Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dunbar Brewery Beer Pairing Dinner

Just last night we catered our third annual five course beer pairing dinner for our local pub Dunbar Brewery in Santa Margarita. It is so fun to cater these because we work closely with the owner, Chris, on creating the menu and someone actually gives us creative liberty, its awesome!! It is also nice because they've kept it small, around 20 people, so we get to create unique and fun food for a small number.

We pair each course with a handcrafted ale, oftentimes it is paired, but we also try to use the beer in sauces or marinades, etc. An amazing recipe we've come up with it to make our own homemade beer ice cream, it is so yummy. Here are some pics from the night, below you'll also find the recipe to our own homemade beer ice cream for you to try out!

Bonnie's Hot and Sour Soup

Handcrafted Pulled Pork Sliders
with homemade bbq sauce and coleslaw
served with freshly made pickles from the
Santa Margarita Ranch Garden

Fresh Pizza topped with goat cheese, marinated artichoke hearts
and chipotle goat sausage with a crisp salad topped with zuchinni slices

Rose's Blueberry Pound Cake topped with
homemade beer ice cream

Rose's Homemade Beer Ice Cream Recipe

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
2 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 large dark beer (40 oz. or more, a darker beer with heavier flavor works best)

1. Reduce beer on stovetop by simmering slowly and at first adding a little bit of sugar. This will take time, it reduce and the flavors will instensify.
2. mix eggs, sugar and milk in a blender. then add the cream, vanilla and reduced beer that has cooled. whip all together.
3. pour into ice cream machine and will usually take about 20 minutes to a half hour

This is great for adult celebrations of any kind!!

It's time to recuperate before our next big event in Paso Robles next week. Bonnie and I stopped by the local and amazing fabric store, Birch, and picked up some great fabric to start some new projects. Going to try and squeeze it all in.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bobbins and Buffets

Welcome to Bobbins and Buffets! We are two sisters, Bonnie Loftus and Rose Bardin, juggling the pressures of everyday life including new motherhood, running a successful catering business, Bonnie Marie's Catering, and also creating a new line of handmade accessories and children's clothing on etsy.com, Bobbins and Beagles.

Growing up in Northern California on our family's ranch we were surrounded by amazing agriculture, wildlife and family. So it just made sense when my older sister Bonnie started her own catering business cultivated by her love of good, fresh food. This has grown into a blossoming business with our own store and kitchen in Santa Margarita, California. All the while, we haven't forgotten our craftiness passed down from our grandma and began to create handmade crocheted items, accessories, jewelry and children's clothing and launched our line on etsy.com.

All of this means one thing, our lives aren't boring at all!! We hope that you enjoy learning about our daily ventures and projects as much as we do.

Daily you'll find tips, projects, recipes, pictures,stories and just about whatever is going on in our lives! You can find our handmade accessories at http://www.bobbinsandbeagles.etsy.com/. Here are a few of the first items!

Midnight Blue Twilight Rosette Necklace