Learning to pipe

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And you can do it too!

It’s another day, sun is out, birds are chirping.  So what’s a girl to do, but bake cupcakes.

I was invited to a party and wanted to offer something different then what I usually do.  Sure, there were other cupcakes there, but I’m proud to say they didn’t look as good as mine.  And I DON’T mean that in an evil, negative way.  Just an observation that presentation really is key.  This I always new, but to see it once again was a great reminder – hence wanting to learn how to pipe.  AND NO, all of mine were not superb, but the effort was well received and I appreciated that.

So I jump in the bakemobil and headed out to a few shops to gather some supplies.  After doing some research I learned the tips I wanted were 1M, 2A and 2D of which are pictured below.   I tossed them in the cart – ‘ting’, the tips bounced against the bar.

“That’s her!” a woman whispers in the aisle.

“Is she looking at cupcake supplies?” another voice quietly observes.

I figured I needed some bags, but came across a link mentioning using zip locks. “Now may not be the time to explore,” I mumbled to myself. Figured I needed to learn the correct methods before making stuff up.

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A Sabbath Stew while in Israel

My apologies for not posting yesterday on Sunday.  I guess my days are a little busier than I thought.

Well, It’s been a journey while here in Tel Aviv, a good one.   I woke up worried about breakfast – no electricity to be used.  Laid in bed for a second, a moment of thanks and gratitude, then off about my day.

T was my roommate while staying at Hotel Cinema – an Atlas Boutique Hotel.  She’s actually Jewish.  I thought, she must be ecstatic to have a sabbath while here on this land.

Anyways, I get out the bed.  I felt responsibility at my door.  “Let’s do it,” I tell myself trying to get pumped.  Another long day ahead and the people depend on me.  “<Sigh> what’s for breakfast,” I question out loud.  Clearly I’m speaking to myself for my roommate already left the room.

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What to do with my Banana?

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“pssst”

“pssst”

“Hey, you over there!”

It was the banana trying to get my attention.  Now I know what you’re thinking?  You’re thinking I’m crazy.  Well, just know I love food and it loves me back to the point I hear it speak to me.  Sometimes I resist.  Other times… .

It kept asking me crazy questions like, “Do you love me?”  I’m thinking – OF COURSE!  Who doesn’t love fruit?

“Rub some sugar on me,” the banana kept saying.

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Celebrating Black History Month…with the biscuit cutter

OMG anyone who knows me knows to never eat my biscuits.  <sigh>  YES, meaning they are that horrible. I just can’t get it.  I suck at it AND I TRY SO HARD (pathetic sad face).  Oh as I lay on the floor in a big X surrounded by a variety of flours, I think to myself…why me?  Well, a few biscuits turned cookies or whatever they may be is not going to stop me from figuring it out (confident smile, yet still secretly crying on the inside).

Circling through a few readings, I decided to write about one of my many loves…biscuits!

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Noticed I said cookies.  Now in some regions outside of the US and Canada, crisp biscuits are considered cookies.  So like I said, unfortunately I’m skilled at constructing a tray of ‘cookies’ LOL Now, there are many types of biscuits. There are angel biscuits (these contain yeast), drop biscuits, rolled biscuits, short cakes, cookies and scones…of which I don’t believe in.

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Celebrating Black History Month…with sweet potato pie

For Black History Month I wasn’t sure what I should do.  After going back and forth with different ideas I finally decided for the third time lol to create a short list of popular desserts hosted by Blacks/African-Americans.  Today I shall start off with pie.

Food has always been utilized for celebrations or simply an opportunity to gather with loved ones.  Soul Food, the term originating from the 60’s, known as the African-American Southern Cuisine has been an important staple of our culture.  Combining ingredients, recipes and experiences passed down from our African elders, Native Americans and even Europeans is what makes it interesting and dear to our hearts.

With recipes dating back to Medieval Europe, the Sweet Potato Pie is a traditional open face pie usually prepared by boiling the potatoes until soft and skinning them for mashing.  The pie filing is usually a combination of the mashed potatoes, sugar, milk and eggs, however varied regions include spices, flavoring or additions such as vanilla and cinnamon.

Today Blacks/African-Americans are mainly familiar with sweet potato pies.  It’s the staple of most African-American homes. However, Africans were more familiar with yams since yams were native to Africa.    Around the 16th century, Europeans brought over the practice of preparing pumpkin pies as a main dessert to West Africans as well as sweet potatoes.   However, during the times of slavery, Africans abandoned the use of pumpkin and leaned towards the use of yams and of course eventually transitioned into sweet potatoes.

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