Because sometimes you just get tired of making profiteroles. At one point, I had over 100 petite pâte à choux mounds frozen in my freezer. All I had to do was pop them in the oven for 22 minutes and half of the work was done. My fridge was consistently stocked with 16 sticks of butter… Continue reading Torta Diplomatica
Is it possible to have too much food? Spain is the first country where I actually did not want to eat anymore. Every night we spent eating amazing beef, octopus, artichoke, paella, fideua, and sausage dishes. But here is the catch: where Americans have the appetizer, main entree, and dessert for a “complete” meal, the… Continue reading Bacalao en salsa verde (Spanish cod with peas and parsley)
Going to Italy made me realize that I possessed the Italian food vocabulary of a *sigh* stereotypical “American in Italy.” I could barely decipher words when ordering at a restaurant and it irritated me so much that I’ve decided to cook my way until I’m fluent in Italian food words. Case in point, if you… Continue reading Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan kale and polenta stew)
Sometimes you want more than a chocolate chip cookie. Pine nuts in desserts are a rare if not unheard of ingredient in the US. They are normally reserved for pesto or maybe a topping on a salad so you can imagine my giddiness when I saw them in cookies, tarts, and sweet breads in Europe.… Continue reading Pignoli (Italian pine nut meringue cookies)
It’s autumn – my favorite season of the year. The leaves turn orange and yellow and create a backsplash of warmth and colour that rivals the prettiest of sunsets. There’s a certain crispness to the air….and oh wait, I live in San Diego. Well then. Autumn exists in my head and while the weather does… Continue reading Beef Goulash
After rummaging through several articles on brandy snaps in all their versatility and wondrous simplicity, there was one common theme: “It’s a shame they aren’t more popular in the US” Well yes, it’s a darn shame. They are quite the delectable treat after all but I’ve got a little secret I’d like to share with… Continue reading Brandy Snaps
Despite my love of cooking, I secretly admit that it is kind of nice when you can just fork over a couple dollars and get what you want immediately. Instant gratification at its finest. Let’s not bring up the scenario where someone else makes food for you — now that would be just…well, a girl can dream, can’t… Continue reading Tiramisu and the Quest for Instant Gratification.