Human female named Beth // Documenting my adventures in baking, crafting, and art making. (Shall we call it art? Let's call it art.)
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Shall we play “identify the unattractive food item?”On the left is a small batch of Cinnamon Honey Walnut Butter.On the right, Chocolate Chip “Cookie Dough” (with a banana!)  I added extra cinnamon and peanut butter, and mixed in some raisins.

Shall we play “identify the unattractive food item?”

On the left is a small batch of Cinnamon Honey Walnut Butter.
On the right, Chocolate Chip “Cookie Dough” (with a banana!)  I added extra cinnamon and peanut butter, and mixed in some raisins.

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Naan pizza is the best.(Olive oil, garlic & herb goat cheese, mozzarella, ham, and black pepper)

Naan pizza is the best.
(Olive oil, garlic & herb goat cheese, mozzarella, ham, and black pepper)

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As someone who cannot stand to watch baking/cooking shows, I must say, The Great British Bake Off is rather nice.  It’s not annoying or filled with unnecessary drama, I love the casual abbreviation of puddings to “puds” and of baked goods to “bakes.”  There are oven drawers that slide into the wall, and proofing drawers for bread!

And though I usually don’t care for fancypants baked goods, the food doesn’t seem stuck up like it does on American baking shows.
*gets back to watching episode*

A few dinner recipes I’ve tried:

Velveting chicken will make it more like soft, juicy take out chicken!  It worked, though maybe cook the chicken in only the oil (the water made it spit dangerously).
- I used the chicken for Cashew Chicken, though with a bought stir fry sauce.
- Baked Zucchini Fries.  They were good with melted cheese on top!

In praise of freezers!I had a feast of yums, all from the glorious freeze box machine.( x | x | x | x )

In praise of freezers!
I had a feast of yums, all from the glorious freeze box machine.
x | x | x | x )

knitonesewtheother:

truebluemeandyou:

DIY Chocolate Robots Tutorial from Handmade Charlotte. At first when I saw the thumbnail on Bloglovin for this DIY I thought, “Oh no. Another DIY that needs expensive molds.” But no - this is made up of easily available candy and candy melts. Fun tutorial.

These should have been called “Choco-bots”

knitonesewtheother:

truebluemeandyou:

DIY Chocolate Robots Tutorial from Handmade CharlotteAt first when I saw the thumbnail on Bloglovin for this DIY I thought, “Oh no. Another DIY that needs expensive molds.” But no - this is made up of easily available candy and candy melts. Fun tutorial.

These should have been called “Choco-bots”

Naked naan

Naked naan

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So, fresh figs taste nothing like dried figs.  They taste a bit…grassy?Their taste was slightly improved on this pizza (I had to use them up, they were almost overripe).
Fig pizza:Naan spread with olive oil / bits of Brie / fresh figs / black pepper & pecansCooked in a covered pan heated on low (3) for a few minutes, until the cheese was melted and the bottom was slightly browned.

So, fresh figs taste nothing like dried figs.  They taste a bit…grassy?
Their taste was slightly improved on this pizza (I had to use them up, they were almost overripe).

Fig pizza:
Naan spread with olive oil / bits of Brie / fresh figs / black pepper & pecans
Cooked in a covered pan heated on low (3) for a few minutes, until the cheese was melted and the bottom was slightly browned.

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I picked up a few things from Wegmans’ international aisle (finally…instead of just ogling them), and promptly reviewed them.  Ready?

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Well, this was supposed to be a chocolate chip zucchini brownie.  I followed the recipe but the mixture resembled wet sand.  There was no way it would have baked, so I added an egg to bind everything together.It worked, though I ended up with chocolate cake instead of brownies.  The closest (but smaller) pan size I had to an 8 x 11” was a 9 x 9”, which gave me very tall cake and greatly effected the baking time.
It’s a nice soft chocolate cake, but it definitely needed the chocolate glaze.I used my favorite recipe:
Chocolate Glaze3 tbsp cocoa powder2 tbsp butter, melted1 cup powdered sugar2-3 tbsp hot waterCombine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.(Because of the butter, this glaze firms up quickly.  Start with 1 or 2 tbsp of the water, and continue to add in a few drops as needed.)

Well, this was supposed to be a chocolate chip zucchini brownie.  I followed the recipe but the mixture resembled wet sand.  There was no way it would have baked, so I added an egg to bind everything together.
It worked, though I ended up with chocolate cake instead of brownies.  The closest (but smaller) pan size I had to an 8 x 11” was a 9 x 9”, which gave me very tall cake and greatly effected the baking time.

It’s a nice soft chocolate cake, but it definitely needed the chocolate glaze.
I used my favorite recipe:

Chocolate Glaze
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp hot water

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
(Because of the butter, this glaze firms up quickly.  Start with 1 or 2 tbsp of the water, and continue to add in a few drops as needed.)

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Cookies, perfected.I’m a dough plopper.  As in, I take a scoop of cookie dough and plop it on the pan; I only bother rolling the dough into balls if the recipe specifically instructs me to.On a whim, this time I chilled the dough, then made even scoops with the pictured tablespoon and rolled them into balls.  They look like cookie models!  (Compare) Recipe below.
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies3 cups flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp baking soda1 tsp salt1 cup butter, soft1 cup brown sugar, packed3/4 cup granulated sugar2 tsp vanilla extract2 eggs, room temperature1 1/2 cup oats (ground into a powder, optional)1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips1 cup peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350F.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.In a mixer bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in the vanilla and eggs.Mix in the flour, then the oats and chips.  Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Cookies, perfected.
I’m a dough plopper.  As in, I take a scoop of cookie dough and plop it on the pan; I only bother rolling the dough into balls if the recipe specifically instructs me to.
On a whim, this time I chilled the dough, then made even scoops with the pictured tablespoon and rolled them into balls.  They look like cookie models!  (Compare
Recipe below.

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