Saturday, September 27, 2008

daring bakers vegan lavash challenge


Okay... so here is goes, my first daring bakers challenge: Vegan lavash with a balsamic basil onion relish and lemon humus. Truthfully I must admit I was a little disappointed with this challenge.  I was hoping for something a little more exciting.  Love the idea though, something I probably would have never thought to make, but also a great way to get everyone to try it vegan style.  I must say these were pretty good, (I followed the recipe on the DB page) especially with the onion relish... yum.  But I don't think mine are authentic because they, probably knowing I didn't roll them thin enough, turned out more like a hard pita.  Loved them either way and so did the fam, I would make them again!





Saturday, September 20, 2008

fakeness...


Other attempts from food and product photography class....   more fake ice cream, I think this one is my favorite shot and the jello balloons with a neatly placed coconut shine mark.  The jello balloons were an attempt at a kids packaging design lesson and well the fake ice cream is just so neat!  If you want to try making something with jello, just add less water it gives it a more solid texture, therefor its easier to use with a cookie cutter to make shapes.

Monday, September 8, 2008

SHF: so horribly fantastic, lemon strawberry little cakes .....mmmm


This is my contribution to SHF, sugar high fridays.  Yes, there is a lot of bad cupcakes out there, they may look pretty, but once you bite into them... disappointment dawns.  It saddens me, such a pretty thing being so bad.  So I've tried something new. Now these are simple, as I wanted to keep, and absolutely yummy of course... that is what we're going for here!  These lemon strawberry cupcakes are simple and well surprising.  I wanted to keep the white icing look, but its not just vanilla buttercream frosting, its strawberry vanilla buttercream. I got my little hands on some candy flavorings and decided to try them out.  I thought they would have that bitter fake taste you some times get, you all know what I'm talking about, but I was wrong.

lemon cupcakes

31/2 cups all-purpose flour
2tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2tsp  real vanilla extract
3 eggs
250ml sour cream
2tsp shredded lemon peel

strawberry buttercream frosting

1 cup unsalted butter
6 to 8 cups icing sugar
1/2 milk
1tsp vanilla extract
4-5 drops strawberry flavoring
Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy (3-5min)

Preheat oven 350. In a large bowl, beat butter in a electric mixer on high speed until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla and beat until mixed.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately while continuing to beat.  This batter is thick, stir in lemon peel. Makes approx 2 dozen or more.


Monday, September 1, 2008

chocolate pots et frangelico


Lets just say I was craving chocolate....  I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to make anything, but I did manage to fit in some time to indulge my sweet tooth.  I found these little shot glasses I thought would look perfect filled with something sweet so hence why these little chocolate pots were born.  I must say they are a little too sinful, dark chocolate, cream and the hit of frangelico. I do love that little hint of hazelnut.  These look great and are dead easy to make.

chocolate pots

200g  good quality chocolate
1 cup  cream
2 egg yolks
knob of salted butter
2 tbsp frangelico*

heat cream in a sauce pan over medium heat untill simmering. Add  chocolate till melted and the cream turns into a fantastic chocolatey goodness, add eggs stirring constantly, then add butter and liquor stir until smooth and creamy... yum!  Pour into little cups and chill for at least a few hours.  Makes about 6, as I used little shot glasses.
*You can use just about any liquor that suits you're taste buds: brandy, kahlua and fruit flavors work really nice.