Monday, April 1, 2013
Here is my updated photo:
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Some time ago I was cruising through Saveur's top 100? 150? recipes, and lo and behold there was a recipe for Berliners. Could it be true? But seriously? Their picture did not reflect the gratuitous amount of sugar that a good German bakery might have on theirs.
I made them tonight, and even just holding one in my hand brought a flood of memories back. Also? I discovered that the jam in the doughnuts is actually plum jam... I just never knew it. Also, for pure authenticity, there were even a few exploding donuts. :-)
My notes on the recipe are to definitely use plum jam. I know they give the option to use Strawberry, but if you want the real deal, then you must use plum. Also, this is a very slack dough, so don't worry - they turn out great - but when you go to roll it out, be sure to flour your rolling pin well, and butter your parchment.
Anyway, here is a picture.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Leave the gun... take the cannoli (or, Adventures in Cannoli Making, and why maybe it is just easier to get them from the pastry shop)
Anyway, even using the store bought ricotta didn't quite hit the mark, so I need to do some further research on the cream part. My instinct tells me that they either have used mascarpone instead of ricotta, or it is a combination of the two.
Aside from that, the only other trouble I had was in getting the dough for the shells to come together. I had to use quite a bit more fortified wine and a little bit of water to get it to the right consistency, but I know that it isn't the recipe as much as it is the horridly arid environment of this state. This is why I am so enamored of weight baking as opposed to metric baking, but alas not every recipe is that way. Thanks Utah!
Well, to make silk out of a sow's ear I dredged the shells in chocolate, which was really the saving grace of the whole thing. I mean they didn't taste half bad, but I hated spending all the effort on something that didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. Next time, right? Here is a picture:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
4 chicken boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 plum tomatoes, cut into strips
6 oz of fresh mozzarella (fresh! Not from those rubbery bricks!)
4 packed cups of fresh spinach (make sure to soak your spinach if you don't use pre-washed, to make sure you get all the sand off. Frankly, for the little effort of cleaning your spinach, you get more for your money than if you did pre-washed)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I think I have mentioned previously that my husband and I have our own eBay store. Most of our things are sourced from local thrift stores. Well, we went out today and the stores were picked pretty well clean. Found a few desirable dishes, and actually was followed and harassed by some chick who wanted the dishes I planned to get!! I couldn't believe it! She actually approached me about letting her buy the dishes she wanted because she "didn't pick them up earlier, and I've been here all day". Sorry but you snooze you lose. This is every man (or woman) for themselves! She actually followed me at a close distance and I had to go hide in the clothing section. Crazy!
Anyway, in the first store I found this great vintage American brass lamp base. You could pay a pretty penny for this lamp at, say, Restoration Hardware. It could also double as a weapon in a pinch I suspect... It's that heavy.
On a whim I decided to cruise through the other nearby thrift store, despite it getting late. I am so glad I did. I always make the rounds of the furniture first... Usually looking for vintage Louis-style dining chairs. Usually there is nothing and it is totally crap... 80's sofas, and lots of particle board. Today, however, the angels were smiling down on me because I found this GREAT mid-century modern armchair. It has a swiv-lon base, so it rocks and swivels, it is good and solid, and in pretty decent condition, considering its age. It is SO. COMFORTABLE. Definitely needs a little love, and at some point I hope to have it reupholstered. And it was a STEAL. It definitely has a Milo Baughman feel to it. Unfortunately there are no visible markings on it, so if anyone has any comments on who actually made it, I'd appreciate it. I already spent quite a bit of time searching combinations of descriptive terms, to no avail.
I actually walked away from it at first but immediately circled back for it. Can you believe it? What was I thinking?? Well it is mine now.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Well, it is officially 2013, and it seems only fitting that I should post my goals for the coming year.
Recently I have come to realize what is really important to me, and so my 2013 goals will build on that.
For Wipocalypse purposes, I want to work on:
1. TW's Noah's Ark (wip)
2. TW's 12 Days (new start)
3. TW' Paisley Corner(wip)
4. MLI's Firefly Fairies (new start)
5. Tony Minieri's Star For A New Millennium (wip)
6. Long Dog's Plight Of Fancy (wip)
7. MLI's Celtic Banner (wip)
8. Papillon Creations' Around The World (wip)
9. Papillon Creations' The Castle Garden (wip)
10. TW's Miniature Spring Sampler (new start)
These are things that I commit to work on to some degree... Not sure how far I will get on any of then, but it is all in fun. And such discipline! Only three are new starts!
For cooking, I have really wanted to refine my cooking technique, and get seriously better. I have always thought that I would go to cooking school. I am not sure what I would ever do with it if I went, not to mention that I don't have the time or money. I love to entertain, whether for company, or even just to set a lovely table/have a restaurant experience at home...and cooking/baking is meditative for me. That being said I have always been an exceptional self study, never settling for less than perfection. More or less I want to implement repetition of the best technique so that I can be better than I am. I got some great technique books ( Ruhlman's 20, Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques) for Christmas, which will be what I use primarily this next year. I plan to document as I go along on this blog.
Speaking of this blog, I've never really taken it too seriously, but wipocalypse has taught me that I can do this regularly. I fulfilled that goal for a whole year!!! I hope to build this within the coming year.
My hubby and I also sell on eBay and we really want to build that up this year, and we will see what happens with that.
I have a few needlework patterns floating around in my head and I want to formalize them in pattern form as well.
Astrologically it is a great year for creating, and I want to create for myself this year... Holding my own destiny and forward progress in my hands. It's time.