Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I figured I'd share a bunch of things I've baked over the year. It's just a snippet, really, as I've made loads of things, as well as the same things multiple times but with slight variations, such as different flavored scones, or different foccacia, biscuits, rolls, etc... I just thought it'd be fun to do a little round-up.

Bread pudding + homemade applesauce.

Cinnamon raisin bread.

Oat soda bread with sesame seeds.

Pumpkin bread.

Fig galette.

Dark chocolate confit with plums.

Thyme blackberry honey peach pie, from scratch, with fruit I got to pick during my birthday. :)

Wheat baguettes, from scratch.

Basic rustic bread from scratch.

English muffins from scratch.

Wheat foccacia with thyme, grapes and sugar. I've also made a sundried-tomato basil variation. Super tasty.

Soft cheese herb breads. Thyme and Parmesan and basil cheddar.

Ginger rhubarb crisp.

Thyme sable breton cake with chai poached plums.
Apple cardamom cake.

Bagels from scratch. Cinnamon sugar and everything.

Carrot cake.

Chocolate ginger chai scones with a ginger rhubarb compote. I've made this scone recipe with all kinds of variations this year. It's wonderful and they always come out well! Strawberry hazelnut, dried cherry almond, cocoa almond, lemon poppy-seed, etc.

Song of the day: "Tenuousness" by Andrew Bird.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I alone...

Home-made bread, egg whites, spinach, cranberry sauce, ricotta and apricot jam, cara cara orange and tea.

I made two different fillings for these, one with caramelized onion and a mustard sauce and the other with sauteed mushrooms and goat cheese. Sooo good, but so labor-intensive to cut the dough and fold them. I also made a dessert version with a poppy-seed filling.

Whole wheat cous cous, almonds, golden raisins, arugula, cooked onion. Coffee.

Homemade raspberry coconut bars.

Song of the day: "I Alone" - Live

Monday, August 12, 2013

You can not escape.

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JOAN SALĂ“ does neat complex pen drawings.

Song of the day: "Kiss of the Spider Woman" - Chita Rivera

Monday, August 5, 2013

Let's have a kiki...

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Exploded Flowers have been deconstructed into neat more abstract forms.

Song of the day: "Let's Have a Kiki" by Scissor Sisters.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Through the crowd I was crying out...

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Becca Stadtlander is a wonderful illustrator. I can't remember if I've already blogged about her, but I love the intense attention to detail.

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 United Thread is a beautiful artist. Her style is very similar to what I try and do with watercolors, with detailed, flat studies of animals like in old scientific journals. Her color pallet choices are so great, and she's lead a pretty cool life.

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Geninne predominantly illustrates birds. Some of them are pretty nice.

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Fennec Design Co makes amazing artwork and prints. Super neat. I bought this shirt.

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Pachamamita Design Shop makes bags using traditional Andean materials. They're so cool and practical and I want one.

I know I've been gone a while. Life and stuff. I find that even though I'm on the internet, I lack the motivation to make any posts on here, though I come across so many things I want to share. I also don't have the energy to go through all my old entries and fix the pictures. I wish I knew why flickr has blocked them. They're public... Ah, well.

Conversely, I really want to get off the internet as much as I am. I've been trying to read more again, and I've been working out more than ever. Currently I've lost 66lbs total since my peak. Still working on it. My old goal of fixing my hands and giving them some TLC has been working! Some of the damage I had thought permanent is beginning to fade. It's lovely. I made tacos for lunch today, from scratch. Perhaps tomorrow I'll remember to post a picture.

Song of the day: "No Light No Light" Coachella Sampler.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hm. Well. In terms of my goals, I failed at the making lunches for myself. At least, so far. Sometimes I'd bring left-overs, which was nice, or a thermos of tea and a piece of fruit, or honestly, much of the time I don't bring anything at all.

Haven't picked up my guitar. I don't know what is stopping me. I've been working out a lot more, though. That's something.

I do wake up earlier, but not as early as I should. I start work an hour later than I used to, though, so I actually get some things done in the morning, which is quite nice.

I'm currently making bagels from scratch. This will be my second time doing so. The first batch was wonderful, so I've been craving them again. I don't always, but since I pledged last year to start making my own bread from scratch, I feel I've done fairly well for myself. So far I've made all kinds of things, like English Muffins, sourdough (although that one didn't rise properly, but it tasted just like sourdough), rye, basic rustic bread, French bread, cheese pesto loafs, challa, honey wheat, and foccacia.

I find that food is one of the most predominant things on my mind. I'm always thinking about growing my own food one day, and recipes and what I'll cook. I would really like an ice cream maker, a proper food processor, and a pasta press! It'd just be so wonderful to be able to start making even more from scratch. This summer I should hopefully get the opportunity to go to some local farms and pick berries and the like and make some sorbet and pies, etc. Weee.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hear my train a'comin'

Normally I'd say I can't believe it's April already, but March actually felt like the entirety of the month of March! So I'm just slackin'. I'm also...working full-time again! I know, I know. I got my job back. I'm very thankful, because a source of steady income is quite nice.

To recap on my March goals-

Since I got my job back...I'm pretty much still ruining my hands. Sigh. I try and use cream every night, and it does feel quite nice.

I've been reading more, for sure. I'm still behind on my 1 a month, as I started late, but so long as I get 2 read this month, I'll be caught up. Reading is wonderful.

I've been eating less sugar, although it's not been cut out completely, as I still enjoy making baked goods on occasion. I've always used less sugar than what is called for, though. (1 whole cup sometimes? Jeez.) I have however been using more honey instead and it's nice.


This is back when Mr. T had his haircut. Look at his ridiculously adorable rabbit feet! I have loads of pictures to post, eventually...I promise I'll post more than just my cats, haha.

April goals:

Since my lunch break is now shorter and I can't bike home for lunch anymore, I want to start making myself lunches ahead of time to bring. So far I've just been making peanut butter honey and banana sandwiches with tea and an apple, as it gives me lots of energy for the remainder of the day and is easy to make. But I'd like to take more time on what I bring.

Start trying to practice my guitar...even just fiddling. I had back in January and it's so FUN.

Wake up earlier in the day, more regularly... I struggle with this. So far, I have been waking up earlier just because I have a regular work schedule, and weekends I work at 7am. But it'd be good to be up earlier so I can start my morning earlier and get more done.