I’ve started a blog. Everyone’s doing it, so what’s the big deal?
There are a lot of reasons why this is an important decision for me.
First, I’m completely computer illiterate. The Husband is going to have to hold my hand every step of the way until I get this thing up and running on my own. Which might take a while!
Second, I’m in desperate need of a creative outlet. This blog will mainly chronicle my love of baking and to a lesser degree, cooking (I’m definitely more comfortable with the former). Above all else, it’ll feature what I love most in life – eating food! Lots and lots of delicious, heart-plugging, awe-inspiring food!
I’m a criminal defence lawyer by trade but a baker at heart. If I didn’t have to worry about money, I’d quit my day job in a heartbeat and do nothing but bake all day. And eat. And take photos of my baking and eating. And post them online for my friends and family to ooh and aah and drool over.
I love trying new recipes, baking big batches of yummy treats and inviting my friends over to act as guinea pigs. I recently had a group of my dearest friends over at my apartment for afternoon tea. I literally spent weeks planning the menu. I thought about all the things that are traditional to afternoon tea and couldn’t decide whether to veer from that and do something more modern or if I should stick to the basics. In the end, I went old school. I made two types of finger sandwiches (egg salad and smoked salmon), scones with a cheater’s version of Devonshire cream and bluebery compote, a coffee cake and a dessert. I chose the sweets from my beloved copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours.
Chocolate shortbread crust dough for the chocolate cream pie. I don’t have a food processor so I made it by hand. Cutting frozen butter by hand was a hardcore sweat-inducing workout! Which just probably means I need to work out more.
The finished pie. I made a few changes to the original recipe. I brushed melted dark chocolate over the baked crust, topped that with bananas sautéed in butter and brown sugar, then placed the chocolate pastry cream and whipped cream on top. Voila – chocolate banana cream pie (one of my favourite desserts)!
Scones! With “Devonshire cream” made from marscapone cheese, whipping cream, vanilla and sugar – so good my friend was spooning it into her mouth like yogurt. Topped with a homemade blueberry compote.
This was truly an epic event for me, consuming weeks of time and energy. But it was worth every single delicious second!