saturday, March 10, 2012

Soft & Sultry

"Soft & Sultry" 18" x 24" Mary Maki Rae 2012 (c)
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Soft-colored - early Spring Tulips inspired this Bouquet.
Their white-lined edges are echoed in the design of the coffee pot- cum vase and the fanciful cup.
The mood seemed warm and sensuous - then suddenly -  as the Sun resided - it became sultry and mysterious.
Really enjoy the brightly-hued Oranges - how they float in the delicate crystal dish - and how they offer a touch of Zest and liveliness to the scene-!

 A Recipe for Orange Zest follows - We make it often - for it's delicious flavor.

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ORANGE ZEST
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Simmer in One Quart of Water for Six minutes:
the peeled zests of Four Oranges.
(Grapefruit or Lemons work great too)

Drain - Rinse in Cold Water & set aside.

Bring One cup of white organic Sugar & 1/3 Cup of Water 
to a Simmer in a sauce pan.
When Sugar has dissolved - Cover pan & boil a few moments more.

Remove from heat - Stir in the Orange peel - Let steep for One hour.
Pour into clean jar with the juice - Cover & Refrigerate.

(We use the Zest as a Flavoring as you would Vanilla or Almond -
It's Great in Oatmeal and Shortbread Cookies - 
Mufffins - Carrot Cake - Strawberry Short Cake -
Fruit Salad and Dressing.
Absolutely endless possibilities-!)

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