Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday's reflections and ramblings...

Hello, happy Sunday!!  How is everyone today?  I'm really, really tired, it's been a "warp speed" weekend for sure!

As I was going non stop this weekend, I was also reflecting what is truly important to me.  Why was I thinking this way you ask?  Because I was feeling pressure to finish up what I was doing and get my deals ready to go shopping and then post the pics of my Sunday deals. 
My best thinking comes when my hands are immersed in very hot soapy water and I'm washing dishes... seriously, it's like my (insert ding) thinking cap comes on time.  Strange, but true!!
So, as I'm elbow deep in dish water it occurs to me, I really didn't start this blog to show you my shopping.  I really wanted to share what I love to do the most in life, that is cooking and baking!!  That is my passion and I have been told by too many others to mention, also my gift.

Those of you that know me, know that a major "event" in my life has radically changed me. That event was my heart attack last September 11th, (I know).
As I was lying there and having numerous people working on me to save my life...  "my life" was flashing before me.  There were more "I wish and if only's" than I could count!!  One of them is to pursue my passion in ernest. Start a blog (with alot of encouragment from friends), attend culinary school, or take those classes, enter competitions, WIN SOME!!
Do I want to be famous?  You know, I can't honestly answer that because it's not a major "goal" for me, but it's not something I will throw away if ever the opportunity presents itself.  Like winning the lottery, you can't win if you don't play *note to self; buy a ticket*!! :-)

I will be changing the format of my blog.  I will no longer be concentrating on "shopping" or bargains.  My sole intent is to cook and bake and talk, hello, it is "Dishin with Didi"!!
Does that mean I will not shop wisely?  Not at all, nothing will stop me from being a smart shopper.  I will also be actively looking for other food blogs.  We all need encouragement, motivation and inspiration!!
Phew, that was easier than I thought! ;-)

So... I was indeed very busy yesterday, I entered two competitions, am working on a third.  I thought I had the 3rd dish perfected, but it just didn't taste the way I wanted it to taste, does that make sense?  Back to the drawing board on that one.  Meanwhile, I would love to share a picture of the one entry I did, this one came out EXACTLY how I wanted it to!!  If I don't say so myself... "it's outta this world"!!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. You go girl!! Going after your passion and sharing motivates all of us to go after ours.

    Take care of yourself and keep up the great work Didi!!


    p.s. I turned on the Food channel this afternoon for the first time ever while folding laundry. It was quite enjoyable. Who'd a thunk?? I may even do it again. LOL!!!

    1. Thank you Patti!! Lol, you enjoyed the Food Network? Yay, another convert!!!! :-)

  2. I agree with Patti - YOU GO GIRL!! Always follow your passion!! I do LOVE your shpopping escapades though but am sure you will still share on CDM. That is how we bonded after all... So, that being said, I can't wait to hear more about your contests - and to keep reading the fabulous recipes!! Again - YOU GO GIRL!!!

    1. Thank you Michelle! You so know I'll be over to share @ CDM!!! It's addicting it is!!

  3. I read your post & was thinking "You go, girl!" when I scrolled down & saw that's what others felt too - so far it's unanimous!!!

  4. GOOD FOR YOU!!! Follow your heart. I love reading your shopping adventures, but I really found you here for your recipes and chit chat :)

    As promised, here is the recipe for my yiayia's tsoureki. Enjoy!

    2 cups milk (I use whole milk)
    2 cups white sugar
    1 cup unsalted butter, melted
    4 eggs
    3 teaspoons zest from either orange or lemon (I love orange)
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 envelopes yeast
    3 pounds white flour, plus 3-4 cups as needed to knead bread

    Heat milk and sugar together. Objective is to melt the sugar. Cool off milk so you can handle it without getting burned.

    Put the yeast in warm water (about half a cup) with a little bit of sugar. Once the yeast is bubbling and rising you are ready to start. Put 3 pounds of flour into a large bowl. Mix in the salt into the flour, and make a well in the middle. Pour the yeast/water and the warm milk/sugar into the well. Start mixing the liquid into the flour. Once you have a very sticky dough, add the eggs and the zest, and start kneading the dough. This kneading takes a lot of patience…this dough is sticky and hard to work with. Don’t give up! You might need to add some more flour to make it work. The goal is really work this dough. The kneading can take about 20-30 minutes. After you have worked the dough, pour the melted butter on the dough, and start all over again. Don’t give up here either!!! You want to incorporate the butter into the dough. This will take about 10 minutes. At the end, you get a beautiful dough, smells divine (of the orange or lemon zest). We make a cross in the kneaded dough, and put it in a low 100 degree oven (cover the bowl with plastic wrap) to rise. You will want to let it double in size, take it out of the oven. Punch it down, cover it again with plastic wrap, let it double again. Take it out of the oven, punch it down, and let it sit on the counter for at least half an hour.

    I make this into either a loaf, or a braid. Important to let it rise on the pan again before baking it. I even use a cake tester to poke wholes into the loaf (this keeps it from bursting when baking).

    Brush with an egg wash, decorate with sesame or blanched almonds, bake at 350 until golden brown (about an hour), and enjoy!!!

    1. Olga thank you so very, very much for your words of encourgement and THE RECIPE!!!
      I've printed this off, and am going to def. make this. The ing. alone remind me of what of the flavors I'm looking for... can "yiayia" adopt me too? ;-)

      Meanwhile, I will be posting "my" koulourakia recipe this week. I'm gonna call them sunshine cookies for ease, and koulourakia in parenthisis...
      If I don't say so myself, plus my aunts and MOM (hello) love my recipe and now they do theirs like me.
      I gotta tell you, you will get a kick out of this.
      My one aunt volunteered to make koulourakia for the Filohtopos bake sale. Okay, they sold out in like 10 seconds flat she said. So the ladies said to her, let's go downstairs and make some more. She said "no" (ohi), I will go make some more at home and bring them, noone gets my recipe!! LOL
      My aunt!! Love her!!
      Meanwhile, here I will be showing the world the variances!! LOL

    2. OH MY!! Didi...I love your aunt already!! I hope you like her vasilopita...i loved making it with her...and I am sure she would have loved sharing it with you. She never really kept any secrets with recipes...but i wish I have thought to write more down with her. She was "a little bit of this, a little bit of that" kind of cook. How cool that you are documenting all your great recipes here...some day, your kids will love having your words and works of art at their disposal!!

      I cannot wait to read your koulourakia recipe! My sister makes them for us...but i always love adding to my aresenal of cookies. Take good care of yourself. Nothing like a major health crisis to really re-evaluate your life. You are so good at what you do here on the blog. As long as you keep enjoying it, then we will all follow you!!!