Thursday, 21 November 2013
are you not excited? HOW CAN YOU NOT BE EXCITED?? TRUFFLES! which mean CHOCOLATE! which is directly linked to happiness. scratch that, chocolate is happiness. go find a dictionary. its picture is directly beneath the definition.
on the other hand, i am currently without any form of chocolate in the house--no cocoa, no chocolate bars!!--and i am dying. well, i haven't as of yet, but i can feel it. the sudden drop when all remnants of cacao leaks from your veins :'( if only someone could spirit me some valrhona...
okay. back on track. the recipe.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
let me give you an example of what happened the other day. i was with my family, out for lunch, and we settled on this place called (i kid you not) coq and balls. it was a part bar part cafe thing, and we settled at a table and ordered our food.
when my chicken wrap arrived, i dug into it quite happily--not a bad wrap, with chunks of fleshy mango and smoky roasted chicken inside along with a honey mustard salad of mesclun greens on the side--and it was only when i finished that i vaguely registered that the sauce covering the innards of my wrap seemed to resemble a chill aoili. in other words, MAYONNAISE (dun dun dun)
whereas one year ago upon discerning this fact i freaked out and rocked on the sofa crying for maybe half an hour, now my brain just registered the fact with amusement. like "oh, whoops! i had mayo." and that was that! i didn't even give a flying shit. and i was both startled and amused by the fact--is this what recovery feels like?
Saturday, 26 October 2013
this is really awful. i'm guilty of severely neglecting this space (even though my exams ended like two weeks ago??). in any case, i'm sorry! forgive me! before you start pelting the rotten eggs and decaying tomatoes! and cream pies, if a slapstick comedy is what you're going for but preferably not.
anyway, here i am now. and i have cookies! while you might not forgive me 100% take one anyway. it will be hard to multitask chewing-on-amazing-cookie-and-scowling-at-me though, but take one either way.
so here is an update, plus a recipe!
Friday, 4 October 2013
again, a less word-filled post till my horrid dreadful exams come to a screeching halt. i swear, i will skip out of the school in a half-jumpy-half-running lope, an insane grin of immense proportions stretching my cheeks like rubber and a gleam of maniacal delight dancing in my eyes. i will designate end of exam day as a Baking Day and i will kick up a storm of eggshells and flour clouds in the kitchen.
and while i'm at this i should really stop dreaming and start studying history but its friday, i shall be more lenient (than i already am, which is very).
today: roasted strawberry banana buckwheat bread. an amazing loaf of soft, moist epic banana flavor and the burst of roasted, shriveled and bursting with juice strawberries.
Friday, 27 September 2013
first of all: because exams (the E word dun dun dun dunnnn) this post will be abdominally short. a succinct, crammed up post with mostly visuals and less of my tattering (yeah yeah feel free to cheer)
second of all: this isn't a very...ideal ogura cake. oh what am i saying. it's not good! the texture is more dense and custardy than the exemplary light, cotton soft, spongy airy crumbs of fluffed caky goodness. but hey, it still tasted good :'D and if you follow the instructions (unlike me, who was rushing) it would probably be spectacular.
light and fluffy ogura cake everybody!
Monday, 16 September 2013
for the first time in this house, our family sat down together for breakfast, even if it was for a brief time. my father and sister went for a run, i dolloped thick waffle batter into the steaming iron and prised golden crisp fluffiness from the grooves onto a cookie sheet, my brother and mother sleepily padded one by one from the comforting recesses of the bedrooms to wash up. and soon after we sat down to a breakfast of waffles, made with our previously unknown waffle maker (more about that later), and experienced a rare family time.
it was good.
Monday, 9 September 2013
the september holidays have commenced. oh joy! one week of (more) rest, slightly marred by the looming end of year exams and the unspoken but felt pressure between my shoulder blades to gET oFf ThE ComPuTEr AnD StUDy but i shall feign ignorance for the time being and trumpet the good news to y'all. see that picture? well i was craving something awful for cinnamon rolls but then again waking up and waiting for so long for dough to rise and rise again and roll and rise again and covering the kitchen in a fine layer of powdery flour? nah.
so i did my research, as usual, and voila--overnight cinnamon rolls. wake up in the morning, pad sleepily in your crumpled pajamas to the kitchen, pull the pan of risen puffed rolls from the fridge and let them sit for a while as you brush up and make yourself decent. then its a quick pop in the oven and there--hot, piping fragrant yeasty cinnamon rolls in less than two hours from the time you wake up!