|Dad and Me|
Happy Fathers day to all the fathers, brothers, uncles and sons out there or any combination of the above!!!!! Today is a day when we can tell you how much we appreciate all that you have done over the years and for being the loving and caring people that you are. I know that we should tell you more often each and every day, but today is a day set aside just for you in your Hallmark moment.____________________________
Walk a little slower daddy
said a little child so small,
I'm following your footsteps
and I don't want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast
sometimes they are hard to see,
so walk a little slower daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I'm all grown up
you are what I want to be,
then I will have a little child
who will want to follow me.
I would want to lead just right
and know that I was true,
so walk a little slower daddy,
For I must follow you!
My own dad grew up in northern England and emigrated to Canada in 1957 with my mom and oldest brother. Being first generation Canadians they started out alone and forged a new life in the province of Ontario like many new Canadian citizens.
"A father carries pictures where his money used to be".
In the summer we spent many years on vacation at the many beaches in Ontario. Dad is an avid photographer so we have many photos and movies to document our time together as a family. Wasaga Beach, Sauble Beach, Port Perry...we were there....You should see the elaborate sand castles that we made. I have plenty of photos of them as well. For a time we had a cottage at Lake Eugenia which is a little south of Collingwood and the Blue Mountain Ski area. We planted a large garden and spent many hours sitting around the campfire enjoying the warm summer nights...far enough south not to be bothered by blackflies who would chew huge chunks out of any part of you they could find!!!!
I remember my childhood being very happy without a care in the world just as a kids life should be. Our family always did things together. He made my brother a go cart that looked like a jeep because dad is talented that way and can do everything he sets his mind to. When I was living in Calgary he visited and decided that he wanted to take up making stained glass. My friend at the time was making lamps and windows for a local company. Well I have some beautiful lamps and one of a kind windows that he made with his steady hand that are truly amazing. Both of my brothers took it up as well. Some of his windows he even taught himself to etch glass so that the thatched roof of the cottage looks real. He also taught himself to paint in oils. If I sound like I am bragging I am!!!
Dad has learned to fly a plane and taught himself to excel at the computer....as I said my dad can do anything!!!! I sound like a little child who is confronted with her playmates, "My dad is better than yours". The bottom line is ultimately I am very proud of my dad and all that he has accomplished in his life. Today is a good day to tell him that because he doesn't hear it from me often enough, or maybe not at all.
F - Faithful, Funloving
A - Amazing, Artistic, Always There
T - True-blue, Trustworthy
H - Honoring
E - Energetic, Ever-Loving
R- Remarkable, Righteous
S - Supportive.
"I never had a chance to choose the man to be my Dad -
But I sure thank my lucky stars for the taste my Mother had."
My mom makes my dad a traditional sponge cake when they are looking for a special treat. I'd have to say this is his favourite dessert along with apple turnovers and apple or rhubarb pie. Sponge cake geta its rise, not from baking powder, but solely from the air whipped into the eggs. The eggs need to be at room temperature and the egg yolks and sugar are beaten until thick, light, and fluffy which can take as long as five minutes. This long beating time is necessary for it not only gives the baked cake its full volume, it also gives the cake its nice open grain. Be careful when folding the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk mixture to ensure that the batter does not deflate too much. A few quick strokes with a rubber spatula or large balloon whisk are all that is needed. You can serve this cake plain with just a dusting of powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar or with fresh fruit and softly whipped cream or as I have in this case with a less sweet mascarpone cheese and strawberries or strawberry jam.
**Sponge Cake with Mascarpone Cream and Strawberries**
1 large egg yolk
pinch of salt
1 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cold water
finely grated zest of one lemon
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and grease and flour a 9 or 10-inch springform pan.Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and add the pinch of salt. Beat whites until foamy. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue beating the whites while gradually adding 1 cup of the sugar. You want the whites to beat into soft peaks (don’t overbeat). Set aside.In a clean bowl, beat the egg yolks with remaining 1/3 cup sugar, the flour, the baking powder, the vanilla and almond extracts and the cold water until smooth. Add the orange zest. The mixture might appear stiff or very thick but don’t worry.
Gently fold in the egg whites until you have a well mixed batter.
Spoon the batter into the springform pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 35 minutes. The top of the cake will be golden and it will spring back when pressed.
Remove the cake to a wire rack and cool completely before releasing the cake from the springform pan.
Carefully divide the cake into two equal layers. Set the bottom layer on your cake tray or serving plate. Spread the filling over the cake bottom. If it’s a bit loose, refrigerate the cake bottom for about 10 minutes to firm up the filing. Top the filling with the second layer of the cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Just before serving, dust the cake with icing sugar.
3-4 tablespoons soft set strawberry or raspberry jam
1 x 250 g tub mascarpone
1 x 200 ml tub fromage frais (I used Greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the filling, combine the mascarpone and fromage frais in a bowl; a balloon whisk will amalgamate them quicker. Add the level tablespoon of sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Now spread one tablespoon of jam over one of the sponge cakes, follow this with half the cream mixture then scatter the raspberries or strawberries all over that. Now add the remaining cream mixture and drizzle it with the rest of the jam. Place the second sponge cake on top. Press very lightly to sandwich everything together, then lightly dust the cake with icing sugar before serving.
Note: Cream of tartar is used when whipping egg whites to stabilize them, and to prevent over beating and the whites drying out.
|This is the cake mom baked Dad for Father's Day|