Month: April 2015

Felting Class Fun

Wet felting is one of my favorite hobbies so I thought I’d try my hand at needle felting and took a class at a local knit shop. This is Regina who was in from Brazil to meet her new granddaughter (her daughter is sitting next to her) and she created this gorgeous bunny with the big pink ears. Talk about cute.   This is an action photo of Isa (Regina’s daughter) who decided to make this cute little Hampster. He’s still a work in progress. Truth be told Isa’s a bit obsessive detail oriented when it comes to her needle felting so it took her a little longer. and finally this is our teacher – the lovely and talented Samantha who is holding this totally real looking gnome (admit it, you’d scream if you woke up and saw him at the foot of your bed). Sam is a fiber genius. If there was a Superhero that improved peoples lives with knitted and felted stuff Sam would be it. Hey, she already does that so I think I’ll …

Orange Almond Cake with Orange Blossom Buttercream

I love flowers and I love to incorporate them in food and the beauty of this cake is the perfect example of why I love to do so. I was first introduced to edible flowers by my brother Rick who is a trained pastry chef. One evening many years ago he served me a salad that contained some Nasturtiums and I was hooked. Ever since then, I use every excuse in the book to add them to any dish I can. Since I had a big birthday this past September my brother asked me what kind of cake I’d like. Having fallen in love with this one from Adventures in Cooking I decided to ask him to make it for my birthday and believe me I wasn’t disappointed! When I read the ingredients I knew the cake would be divine but the taste was just incredible. The orange blossom buttercream oozes out between the layers, which gives the cake a more rustic feeling which works well with eating outdoors, and adds just that perfect amount …

Honey Tea Cake

I love cake! No, I mean I REALLY LOVE CAKE! All kinds of cake actually but one of my favorites is tea cake. This is usually a plain cake that is heavy on the eggs, kind of like a pound cake, that goes very well with a cup of tea. Hence the name Tea Cake. I have tried many varieties of tea cake but when I stumbled across this version from a food blog called tartineandapronstrings I couldn’t resist trying it out and I wasn’t disappointed. Here is the recipe: Honey Tea Cake Prep time – 20 mins Cook time – 40 mins Total time – 1 hour Based on a recipe from the cookbook, Miette by Meg Ray. Published in 2011 by Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, USA. Serves: 4 mini loaves or 2 standard loaves Ingredients 12 oz (2¾ cups) all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 8 large egg yolks 2 large whole eggs 8 oz (1 cup) heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 11 oz (1½ cups) sugar 11 oz (1 …