Friday, November 30, 2007

Take Two Butter Tarts and Call Me in the Morning

They may not be considered exotic - but they are delicious. And I have never seen them in the USA before. Butter tarts!

This morning I woke up feeling dizzy. When I went into the kitchen to get something to eat, my 8 yr old presented me with a card. It was drawn and scrawled in her usual quick manner - but it was very clever. A pic of me sick in bed is on the front (not very true to life artistry - I don't look nearly that good in the morning). Inside it reads: Get well soon, I love you. Then there is a teardrop and written around the inside edges it says "I weep for you I deeply sympathize" (a quote from Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter".) I need to add that I had NEVER heard of this poem until about a year ago. Found it in an old poetry book and my dd memorized it for school. I LOVE IT!

Then it said "Feeling well is like building a snowman - feeling sick is the snowman melting." Watch out Hallmark writers! She sure is sweet - she did all this even though she in on day 2 of a miserable headcold herself (and no I did not come up with a card, clever or otherwise, for her).

Anyway back to the butter tarts. There is no dessert that says holiday time to me like butter tarts. I grew up in a small town in Manitoba, Canada - and every year around Christmas and for rare other occasions, my mom would make butter tarts. And if it wasn't a special time of year with butter tarts hiding in the freezer (which I would sometimes sneak out and eat frozen) that's ok - b/c I could go to pretty much any convenience store or grocery store and buy my own little two-pack for about a buck.

Basically it's a tart shell filled with a gooey, sweet concoction of brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, egg, vanilla flavoring, vinegar and raisins. You put the concoction in the tart shell and bake it for about 20 min. I think it tastes and has the consistency of a pecan pie - minus the pecans. The recipe varies - I found mine in a magazine, but here is one that is similar. I do NOT add nuts to mine, nor any spices as I've seen sometimes.

I don't bake them very often b/c my dh does not like to eat sweets (well he loves them but he prefers not to have them around) and so if I make something like that - they will be consumed by my children and me...primarily by me - and I don't need that much sugar. Well unless I'm feeling dizzy. Then nothing is as good as two butter tarts and some decaf coffee, and a sweet card from my little girl.


Patty said...

I grew up eating butter tarts, my grandmother was a Canadian !
Love those little things.
I have enjoyed reading over your blog. We are adventurous eaters, meal plans that matched the places we were studying about, new phrases in a language to match. A row of spices for our cooking adventures that is 8 ft long (seriously).

Munkamama said...

I like your phrase "adventurous eaters" - that is a good way of describing it.

I sometimes wonder why my kids want to taste these things - are they curious or are they wanting to experience an "adventure" and be brave.

When my dd was about 7 she went on a very scary ride at a park and she said later she did it to show us how brave she was.

When we go out on walks or camping or whatever - we refer to them as "adventures". Sounds more intriguing :)