Saturday, February 26, 2011

The finer things in life

Goooooooooooooood morning, friends!

What a glorious week it’s been thus far! Admittedly, I am exhausted, but it’s all in the name of pastry, and the greater goal of opening up Delectable You! It started out perfectly: I spent a few hours Monday morning flipping back and forth between two different cake shows. The best part of this is that I happened to be wearing pink flannel pajamas with cakes all over them while watching these shows. Nerdy? Quite. Amazing? Obviously! Don’t judge – you know you want some cake pajamas!

Aside from my cool digs and magical cake watching extravaganza, I have to say, something slightly disappointing happened: I was sifting through the cookbooks on my friend Chelsea’s bookshelf when I saw it: an Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa cookbook that I don’t have….wwww-hh-at? I thought I had them all!! This one is called “How Easy Is That?” and I must have it! This is a conundrum I will be rectifying very soon, don’t worry (I’m sure you were quite concerned).

On a different note, I have developed a daily habit of going to the gym and watching the Food Network as I run on the treadmill. Some might say this is a sick sort of torture, for how can you watch Cupcake Wars while simultaneously running up an imaginary hill, sweating and cursing all the while? Well, it’s not always cupcakes – Jamie Oliver has taught me some amazing things to do with fish, and Giada de Laurentis made an amazing asparagus soup with goat cheese that I’m dying to try! This habit gives me my daily dose of education and fitness at the same time – it’s brilliant! As Ina would say, “how bad can that be?” lol…I’m such a nerd…!

On the school front, this week, I made chocolate mousse cake, pana cotta, biscotti, carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing, brioche, cinnamon rolls, sour cream coffee cake and even experimented with sugar work for garnish!

At work, in the absence of my amazing mentor, Chef Bonnie (and with Uncle Terry serenading me with his soothing singing voice), I made vanilla ice cream for the first time all by lonesome! And it turned out amazingly well, if I don’t say so myself! I hate to ruin the secret, but it is so easy to make ice cream – I will be making it from scratch from now on. With that, I’d like to take this time to thank Ben and Jerry’s for their delicious chocolate peanut butter goodness. I’d say I will miss you, but I won’t, because I’m going to learn how to make you myself…I digress…

I also created a new recipe at work, a la Lauren: Ricotta mousse stuffed Greek donuts, topped with caramel raspberry sauce. Check out the picture below! 

In other news, Dished, the charity event I told you about a few weeks ago, is set to happen tomorrow! In the morning, I will meet with 4 other Art Institute students, some other organizers, and the sous chef from Bishops in the kitchen at AI to spend the day prepping food. Then we will head to Dockers, a cute little diner where the event will take place, around 4:30pm to set up, and let the night take us where it will. Stay tuned for pictures and an update on the event. It’s sure to be amazing!!

Well – I’m off to gallivant in this glorious sunny day. I wish you a day filled with love and laughter!



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