Saturday, May 21

Cake Decorating

This semester I've been taking a cake decorating class. I like the class but it's really been testing my patience! The importance of fines details makes everything take so long!

I killed two birds with one stone while making this cake! My cake decorating class called for "an adult birthday cake" while my color and design professor said design a cake with complimentary colors (green, orange and violet are a triad on the color wheel)! This was definitely great practice, baking a cake from scratch and decorating it! I used a recipe from my Chef Instructor, Apple Sauce Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. Super tasty and moist, my class loved it! [I'll post the recipe when I stop being lazy]

In two weeks I have my final cake due! The assignment is to use four techniques we've learned in class which leaves lots of room to be creative. I already have my design figured out! It's uhh... I think I'm going to leave you guys hanging! I promise in a few weeks I'll have it posted (;

Thursday, May 5

The Wild Table

I just got a new cookbook called The Wild Table by Connie Green and Sarah Scott. It leaves me amazed! It's all about seasonal foraged foods and recipes that compliment them. The photos are beautiful and the recipes sound delicious and do-able! The wild food they feature seems very accessible. There are excellent descriptions and instructions for each delicacy. I'm so excited to have found this cookbook!

Went on a nice hike in my favorite spot in Santa Cruz county, Nisene Marks State Park. Luckily I read all about Miner's Lettuce in my new book because I found a ton of it today! Lovely little plants that look like whimsical lily pads and have a crisp, grassy flavor. I cant wait to try out some of The Wild Table's recipes!