Friday, August 31, 2007

In a Popsicle Garden


Threadless is having another $10 a shirt sale. I love this popsicle one. Does the food themed shirt cuteness ever end? I think not.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dinosaur Eggs


I've bought pluots before, but none as cute as these speckled ones labeled as "dinosaur eggs". The idea of branding fruit is simultaneously fascinating and perplexing.


And some random trivia for the day: the pluot is actually an improvement on an earlier plum/apricot hybrid the plumcot which was a closer 50/50 split between the two. The pluot purports to have combined just the best features of the two-more like 70% plum and 30% apricot.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Par to the AY


I'm a bad blogger. We had such fun at the party and I took virtually no pictures. Everyone brought different bottles of booze and mixings to make cocktails. I was excited to try Pimm's cup and sangrita for the first time. There is no looking back! Most people brought yummy food too. I am still thinking about the mango cupcakes and yummy homemade pickles.


I think everyone had a good time, despite it being the hottest day of the year. I hope we can do it again some time soon. Maybe in the Fall then it is cooler?


Anyway, sorry for the short post, but there are a lot cool things coming up soon, I promise.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Foodies on Facebook?

Anyone else out there on Facebook?

Friday, August 24, 2007

B-More Foodies

Tomorrow some of my fellow Baltimore food bloggers are descending on my house. I think it will be fun, but I am annoyed that the cool, relatively low humidity days appear to be behind us and we are now facing a day with temperatures in the mid-nineties and high humidity. Luckily we had planned to make foods that won't heat up the house: Matt is making some Mexican style pulled pork, and I am making (vegan) steamed red bean buns. Besides that we are pretty well set, I bought some disposable cups/martini glasses along with paper plates and silverware so that should cut down on the clean up.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Edible Silver Dust

I found some edible metallic dusting powders by Wilton at Michael's. I bought a set of three different metallic colors. The directions say to mix it with water and brush it on fondant, but sprinkling it on regular icing worked fine.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Have I mentioned?

I am offering private cooking lessons if anyone is in the market for them. Anything from the basics to more advanced cooking. Send me an email if you are interested and in the Baltimore area.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Good Things for Kids?


Is it weird that Martha's Good Things for Kids quarterly publication is one of my favorite things she puts out? I love the recipes and craft ideas.


At almost 28 (my birthday is Sunday!) I can enjoy a minature milkshake as much as any 10 year old. And I really wouldn't mind having a tye dye party. I had one for my 8th birthday and it was a lot of fun.

Monday, August 13, 2007

RRC #8: Retro Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down Round Up




Fruittart didn't use a recipe but made these retro Jell-O parfaits.



The originator of the retro recipe round up, Laura Rebecca made Coconut Custard




Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once made this elegant Port Wine Jelly.





Simone (aka Xiao Zhu)of Curiously Ravenous made this kitschy Lime Fluff


Sarina Nicole at TriniGourmet.com made this Spiced Orange Mold .

I loved hosting this event and couldn't resist the opportunity to make a homemade version of the '60s era discontinued, cult favorite Jell-O 1-2-3.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

RRC #8: Homemade Jell-O 1-2-3


Remember Jell-O 123? It seemed like magic, one uniform mixture seperated into 3 distinct layers during refrigeration. It was introduced in 1969, then pulled off the shelves and then it was back until the mid '90s when it was disconinued again. In Jell-O, A Biography, Carolyn Wyman included this recipe to make your own at home.




Ingredients:


3/4 cup boiling water


1/2 cup cold water with enough ice cubes added to equal 1 1/4 cups


1/2 cup whipped cream


3 oz package any flavor Jell-O




Directions:
In a blender, mix together the gelatin and the boiling water. Add the ice cube/water mixture and mix until the ice cubes are melted. Mix in the whipped cream for 30 seconds. Pour into dessert glasses. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Serve.




fun food

We went to H-Mart today. We didn't do a huge shop but we picked up some odds and ends. Most notably:
  • lychee fruit pastilles
  • frozen jackfruit
  • frozen ube
  • agar agar powder
  • coconut gelatin mix
  • fresh lychee
  • sweetened & unsweetened red beans
  • a case of mangos
  • Meiji Meltyblend Royal Cacao
  • green tea tapicoa pearls
  • green tea popsicles with red bean filling
  • sesame popsicles
  • fresh sugar cane

I'm excited to come up with some new recipes using it all, but right now, I want to take a nap. A trip to H Mart is always fun, but exhausting.

Friday, August 10, 2007

zucchini

What is your favorite thing to do with zucchini?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Heat vs. Cooking

I think the heat is winning. It has been at least 90 degrees every day for weeks now, and at times hovering near 100. And really, really (think tropical jungle) humid. We do not have air conditioning in every room in the house. In fact, we only have a room unit in the bedroom. This means the kitchen gets really, really hot when we cook for long periods of time. Making a quick muffin early in the morning wasn't too bad, but a whole dinner? Too hot. The rest of the downstairs rooms aren't too bad because we have fans but the kitchen can get deadly. So my will to cook is slowly evaporating. I want to bake. I want to make fun things for dinner but I just can't. So we've been surviving on chicken salad and simple stir fries and pizza from Matthew's.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Grocery Delivery


How cute is that truck? "Driver does not carry cash, only cashews".
Anyone out there getting their groceries delivered? I think it is popular to do that in places like NYC than it is here. I love the idea, I actually hate grocery shopping unless it is some place interesting like an ethnic market or a store in a different city or country. The idea of picking out what I want online and having it delivered to me is delightful; I love any sort of delivery. The delivery charges are what keep me from doing it now. And the fact that the Safeway is only about 1/2 mile from the house. That makes it seems all too decadent.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Best Place for Sushi?


What's your favorite sushi place? Why? Bonus points if it is in Baltimore or NYC.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Bottled Water, eh

I am happy to see this NYT editorial about the foolishness of bottle water making the rounds. I've always thought that bottled water is the biggest marketing coup in many years. To convince millions of people that they need to pay $1 a bottle (or more! the couple of times I have bought bottled water, it has always been at some outdoor event in August and cost $5) for something we get virtually free, in good quality, delivered to our homes was genius. Especially when you figure that most of the bottled water packaged and sold in the US is just refiltered, repacked municipal tap water. I see people walking around the streets of Baltimore drinking bottles of Dasani and Aquafini, both of which are bottled here by Coca-Cola using our local tap water. It is good to drink water, but think of the millions of plastic bottles that are use and not recycled each year. So wasteful.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Reminder: Retro Recipe Roundup




I'm excited to be hosting RRC #8: Retro Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down. This time around we will be making food that wiggles and wobbles. Think aspic, Jell-O salad, gelatin parfaits, jelly candies or even jam. The only catch? You have to use a recipe that was first published before 1985. For help in finding a recipe, check out the "helpful links" sidebar on the Retro Round Up blog. Once you've created your dish, post a picture of the finished product, along with the recipe and your review to your blog or flickr account. Don't forget to include the year the recipe was first published and its source.






When you're done, send an email to coconutlimeblogATgmailDOTcom by August 10th at 11:59pm EST. In the email, please include:







Your name or blogging nickname
Your blog's name and URL
The recipe's title
The post's URL
Please attach a photo (no larger than 100x100 pixels) and include "RRC#8" in the subject line.







The round-up will posted by August 12th here and on the Retro Recipe Challenge blog.