The Edible Book Festival is something that has been going on since about 2000 all over the world. Entrants create works of art, using food, to depict a book; with many of them being very punny indeed! Our local university’s library has been participating in this event for just a few years, however, it was only two days ago that I even first heard of it.
The event took place yesterday morning at 10 am. That is extremely early for me. I had wanted to go and see this, but wasn’t going to set an alarm. Turns out I didn’t need to, as I woke up fifty minutes before it started, so figured I’d go. I also took my dad along since he’s an early rises and enjoys reading and food.
A friend of my tipped me off to this and it’s absolutely incredible! Students, Abby Wilcox and Alex Yeatts, of the Culinary Institute of America created gigantic chocolate sugar geodes with coloured sugar crystals, or rock candy inside.
I definitely won’t be attempting this as it took them 5 – 6 months of diligent work for this to happen. But it is really amazing that they wanted to attempt this, followed through with the experiment not sure how it would turn out, and the results are truly spectacular.
I know the video starts off by giving all of the credits to Yeatts, but in the comments here, one is informed that it was a project which was conceived of and executed equally by both Wilcox and Yeatts; just so you are aware of the apparent discrepancy between my little write-up and that of the video.
Sometimes I get free subscriptions to various magazines; which while I do look at (some of) the content, I get them mainly for use in collages and to see the recipes. I actually paid for a subscription to Sunset magazine as part of a school drive to help a friends son. I may not be in the west, but it was nice to have recipes that aren’t the everyday of what’s shared by southern people or contained within the pages of magazines written for us.
I love chocolate lace cookies, so when I saw them in the December 2015 issue of Sunset Magazine, I promptly ripped it out and added it to my recipes binder, absolutely intending to make them. It took a little over a year, but I did it. They weren’t difficult, but they were a tiny bit tricky.
To someone who is unfamiliar with cookery, the sheer amount of information can make ones head swim! There’s always room for tweaking to personal preference, but when I started expanding my knowledge I was utterly befuddled by all the tools and gadgets and the myriad of spices the world has to offer.
There’s a lot of stuff out there; a lot of really cool things and a lot of things you really don’t need. So, for basic cookery I’ve put together lists, divided by sections, on the handy items to have around. If you decide to delve further into specific foods obviously you can expand your kitchen, but for now this’ll do ya just fine.
Frying is its own realm of cookery, though can extend slightly into baking, as with beignets which are a type of doughnut. People all over the world fry foods in oil and have done so for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Perhaps you simply do not wish to implement frying into your life, but if you do, this is a good place to start.
This is a recipe that I found via Pinterest from Yesterfood, which I’d pinned awhile back. When I was looking through my recipes a few days ago and found the one for Banana Nut Bread, I also found this one again, along with another recipe for fried chicken. I thought I’d make these muffins with the friend chicken and make a whole dinner out of it, which I did yesterday.
Being a southerner, I’m no stranger to cornbread, and while I’ve eaten cornbread muffins, I had never made them before. We just always make our typical cornbread here at the house. Maple though is not a southern staple, since it comes from the far and cold north, but this is not a strange thing to me because my maternal aunt spent the better part of her life living in Montreal, Quebec and would always bring large cans of Canadian maple syrup on her jaunts down to see us.
So, of course I would want to make this, since it’s a marriage between different aspects of my own personal life.
I’ve been tooling around with peppering in food related blog posts over at my main blog, but it’s a concentrated mess over there to be honest; too many topics. I also just really want to branch out and have a place to contain all my food-esque revelries, so here we are.
I’ve been mucking about with food since I was about seven, concocting various dishes or tweaking or simply learning the how to’s. I’m not a master chef or baker, I’m just someone whose fascinated by and who loves food. You can read more about my cookery in the About section of this blog, but for now, I’d just like to show you some wonderful photos of food that I’ve taken over the years.