Blogs are funny thing, aren’t they? Something that many of us had at one point, most acting as journals from our high school (or, scariest of all, before high school) days. This little section of the Internet always brought me so much joy, but since I abandoned it much like how I abandon a cold cup of coffee that sits there for a painful amount of time before I walk it to the kitchen, it has acted as a reminder of what was and what could have been.
I ran this blog through my high school and early college days a time when school was a part time job. But when I decided to transfer to a more selective university I had to eliminate things from my life that were taking up too much time, and this blog was one of them. But isn’t it funny how life can bring you full circle?
Here I am a fresh college graduate, and transplant to California, but one thing has stayed the same: I still cook all the time.
I don’t know what the future holds, everything seems so uncertain right now. I can’t make any promises for multiple posts a week, consistency is something that is lacking in everything I do right now. All I know is that I am back, and it feels a lot like coming home.
Cheers for now, dear ones, I look forward to renewed adventures in the kitchen with you.
(Photo credit: Marian Solano)
Late summer dishes are all about simplicity. Raw veggies fresh from the garden, olive oil and salt. The best thing about summer is indeed the produce that is readily available. Tomatoes are just coming into their state of perfection, because really they aren’t worth eating any other time of the year. Not to mention the basil that is coming in our CSA boxes so it’s no longer a treat, but a staple. Here tomatoes, cucumber, and green beans are seasoned, cut and stacked into a chic little dish. Something that takes 15 minutes to make, but would be an impressive starter to any meal.
I don’t like green tea. You know me, I am coffee, not tea. But when you’re talking about making a custard base ice cream, the addition of the floral jasmine tea with the vanilla made a smooth sweet rich yet light ice cream. Perfect for these days when turning on the oven seems like the devil will then reside in your house.
I finished my last final last night. The instant relief is something that I will miss once I graduate, as hard as school is that feeling of summer officially being here is unparalleled. I do indeed, have some explaining to do for the reason of being absent, I tend to go on sabbaticals without any warning. But, schools is my priority, as much as I wish this blog could have my 100% attention.
It’s strawberry season! Let us rejoice! There are so many things you can do with fresh, or even frozen. Strawberries and balsamic is one of my favorite combinations, though jarlsburgh and strawberries are magnificent. This recipe just happens to be paleo, vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, with an option to be sugar free (that’s how I make it for myself, see note). You’re welcome. Though I do eat and blog about a lot of cake and French pastries (ahm, this is where I work). I try to limit my intake of large quanties of diary. Using coconut cream is a refreshing change to the use of heavy cream. Though there is a lot of fat in the coconut cream, the fats that are in the coconut are much better for you then ones you would find in milk.
So read on, foodie, dieter, paleoist, non-gluten-eater I love you all too.
I have had salad lyonnaise a couple of times. Normally, it’s so acidic, and the croutons are sub-par. But I am reading Mastering the Art of French Eating and am currently on the Lyon–salad lyonnaise chapter. And hearing Ann talk about the salad made me want to try to create a more authentic version of the iconic lunch. And I must say I was so happy with the result. It is a little more involved then your average salad, but it’s French, why would you think it would be simple? I didn’t add and croutons to my salad, they were not needed. But feel free to add if you would like!
I kind of always thought of cauliflower as a throwaway vegetable. It was flavorless and a little weird. It is like it wants to be like it’s cool green friend broccoli, but never made it. Lately, I have unofficially been trying to make vegetables more glamours; in order to make myself eat more of the good stuff. How do you make something as mundane as cauliflower beautiful and into one of the best side-dishes you will ever eat? Butter, of course, silly question. This recipe is wonderful, and super easy. It makes such a great side dish.
Couple of things, I like to serve mine with ricotta spiked with paprika and garlic salt. And, if you wanted to sprinkle 1/4 cup greater parmazen on before baking that is wonderful too.
I am kind of a newbie when it comes to that love of bacon that everyone has. I used to skip the bacon if it was an option at a meal. And I think I know why. Mom, I am sorry to say, but you burn your bacon to a point that is uneatable. You turn it to char, and it’s gross. Now that I can cook my own bacon, and it’s not charcoal, bacon is the best thing on the freaking planet. Sorry to disappoint you mom, but you really need to work on your bacon frying skills. So in celebration of my recent covert to the bacon side, let us top everything with bacon!
These little babies were inspired by a Bluestar doughnut that was brought to me by my awesome co-workers on my birthday. She actually brought a whole box to the shop during my shift, sweetest thing ever.
As far as doughnut pans go, I use this one.
I love wild things. With things that pop up in the front yard, wild people that chase their dreams, and wild children with wild hair. It’s spring and the wild things seem to be everywhere, and it renews the wildness that lives inside of me that I was never able to put out. Something about that fresh spring breeze that is wafting in though the slider door as I do my math homework. It’s melting that darkness of winter from life. I am so desperately ready for long summer days, and warm nights to live the adventures of my 20th year in.
Did I mention that? I had my 20th birthday a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t end up posting a cake recipe, because we ended up celebrating with a store-bought chocolate beaut that did the job nicely. It was a simple celebration with the best people. I have been contemplating what this year needs to look like, I have a foggy idea, but then again I have no idea. Everything seems so temporary, and easily changed. I love that.
To celebrate the change of season, wild things, and the beauty of temporariness, make dandelion fritters, they are a nice change from the normal pancake/fritters in your life. (You could totally make these bigger and serve them as pancakes)
I love Cheez-It. I love Gold Fish. There are a few food that no matter how I work on making my palate sophisticated. I can’t help but still love a few of those foods that can be found on the convince shelves. Also, cheap maple syrup, I love that stuff, it’s so bad, so good. All that to say, these taste like Cheez -Its. GAHHHHHH. So happy! I also want to play around with making these guys GF. I think it would be super easy to do. Homemade crackers, ok ok ok…