Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Details of the mermaid's tail. A close up for you Quinn.
My personal favorites. but am pleased with all the results from this firing.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Some feedback from friends, a little research on google, and I was set to make it. I am sure somewhere in my past I have made crust from scratch. But nothing that I carried with me to my adults days.
I learned the most important part: temperature is cold. I would even ice my hands a bit before mixing in the drops of water.
And it came out GREAT!! Mmmmm. Flaky, made with butter and actually quite easy.
So ta-DA!! I've accomplished my goal. (nothing like John's 100 pots though!! Maybe someday when I am older...ouch, sorry John.)
Monday, November 10, 2008
I would have to give awards as follows: lower left (Nunzio) for most exotic--he had white raisins inside and coated his crust with egg white...look at it shine. lower right (Steve) for best looking and top (mine) for most apples.
Actually I have been on a 10 year quest to reach the apple limit, and I think I did it this past Saturday. Look at how high it is. Looking at it makes me crack up.
Of course the babies were there, I knew you were wondering. Would they miss out on their first ever pie bake off? They were climbing all over the place, even in the trees...And Sue --well I do not know what she was doing with the babies, looks like they each had a bit too much. (her hubby Steve peeking behind her0 The pie was deee licious!!
Another important part of this Pie Day, was Serbian dinner day!! While not pictured, Zaqlina and Lee cooked up a storm of stuffed pickled cabbage, spinach cornbread and broccoli. yummy!! We were treated like royalty this day.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
And here is a shot Becky took of the babies--her production and a great ending to this post.
Check out John, Amy and Becky's posts for more barrel firing shots.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
And later, 12:50am, the costumes arrived, with Becky's sister, Cinder, arriving incognito....and I caught Becky's expression.
More tomorrow...great results for all!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
But tonight I am in the kitchen cooking with the babes, pizzelles are on the menu. They are excited and jumping on the ingredients like monkeys. Did they forget who they are?
So who is Clabber Girl anyway?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
You all know this, but making larger pieces is much more physical.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A close up view....(yes this pot did crack, all the way around too!!!)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
In making the cakes, I wanted to do a test run on Thursday night. I have over 30 years of baking experience. I can remember standing next to my grandmother, very young, cracking eggs for her to make something, who knows what it was. But we were baking. And my mom (you have permission to read this!!! excuse the side joke everyone) continued to teach me. I am sure we all have those tips in our heads that come from our grownups that raised us. I can still hear my mom tell me how to measure out brown sugar and demonstrating for me.
So this background information is leading me to my cake story. As I was about to crack in the eggs for Ada Darlings cake, I thought, I really should crack those eggs in a separate bowl first. Especially because I have been getting fresh organic local eggs. But I did not heed that sound sure gentle advice in my head. So you all know where this is headed!! And I also want to point out, knowing that cracking in a another bowl is the proper technique...mostly the reasoning I heard was to ensure no eggshells were included in the mix...leaving you to dig them out. And I also want to point out that in all my years baking, I have never encountered a rotten egg!!
So, yes I cracked into the bowl with my sugar and other eggs, and boy was it rotten!!!! UGHHH. And that smell!! Well that really colored the rest of the baking that night. The smell never went away. Although I started over, and using the proper technique, things just weren't right. Plus I ran out of sugar, and had to use raw sugar, that was larger and not finely processed.
So the cake went into the oven, homemade from scratch. And I noticed it fall at the end!! I feel like suddenly it was 1932 or something. Rotten eggs, fallen cake. Where am I?
The next day, I bought sugar and a store bought yellow cake mix (sorry Ada!!) and made the cake again. I really wanted a fluffy version.
But at the studio, slumpy (above) was the more popular cake. Everyone just loved that brown sugar butter crusty edge. One stick of butter and a cup of brown sugar!! yea Ada!
More barrel fire photos this week. Forgot the camera today at the studio. And there is a dooozy beautiful one to follow.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
A sneak peek at one of the pots and results from the firing today.....what is so nice are those music like ghostly looking notes floating up...how neat is that!! More to follow....it was a wonderful firing!!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
That Dole in the background is for the Ada Darlings upside down pineapple cake that I learned about from Tom Gray's blog and I am going to make it as recommended in my skillet, that was my brother's!! Hmmm all this nice history and energy from our past that I can still enjoy. the cake is a surprise for some people soon....