We’re at that period of being without restaurant excursions that we’re having food cravings, so we’ve been making fancier dishes!
We’ve been expanding our dessert repertoire, and I wanted to use up a box of cake mix we got from the free shelf in our apartment building. J suggested cuatro leches cake! It’s like tres leches cake (cake soaked in a mixture of condensed, evaporated, and whole milk or heavy cream, often topped with dulce de leche), but the cake batter also includes powdered milk. I’m not sure that the powdered milk actually does anything for the cake, seems like it might just be for bragging rights on getting 53 different milk ingredients into the dish.
This isn’t really going to be a recipe so much as a guide, since I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a cake mix. The cake is supposed to be a sponge cake, and there are lots of versions online. We added 1/4 cup milk powder to the boxed mix, and whipped the egg whites and folded them in.
The cake turned out really well, much better than I was expecting! J had described the cake as being soooo sweet that you can only eat about a 1 square inch piece at a time. This version is more like cuatro leches cake lite.
We tried making bagels again, same recipe. They turned out a lot prettier. In the shaping step, turning the dough into nice balls is pretty important, and cornmeal is important to prevent sticking.
- 1 pound chicken or other protein (tempeh, tofu, beef, etc), cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup quartered dried figs (about 2 oz)
- 1/4 cup chopped green olives
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 3 Tbsp Marsala or Madeira
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Brown protein in oil. Add all ingredients except for cilantro. Cook for about 10 minutes until protein is cooked through and figs are plump. Turn off pan and stir in cilantro.
The wine can be substituted with other alcohols. We’ve used shaoxing cooking wine out of convenience.
- 2-3 medium potatoes (about 1 lb total)
- 1/2 onion
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp corn syrup (or honey or sugar)
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- Sesame seeds to taste
- Cut potatoes into 2 cm cubes. Rinse. Cut onion into bite-sized pieces.
- Cook garlic and potato in oil for a few minutes. Add onion. Add water and soy sauce. Simmer until liquid is mostly evaporated and potato is cooked, about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed.
- Turn off stove, adding sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
If you’re not able to go to your normal compost drop-off location, you may be able to get compost picked up! A lot of the services are bicycle-powered and pick up every 1 or 2 weeks. Cost seems to be around $20/5 gallon bucket or $30-50/month.
Here’s a map of US and Canadian compost pickup services.
Original post here! I put the slippers around my foot casts (filled with scrap fabric to make them firm) then ran them through the washer and dryer.
Overall, they fit better but there’s still a bunch of extra felt around the ankle. As it turns out, positive molds (vs negative molds, i.e. casts) of your feet are bigger than your feet, so these are a bit loose. For actual shoes or other tightly-fitted footwear, I’d want to do some additional shaping via cutting/sewing. The instructions I followed (loosely) for this project were meant to be boots with a tongue and laces – hence where the extra felt was supposed to go.
Bao recipe and spicy fried chicken inspiration – we used our own fried chicken recipe.
I presume the dough recipe is good for other bao dishes.
My dad visited J and me this past fall in California. Unfortunately, he bowed out of staying with us, and didn’t get to experience that studio life!! But we did a number of other fun activities.
We went to Santa Cruz and saw some old mission buildings. The actual mission was partially destroyed in a mid-1800s earthquake and replaced by another church. A replica was built in 1931. The only original building was used as housing for Native Americans.
I made a custom-request rag rug for Sibling C! This is going to go beside a bed, so you don’t step on the cold floor in the winter.
This one is also braided, but in a zig-zag instead of a circle.