Foodie Factoid: Around 1200 the Japanese actually used a certain type of banana fiber to make their clothes! The quality of the fabric varied drastically from soft enough to make fancy kimonos to poorer quality fabric for things like tablecloths.
Yea, yea I know I’ve been absent for longer than usual. I have an excuse though, a very good excuse. I have been caught in the stranglehold of a few evil monsters known as midterms. Dun dun dun. Ok they haven’t been that bad *knock on wood* don’t want to jinx those grades haha. Although, I am a master of procrastination. It is quite a skill. Cramming is one of my middle names–the others being sarcasm, impatience, and insomniac. Such good middle names. I wonder how my parents would feel if I changed my name legally to Rebecca Cramming Sarcasm Impatience Insomniac. That’s quite a mouthful haha. Continue reading
These cookies have been in my family for ages and I’m sure many other Eastern European families have similar ones in their cookbooks as well. The first time I made these was way back in 4th grade when we needed to make a recipe that represented our family heritage. Anyway so my family is basically a giant mashup of Poland, Austria, Israel, and I think one other country that I’m forgetting right now.
Here comes the tricky part. These cookies are…Polish? I want to say Polish. I guess I’m a little bit confused because for a while I thought my family was mostly Russian, but then that’s because my grandpa always told my mom that our family was from ‘White Russia’, and she thought that he was just being antiquated or something. However, it turns out that, correct me if I’m wrong, but ‘White Russia’ is actually Poland?* Continue reading
Foodie Factoid: The butternut squash was developed when Charles A. Leggett purchased 94 acres of land that he didn’t know what to do with. Corn wouldn’t grow well so he started cross-breeding squash just to see what would happen. Guess he was pretty successful!
I know, I know. I did it again. I’m a terrible, horrible, awful baker. I made soup. Have I mentioned that I really like soup? Hopefully you can forgive me in lieu of all this miserable snow we’ve been getting on the east coast. I thought it was bad in Boston and then I came home to Jersey for a few days and damn…well I’m not going to complain anymore! (That’s a lie.) Continue reading
My dad just celebrated his birthday and I thought I would dedicate this post to him since the name of this treat was inspired by a very funny story. My dad goes to work crazy early in the morning and has decided that he can’t sit down for five minutes to eat a proper breakfast. Instead what he does is kind of ridiculous not to mention dangerous. He makes a giant bowl of oatmeal and wedges it between his knees to eat on his drive to work. We dubbed this practice ‘breakfast bowl’. It was an amusing family inside joke until he actually got into an accident and totaled his car because he was too busy eating his oatmeal instead of paying attention to the road. Continue reading
Foodie Factoid: Cashews were given their botanical name (anacardium occidentale) because of their heart shaped appearance. Sounds like they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Today is an exciting baking day: I FINALLY GOT A REAL CAMERA! Ok it’s not a DSLR or anything, just a standard point and shoot, but now I can stop being that blogger who takes crappy pictures on her phone. Instead I can be the blogger who takes crappy pictures with a real camera haha. Ok, I mean I think my pictures are bit better I’ve skipped straight to shooting off auto since that’s what everyone says I should do. Obviously it’ll take me a bit of time to get used to the camera and the features, but heck anything is better than my smartphone! And let’s be honest, photographing anything chocolatey is always a pain in the ass, the dark coloring is not conducive for easy photography.
Foodie Factoid: Fanta soda actually originated as a Nazi product. When Coca-Cola supplies were cut off from Germany, Max Keith blended together a bunch of random ingredients left over from food production to create a new type of soda. Huh. Clearly Fanta isn’t associated with Nazi Germany anymore, but I thought it was an interesting tidbit of information.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like red velvet that much. I mean I guess it’s ok and if I was forced to eat it I wouldn’t complain or anything, but at the end of the day I’m not feeling it too much. That’s why when I see it overpopulating my Pinterest boards I’m kind of like ugh. I think it’s time for a non-red velvet recipe. Yes, I understand that the red velvet is for Valentine’s Day and it’s supposed to be all romantic and whatnot, but in my defense, love doesn’t need to be pink and red and sparkly. That being said, I think we can all agree that a little bit of cake goes a long way toward romance. After all, haven’t you heard the expression: the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Obviously that’s to be taken with a grain of salt, but there’s definitely some truth in it! Continue reading
Foodie Factoid: According to some historical accounts, Ghengis Khan (founder of the Mongol Empire) and his armies lived off yogurt!
Everyone’s posting about Valentine’s Day and love and romance. I’m going to post about something I love too: easy recipes. Do I love them more than Boyfriend? Umm…let’s not go there. Anyway so speaking of love and romance, I’ve had quite the week. In general I’m a pretty shy person and random compliments scare me a bit. Even worse than random compliments though are random flirtations. Right so classes just started three weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that people don’t tend to find a seat they like and stick there for the rest of the semester. So I ended up sitting next to this guy in one of my small seminar classes for I guess two consecutive weeks. Obviously I didn’t think anything of it, he was just a random guy we were in class together. Whatever. Continue reading