Friday, July 27, 2012

(730) a wild strawberry cannot be tamed

Wild Strawberries
By Shel Silverstein

Are Wild Strawberries really wild?
Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child?
Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home?
Can they be trained to not growl at the guests?
Will a litterbox work or would they leave a mess?
Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly,
Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
Like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry,
Anyhow, you’ve been warned and I will not be blamed
If your Wild Strawberry cannot be tamed.

vegan butter//brown sugar//strawberries//cake batter//baked + flipped

the beautiful finished product on a rainbow plate and tablecloth

strawberry cake with beer and cider

 roasted strawberry coconut milk popsicles made in ice cube trays

roasting strawberries

//1. strawberry upside-down cake with cardamom
//2. roasted strawberry coconut milk popsicles

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

(727) microwave scrambled eggs

Microwave Scrambled Eggs
Martha Stewart
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T rice milk
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • cherry tomatoes, for serving
Put eggs, milk, cayenne pepper and salt in a bowl and mix well, breaking the yolks.
Stir in the green onion.
Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.
Gauge how much more you need to microwave and stir in between intervals.
(I did 30, 30, 40, 40)
Cover with a paper towel for two minutes, then serve with tomatoes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

(726) bohemian highway, cielo drive

so I'm pretty settled in here now...and I've been cooking a lot. once I started, I just haven't been able to stop! so here's what I've been eating:

creamy, buttery scrambled eggs on garlic butter slathered toast, fresh tomatoes + chives//eat this poem

new favorite sandwich: spinach hummus, tomato, vegan cheese on GF bread baked and broiled in the oven//naturally ella

sauteed chicken breast with orange avocado salsa and garlic butter quinoa//martha stewart

one of the most delicious, easy meals I've ever made: brown rice penne pasta baked with swiss chard, vegan cheese, cabernet marinara and fresh basil//love and lemons

too much wine for two days

BLT corn salad wraps with bacon, avocado, lime juice, corn and tomatoes//joy the baker

mini strawberry shortcake cupcakes with strawberry curd and vegan coconut whipped cream//chocolate moosey

for the cupcakes we substituted: 3/4 C gluten free flour, 3/4 C xanthan gum, 1/4 C earth balance vegan butter sticks, and 1/4 C rice milk. they were some of the best cupcakes I've ever had. I want to make regular-sized ones with better whipped cream.

grilled cheese: ASSEMBLE!!!

I love matching colors...and white. I've really been on a white wine kick lately.

take out from Iron Hen Cafe for dinner: whole grain quinoa hash with sweet potatoes, grilled chicken, spinach and black beans. too good for words!

Monday, July 16, 2012

(719) better call saul

hey all. I moved out into my new apartment last week. I am working on cleaning and getting things moved in which means I'll be cooking again soon!

homemade North Carolina pulled pork bbq with bone suckin' sauce and homemade lemon mint infused iced tea, all made by my bestfriend. Ashley made these after a long day of moving furniture for 10 hours. it is by far the best bbq and iced tea I've ever had. see recipes for both below! also, be sure to bump CCR while enjoying this meal.

I picked up some cherries on sale Friday at Whole Foods to make this cherry clafouti. mine turned out a little thin since I made it in a 3qt pan rather than a 2qt dish. it was delicious and pancake-esque but I think it will be fluffier when made in a 2qt dish. I subbed 2/3 C sorghum flour and 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, and of course, rice milk.

new sofa and tables, and one sleepy friend.

amazing reading lounger I got from the Salvation Army for $30

simple homemade pizza with squash, onions, and dried basil.

me sporting my new dress after the Moonrise Kingdom premiere party!

welcome mat is welcoming (this place feels more like home lately).

 new idea: book cover and wine bottle pairings. these are a match.

first housewarming gift: a beautiful French wine with lovely calligraphy on the bottle.

my newest poor student meal: sliced hard-boiled eggs, spread with garlic hummus, and drizzled with sriracha. this would be great served with crackers, sliced tomatoes, and cucumbers. this was a deconstructed rendition of the sriracha hummus deviled eggs I like to make more parties.

Iced Tea (adapted from Alton Brown)
-5 C sugar
-3 C water
-6 lemons, sliced
-mint sprigs
Bring the sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add sliced lemons and mint, and let sit for 10 minutes. Use the simple syrup to sweeten any kind of tea you make, from green to herbal to black tea. Sweeten to your own liking!
Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ (
-1 (5pd) bone-in pork shoulder roast
-1 T salt
-ground black pepper
-1.5 C apple cider vinegar
-2 T brown sugar
-1 1/2 T hot pepper sauce
-2 tsp cayenne pepper
-2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
-Place the pork shoulder into a slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Pour the vinegar around the pork. Cover and cook on low for 12 hours. Pork should easily pull apart into strands.

-Remove the pork from the slow cooker and remove any bones. Strain out the liquid, and save 2 cups. Discard any extra. Shred the pork using tongs and two forks, and return to the slow cooker. Stir the brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes into the reserved sauce. Mix into the pork in the slow cooker. Cover and keep on low setting until serving. 

-Serve with bone suckin' sauce, coleslaw, and fantastically Southern sides (and CCR!)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

(707) blueberry boy bait


I finally made one of Smitten Kitchen's beautiful desserts: blueberry boy bait. What starts as a simple sheet cake is studded with blueberries and topped with cinnamon sugar mixture to create a crunchy topping. It is by far the best thing I've ever baked with blueberries (yet I'm still craving Joy the Baker's brown butter blueberry muffins). I highly recommend it and it's extremely easy to bake! I used 1 C sorghum flour, 1 C tapioca starch, earth balance butter, 2 tsp xanthan gum, and 1 C rice milk. make this now, and enjoy your holiday!