Diane, A Broad

tag: strawberries

  • August 24, 2012

    After a two-week heat wave, it’s starting to cool down in Paris this week. At the Thursday Bastille market, there were yellow and orange leaves littering the ground, and the strawberries were not as numerous or quite as bright and juicy-looking as they were earlier in the summer. I know it’s only August, but as soon as the strawberries start going out, it feels like fall is on its way. What’s say we make a few lovely sun-drenched cakes to stretch out the summer a little longer, hmm? You save the time of waiting in a store to order a single cake. With online ordering system, you can easily go through the various designs and choose the one that best fits your needs. You can also get to know the ingredients. In general, the online stores have huge collection of compared to the regular stores. If you are ordering it for a special occasion, you can even choose the date when you want your cake to be delivered. There are certain aspects you have to look for before ordering a cake online. On doing so, you can easily figure out the best one for the occasion. Determine the design for your cake. Choose a design pertaining to the occasion. You can visit various design catalogs that is available with the online store. If you are not happy with the designs, you can search for other designs online. You can submit the design to the online store and have a customized cake designed by the store. If you are ordering a cake as a gift, make sure the person whom you are gifting it to likes the design of the it. Find the various decorations for the cake. You can even have words imprinted on it. For instance, if you are buying a cake for a birthday party, you can have a birthday message written on it. You can even write special notes to the person whom you are gifting to. Keep your message short and crisp. You can check with the store to find out the various cake decorations.  cakes are one of the hottest modern decorations for a baby shower, but you don’t have to leave it to decorative accessory alone. You can also incorporate your cake of diapers into party games that some fun and excitement the event. There are lots of different baby shower games that have been played for years all over the world. When you bring a cake of diapers into the party you can create unique variations of these games that are a lot more fun to play. You can also come up with completely new games that put these fun cakes at the center of attention for at least part of the party. There is no end to how diaper cakes can be used for baby shower games, but here are some ideas to get you started. What ideas can you think of to use your cake as a party game? Add to the list and put your ideas into action at your next shower. You can click here for Eggless Cake Collection.

    I’ve made a version of this cake every summer since I moved into my first apartment in college. I don’t remember where that first recipe came from — possibly one of the cookbooks that my roommates brought with them — but this recipe from Martha Stewart by way of Smitten Kitchen is my favorite so far. The milk in the recipe allows the cake to stay moist throughout the long bake time, while the strawberries soften and roast into  dimpled puddles of sweet jamminess. The way the strawberries make the batter buckle and puff make it look vaguely quilted. Lovely for company or for afternoon snacking.

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  • July 31, 2012

    The inspiration for this salad was, if you can believe it, cafeteria food.

    Remember that trip to Zurich? At Tim’s office, I had a tiny layered salad similar to this, served in a shot glass. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to reproduce it on a larger scale back home.

    The thing about this salad is, it’s like a full meal: you get the meaty component, the green component, and at the end, the sweet component. The layers only mix with each other selectively, so each bite is unique.

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  • July 9, 2012

    Last week, I put together a complex sentence in French, on the spot, at the wine shop: “Désolé pour mon français, mais je voudrais un vin avec des bulles, mais moins cher que du champagne.” The proprietor quite kindly pointed me to the section of wall devoted to bubblies, assuring me that, “Non, mademoiselle, votre français est très bon!” I was so proud of my achievement that I bought the first wine he suggested.

    What I ended up with was two bottles of Crémant de Bourgogne, a refreshing blanc de blanc without the yeastiness, tight bubbles, or price tag of Champagne. I tszujed it with a wee mixer — a light strawberry syrup infused with basil — which made it pink and a little sweet and a little herbal. Perfect for a party.

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