Posts tagged friends
Posts tagged friends
Chocolate Bundt Cake (and friends)
One of Tyler’s best buds, Ryan, stayed with us for the past week. When I was trying to decide what to make for a dinner gathering we were hosting while the Superbowl was happening, I thought to go to my girl Joy and found a recipe for her chocolate bundt cake with a chocolate sour cream glaze in her book. This worked out perfectly because I had most of the ingredients in the house already and I really wanted chocolate cake, even though I don’t like chocolate cake all that much. Very rarely do I get to use my bundt cake pan. I don’t know why. It’s just a pan, esentially you can bake any cake in it. I had some issues with the glaze, in the picture in Joy’s book, the cake looks light and frosting-like and mine was very liquidly, I ended up drizzling it on the cake and adding some orange zest. It was a very good chocolate cake.
PS: because I feel like this needs explanation, Ryan is wearing gloves in the middle picture because him and Tyler were processing ginkgo nuts they had gathered earlier in the day (re: this)
Pizza, the next best alternative to yoga… right?
I’m training for a half marathon, again, and I’m on my feet all day, and I don’t stretch good enough. I don’t like stretching by myself, so I want someone else to guide me through it. I want a clean empty room, dim lighting, and someone to talk me through breathing and mediation.
For the second week in a row, Lindsay and I got all dressed and ready to go (because that’s half the battle), because we’re going to start going to yoga, and then failed to go to yoga. Turns out the class will be cancelled until after Labor Day, anyway.
So this past Monday, instead of yoga (am I saying yoga enough?), we made pizza in strechie shorts and had dinner outside. Pesto, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, corn and arugula, pizza. And then we watched Orange is the New Black. It was a great night.
Part of my job at the bakery is to mix, shape and bake the scones for the day. I really enjoy it because I feel ownership of them. It’s cool thinking that 5 days a week, if someone has a scone at the bakery, I made that scone! Up until I got this job, I had never made scones before, ever. I didn’t really like scones (see: biscotti), but I thought since I make them every day at work, I wanted to give it a try at home! I followed a recipe in a cookbook that I’ve had in my pantry for a long time, but haven’t made anything from yet (I think this is for a reason). I wasn’t too happy with the outcome, but I kind of know why, so I’m so not stressing about it. Below is my attempt at Apple Cinnamon Scones…
This weekend Taylor and James were here. They were actually hoping we would bake together while they were visiting, but we didn’t end up getting around to it (they are both big fans of my sweets, and follow along with my blog… I think). We still had a great time… It was quite a treat and I got to pretend I was on vacation (which I’ve been doing most weekends, lately). Yesterday we made a pile of pumpkin pancakes (Trader Joe’s has a great box mix) and my boy made a lovely fruit parfait thing. I meant to take a picture before we started eating but got my camera out and then started into the meal. I have a love/hate relationship with making pancakes because it’s very easy for me to mess up, but overall, Taylor and I managed to make a majority of not-burnt yummy-in-my-tummy pancakes.
These pictures are from last Saturday, but I still wanted to share.
One of my closest gals from college was having an engagement party in Boston (congratulations Kendra!) so my bestest friends from school were in town and we decided to make a meal together. I love making pizza and with store bought dough it’s so easy and fast to make. It was super yummy and I was so happy to be around people I miss so very much.
The other package was received by James. James is engaged to Taylor, one of my bestest gals since I was 10. It was his birthday on Monday and I actually made the cookies thinking about what she told me he likes. I’m so glad they got to him right on time. Taylor sent me these pictures.
I’m happy that my cookies make other people happy.
I decided to make a chocolate peanut butter banana cookie I had made before, (sans walnuts) + chocolate chips (SIDENOTE: I realized the recipe is vegan.. well, before the chocolate chips, which is pretty cool) and Michelle decided upon an oatmeal maple cookie. Both recipes were on the computer and while we mostly made one batch at a time, there were a lot of ingredients out and confusion could have happened, but didn’t. I like to bake the way I like to bake and be in control of things, but Michelle and I worked well together. At least I think so.
It’s a wonder my computer isn’t totally clogged with flour.
While it may look like I’m impersonating a dinosaur here, I’m actually just looking at the recipe and my hand is just doing it’s own thing.
I keep overripe bananas in the freezer so they don’t go to waste and are quite handy for baking. Yesterday I actually purchased some really cheep bananas from Harvest Co-Op because they were overripe. Straight to the freezer! but what a deal.
Michelle actually tried pealing the bananas, I usually just break open the top and squeeze it out, like banana poo. Yeah, I just went there.
Oo! I got a new ice cream scoop. It has a black handle and is smaller then my yellow one. We used it to scoop the cookie dough which made perfectly round cookies. Quite large, but now I get how bakeries make so many big round cookies that are all the same size
Baking party with Michelle and Jonah!
Yesterday I baked up a storm with 2 great pals of mine whom I just adore. We all had an improv show last night (which I usually bake for) and Michelle and Jonah offered to come over to my place and bake with me (which is actually a big deal, because they NEVER come out to Jamaica Plain). It was A LOT of fun and less chaotic then I would have thought, having 3 people moving around in the kitchen doing different things and all.. (Jonah also made mac n cheese). We were a great team.
Jonah took about a hundred photos so I’ve got a lot of documentation of the bake fest. We made 2 very different cookies which didn’t turn out the way we thought but the results were still yummy and we were quite full of sugar by the time we had to go to our show.
I’ll have to write this down or something.
In other news.. I have consumed entirely too much sugar as of late. Not that Christmas will slow anything down, but actually I’ve substituted cookies for meals. (More times than I wish to admit.) My package from my Tumblr Eat Up buddy was part of the reason, but there’s also been a lot of goodies being left in the teachers room from parents and I just can’t pass them up. Speaking of Tumblr Eat Up, it’s been really great participating. For those who don’t know it’s like a penpal baking share thing for bloggers… sort of. These lovely ladies collect names and addresses and then randomly re-dish and you send baked goods to someone, and receive baked goods from somebody else. It doesn’t sound safe, but I do not believe anybody has had problems. As much fun as it has been, getting goodies in the mail IS always quite a treat (no pun intended), I think for 2011 I am going to try something else. I think I would like to bake for my friends in other states monthly, or bi-monthly (that might be more practical). If I can get to the post office to mail something to a stranger, I sure can do it for a pal.