I love mixing things up. So when the opportunity came to make some cupcakes to look like a happy meal… it was too good to resist.
Sarah came to visit and we baked. The result is the above. Hamburger cupcakes and sugar cookie fries.
Chocolate brownie is sandwiched in between Vanilla cupcake. Attention to detail meant toasting some sesame seeds and scattering them on the top bun; using coloured icing for the lettuce and cheese and jammy jelly for ketchup.
One of my favourite stories as a child was Around The World in 80 Days. See, travel and faraway lands have always excited me. Lately, this has been on my mind as I have just booked flights to go back to see family and am counting down days until my holiday.
Sometimes time and budgets do not allow for traveling and you need to be creative. Travel can come in the form of books, film,music and food. Today I read The Times Online’s 50 Best Food Blogs and felt very inspired to do a spot of cooking and baking.
I was also reminded of this restaurant/architectural wonder that I read about in New Zealand. The Yellow Treehouse is part of New Zealand’s Yellow Pages marketing campaign to prove that any project can be finished using the Yellow Pages.
I love the architecture and design of this restaurant. I love that it resembles a lantern.
For now, I’m happy just listening to some Cumbia for a taste of the exotic.
This Christmas, I decided not to send out any Christmas cards. I had the idea of making stained glass cookies and giving them out instead of the more traditional paper option.
Starting out with a mixed bag of boiled sweets, Katrina and I crushed the colourful sweets and placed them in little pyrex ramekins to urge us on with this fiddly, but exciting baking job.
We listened to some music and worked hard together, waiting to see the end result. It was a satisfying feeling to see the shortbread cookies turn out looking like stained glass. They looked unlike jammie dodgers but in your mouth, the cookies had the unique texture of being both hard and soft.
It was a rare weekend treat for me to have one of the weekend days staying in. I thought that my summer-long hiatus from the kitchen was to come to an end. I was going to rediscover the joys of cooking and baking. I looked at some recipes and decided to bake some muffins (choco-banana and pecan) and cupcakes (carrot with orange frosting).
And always, when baking I would use the little egg whisk that I inherited from Sarah when she moved to NY.