Sugarbird's Sweet Nothings

I am passionate about food. And cooking. And baking. And running. Come and find a new recipe, a funny story, some strong opinions and whatever else I feel like throwing in the mix today.
July 22nd, 2011

Modelling chocolate, and new and sticky experience

As I try to teach myself new techniques and how to work with new mediums in my hopeful new field, I sometimes come across interesting and fun things. Like modelling chocolate. Its interesting. And its fun.

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July 5th, 2011

Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffles

Rum + Raisin = Sublime

Rum + Raisin + Chocolate = Divine

These homemade Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffles = Perfection

I have not done much chocolate making in my life, but I have been thinking a lot about chocolate and making things from home recently. Then the other day I happened to be watching an episode of the Barefoot Contessa that was based around all things chocolate, and she made some Rum and Raisin truffles. Needless to say I was smitten, and almost the second it was finished, I was in the kitchen, rummaging in my chocolate storage box for all the chocolate I could lay my hands on to start making a bounteous batch of these beauties.  Read the rest of this entry »

April 16th, 2011

White Chocolate Blondies

Technically, white chocolate isn’t really chocolate at all as it does not contain cocoa solids. I did not know that until recently. But I never really though about it, let alone did any research on it before. White chocolate contains cocoa butter (pale yellow pure vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean), sugar, milk solids, vanilla and lecithin (an emulsifier that allows all the ingredients to be bound together in a stable way). Beware of any white chocolate that does not contain cocoa butter. The cheap & nasty versions replace the cocoa butter with generic vegetable fat.  Shame on them!

I have a renewed interest in white chocolate lately and subsequently have made a few cookies and biscotti containing white chocolate. so when I came across this recipe in my new Fat Witch Brownies book, they were on the To Do list immediately. And now I have read up on the subject of white chocolate a bit, so if you’re at all interested you might like to know… Read the rest of this entry »

April 12th, 2011

Cappuccino Biscotti

Foreword: I haven’t been able to run properley for over a week. I rested for a week and a half and I tried running on Saturday, and it hurt. I tried again on Sunday hoping that it may have been my imagination, and it still hurt. What the heck!? I just go over shin splints and now this random pain. I will have to self medicate with chocolate and then go and get my legs pummeled by Mr Physio Guy.

I like my morning coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker and its generally the only coffee I will have in the day, but its part of my routine and there is something comforting and gently awakening about the warm, creamy drink that makes the day start ok. No matter how grey and dreary it is outside, not matter how late I woke up after the alarm went off, no matter what trials joys I know the day has in store for me, no matter whether I forgot my lunch, again. Its ok. I have my warm, frothy, soothing coffee. Read the rest of this entry »

April 5th, 2011

Family Baking Fun with Chocolate, Dulce De Leche, Hazelnut Cheesecake

My mom and sister visited me for the weekend. It was my mom’s birthday and mother’s day this weekend so it was a bit of a celebration bundle. I took them for pedicures, we went walking in the woods, we drank margaritas, we took funny photos with mac photobooth (hyserical. we laughed until we cried. i recommend it) and we made cheesecake. Great way to spend a weekend.

Sarah (my darling sister) also enjoys baking but somehow it came up in conversation that she had never made a cheesecake before. so I took it upon myself to remedy that. I mean, a girl who likes baking can’t go through life never having made a cheesecake. Next thing you know she becomes scared of cheesecakes, has an unreasonable cheesecake phobia and is undetoing hypnotherapy for cheesecake related neuroses. Ok, I might be exaggerating slightly, but I just though my little sister should experience the joy of making a big, bad cheesecake.

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