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HOME MADE blew readers away with its stunning package, delicious recipes, beautiful photos, step-by-step instruction, and Yvette van Boven’s own hand-drawn artwork throughout the book. Van Boven’s passion for great food and good humor could be felt on every page in the book.
Now, in the follow-up HOME MADE WINTER, van Boven’s heartfelt work is presented again, this time with recipes intended for the winter season. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and her frequent sojourns in France, she has created a collection of recipes that will warm your heart.
Chapters include Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch; Pies and Sweet Things for Tea Time; Beverages; To Start; and Dessert. She focuses on simple recipes for classic dishes such as apple cider, BBQ pulled pork, ricotta cheesecake, and more. Step-by-step, she explains how to make butter, beef sausage, and baileys. She also features her favorite winter holiday recipes. Readers will be inspired to put on a cozy sweater and step into the kitchen.
Home Made Winter is all about comforting winter food, with inspiration from Ireland, France and Holland. While we’re not Irish, we indulge in a shot (or two :) of Irish Cream in our coffee during the winter months. I had never made Irish Cream Liqueur before, now that I have there is no going back to the bottled stuff on the liquor store shelves.
I’ll be making my own from now on,
ready in 5 minutes and oh so much better!
Look at the ingredients, no wonder this stuff is so good. . .
Homemade Irish Cream,
recipe adapted from Home Made Winter
1 1/4 cups Irish whiskey (I used Jamison)
3/4 cup heavy cream (I used 1 cup)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (my addition)
1 tablespoon instant coffee (I had instant espresso so I used 1/2 tablespoon)
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend briefly until mixed.
2. Transfer mixture to a clean glass bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Shake well before using.
In the spirit of Homemade, I had plans to make a sweater bottle wrap to go with a bottle of Irish Cream as a gift.
I found this idea on Pinterest,
all I needed was a sweater to repurpose:
Source: GREY LIKES Weddings, directions here.
While sweater bottle wraps are still on my ‘to do’ project list, I found a ready made sweater bottle wrap on sale at Pottery Barn after Christmas, ideal to keep your bottle warm & cozy :) and for instant wrap to give along with a bottle of Homemade Irish Cream.
Indulge in Irish Cream over ice
or add a shot to your coffee. . .
Add some whipped cream
and a pirouline cookie. . .
“I believe that, just like a formally decorated table or a beautifully arranged plate, a cookbook should exude a certain spirit, or a mood, that you should be in when you start to get going in the kitchen.”
~Yvette van Boven
Snuggle up with a blanket, a good book,
or this delicious cookbook and some
Home Made Irish Cream this winter!
You can find a printable recipe, here.
I’m joining The Novel Bakers for
Home Made Winter this week. . .