A summer 2008 Olympics cake and cupcakes
Friday, February 19, 2010
"What a fun project! It was huge, and took days to complete. The backbround scene was carved out of styrofoam and covered with royal icing. As a purist, I had an objection to that, but it was the only way to accomplish the goal..."
This one is great!
"Made for a little girl who loves the Vancouver Olympic mascots. Rich chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and hand sculpted gumpaste figures."
And today, I'm looking at Olympics inspired cakes.
"Challenge 2008 - 3 rd place
Unkown Challenge - 3rd place
we we given 1 candle, 2 cotton reels, 5 silver balls and a piece of silver string. Then you had to incorporate these into a cake"
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wow-- might as well go wild! We want to go to Paris again, just to get a box. Please click on the photo to see the notes that go with each macaron, describing each flavor. Wow~
"Start at NT$50/US$1.54 per Macaron."
Singular Noun is Paczek (pohn-check)
Plural Noun is Paczki (punch-key)
Paczki (punch-key) Day is the feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins. It is the last day of gaiety in Karnawal time, the period between Christmas and Lent. This is the time for sleigh parties called Kulig. To mark the last moments of excess before the austerity of Lenten sacrifice, Polish Roman Catholics celebrate Paczki Day.
On this day the traditional deep fried pastries (something like jelly doughnuts) are enjoyed throughout the world's Polonias. This joyous activity precedes the Gorzkie Zale (lamentation services) of Lent in Polonian churches. In Poland, Paczki Day takes place the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, called Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday). Long lines form in front of the bakeries in Polonia, and millions of Paczki are sold.In United States Polonia, Paczki Day takes place the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, traditionally called Fat Tuesday in Carnival. Polish American bakeries also supply Paczki in the hundreds of thousands that day. Often in American Polonia, Paczki Day is celebrated with polka dances. In Roman Catholic grammar schools throughout American Polonia, children enjoy Paczki at school on that day."
mardi gras party king cake for fat tuesday by isewcute, originally uploaded by isewcute.
"We were snowed in today... guess a level 3 snow emergency... so I baked! Party in my kitchen!"
Gluten free pancake.
When my son had bad food allergies, we were off wheat and dairy (among other things) for about 3 1/2 years. So, I discovered baking with alternative grains, and used a lot of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free baking mixes. The mix worked well for a number of foods, and was a life-saver! Tasted good, too.
I love it! How fun to see this.
"Womens' race in the the 6th Inter Livery Poulters Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race in Guildhall Yard, London. Tuesday 16 February 2010."
And while we're on the topic of pancakes. . .
"Learn how to cook here: www.helium.com/items/1729658-ideas-for-shrove-tuesday-pan..."
That is one wonderful stack of cakes!
Photo note and blog link:
"Pancake day! Shrove Tuesday. We started early. With maple syrup. And butter.
I have an excellent gluten free option for you on my blog"
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.
I am trying to be truthful.
Not a cute card or a kissogram.
I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.
Okay, that's it! Enough surfing for Valentine's Day food - I'm off to the gym, and then to the kitchen to start cooking!
This looks great, and the salad is speaking to my soul.
"Michael's Valentine's 2004 homemade spinach quiche; served with salad and bread"
Another gorgeous spread for Valentine's Day:
"Jess and I decided that for Valentine's Day this year, we would stay in and cook ourselves a bunch of finger-foods, then play speed-runs through Silent Hill.
Not pictured: Chocolate raspberry tarts which were a very delicious failure due to bad ingredients and timing."
Wow-- now, this is my kind of dessert. I love lots of fresh fruit. . .
Here's what the photographer has to say:
"I ordered this nice heart-shaped tart from a great local bakery/pastry shop in Berkeley. They had that shape specially made for Valentine's Day.
It was amazingly delicious!
I hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day!
"As I was unpacking my miniatures after my recent craft show, I realized that I had an overwhelming amount of pink desserts, so I decided to put together a little Valentine's day display for La Petite Pâtisserie. Enjoy!"
Photographer's note and link:
"A baking trial for valentine.. the chocolate banana cake covered with retro style plastic icing / rolled fondant.
Someone's going to be very lucky. . .
"Happy Valentine's Day!
I needed to make a boatload of Valentines for my friends at City Food Tours, so my friend Ann came over to help - she decorated these pretty pink hearts."
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
We are going to make some granola bars, since so many you can buy have a bit more sugar than we'd like. I've had good luck making nut crackers, so now I'm looking for something else for good energy when going to the gym, and for putting in lunches.
Photo note and link for recipe:
"No high fructose corn syrup in these bars! Delicious, too. www.joyfulabode.com "
I was looking for some good doughnuts, and I came across this wonderful photo:
The photographer tells us:
"I was taking a picture of a pigeon gorging on the pile of discarded pineapple doughnuts when the pigeon flew off and this fella, with the spectacular hair, walked in from frame right, stood there for 10 seconds, pondered the existence of the doughnuts and then wandered off."
Friday, February 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Ah - here we are. The truffles I was looking for.
"Black truffles in Norcia, Italy. About $600 a pound! Che buono!"
To learn more about truffles: