All posts tagged: baking

Fun with Squash

Tis the season for all things squash and gourd-like, namely it’s pumpkin season, or rather, it’s pumpkin-spice flavored season. I typically rail against the flood of pumpkin flavored things this time of year because there’s literally zero pumpkin in the majority of the things marketed, and most of it is supremely over processed. However, I usually do go and buy a pumpkin, bake it, and make some type of pumpkin dessert. And by the way when I say dessert I’m NOT talking about pumpkin pie; I’m pretty strictly anti-pumpkin pie given how close it comes to tasting like sweet potato pie without quite making it. This year I doubled down on the squash family: I bought a sugar pumpkin and then I saw a strange looking squash on sale and decided to buy it–a buttercup squash. The past few years I’ve made flan with the pumpkin puree I baked, but this year I didn’t feel like putting in that much effort or eating so much dairy. So this year, upon scouring recipes for the buttercup squash, since I’ve …

In the words of Ice Cube, Today was a good day…

Life has become complicated lately. A frustrating congregation of stressful events and one infuriatingly stagnant process. But today was a good day. A GREAT day. It started off with that gross feeling of not getting enough peaceful sleep–that achey, sore-eyed feeling that not even 2 cups of coffee can fix. It progressed into being somewhat productive: I learned how to hem clothing, and I shortened the pant legs of a new jumpsuit I haven’t been able to wear yet since it was dragging all over the ground. I also baked a two-layer fresh-strawberry cake frosted with strawberry puree buttercream. But the climax of the day was receiving the news I (we) had been waiting on for 6 MONTHS: that long awaited email from USCIS with the 2nd Notice of Action (NOA2). For anyone who knows how painstaking and exasperating the immigration process is, that text/email from USCIS with the NOA2 is THE best feeling, only surpassed by the final receipt of that prized visa in hand. So with regards to that, I think (I hope) …

Paleo Week 1

It’s been a difficult week only in the sense of it being Super Bowl/Mardi Gras and I’m always being invited to eat out. In New Orleans, sometimes it’s near impossible to find food that isn’t fried, breaded, come with bread, come with some other grain, or have some type of dairy. Sometimes it means I just end up eating a lot of meat. But I’ve had to be a bit flexible in the sense of cheating a bit here and there. Yup, it’s a slippery slope, but it hasn’t been too terrible. It’s more so been cheating with the grains than the dairy. Overall I’ve been pretty good, and I’ve been cooking more often. Baking and desserts have become the most interesting challenge without grains but I’ve found some interesting recipes: coconut macaroons and zucchini based brownies. Both came out amazingly! Also, I’ve started the Zcut power cardio videos. The workouts are short but intense. I have to track my weight and body measurements from week to week. I suppose I could be transparent and …

Cooking for Christmas in Cape Town

Ok, so I love cooking, and I usually help make something for Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner, but I have NEVER, cooked the entire meal by myself, let alone for 8 people. So this xmas was definitely a first. Complicating the situation was wanting to cook a traditional (my family’s traditions that is) dinner in another country. Why? Because half of the ingredients I want are either called something different, some different variety that I’m not used to, or not available at all. Needless to say I was pretty worried when I was cooking that things wouldn’t taste right, let alone cooking a turkey for the first time too. Let’s run down the issues: 1: White potato pie: I started the xmas eve baking sweet potato pies. I baked the potatoes, and cut them open to find that they’re white here and not orange. Tasted mostly the same, a little bit starchier, but hey, I just figured I’d make a white pie. 2: How many grams of butter? In the grocery store I couldn’t find butter …

Saturdays

Saturdays for me mean Old Biscuit Mill for breakfast/brunch. Old Biscuit is like an outdoor market/shopping center, but on Saturdays, there is a whole section of food vendors, and the food is EXCELLENT for a food-lover like myself. I always tell myself I’m going to try new things when I go, but there are certain things that I like so much, that I always end up filling up on those. My usual is a breakfast of a potato pattie (like a big latke) with a poached egg, topped with either smoked salmon or bacon and hollandaise sauce. After I make a little room in my stomach, its a kebab of different mushrooms. Then wash it all down with either some fruit smoothie, sangria, a beer, or when I was here in winter, hot chocolate. But there are so many other things that look great–paella, flat bread pizza, juicy burgers, indian curries, middle eastern foods, crepes, dessert waffles, dumplings, sausages, and even a new york bagel stand. There’s also always a raw oyster bar that has …