Still the theme of being thankful…
A couple of weeks back, we received the first school report card for our 6-year-old. The scale is: not yet making progress (N), in progress (I), proficiency (P), exceptional (ES). We had a small celebration for all the P’s she got.
Then, we received another report card for our 4-year-old. Any guess from whom?
Be nice – I
Reading – P
Walk on the road – I
Draw – P
Sleep – I
Safe, friendly, respectful, say please, say thank you, say you are welcome – I
We are thankful that she didn’t give him any N. It was definitely a close call, especially after this letter. On page 1, it says “Dad, can you read this to Liem? Do you need to talk to Liem? Yes/No?” On page 2 “Dear Liem, you are not nice if you hit us. We do not like that. Love.”
Apple Tarte Tatin
(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
For a 10-inch tatin
9 Golden Delicious apples (peeled, cored, quartered)
Juice of half a lemon + 50 g sugar
200 g sugar + 2 tbs water
6 tbs butter
1 puff pastry sheet
1. In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and sugar.
2. Let it rest for at least 1 hour (or overnight) to extract juice from apple pieces.
3. When ready, heat sugar with 2 tbs water in a 12″ skillet.
4. After sugar is completely melt, add butter, one small piece at a time.
5. When the sugar mixture reaches a slight pale caramel color, add apples, round side down.
Note: Reserve the marinated apple juice for another purpose. We used it in our apple cider. Delicious!
6. Use a spatula to gently turn the apple pieces around to cook evenly.
7. Cook for about 15 minutes.
8. Take off the heat and let it cool down a bit.
9. Preheat oven to 400F.
10. Use a spoon to gently re-arrange the apple pieces in the design you want.
11. Strain out some juice if needed.
Note: You don’t want too much extra juice. Otherwise, the flipping action in step #16 would be quite challenging.
12. Cut puff pastry sheet to the size of the skillet.
13. Put puff pastry sheet on top, tuck edges around the apples.
14. Bake for 25 minutes.
15. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
16. Place a large serving plate over the skillet, and flip to unmold the apple tarte tatin.
17. Serve warm.