In Ice cream on August 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm
This summer, right after school ended, we went off on vacation, and spent the second leg of our trip in New York City. It was my first time visiting. We only stayed three nights, but by the end of our last day I realized that I’d completely fallen in love with the city.
After the quiet serenity of the small town where we had stayed in Holland, New York was something else entirely.
The lawns in Holland had been neatly trimmed, the sidewalks were a uniform shade of light gray, no trash littered the ground. There was hardly any traffic. At dusk, dark shadows cast linings on the clouds, all at once transforming the town into a watercolored landscape, and I remembered the watercolor my sister had bought earlier in the day. It captured the city exactly as I remember it now– neat, visually pretty, but lacking a certain vibrant quality. Read the rest of this entry »
In Fruits, Ice cream on July 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm
I took a little break from blogging these past few months, and before I knew it, I wasn’t baking nearly as much as I used to either. What had been a daily occurrence was reduced to a weekly activity, until having decorated cupcakes under the cake dome or ice cream in the freezer was almost unusual.
My lack of blogging saddened me, but no matter how strictly I berated myself or how generously free time came to me once on vacation, I didn’t have it in me to write.
Fortunately, blogging has become too great a part of me to disappear completely. Even though I don’t bake as much, every time I gather ingredients or set cookies out on a plate, I find myself reaching for my camera. My hands automatically style the food, and I look for the softest, most diffuse light in the room without thinking. Blogging is a habit my subconscious won’t let go of, and it’s a habit my conscious knows it shouldn’t abandon. Read the rest of this entry »
In Ice cream on December 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Late into the summer, Jana from Zuckerbaeckerei emailed me asking if I’d be interested in guest posting for her in preparation for Christmas. I didn’t hesitate in writing back right away to accept. Because she blogs in German, she explained that she would translate my post for her readers. You can read my post in German on the 19th here!
I knew that I wanted to make a recipe of my own to share (though I haven’t had much practice doing so), and that I wanted the recipe to embody wintertime. I wanted it to emulate the sharp spiciness of gingerbread and the frigidity that blankets the world come December.
Though winter has made its presence clear with its bitter wind nipping color into my cheeks and forcing me into thick sweaters, my insatiable craving for ice cream has remained as strong as it was last summer. It was with that realization that I found myself trying to replicate the exact taste of gingerbread in hopes of transforming it into ice cream. And my experimentation worked. Read the rest of this entry »
In Ice cream on November 15, 2011 at 5:22 am
It was the beginning of August when I was contact by the Girl’s Life magazine. There the email lay, nestled on either side by various food blog updates left unread from the weeks I’d spent on vacation. I eyed the email warily – I’d never been contacted by a magazine editor before, and it seemed unlikely that one would do so at a time my blog was relatively inactive. But to my surprise, they were planning on featuring a few teen food bloggers and their signature recipes, and were wondering whether I was interested in being interviewed. I accepted immediately, overjoyed at the prospect of being featured, no matter how minimally, in a magazine. Read the rest of this entry »
In Ice cream on September 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Time and again, I find myself sifting through memories of last summer, subconsciously comparing it to this past one. I’m reminded of the hours I’d spend in the kitchen, taking advantage of the long summer days to undertake lengthy baking projects. With no school to cut short the hours of the day, baking and decorating a layer cake became one-day processes, and cooking custard for an ice cream base was quickly followed by stirring batter for homemade cones. Read the rest of this entry »
In Fruits, Ice cream, Pastries on July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm
It takes physically returning to the world that has been strumming on your heartstrings, playing out a melancholy melody peppered with notes of longing, to remember why you miss that world as dearly as you do.
We’ve visited my grandparents in Oregon every summer for as long as I can remember, growing attached, over the course of one month, to the life they welcome us into. In early June, before school lets out, my sister and I begin to plan our vacation to Oregon, excitement fueling our lists of places to visit. We mark the restaurants and shops we want to revisit, unwilling to let go of the traditions established over the years. The plans made so early on are born out of eagerness for the summer to start, though they also serve to prepare myself for the awe sure to come at the realization that after so many months away, we’re finally going back. But despite my preparations, the awe never lessens. Read the rest of this entry »
In Cakes, Daring Bakers, Frostings and Icings, Ice cream on August 28, 2010 at 8:31 am
“If only”. . . The sound of a wish in a pair of words.
It didn’t occur to me how rapidly summer is dwindling to an end until early this morning. I was on the couch, happily flipping through a cookbook, when my sister pointed it out.
“There are only 12 days of vacation left”, she had said, her voice full of dread. The filtered morning sunlight that had danced across my limbs, causing the metal on my watch to scintillate in its light, gradually faded away, leaving the room as gloomy as my thoughts. It couldn’t be. Just last week (or so it seemed), I walked home from school, my heart full with the prospects of summer. I’d left my last middle school report card lying on the dinning room table to go outside and spend some time with my friends, absorbing each and every second of the newly granted freedom I had obtained. Time must be playing with my mind. It’s passing as slowly as honey dripping off a spoon, and rushing by faster than the second hand around the clock. I tried to push the thought of school away, and enjoy the cookbook in my hands. If only we had more time, more vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
In Cakes, Daring Bakers, Ice cream on July 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm
As I sit here at the computer typing this month’s Daring Baker’s post, my ice cream cakes have not yet been assembled, and my ice cream maker has just finished churning out a batch of lemon ice cream. I’ve had 2 failed attempts at making a swiss roll, and used up the last bit of parchment paper, which I realize I badly need. I’m running late this July.
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In Ice cream on June 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm
As June comes to an end, the school year finally comes to a close. Summer vacation is here, and while I should be excited and relishing the prospects of an enjoyable summer, I can’t help but feel lost. Summer put a stop to my comfortable routine, leaving me feel disoriented and out-of-place. With school no longer here to occupy me, I have a copious amount of time to myself. So much in fact, that I’m not always sure how to spend it. On this first morning of my long-awaited vacation, I’ve already finished reading a book, I’ve checked and replied to all my email, and I’ve read my daily dose of food blogs, leaving me with nothing more to do than enjoy the fact that school is out for the year, and that I’m finished with middle school. Forever. Read the rest of this entry »