So, it’s December. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened, because I can assure you that I spent the entire month of November thinking that it was October, and now, here we are, a month later (and apparently, according to my internal clock, two months later). I’m sure the warm weather here messes with your circadian rhythms, as surely as living in Alaska for a month in the summer will guarantee that you require less sleep. It has been warm here (Arizona, not Alaska), but in the week that I’ve been back after Thanksgiving in Colorado, we’ve had rain twice, and several cloudy days. It’s not exactly snow (and it’s supposed to be almost 80 on Monday), but I’m taking what I can get. Read the rest of this entry »
Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’
Do you remember, months ago (like, a year ago), when I made an obscure reference to cooking disasters and then never followed up? Yeah, this is that cooking disaster (which really, this should just go to show you how far frosting can go to cover up any and all ills).
As many of you are aware, I spent about nine months in Colorado around this time last year. I’d just decided to terminate my internship in Australia, and I came home knowing I’d made a good decision, but with absolutely no plans. When I don’t have plans, or don’t want to do anything else, baking is sort of a fallback for me, as it is for many of us. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, but I find it extremely soothing. The whir of the mixer, the smell of butter and sugar combining and then baking – all of it. Read the rest of this entry »
You may have noticed by now that I have a bit of a love affair with quick breads. I think one of the first things I made as a kid was this lovely banana chocolate chip bread, so maybe that’s where my love comes from? I have no idea. What I do know is that I love it. I’m not sure I’ve come across a quick bread that I don’t love. When it comes to fall, I love nothing more than a little slice of pumpkin bread; if it has chocolate in it, so much the better. Read the rest of this entry »
As many of you know (or are about to learn), Smitten Kitchen was a huge inspiration for me, not only to start cooking and baking more, but to start this blog. I’m super bummed that I missed Deb’s visit to Denver two weeks ago (I wasn’t sure she was going to make it, there was so much snow here), but I am the proud owner of her cookbook, and a fairly dutiful visitor to her site. Read the rest of this entry »
…is that enough flavors for you? I wasn’t sure. I’ve recently gotten into the swing of doing desserts really big, or not doing them at all. Chocolate chip cookies? Add some dark chocolate, some molasses, and then we can talk. Tarts? I’m all about making it easy by putting them in the food processor, but I also love to punch up the taste factors. Cakes? Well, I’m getting there (slowly but surely, I hope!). Read the rest of this entry »
I feel like I’m one of those food bloggers who tends to be behind the trends. Macarons, for one thing; they’re all the rage, and yet, I only just bought a macaron-specific cookbook (more on that later). Olive oil bread is another one of these trends. When I first saw a post for an olive oil cake, I turned my nose up in disgust. A cake without butter, I thought, was not cake. It did not warrant the label cake. But then Heidi’s cake recipe snuck up on me. It has olive oil, yes, but it also has enough sugar (and chocolate, let’s be fair) to make it actually seem like a cake.
It should be noted that I was mostly inspired to make this cake out of sheer desperation to avoid working on my thesis. I am graduating from college in a little bit under two months, which I still haven’t wrapped my head around. My thesis is due in a little under three weeks, which I seem to refuse to wrap my head around. Rather than working like mad (
like I should be) I have instead been diligently avoiding thinking about this life-changing project which could very well help my chances of getting into grad school next year. Instead…well, what have I done instead? Clearly I’ve also been avoiding this blog (I’m not sure if I just can’t stomach responsibility or writing or both), but I have baked, photographed, and knitted a prodigious amount. I have also made some time for my half-marathon training, and have spent a lot of time studiously avoiding the realization that I’m leaving school for at least a year in two months. It’s a scary time. And it’s doubly scary because I’m getting ready to leave another amazing family. A group of people who I have truly grown to love, and who I’m struggling to imagine living without.
The summer has slowly settled into a routine: runs (with or without my dad) in the morning, go to work, watch movies in the evening. While I love my job, it is unfortunately not what I need right now – it has been slow, and I find myself constantly wishing for the emptiness of polite and silly conversations with people while I ring up their purchases. It does succeed in getting me out of the house, however, and is therefore better than nothing.
When I am in the house, I look at the somewhat-bare cupboards, and mostly feel bored and uninspired to cook. There is something about the unrelenting 95 degree heat that is oppressive, and it easily sends me cowering for my dark room, my bed, and a book. With the promise of ice cream, however, I managed to muster myself and make a cake for our very belated Father’s Day celebration.