Thursday, July 13, 2006

What I've Been Cookin' Lately

Been busy cooking... but of a different sort...

Here's what I have been cookin' lately...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Fifth of July and Five Times Better

Well, it is Wednesday and I feel much better. The cake was finished. It was 8 layer high. It actually made it to the destination~intact!

Delivered, set up, and left as I had another appointment. Later, resports indicated that the cake
was very well received.

Am pleased.

Will do another.

But man... I am going to invest in more cake dummies. There is a difference between a baker and a decorator. I can bake a cake... but to decorate an 8 layer cake? ... That takes a skill I still need to develop~ If I want the results to look professional.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

July 3rd and I'm Fried like a Firecracker

I'm exhausted.

I have made enough cake to make me sick. The cakes themselves turned out very well.
Fluffy, firm enough to frost, held their shape at 3" inches tall.

Note to self: Do not attempt cakes when having a discussion with Grandfather. Murphy's law
will dictate a days delay, unfocused mind, and sudden urge to cry.

I'll make the ganache in the morning. I'm going to bed now. It is 2:00am.

I shouldn't have tried to make the cheesecake, and cannoli this evening in addition to the cakes.

My energy is diminished considerably.

Falling asleep as I type.


Friday, June 30, 2006

Cake for 200

Well this is the weekend... 4th of July... I am determined to make my Colette Peters' 4th of July cake.

If I can find a way to make photographs along the way, I will. Found the camera, (Underneath a pile of yet to be sold items on ebay), but alas, no charger. Must find charger.

Anyway, I have had quite a culinary experience this week as a dear friend came to town. Her father, from old world Spain, has a family that loves to cook and I was given many recipes. I tried a few, was inspired to cook a little more and will do so.

As usual, I find my forte' is in main courses, savory items, and not the desserts. My cakes look pitiful. The taste is very good. I am proud of the taste... but so ugly they look as if they were beat with an ugly stick. Well, maybe not THAT bad, but less than the professional touch I desire.

Monday, June 26, 2006

About Me

While my cooking is on the back burner, I thought I would post this little tidbit. Recently, I was asked about my hobbies, what I do in my spare time, and to describe myself. Found this little questionaire on a website and thought I would answer:

5 items in the freezer
1. Lobster tails
2. Shrimp
3. Cheesecake
4. Ice (with strawberries)
5. homemade ice cream container

5 items in my closet- I have lots of closets.
1. Two Tiffany Style Lamps
2. Dishes
3. Golf Bag
4. Clothes and Shoes
5. Craft Supplies

5 items in my car
1. Books to sell
2. Shoes
3. Magnolia Leaves
4. Ribbons
5. Booklet ready for printing

5 items in my purse
1. Gym ID
2. Rebate Check
3. Envelope to mail
4. Favorite Pen
5. Sunglasses

5 items I wish I had
1. Portable Magellan talking roadmate

2. Porsche SUV
Porsche, иллюстрация Auto Moto und Sport

3. Chocolate Sheeter or 5 pounds of Santanders Chocolates
Santander 70% Dark Columbian Chocolate with Espresso

4. La Girolle

5. Pilates Reformer

Saturday, June 24, 2006


Perhaps later I'll again be in the mood to

Regards to all this Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

You'll awake with a tummy ache.

If pictures are worth a thousand words, then this puppy expresses my home's collective sigh.

My house has been riding on the "goodship Lollipop" while I've been testing strawberry recipes. Though the new stove has yet to arrive, I still prepare frostings. The house is filled with the now obnoxious scent of strawberries and cream. We have had our fill.

Sweet trip to the candy shop? NOT!
If I never smell strawberries and cream for a while... I'll be a happier camper.