Residing, as I do, “down under”, the first hummingbird cake I tasted was the one I baked myself. Like many quintessentially American foods (biscuits and gravy, red velvet cake, cheese from a can) this cake is largely unknown in Australia, which is strange considering it’s basically a glorified banana cake, and a bloody tasty one at that. Continue reading
Every morning, my alarm goes off a little after 4:30. After a few false starts, I drag my sorry bones out of bed and sleepily down my first coffee of the day. I drive along empty (save for the occasional very keen jogger) streets until I arrive at the bakery where I work.
Or, how I conquered my fear of pastry.
Yep, for a long while pastry really freaked me out. And boy, have I had some shockers. Tart bases thicker than the filling. Puff pastry so solid it could chip a tooth. A pie bottom so soggy it literally just disintegrated. Continue reading
Okay, I’ll admit it – I am sometimes a bit of a chocolate snob. I have often looked down on white chocolate as being the inferior cousin of the good stuff. The 65% and up stuff, the dark and dangerous stuff. White chocolate was just too sweet, too bland. But I am being forced to eat my words – literally – thanks to these here cookies. Continue reading
Today was just one those days. I woke up feeling flat and weary. The weather didn’t help either – grey and wet but humid and uncomfortably sticky at the same time. Nothing was really the matter, but telling myself that did nothing to shift the heavy glumness hanging over me. Continue reading
“Do you ever make a normal sized cake?” my sister once asked me, staring in horror as I staggered to the table under the weight of a cake that could’ve fed 50 with ease. I’m starting to think that she had a point. I do, sometimes, maybe, tend to go overboard. Case in point. Continue reading
Begin at the beginning… and go on till you come to the end, then stop.
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I suppose it’s a bit early to start thinking about the end, this being my first post and all, but what better a way to start a blog then with some words from Mr. Carroll himself. Continue reading