Friday five

Jun. 8th, 2017 10:29 pm
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These questions were written by [personal profile] ahunter3 for [community profile] thefridayfive

1) What was the first recipe or food you learned how to cook?
Either Kraft mac and cheese, Top Ramen, Nestle Tollhouse cookies, or boxed cake mixes.

2) What recipe or food did you cook most recently?
Food cooked: pasta with meat sauce (ground beef, a jar of sauce, a can of tomatoes and random seasonings). Recipe followed: double chocolate banana bread

3) What recipe or food do you cook most often?
I bake most often, brownies (adapted from a KAF recipe) or banana bread

4) What is your favorite recipe?
This is definitely my favorite cookie recipe.

5) What is the recipe you make that impresses other people the most?
The above chocolate chip cookies, my brownies, and most anything I bake.
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
It was just posted today.

1. How do you feel about cooking?
I enjoy it, but wish I knew how to make even more things. Also be more authentic - I think I make very simplified versions of a lot of ethnic dishes.
I am also usually too busy to cook, which is sad. I like real food!

2. How often do you cook a meal (from mostly fresh ingredients, not something ready-assembled that you just heat)?
Maybe twice a week. Usually more like once. That is pathetic. Lately, even less often.

3. How many people do you usually cook for, when you cook?
Me, me and me.

4. Do you have a favourite recipe book or chef?
No, but I love food blogs. Lately it's Food52 and Smitten Kitchen.

5. Kitchen tools: use the fewest possible or gadgets are your friend?
Gadgets are my friend. Sooooooo much to wash after I cook or bake! I should say that I have the tools I love, but not a lot of one-use items. Every so often I ALMOST get the avocado slicer. If I ate mangoes on a regular basis, I'd definitely get a mango cutter.


Nov. 6th, 2016 11:15 am
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
I made my pumpkin bread recipe in a bundt pan, and added cream cheese filling. I made about twice as much filling as needed, since last time it disappeared into the bread. As you can see from the picture, it still isn't much. Also, I need a good pumpkin CAKE recipe, as this is quite dense.

All in all, it's still delicious.

ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
I love literary-inspired web series. I hate when they end and thus no longer have new eps to look forward to. There are two I need to binge-watch (one finished, the other I think is trying to raise funds for another season) as I have known about them a long time. Anyway, if you like Anne of Green Gables, the modern adaptation Green Gables Fables isn't bad.

It just so happens that this episode aired when I am needing to watch it over and over again. If I don't get my happy ending (yet), then I read or watch it elsewhere. Over and over. And over.

For fun, here is a photo of the unattractive yet delicious cake I made over the weekend. I kept some, but most went to work with me today. My coworkers love me.


Sep. 23rd, 2015 07:52 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
After Sunday's cake fail, and the rather dry and flavorless red velvet bundt from 2 weeks ago, and I was determined to have something come out well.

Baking win. (cross-posted to [ profile] bakebakebake)
When I bought the oranges, peaches were also on sale, so I thought maybe they would work in a cake. Oh, they worked well. I adapted the orange cake recipe and made sure to grease AND flour the pan this time, and success! Seriously yummy cake was the result. Doubling the leavening really helped the texture, I believe. The extracts were added on a whim, but really work.

Whole Peach Cake (adapted from here)

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups peach puree (see below)
1 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

peach puree: Remove the pits from and roughly chop 3-4 peaches. In a food processor, puree the peaches, along with the juice of one lemon, until no chunks are left. You will need 1 1/2 cups of this. Save the remaining puree for smoothies, or eat it with a spoon. :) I did not peel the peaches, because I am lazy and ain't nobody got time for that. The flecks of peel ended up turning green in the baked cake, but it tastes fine.

Preheat oven to 325*F and grease and flour your bundt pan.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the peach puree and extracts. The batter may break (look curdled), but it will be fine once the flour is added. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour, and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. The batter will be quite thick. Pour into the prepared bundt pan, and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula.
Bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake rest in the pan 15 minutes, then turn onto a rack to cool. Glaze if desired, but it doesn't really need it.

ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
I just made this cake: for the second time. The first time, oranges were not in season and the ones I used were not very juicy. The cake was ok. This time, the oranges were better, but the cake has a definite bitter taste to it. If I make it again, I think I'm going to peel the oranges instead of using the whole fruit. Maybe with the glaze it will taste better. Also, it stuck to the pan again! What?? I used a ton of non-stick spray, and even brushed it around to coat all around. Maybe I should use the spray with flour next time.

I want to try the same recipe but use pureed peaches instead. The texture of the cake is good, so maybe different fruits will work in place of the oranges.

In other news, my newest betta, named Regina, is doing well. My other 2 have also perked up since adding marimo moss balls to their containers.
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
So I took Mom to the airport this morning. While she was here, we painted the other bedroom, did a lot of shopping, and a little bit of looking for houses. She is seriously thinking of helping me buy a condo. The thing is, I have to find a place. I like where I live, but this place isn't for sale. Also, it's a bit far from work and church. Not that that has stopped me from commuting the last couple years, but being closer is tempting.

I need to clean up. Well, mainly put stuff away. I also need to try the Shark steam mop she bought for me. If it cleans the tile well, I will be SOOOOOOOOOO happy.

While she was here, I made pumpkin bread and cinnamon rolls. She asked for the cinnamon rolls.

Pictures of stuff I've recently baked, as per [ profile] sewcute's request.

butter toffee

Cookie dough before baking

After baking

Cut into bars

Cinnamon rolls (not perfectly shaped but still delicious)
ringsandcoffee: (Sherlock both smile)
...and I usually do what I'm told. ;)

Post one good thing and one bad thing about your day.

Good thing: I just watched the second episode of Sherlock season 3. Hilarious. A bit slow as the middle eps usually are, but this is the best middle episode of all 3 seasons.

One bad thing: a friend is in the hospital with low blood sugar, which may be related to her diabetes or it may be related to her failing kidneys. Said friend has had a really rough go of things health-wise for years now.

I need to bake brownies now. I have to make them for a work potluck, but baking is theraputic, so that's a plus.
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
Who cares if it's 110 degrees outside? Let's fire up the oven!

Made my first bundt cake on Monday: Delish, even without the frosting.

Made my first cheesecake today. I've wanted to make a cheesecake probably since I watched cooking shows on PBS long ago. The recipe I used came from a Penzeys catalogue: I omitted the walnuts in the crust. I couldn't wait for it to completely cool before having a piece, but it was still excellent. The light, mousse-like texture is exactly what I hoped for. Pressing the crumb crust up the sides of the pan needs more practice.

Baking is expensive, or at least this week it is. I kept trying to shop for ingredients from memory, not actually or accurately reading the recipes first. I had to go to the stores 4 times, and even then still made substitutions in the cake, sour cream for plain yogurt and light brown sugar instead of dark. I also had to find a bottle of beer, buy a bundt pan, and tons of sour cream. I only finally made the cheesecake because the roommie bought a springform pan last week.

I think baking twice in 3 days is plenty, though I have yet another new recipe to try next week. I have to bring dessert to the book club meeting, so I think I'll try this whole orange bundt cake.
ringsandcoffee: (sup homies)
After almost having to babysit all day today, I was instead able to sleep in and then do chores. Oh, how I love waking up when it's light outside, only to turn over and go back to sleep.

Yesterday, I was thrilled to be able to grocery shop (hooray for getting paid!) and then cook. Last night I made spicy pulled pork and a batch of cookie dough. Today I went to a different store for stuff Sprouts doesn't carry, then made a huge pot of spaghetti sauce. As that simmered, and after doing a bunch of dishes, I decided scooping and rolling the cookie dough was too much effort. So, into a pan it went to make bars instead. Froze most of the sauce and pork, cleaned everything, then swept and mopped. Listened to Prairie Home Companion too. Twas nice to do all this, but I've reached my limit. So, I sat down with a glass of riesling and read my Vintage Cakes cookbook.

Last night, I had a glass of wine. Tonight, I had another. Right now I am a little buzzed. Ha. I still need to iron clothes, which I've been avoiding for days. Also need to contact Natalie and see about watching the new Doctor Who ep tomorrow. Maybe I'll steam some asparagus first.

Sheesh, my life is boring.
ringsandcoffee: (DW power of three)
Requisite DW mention: my current favorite phrases include "jammy dodgers" and "Roricus Pondicus."

Got home late Tuesday night, and baked banana bread Wedensday evening. I think I missed baking.

New shoes: Went to a store where they analyzed my stride then found some proper shoes. I had to jog up and down the sidewalk in a few pairs to find the ones that worked best. I have walked twice since getting home, but have not tried jogging. I didn't walk at all while out of town, except to try out the shoes. Let's see if they help prevent back pain.

Sur la Table is like kryptonite to my wallet. If I had an unlimited budget, I'd get so many gadgets. Williams Sonoma isn't much better.

I don't think the above metaphor is exactly right, but I canI't think of something better.

I'm all proud of my Christmas card display method - tie both ends of a long piece of ribbon to pins (or, in my case, Command hooks because I hate putting holes in the walls) about 5 feet apart and hang the cards on it. This might stay up a few more weeks. :)

I was answering trivia questions tonight, and Natalie was surprised I knew Annie Lebowitz was the answer to one of them. I thought, do people know obscure trivia anymore? I went to pub quiz again while in CA, and got a bit competitive. I also got a bit excited that the holiday research I used to do with my classes came in handy. Knowing what St. Lucia and Posada were = win.

Kids need to read more books. Preferably ones not about vampires or high school cliques.

Dinosaurs on a spaceship!! (sorry, another DW reference)


Jul. 11th, 2012 11:11 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P going in LJ)
On this trip, I have:
baked brownies and strawberry cake
saw cousins I have not seen in many years
watched all 14 episodes of The Office U.K. (infinitely more Martin Freeman love now)
camped in Yosemite (but still haven't seen any bears)
NOT been to Target (gasp!)
only been to Peet's twice; 3 times if you count the Peet's/ice cream place in Yosemite
finished the book Emma and Knightly
Eaten dinner at Max's (yum) and Luna Loca (Mom likes it, I think it's ok)

Tonight, I ate pie and watched SYTYCD. Lots of good dancers this season.

Tomorrow, I will see Allison in Santa Rosa. Friday I will see some Sac friends.

Need to upload pictures from my camera, but it's 11pm. Later, later.
ringsandcoffee: (Sherlock both smile)
If only I wasn't going camping for 3 days. Because my mom has Netflix, I can watch
-6 seasons of Doctor Who
-9 seasons of No Reservations
-Sherlock S1 over and over and over...
-The Office UK, which is most likely with only 14 episodes. I could knock those out in about 7 hours.

I also discovered Neve Mind the Buzzcocks on YouTube. Um, this could be dangerous.

Aaaaaaaaaaaannnnnd for any fellow Sherlock fans: seriously, when does he do his laundry??? With his impeccably ironed button down shirts? Oh, and I love John's jumpers (sweaters for us Americans).

Tonight I have to make a cake for a family bbq tomorrow.
ringsandcoffee: (cooking/baking)
Just made this: AND IT IS DELISH!!! You must try it! I used half a white onion I had left over instead of shallots, but it was still good. The fresh ginger is awesome, and easier to peel than I feared it would be.

This is in the crock pot: I tasted the sauce (minus a bell pepper because I forgot it was an ingredient) before pouring it over the chicken and loved it already. I used light coconut milk instead of regular, in hopes that it wouldn't be too sweet like the last time I tried a recipe with it.

Oh, and Thursday night, I got a wild hair and made pumpkin bread. I adapted this recipe: by subbing half the sugar for brown sugar, and omitting the cloves. I hate the smell of cloves.
ringsandcoffee: (love phantom)
Monsoon storm! Yay!

Phantom of the Opera - still creepy but still love it.

Must stop baking...
ringsandcoffee: (S&S Brandon watching)
Reena and Michelle (and Loch) came over after a bunch of us went to breakfast yesterday. Once again, they were trying to convince me to watch or read the Twilight books.  Why does the word "twilight" suddenly look weird spelled out?  I mentioned reading Eclipse in 15 minutes which they think has prejudiced me against the movies.  Comparisons to Harry Potter were made, and wonder as to why I don't care for them either.  I said that I just never cared for HP, but Twilight I just find...goofy/laughable/mockable for some reason.  It's not even anything to do with vampires.  The plots and/or writing just seem LOL-worthy.   I did read a section of Breaking Dawn, by the way.  As I read, I was pretty incredulous as to what the appeal was.  Reena said I should at least give the book Twilight a try; she almost had me convinced.  Not reading them is sort of like a personal trophy for me, like how I've never smoked at all.  Well, oops, I did read that part of BD, dangit. 

We watched Persuasion 2007, then Reena chose Sense and Sensibility 2008.  Why are Austen men so awesome and yet can be such idiots?  Obviously some characters are exaggerated, but it's sad to think they were based on reality at the time.  Some rich people (Fanny Dashwood) were major snobs, some were complete idiots (Lucy Steele, Mary Musgrove), and the men run the full gamut.  

In other news: I just baked two batches of chocolate chip scones, my oven temperature is way off, I went swimming at Heidi's and got more tan/burned, and I have yet to start the books I bought yesterday.  One is a classroom management book, the other My Lobotomy which I've wanted to read for a long time.  I guess I should get off the computer and get some more chores accomplished. 
ringsandcoffee: (astounding)
AC is working again.

Amazing how we make all sorts of judgements about people. Case in point: guy brings his 3 kids to the pool. He has a couple tattoos and long chin-hair (Does that have a different name?). Super cool playing with his kids. I was trying to fill in the blanks in my mind like where's the mom, is he divorced (he mentioned they had to go when Grandma said the pizza was done), etc.

I still strongly dislike my chest. Probably not enough to ever have surgery (would do something about the sag, not a reduction).

One of my friends doesn't know what internet acronyms and expressions like brb or FAIL mean, but then types like a 13-year-old. "what're u doin' 2day?" Dude, it takes more effort to type incorrectly. I guess I should give her credit for using an apostrophe correctly.

Time to start using a food journal again.

I've been going to Starbucks like it's going out of style.

What's with that expression? It doesn't make sense. Or is it an idion, in which case it isn't supposed to be taken literally?

I made delicious hummus last night. I want some just because it tastes good, not because I'm hungry.

Bought a ton of baking supplies. Might bake with Michelle on Sunday. Or watch World Cup. Or both.

I tend to be really attentive to lyrics, except with the free iTunes songs I get. Heard the Civil Twilight song I got last October on the alternative station this week. Twice, actually. I realized I have no idea what most of the lyrics are, even though it's played 35 times.

ETA: the above song played on shuffle like 10 minutes after I wrote that, and I still didn't listen to the lyrics.
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-I read Northanger Abbey in about 4 days.  Yay for time off.  Very cute book.  Now I just have two more Austen books to read.  Persuasion the movie was a bit drab, so I hope the book is better.  Mansfield Park I need to buy.  

-I went shopping yesterday and today, and spent a good deal of money.  I got some new work clothes, which always helps.  The weather has suddenly jumped up into the 80s-90s, so the warm weather gear was needed.  Still, I should go through my closet and see what can go, what can stay, and what I still need.  

-I have a love-hate thing for Old Navy.  More than half their inventory is clearance priced, and such a mess that I don't have the patience to search the racks.  Perhaps if they didn't sell such weird stuff/tissue thin shirts/odd-ball colored clothes/bizarre prints/dreaded halter or tube tops, I'd buy more from them.  More than just tee-shirts.  

-I don't know if I'm changing sizes or if stores are.  The shirts I had 9 or so of from Target were size L.  They've changed the fabric (it's the basic Mossimo V-neck tees) and now I have to get XL.  I went to Gap outlet, and found I had to get XL in those shirts too, and I tried on 3 different styles.  However, at Ann Taylor Loft, the large top fit perfectly, and it isn't a cotton tee so it won't shrink.  

-Changes in my diet are slow, but I'm trying.  Latest change: plain iced lattes instead of gettint some flavored syrup.  A little less sugar daily has to help.  

-Even though I gave most of it away, I want to make another carrot cake.   It was scrumptious!  

-CD recommendation: Red, "End of Silence" 

My creation

Oct. 3rd, 2007 09:20 pm
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They don't taste as good as other batches, but they look pretty!

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ringsandcoffee: (bouncing elephant)
Baking is love.

All Dave Matthews on AOL radio is love.

Pictures of toffee bars to come!
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