Monday, July 15, 2013
I've been having disorganized pantry shame for a few months now, so last Friday I decided to do something about it. I went in armed with a roll of garbage bags and an indiscriminate attitude (let's get rid of it all!), but soon found that my pantry was more like an archaeological dig into the past two years of my life.
Cake boards and tuile stencils (once lost) were found flattened against a wall. A binder of dessert sketches and scribbles lay open with bent pages under a pile of cookbooks. A grocery bag held gold plastic eggs for an Easter post that never happened. Flattened cupcake papers would surface every now and again, along with stocking stuffers that never made it to the mantel at Christmastime. Last unearthed, a box of miscellany; cookie cutters, ribbon, rock candy and chocolate transfer sheets.
After everything was considerably more organized (though not much diminished), I pulled out a chocolate transfer sheet that had caught my eye. The delicate pattern was almost indistinguishable with airy spirals and green flecks... but what I managed to see reminded me a little of mushroom spore prints - an art-slash-science project I'd had fun with as a kid.
That's all it took. I spent the rest of the day with my head in the clouds. I was dreaming of my own species of mushroom (Boletus saccharo - sugar mushroom?) and sketching ideas for a cake teeming with them.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Diamonds and pearls are usually given in jewelry boxes for Valentine's day, but this year I'm giving them in cookie tins! These faux precious stones are made of sugar and entirely edible.
The jewels came from a favorite online baking supply shop (here). They'd catch my eye every time I browsed the edible decorations section and I'd always wondered if they were as pretty in person as they were in the pictures online. Boy, are they ever!
The large jewels are $15 for eight, or you can get sixteen clear diamonds for the same price. I think they are lovely, well packaged and worth every penny. That said, they also sell the molds inexpensively so I ordered a couple to see if I can make them at home. I'm eager to see how they turn out!