Thursday, July 24, 2014

weekly inspiration


Is there any smell in the world better than the smell of fresh waffle cones?

I miss baking so much out here I'm actually going insane.  I'm 85% sure that my hands are searching for measuring spoons to level and frosting-laden spoons to lick while I sleep in my dorm here.  I was planning on making a batch of my oreo cheesecake brownies for my study group in the dorm kitchen, but the RA wouldn't let me use the oven (or even the microwave) due to "safety issues."  I thought that was funny for a second... I've probably opened the oven more times than most thirty-year-olds.  And c'mon... we're basically functional adults, we're using telescopes that cost insane amounts of dollars and Bunsen burners on the daily, I'm pretty sure we can use a microwave without burning our faces off. But they didn't buy it, so now I just have a big, sad bag of (now half-eaten) Double-Stuf Oreos and chocolate chunks sitting in my dorm room. 

Regardless, I've been doing a ton of daydreaming about the baking rampage I'm going to go on when I get home.

I've been dreaming up a lot of "fusion" recipes lately -- mixing Japanese and American classic recipes into crazy mash-ups.  I don't want to give all of my secrets away, but prepare to see mochi, tempura batter, and matcha powder where you've never seen it before -- along the lines of this miso caramel.

I want to venture into the world of dairy-free desserts. My mom and I shared an amazing vegan cheesecake before I left.  A lot of recipes use coconut milk, soaked nuts, bananas, or even tofu as a dairy replacement. I want to try them all.  I'm going to start with this, this, and this. 

But I could never go no-dairy myself.

Ice cream french toast... what the what.

I also want to churn my own butter. 

I also went to this California chain called C.R.E.A.M (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) with my roommates. Think Cold Stone, but cheaper and for ice cream cookie sandwiches. Yeah.  I got there early when the whole place smelled like fresh baked cookies. Coffee ice cream smooshed between two warm snickerdoodles - perfect. I'm going to start experimenting with my own ice cream sandwiches (check these out).


I went on a day trip to San Francisco on Saturday.  Food.nerd.paradise.  I went to Boudin sourdough factory and watched those bread baskets swirl above my head for a solid 20 minutes, and got lost in the pools of chocolate at the Ghiradelli factory.  Sourdough waffles sound like the move.

Even though I've been deprived of my oven, I've been making the most of the dining hall here. Speaking of waffles, they have a spankin' "make-your-own-waffle" station here.  I like to make mine monstrous... with four pats of butter, every square inch covered in whipped cream, a hefty scoop of cherry pie filling, and a thorough drenching in syrup... stargazing counts as cardio right?  The cobbler here is also pretty great, I was a total jerk last night and scooped all of the majestic crumbly topping into my bowl, just leaving the stewed apricots for the rest of the line.

my homemade postcards
I swear I'm not always thinking about food/eating food here... I've been sending a bunch of letters home which is fun.  If you're looking for some letter inspiration, check out Mysterious Letters, it's exactly what it sounds like, two dudes send great letters to strangers and blog about it. 

With love,
Erica


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14 comments:

  1. love this post!!! and aghhh you poor thing! not able to bake!

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    1. Thank you! I'm going a little bit wacky to be honest!

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  2. Ooh not being allowed to use an oven or microwave while living in a dorm is one of my nightmares. I've just got home from vacations that lasted over a month, and I hadn't gotten to bake one thing the whole time I was away. I was just itching to get in the kitchen and whip up 1000 different recipes. Anyways, no worries about all the food talk. It is fine by me. Also, I LOVE Mysterious Letters too! It's such an odd yet amazing idea xx

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    1. Right?! Did you go on a total rampage when you got home? I'm sure I will!

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  3. This was such an interesting post. And how could they not let you back? That's an outright harassment, maybe we can file a petition? ;)
    But still, you're getting to experience lots of great food and company. I'm glad. And that postcard? So freaking adorable, you can sell these. All of your pictures are as amazing as ever.

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  4. How long is the camp? I'm so jealous you got to go to San Fran - I've ALWAYS wanted to go there. And that C.R.E.A.M. place sounds like my paradise. I'm on their menu right now- so many options! I love your homemade postcard too. I wish I could draw!

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    1. You would absolutely love it! I'm here for another two weeks!

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  5. Wow!! The postcard looks so amazing!! As well as the icecream layered between 2 warm cookies... yumm!! I wish we had anything like C.R.E.A.M here... love reading your posts..

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    1. Thank you so much! I wish I had a CREAM back home too... I will try and post some ice cream sandwich recipes when I get home though (feeling super inspired!)

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  6. Those cookie ice cream sandwiches look INSANE, I've never had one before (so shameful)! How are you finding astronomy camp though? Sounds super interesting. Plus I LOVE San Francisco, I'm would love to make a trip back and drink some of the famous clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Boudin!

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    1. Whaaat you would love them! I will try and post a "copy-cat" recipe when I get home!

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  7. Hi Erica! I love reading your blog sooo much. In fact, I am a teenage blogger as well! I would appreciate it so much you checked out my blog! I just posted. :) http://thedutchprincess.com/

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    1. Splendid! I absolutely love meeting other teenage bloggers out here -- I'm headed over to your blog right now, thanks for commenting!

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