Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting for Mary Berry

Today I'm home waiting for my two Mary Berry books, to hit the front porch.  Because if I'm going to learn pastry, I'm going to learn it from the best.

Here is a Master Class with Mary and Paul, making Mary's Lemon Tart, which is on my list of must bakes. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Please enjoy a slice of Chocolate Fudge Cake.  No eggs, no dairy.  Super duper fudgy and light at the same time.  And get this, I made enough frosting for two full layers.  Not like my first cake, when the back end of it went bare.

I'm getting closer.

Maybe next time I'll make enough frosting for four layers.  Until then, have a groovy Tuesday and boogie boogie.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Little Spud


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Q: What's Your Favorite Cake?

For me, it's Carrot Cake.  Plant-based, dairy-based, gluten-free, wholemeal, nuts, no nuts, if it's got the words, Carrot Cake, I have to taste it.

Even if just a bite.

Also, I'll never turn down a slice of coconut cake.  I remember Papam (granddad), would go to the corner store and get little TASTYKAKE Coconut Cakes, with the layer of frosting on the top and middle, wrapped in that plastic wrap that no matter how careful my little fingers were, I'd always squish my cake.

Another great memory is Mamam's (grandma), Hungarian Chocolate Torte.  I'd get to help whip the frosting by hand, even though the whisk was bigger than me.  Then when my little arms (I'd use both), were too tired, Mamam and Papam would take over and I'd watch like it was a magic show.

Liquid into frosting.  How'd they do it?

And now, a billion years later, I'm making new cake memories.  Yesterday I made my first real cake.  Though the frosting was much easier to make than memory served, I didn't make enough to cover the entire cake.  That's why in yesterday's picture, you only saw a partial image.  I only had enough to do half a cake.

Surely I would have gotten voted off The Great British Bake Off for that one, and as I sliced it down the middle (of the half-cake), I could hear Mary Berry's comments in my head.  At least I can say, there were no soggy bottoms.

But now I'd love to hear from you.

What's your favorite cake or favorite cake memories?  Is there one cake that you can't turn down? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Baker's Report: My First Cake

I baked my very first cake, yesterday.  I don't know how, but somehow, I never made cake before.  Just the boxed ones at work.  I also realized yesterday, that I totally suck at frosting the cake.  However, the Maple Vanilla Frosting I created tasted good, even better on the cake, than in the bowl.  Tim thought I used butter, but I didn't. 

Yesterday was a good day.

As I prepared my two new cake pans before 7AM, I thought how lucky I am to start my day like this. 

I don't have to bake.  I get to bake.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby Burger, Yum!

Poor Tim.  Sometimes I make him food, then don't let him eat it, like this baby burger.  I was all set to hand it over, then I saw this and had to shoot it.

They were good, too.  I might make them again today.

Another thing I want to do today, is purge my bakeware storage area.  I love the NordicWare that I've used for years, but the other stuff can go.  I'm at the stage in my baking where I'd rather have less stuff, but have it be good stuff.

So that's my plan for the day.  Lucky for me, most of my chores were finished yesterday, and I have all ding dong day, to rip out the cabinets and start fresh.

PS:  I also want to bake a cake today.

PPS:  It's a toss between chocolate banana or carrot.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tickle My Toes

I can't wait to show you all the new toys that Tim got me over the weekend.  We hit a restaurant store that is loaded, and I do mean loaded, with all kinds of cookery and bakeware.  Everything from used to new, classic to modern.

The best part, everything was FREE!  More on that later, since I haven't taken pictures yet.

Meanwhile, dig these long rolls I baked on my very own, newly purchased, for FREE, rimless bake sheet.  No more fusing with a jelly roll pan.  Now, like on The Great British Bake Off, I too have the joy of sliding my bread right off the sheet and onto a wire rack.

I tell ya, it's the simple things that tickle my toes.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Potato Man Hits a Snag


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Question: Who Eats Pot Pies?

This week I used homemade rough puff pastry for the crusts of my chicken pot pies.  Up until now, I've never tasted chicken pot pie.  Back when I made them for Tim, I was still a major Veghead.  So I never knew how flippin' good chicken pot pies were.  Yummers.

Now ... I'm a rough puff pastry makin' fool, writing pot pie formulas right and left.  Veggie ones, meat ones, chowder-style, I tell ya, the ideas keep coming, and for that, I'm thankful.

Meanwhile, I want to hear from you.  Who has had chicken pot pie before?  How about turkey pot pies?  Or really, any pot pie?  Do you have a favorite?  I'd love to hear about it.

PS:  Thanks for all the VERY FUNNY comments on Wednesday's NAME THAT CHEF.  You guys cracked me up.  Best comments ever and to show my appreciation, next time I'll toss in a few Veghead prizes.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NOOOOOOO!!

How am I so tired?  I even slept the last two nights.

Yet today, I cannot keep my flippin' eyes open.  Ugh.  Although the headache is gone, so that's good.  But I haven't baked or cooked a thing today.  In fact, I was out of homemade bagels so for breakfast, I schmeared cream cheese on plain potato (crisps) chips, and topped them with raw jalapenos, because I'm outta lox.

It didn't taste good.




That's a Happy Pie!


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

NAME THAT CHEF

Ready to win some fun prizes?  Then all ya' gotta do is name that chef.  Do so correctly, and you win three dead worms, two eyeballs, and one block of stinky cheese.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Baking to Stay Awake

I thought I had my sleep problem fixed but, not so much.  Noppers.  Been awake somewhere over a day now, minus a few hours of sleep the day before, and add another full day awake.  Pretty tired.  So I'm in the kitchen, baking a few things.  Just to help me stay awake.

As I write this, two Chicken Pot Pies are in the big oven.  In the smaller fan oven, we have some kind of cinnamon sugar bake, made with leftover crust dough.

The two different oven smells don't mesh.  Add to it that I just made a pot of vanilla biscotti coffee and there's a stinky dog under my desk.

But on the upside, the bedding is nearly done, which makes it Clean Sheet Day.  One of my most favorite days, ever.   And in other good news, my coupons are organized and ready to go, should I venture out tomorrow.

The bad news is, the big oven is now smoking.   



Baker's Report: Cherry Hand-Pies

This past weekend I got to play with a new ingredient, organic non-hydrogenated shortening.   Normally, I find pie crust made with shortening, vile.  Hate the taste, texture, just not a fan.  That being said, I had $2 coupon for the organic non-hydrogenated kind, so I gave it a go.

Glad I did, because it worked great.

I'd offer you one, but they're gone.  Frankenberry didn't even get one.  But don't feel too bad for him because he got his very own homemade apple pie, with lattice-topped crust.

And that my little Blueberries, wraps up another Baker's Report.  Up next, non-hydrogenated frosting.

Thanks for reading and boogie boogie.


Monday, July 07, 2014

Best Potato, EVER


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Ninja Attack


Friday, July 04, 2014

Friday Question: Pie, Pie & More Pie

Last night I made a big honkin' double crust apple pie, all the way from scratch.  Today we're having it for breakfast.  A nice cold chunk of homemade apple pie.

Heaven on a plate.

Then over the weekend, I'm going to bake mini cherry hand-pies.  I'm on a coconut oil, pie crust making kick these days.  Whatever fruit goes on sale, goes in a pie. 

Still, I don't think I have a favorite.  I love blackberry, cherry, apple, peach, lemon, banana, coconut and all that, but if I had to pick just one, I couldn't do it.  Though I can say, I like mostly all of them cold. 

How about you?  Gotta a favorite pie? 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bug's Day Off


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Let The Games Begin

My only goal for the day is to plop my ass in the Lemon Tart Room to see which butt cheek falls asleep first. 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ah-ha! I Rule!

I'm so excited that I had to do a second post for today.  Why?  Because I love New Coupon Day.  And I love having an organized coupon station.  It's not even 2pm and already my new printables are chopped and in their binders.  If this blog came with sound you'd hear me say, ah-ha! I rule!

Seriously though, my coupon station kicks ass.

Meanwhile, if you're new to couponing, the first of the month is when many coupons either appear, get reset or vanish.  Either way, it's like a mini holiday of deals and bargains.

Back to chores for me, hope you're day is rockin' along well.  And also, I had pancakes for lunch.  It was another round of Chocolate Chip & Pecan Pancakes.  No pictures.  You know why?  Because I gobbled those suckers up.

That's all from me.  You Buttfaces have a good one.  

Breakfast Bites

Last night I made Chocolate Chip & Pecan Pancakes.  No dairy or egg.  They were good.  I used spelt.  I love spelt.

I put it in everything.

Only, I don't have a picture because the pancakes were gobbled up too fast.  So here's a potato bake that I made in my cupcake maker.  The insides were super moist but not wet.  They were breakfast in one little bite.

I might have to make these again today.  But not right now.  First thing on today's list is print all the new coupons.  It's coupon day.  Then I have the clean the house because tomorrow I ain't doing shit.
 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Eeuwwwwwwwwww


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Redshirts Always Blink


Saturday, June 28, 2014

804 Posts & Homemade Paper {sorta}

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Question: Tabasco

I scored these little 59ml bottles of Tabasco for free.  Never been a fan but now that I'm baking with vinegar, I thought I'd give them another go.

Which brings me to today's Friday Question: Who likes Tabasco?  What do you put it on?  Have you baked with it?  For me, I'm going with a spicy muffin or scone.  See how that goes.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blink


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Who Wants Cupcakes?

A new batch of Carrot Cupcakes are in the oven, the maple frosting is ready, and my dishes are done.  Now I'm just waiting for Frankenberry to get home with the pizza.

It's date night.

I just heard my first timer go off.  Gotta check the oven.  I'm back.  Just a bit more should do the trick.  The kitchen smells great, and the carrot cupcakes have homemade carrot juice.

Since I'm energized from the bake, I might as well go scrub the crappers and do laundry.  Even though I really want to do another bake.  But the crappers are a callin', so they win.

You boogerbutts have a great day and to those who asked in my last post, no, the dogs don't get the mistake bakes.  We eat them.  Eating is the best way to learn about food.  Not by cooking, but by eating.

Catch ya later and boogie boogie.

Baker's Report: Traybakes

The Apple Crumble Cake I made, didn't quite work.  There wasn't enough apple taste, and my test batch was too small.  So I switched pans and called it a traybake.  Needs a second draft but I'm headed in the right direction.  Plus, I came up with an idea for something else.

Sometimes, it's the mistakes that teach me the most.  Each day I think, what if I try it this way?  Would this ingredient work?  When I would ask Mamam (grandma), she's always said in her thick Hungarian accent, "Vee try.  If no good.  Vee try again."

She was a lot of fun to bake with.  Always up for a challenge, and to me, that's the fun of baking.

Meanwhile, no pictures today.  But if you're interested in baking your own traybake, click BBC GoodFood.  Where you'll find lots of fun treats.  Even better, it's all in metric, as all good bakes should be. 

Thanks for reading and boogie boogie.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Outta Gas - Time to Refuel