Archive for December, 2006

Cocoa Powder Complexity: Experiments in the Kitchen

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

I’m researching how to make chocolate marshmallows in an effort to be good and do my homework towards writing that marshmallow flavoring guide. A method I’m testing is to heat up cocoa powder with water to make it a non-sweet solution to add to the marshmallows at the end of whipping. Reading through the cookbook [...]

Gift From the Kitchen: Marshmallow Tasting Kit

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

I allowed my marshmallow obsession to run with my imagination after the success of the peppermint swirls. Using my Japan souvenirs, I whipped up a batch of homemade black sesame swirl marshmallows and a layered set of green tea with azuki bean. Combined with the peppermints and the lemon-ginger, I have assembled a tasting kit [...]

Not My Cup of Uni

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Iron Chef (the real Japanese one) taunts me with uni. The judges and commentators give it an appeal akin to cotton candy with their squeals of delight whenever it graces their table. Mmmm oishii! In my sushi lunch yesterday with a fellow motorcycle enthusiast, I decided to try this morsel again. It was Troy’s second [...]

Gifts for Foodies: Scented Pencils

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Boasting a collection of gourmet scents, these pencils are quirky enough to win their way into my hands. Smencils, are made from recycled newspapers, whose layers and print you can actually see in the sharpened tip of the pencil. Available flavors include: orange cinnamon peppermint root beer bubble gum cherry grape watermelon fruit punch Each [...]

Gifts for Foodies: Pretty Edible Dragees

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Dragee: Tantalizing silver balls perched atop cookies and cupcakes… for how many is this image burned in our teeth crunching childhood experience? Infuriating in that we weren’t suppose to eat them, yet they were so eye catching with that metallic glint. Chocolate company, the Cocoa Room is lending their creative sweets to solve that problem. [...]

Stirring Peppermint Marshmallows

Monday, December 18th, 2006

I whipped up a half batch of peppermint marshmallows to add to a marshmallow tasting kit I am devising. Adding three drops of peppermint essential oil to the basic marshmallow recipe proved to be on the intense side of the flavor spectrum. Almost a bit tingly, but still delightful. To visually distinguish these mallows, I [...]

Gifts for Foodies: French Market Garden Kit

Monday, December 18th, 2006

This nicely packaged seed collection could convince this non-gardener to dig her hands in the soil. For those with a culinary sense, this kit gives a nice spread of garden vegetables to entertain the pallet. French market Garden, from Potting Shed Creations: a unique seed collection of Provençal gourmet vegetables for gardening cooks who want [...]

Homemade Chocolate Advent Calendar

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Fellow maker Julie Ree puts the template for chocolate holding paper pyramids to great use by making an advent calendar garland. I love how she uses the little pyramids as sculptural objects to decorate her house. This is a wonderful reminder to share those gems of an idea you may have; when shared, the idea [...]

Flavor Your Own Pop Rocks

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Aki and Alex of Ideas in Food, have created violet flavored pop rocks. Neutral flavored pop rocks can be purchased from Rubber Chef. On my wish list for pop rock flavors are grapefruit and tangerine… and cola!

No More

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

I don’t buy canned refried beans anymore. I don’t buy ketchup anymore. I don’t buy Bisquick anymore. I don’t buy canned soup anymore. I don’t buy canned chili anymore. I don’t buy salad dressing anymore. I don’t buy teriyaki sauce anymore. I don’t buy bottled marinades anymore. …I can make them better myself. I don’t [...]


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