we could all use a friend like holly (noisette)

Tea1I recently received a parcel that was sent to my store office. When the building’s landlord told me that I had package waiting for me, my first reaction was that one of my items was delivered unsuccessfully. Already mentally preparing to contact the buyer, rewrap the item, and send it back with a discount for the inconvenience (my mind works quickly), the last thing that I was expecting was a little box that was addressed to me, from Holly.

Tea2Sometimes I forget that readers actually take in the aspects of my life that I blog about. Sure, if you read HSB, you probably know a little something about the house that I’m building, or that I own a few pets, or that I’m married. Those of you who truly follow my life, know more about me and it than I give you credit for. Not only did the card have antlers on it and a beautiful handwritten note, but what was inside was one of my all-time favourite foods in tea format. Plus, it came from halfway around the world. Who does that? Only the sweetest person ever.

Tea3I certainly don’t know what the true measure of a friend is. I think that varies for each and every individual. However, Holly is a pretty damn good one. On days like this, I am once again thankful for the blogging community in regards to introducing me to some really great people. Click on Holly’s blog, and say hello. Honestly. We could all benefit from having a friend like her.

<3

Emory

holly golightly, this one is for you

Holly01This is a piece that I had composed for Holly on Instagram. I’ve hinted at her recent health issues in several blog posts, but have yet to fully explain just what is the matter. Rather than rewriting it for you today and having to relive the same raw emotions once again, I’ve made the decision to post it here. Nothing has yet changed, and I feel as if I can say no more about the situation. This is what I wrote one week ago.

Holly02Holly03Holly05“We’ve been through a lot with our dog, Holly. Four years ago, we rescued her from the SPCA in Edmonton, Alberta. She was found wandering the streets, heavily pregnant, and in the middle of winter. No one ever claimed her. We went into the shelter not expecting to fall in love, but after seeing Holly shivering in the corner of a room, while being kept away from her litter of puppies, we knew that our lives would never be the same. She was losing her hair and was severely underweight, but within a few months she was a fit and healthy dog, or so we thought. Soon after adopting her, we noticed an ulcer in her eye. It turns out that Holly’s eyes cannot produce tears. After four years of different medications, numerous vet visits, and most recently a surgery to correct the problem, it appeared as if she would finally be able to lead a ‘normal’ life. Holly will be 10 years old. However, life will not let her catch a break. Last week we were told that Holly has cancer. Now, we must weigh our options and ultimately decide how many more surgeries and procedures we will subject her to. The line between preserving your pet’s life for yourself or for them is thin. If only they could speak and tell us exactly what to do. If nothing else, we know that Holly is a fighter, and that eventually she will help us come to the right decision, if not through human words, but through her own form of language that only dog owners grow to understand. While owning her has never been easy, if I didn’t have her love or the privilege of ever knowing her, the last four years of my own life would have been so much more meaningless. So, Holly Golightly, this one is for you.”

Holly09<3

Emory

a blogger’s dozen: holly’s baked quesadillas with gluten free sweet potato tortillas (noisette)

sweet potato tortillas preovenHola, friends and feliz Friday! It’s time for another post in my A Blogger’s Dozen series!! Today’s guest blogger is Holly from Noisette. This is the part where I would normally write about how lovely and sweet Holly is, and talk up her inventive and delicioso food blog. However, she wrote the cutest introduction herself, so I’m just going paste it for you all. You guys will seriously become enamorado with Holly’s cooking and personality, and not just this Mexican-inspired meal which has me speaking Spanish. Make sure you visita her blog, pronto! Arriba!

<3 

Emory

Hello, I’m Holly and welcome to my guest post here on Hello, Scarlett. I can’t even begin to say how excited I am to be here and that I hope you enjoy this recipe. I had great fun creating it and even more fun eating it!

Holly

sweet potato tortillas ingredientsBaked Quesadillas With Gluten Free Sweet Potato Tortillas:

(set aside an hour or so to prepare this meal and get it in the oven, bearing in mind you’ll also need to prepare and cook the tortillas)

The filling:

2 large chicken breasts
Olive oil, for frying
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 (400 g) tins of chopped tomatoes
5 tsp of chili flakes
5 tsp of cayenne
5 tsp of salt
2 tsp of paprika
1 tsp of liquid smoke (optional)
2 gloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp of tomato purée
1 onion, chopped
2 peppers, chopped
100-150 g of grated cheese (such as mature cheddar)
200 ml of soured cream

The tortillas:

500 g of sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 tbsp of olive oil
180 g of gluten-free flour, plus more for flouring
5 tsp of xantham gum (omit if using plain flour)
5 tsp of salt

Steps:

1. The Sauce. Begin by making the sauce. This gives it plenty of time to reduce and the flavours to deepen. Do this by emptying the tins of tomatoes into a medium saucepan; add the chopped tomatoes, chili flakes, cayenne, salt, paprika, liquid smoke and garlic. Leave this to bubble away on a medium heat, stir occasionally.

sweet potato tortillas22. The filling. If you haven’t already, chop the peppers and onions and set aside in a bowl. Make sure your cheese is grated and your chicken chopped.

Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the chicken until it begins to turn golden brown, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t completely cooked as it’ll be going in the oven. Set aside in the pan.

3. The tortillas. Now these can be difficult to handle but my tips are to keep flouring everything and to use a spatula and rolling pin to persuade your tortilla off the work surface.

Boil the chopped sweet potato until cooked, 10-15 minutes in a medium saucepan.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Drain and mash the sweet potato and then add the olive oil, flour, salt and xantham gum, stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until they make a rough dough. This requires some elbow grease and will take a little time. Add more flour if too sticky (but make sure you’ve incorporated all the flour first) or more olive oil if too dry. Place a cast iron skillet or heavy bottomed pan onto a medium heat (with no oil).

sweet potato tortillas3Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead it with your hands until it forms a ball.

sweet potato tortillas4Flatten the ball slightly and top with flour.

sweet potato tortillas5Split the ball into 6 and then repeat the step above, i.e. roll the dough into a ball and flatten slightly on a floured surface. Flour the top of the dough and roll into a thin circle, approximately 3 mm thick. I found rolling slightly then flipping over and repeating an effective way of preventing the tortilla from sticking.

sweet potato tortillas6Pick the tortilla up off of the work surface and lay it over a rolling pin (optional, but I found it will help to move it in one piece) and then transfer it carefully to the hot skillet. I found rolling it onto my flat hand and then gently laying it in the pan (careful not to burn your fingers) the easiest way. Don’t be disheartened if your first one sticks to everything, roll it back into a ball and start again.

sweet potato tortillas8Let them cook for a minute or two on each side (flip with a spatula), until they begin to colour and crisp up. Pile them up on a plate as you go along.

sweet potato tortillas7Once all the tortillas are cooked, place half the sauce in frying pan with the chicken and reheat, until boiling and then remove from the heat once it has begun to reduce. I like the peppers and onion to be a little crunchy and as such put them in the tortillas raw; if you’d rather, you can cook them in the sauce with the chicken before using them in the filling.

Pour half the remaining sauce into the bottom of an oven proof dish, such as a lasagne dish.

sweet potato tortillas9Make sure you’ve got the chicken, dish, tortillas, peppers, onion and grated cheese nearby.

sweet potato tortillas10Into each tortilla place some onion, pepper, chicken and grated cheese (keep half the cheese to top the whole lot at the end). Roll the tortilla up and place it in the sauce-lined dish.

sweet potato tortillas11Repeat for the 5 remaining tortillas and then top with the remaining quarter of the sauce.

sweet potato tortillas12Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and then top with soured cream and the remaining grated cheese and bake for a further 5-10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

sweet potato tortillas finalServe and enjoy! I really loved this dish and didn’t feel like it was a Mexican substitute at all, the tortillas were tasty and doughy and there were lots of lovely flavours going on. I hope you like it too; it has inspired me to attempt to make gluten-free lasagne. I’ll keep you posted.

This isn’t a quick meal but it isn’t very complicated either, it just requires a little patience. I recently changed my diet to paleo and on less strict days, just gluten free. I found gluten was really affecting my blood sugar and have felt much better since cutting it out of my diet. However, there are things I miss; I love bread and pasta and I was recently pondering what I missed most and decided that I was craving Mexican, but tortilla wraps were out of the question. I then remembered that there are recipes out there for sweet potato pizza and therefore it must be possible to make tortillas out of sweet potato, too. I set about making this dream a reality.

Holly

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Hello, Christmas

Photo_1 BeFunky_Card_2.jpg IMG_5.jpgThis post will be short and sweet, sort of like my family.

Have a Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas! I hope that your day is so very wonderful!!

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