What is the DEAL with Cora and her baking, anyway?
…I know, this is SUCH a pressing issue. (That was silly) I thought I would address the topic, regardless.
I’ve always helped my mom make holiday cookies, and the occasional baked treat here and there so I wasn’t foreign to the oven and making sweet goods. As I got older, the ol’ “break and bake” dough would often be found in my fridge, but I do remember handwritten recipe cards in addition to my mom’s wonderful ability to improvise in the kitchen. But really until this past year, I was barely even making food for myself (without the help of a microwave).
How the baking kick really got started… 2 main reasons: My grandmother’s death and the need to distract myself from what felt like unbearable heartbreak. The last of my grandparent’s passing left me having to take almost a week off from school and as a thank you to the staff, upon my return, I wanted to give them baked goods for covering my responsibilities. I actually failed, twice, if I do recall correctly, but it sparked a huge desire to do it more. (second reason) The past year, my first year out of college, “playing grown up” has also been an emotional roller coaster so baking gave me something to focus on, I have a really big sweet tooth, too. Baking also is very desirable to me as it provides for me similar things that my art making gives me (maybe a topic to discuss in a later post).
ps: I was also very inspired Olivia’s (a friend from college) baking blog.
My mother turned 60 this past week and I spent part of this weekend visiting with her. We went to the movies, I painted our toenails, and she taught me she makes her ice cream cake! I guess she used to make them for our birthdays when we were a lot younger, but I’m the youngest of four and I think by the time I came out, Friendly’s Watermelon Roll or just plain watermelon became the go to dessert for my birthday.
My mother is a wonderful cook and she very much understands the way tastes mix and is still experimenting with new dishes. So for her ice cream cake, there’s a lot of estimating.
Key ingredients for our cake: cookie crumbs, ice cream, tahini, margarine, almonds… I think that’s really it.
Last night I went to a Dessert Potluck at a friend’s house. Now, a potluck of just desserts should totally be my thing, and really I was ALL about it, only I didn’t have any time to prepare anything. (I have been very busy with the new school year starting this coming Monday and training/orientation and performing, etc.) However, my mom recently introduced me to vanilla ice cream (specifically vanilla bean) with tahinini sauce (sesame butter). She doesn’t recall where she first learned about that combo of flavors (tasting tahini alone would NOT make you think “this will taste good on ice cream”). Alas, thanks to my mom, my contribution to the potluck was indeed, tahini atop of (soy) vanilla ice cream (one of my friends is a vegan, and I really wanted her to try it).
Today my mom is teaching me how to make ice cream cake.
A few of the pictures are taken using the Photo Booth program on my computer, or various cell phones, but most pictures are taken with my mediocre point and shoot digital camera. It’s a Panasonic Lumix.
The dilemma from my last post was solved. Tumblr said it had 4 notes, it didn’t want me to read them, so I figured it out by myself. I ended up putting the mini cupcakes in tupperware and put that along with the frosting and frosting injector in my backpack and frosted the cupcakes after I reached my destination. Now, I have a very small backpack (it’s an LL Bean Junior Original Book Pack) so it was a tight squeeze, but it worked out in the end. In the future, I need to find another solution.