Sunday, September 15, 2013

IFBC

IFBC 2013 Seattle



Foodista is proud to present IFBC 2013, Seattle and that means it's almost time to go. I packed this year with enough room for the swag. Looking forward to meeting new bloggers, the winery side trip to  Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville @SteMichelle,  the dine around Seattle dinner, the speakers, and a chance to see a city that I have never been to before.  So, come 4 am Thursday I'm off to Seattle. 

Travel books, map and itinerary 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Don't be afraid it's only pate a choux

Water, butter, eggs they don't seem scary do they? No, but if you want to make Pate a choux pastry it may seem intimidating well, at least to me it does.  I want to  make eclairs and you need to make pate choux pastry first.
I mean really, how difficult can it be? Melt some butter in water add flour, stir stir and stir then stir in some eggs. In my mind I am  French and a master at making pastry in a small bakery. In reality I can't speak French swear  a lot when I bake and hope it turns out and doesn't make anyone sick. So this is my first attempt and good or bad here goes.

For those who know me, know my love/obsession with cookbooks and French ones at that. So, I gleamed through the stacks of books that I have and I decided on the recipe from Sweet Paris by  Michael Paul.
They weren't really that hard to make and by looking at the pictures they were a success and as for the  reviews from my tasters they were AWESOME!

Well, I did learn one very important detail while baking. The directions say do not open the door  during the baking time, it really means DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. I learned the hard way. I opened the door when the timer went off thinking they were done. They weren't. So when I finally took them out most of them flattened like a pancake. I filled and iced the ones the were usable and discovered that even if they are flat as pancake you can still schemer pastry cream on them and still eat them. And they are just as yummy aa the pretty ones.

Pastry Cream

Eclairs ready for the chocolate

My eclairs on the left compared to the ones in the book 

Finished eclairs

Monday, September 2, 2013

I'm Baaaak


Things are starting to pick up around here. Summer is just about over and my taste tester has been back for a few months now. It’s time to get back into the kitchen and start baking. Since the hubster was deployed I really didn't go out much or bake. So, I’m back at it now.
September, according to my scheduling, is going to be busy. Testing recipes for the DC State Fair, going to a cooking demonstration/tasting to raise money for Cancer research, and later this month I’m traveling to Seattle to attend IFBC 2013 (more on that later). 

Props are ready, camera has been dusted off, and ideas are churning in my head. So thanks for waiting for a new post all these months. This line from one of my all-time favorite movies sums it up, I’M BAAAAACK!*

 *It's from Independence Day.