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Joy the Baker —

Joy the Baker —
I feel like I’m grasping tight to the things around me these days. I’m probably the first to shrug off the change of season, the change of moving cities, and the change of traveling a ton as no big deal…. but it all adds up to matter and I have to admit I feel a little crazy in the brain. This season I’ve started a new workout routine. Since I’ve moved away from my beloved SoulCycle in California, I’ve started practicing Bikram Yoga in New Orleans. I’m terrible. Who knew bending could be so dang challenging?

Baking 21 Apr Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts Baking | Russell van Kraayenburg Fresh, sweet, and tangy. Pasta Porn: 101 of America’s Most Delicious Noodle Dishes To say that pasta is experiencing a renaissance in America is, of course, an enormous understatement. A plate of spaghetti and meatballs has been an all-American (via Italy, via China) staple for as long as anyone can remember. But in the last few years, a handful of chefs — inspired, at least in part, by Mario Batali's continual march across every TV channel in the land, singing the praises of all things rustic and Italianate — have taken the basic tenets of a plate of pasta (noodles and sauce) and transformed them into the country's great refined comfort food. Yeah, we said it. Sorry, pizza and burgers: Even at your highest-end, you can't compare to the noodles being served at restaurants like Spiaggia, Marea, and Osteria Mozza. And we couldn't be happier about it.

Tiffin Tales There is no other Indian dessert that gets as much Bollywood billing as kheer. Girl-next-door wants to profess her love to boy-next-door – makes kheer. Mother welcomes son back from the war – makes kheer. New bride wants to impress new mother-in-law – makes kheer. Double Dipped Apple Doughnuts Given the choice between being home and not being home… I’m the girl that always chooses home. Brooklyn is amazing. San Francisco is delicious. Baba au rhum I can't actually remember the first time my mom made Baba au rhum. But somewhere in my teenage years, it became a yearly tradition and she wowed family and friends (and got them tipsy too!) with this recipe.

Iced Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe May 31 I can’t drink coffee, even if it’s decaf it makes me feel completely horrible and weird. Every once and a while I forget how crappy it makes me feel, try it again, and then swear it off for another couple of months. This means that when I go to get ‘coffee’ I never actually drink coffee. Usually I have a fancy tea drink but sometimes I will have hot chocolate. Back to the regular swing of things :) Monday, October 31st, 2011 Pearl barley and puy lentil salad with roasted heirloom baby tomatoes, chorizo and baby radish 1 cup pear barley1 cup puy (or French) lentilsLarge handful heirloom baby tomatoesHandful green beansHandful baby radish, thinly sliced2 medium-sized whole chorizo sausageJuice 2 lemonsOlive oil & EVOOSalt & freshly ground black pepper1 tablespoon poppy seedsExtra lemon wedges to serveBaby basil leaves Pre-heat oven to 140˚C (280˚F)Slice baby tomatoes in half, drizzle with a little olive oil and slow roast in the oven for 1.5 hours until caramelised. Remove from oven and allow to cool.Bring a small pot of water to the boil then add in the green beans, simmer over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, then remove beans and plunge into a bowl of iced water. Slice beans into very fine slices.To cook the pearl barley, add to a saucepan and cover with 3 cups cold water, bring to a boil then simmer very gently for 35 minutes, drain and rinse in cold water, set aside to cool.

Lemon Lavender Olive Oil Cake It's a memory I've hoarded for twenty-odd yearsand still claim in moments of déjà vu when time stops, its seed case cracks open, as a storm cracks open, a whole summer happens in one hour, and I know againwhat Plato's paradise of souls awaiting rebirth is made of:birdsong, thunder, green, cicadas, and heat. ~ Margaret Holley, from "Walking Through the Horizon" This morning I awoke to the fading aroma of rain, ozone and bluebells; remnants of another empyrean dream. With a lethargic breeze drifting through open windows and shower-fresh skin sliding against crisp cotton sheets, I have been falling, blissfully, into dreams that leave me feeling tranquil and wistfully nostalgic.

2011 » Pete Drinks One of my big beer obsessions is exploring the ever growing London brewing scene; the London Brewers page I maintain here isn’t so much a public service as a ‘to drink’ list. Here, we pay our first visit to a brewpub – specifically, the Bull in Highgate which has the added benefit of being the brewery geographically closest to my house! The Bull has been there for a very long time, but it’s only a matter of months since Dan Fox took the place over, refurbished it into a stylish space and somehow managed to cram a small, 2.5 barrel brewery – the London Brewing Company – into the corner of the kitchen. Ok, so it’s not going to put Fullers out of business any time soon but despite the size they aim to keep four of their own brews on tap at any one time. They also manage to sell one of the more impressive collection of craft beer from around the world – draft and bottled – that I’ve come across in a pub.

How to make homemade enchilada sauce - Geez Louise! I can’t remember one single instance in my life where my mom actually showed me how to cook anything, let alone how to make homemade enchilada sauce. But I watched her make homemade enchiladas my whole life, and I’ve been eating this sauce on everything from tostadas, to tacos, tamales, and enchiladas since I was a little girl. I’ve even reinvented it to make a homemade Tortilla Soup. My Chez Panisse Experience : Cafe Fernando – Food Blog - berkeley - chez panisse - san francisco - Restaurants June 23rd, 2011 | Category: Restaurants, Travel Two years before opening Chez Panisse, Alice Waters, together with her friend from the Montessori Centre, started a journey from London and ended up in a remote village in Turkey. In the middle of nowhere, they ran out of gas and asked for help from a big-eyed boy. The boy mimed there wasn’t any gas left to pump and when they asked for food, this time he led them to his house. He built a fire out of pine cones, put on a teapot and came back with a tiny piece of cheese, which he then cut into microscopic portions before serving them. Alice, realizing that the big-eyed boy has given them everything he has without expecting anything in return, was deeply moved.

Level of Enjoyment /-/ Heaven and Hell Baci cake It is probably not surprising that I have fallen behind on post lately. A combination of the winter chillis, my lack lustre imagination and having the time to procrastinate (because, hey, it is mid term time in Australia). Thankfully the winds have picked up again (figuratively and literally) which has pushed me back in to “Go,Go” mode. After making a few party cakes (which I have yet to post here but I will!), I was burnt out and that is not just the smell of the toast burning. Columns - Food52 Sometimes it's healthy to relinquish control, but not when it comes to the temperature of your eggs. Here's a way to bring eggs to the exact room temperature, no guesswork involved. Read More » We know the smells coming from the Indian restaurant are really, really, really good, but don't succumb to ordering takeout for the third night in a row.