This past Friday was my lovely roommate’s birthday and I wanted to make her something special so I looked up tons of different cakes online and found that many people are making naked cakes. Naked cakes are basically regular cakes but you don’t frost the whole thing. It gives a more rustic and natural look to it. So I gave it shot and tried to make one. It seemed simple enough so I researched a few recipes and combined some ingredients to make my own version! Since her birthday is in winter, I decided to add a more whimsical vibe and add in some sugar coated berries to look like ice crystals. It turned out to be a very tasty and aesthetically pleasing cake. So if you’re ever in need of an easy Instagram worthy dessert, this takes the cake!
And if any of you have the time, please check out Angelika’s amazing photography. I will link her website down below. She is so incredibly talented and has been teaching me a lot about photography so I can provide you all with quality food porn :)
Angelika Johns Photography | http://www.angelikajohns.com/
My family and I decided to have a more intimate gathering this year for Thanksgiving so I wanted to spoil everyone with a more decadent option!
I’ve only made beef wellington twice before and one recipe called for the beef filet to be wrapped in a crepe but the other said to wrap it in prosciutto which I prefer a lot more because I like the salty taste of the ham. And not going to lie… if I can add extra meat into my dishes I sure as hell will! My recipe for the wellington was strongly inspired by Gordon Ramsey’s but I added some of my own touches with thyme and I replaced the chestnuts with walnuts just because I couldn’t find any haha! But it still tasted amazing!
I’ve been experimenting with many different tiramisu recipes for awhile and I personally like it with a small kick of alcohol but that also could just be the classic college student coming out of me haha!
My mother purchased some Kahula recently and allowed me to use it in this dessert. I added in some Kahula into the first batch I made and the second batch I made without it since some of my friends prefer it without the extra zing to it.
To be honest, whether you put in alcohol or not, the dessert itself will taste soooooo good! It’s all about the eggs and sugar!
Every time I made this recipe, I would always get this specific brand of pre-made fried chicken mix from a Korean brand called Beksul at my local H-Mart. But I’m not able to find it in the Harrisonburg area! So I tried to use a Korean tempura batter (I just grabbed a random one off the shelf) instead and it actually didn’t taste that bad!
But here’s some tips to make sure they taste extra good!
LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET GLEANING
I have just recently joined this amazing service organization on campus called Campus Kitchens Project. They just recently became a new organization at JMU this past semester and I can’t wait to get more involved with them!
Campus Kitchens Project can be found in many universities across the nation educating people about food waste, hunger relief, and building strong communities. I will provide a link at the end of this post in case anyone would like to check them out and maybe even start a chapter in your own university!
This past Saturday we went farmer’s market gleaning which means that we take any leftover food that the farmers were willing to donate for the day and deliver it to a local food bank or shelter. I feel very strongly about the amount of food waste we produce in our country and if I can make even a small impact on reducing the amount, I feel like I have made at least one person’s day by providing them a meal that they may have never gotten.
To me, food is more than just making a really pretty Instagram worthy meal. Food is about the people who grow it, prepare it, and eat it. It’s about understanding how fortunate we are to be able to eat the food we want to most of the time.
Campus Kitchens Project | http://www.campuskitchens.org/
Oh goodness… Becky bought the wrong type of dumpling wrappers at the grocery store. This isn’t the first time I accidentally got the wrong ingredients for a dish but sometimes mistakes turn out to be a new discovery!
I noticed that I bought wonton wrappers instead of the thicker dumpling wrappers when I was steaming the potstickers in the pan. The wrapping looked much thinner than I remembered and they were filled with air bubbles! “Well f***” was basically what I said haha! I was freaking out because I thought I just wasted like 30 potstickers. I thought they were too thin to hold themselves together and would just fall apart while I tried to scrap them off the pan. BUT they didn’t! You do have to be a little more careful with these babies but they held up perfectly fine in my opinion. And they tasted just as good (maybe even better) than if you wrapped them with regular dumpling wrappers.
I’m glad my mistakes can be everyone else’s tasty success :)
I’m lucky enough to live in an apartment complex that has a lot of good friends. My roommates and I just happened to live underneath some guys we knew through a student organization at JMU. My roommate Angelika needed help moving furniture around and they were kind enough to help. We wanted to repay them with dinner so after a few weeks of rescheduling our busy lives, we were all finally able to have dinner together!
I’ve felt like we’ve been eating way too much pasta lately so I wanted to try out a new recipe with rice. So I saw pictures of this dish online and thought it looked really good. But when I went shopping for the ingredients, I didn’t realize saffron was so damn expensive… It was $20 at the grocery store. The rest of the dish only costed me around $10. But I’ve never worked with saffron before so I was too excited. But guess what happened to me the next day?! I found the same amount of saffron at Costco for only $10! My heart (and my wallet) were crying. I snapchatted my distress…
Lesson of the Day: Costco has cheap saffron!
AVOCADO ROSE WITH POACHED EGG
My first official blog post! I’m still trying to figure out my schedule for posting. I really want to aim for at least one blog post a week but I’m so excited to begin this food blog!
Today’s lunch consisted of a piece of multi-grain toast with an avocado sliced and formed into a rose shape with a poached egg on the side. I also added in some spinach mostly for presentation because it reminded me of leaves on an actual rose. And it just made it look way more “professional” with it haha!
I usually go back to my apartment after classes and make lunch for myself. The weather was beautiful out that day so I decided to take some photos of what I made. I learned how to make an avocado rose over the summer through multiple tutorials on YouTube.
My lovely roommate Angelika is a talented photographer who has been teaching me how to properly take and edit photos since I have little experience but I’ll get better! I’ve dabbled in photo editing software in high school but I always gravitated towards Illustrator since I liked designing websites and ads. Hopefully all the photographs of the food and people will flow well as my blog grows. But stay tuned for more!
Welcome to my new food blog! This is my first post so it feels kind of like an introduction to what will go on here. I plan on posting once a week about what has been going on in my life around food. Sort of like a food diary but for everyone to see!
I love creating new dishes and learning different techniques along the way. Mistakes will happen in the kitchen but I always value every error I make because it helps me grow as a person as I learn to fix them. At least I’ll be making the mistakes so none of you will have to when you recreate any of my recipes!
I hope you enjoy my food blog !