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  • pixeltheatre 12:03 am on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: balsamic vinegar, , , Dorie Greenspan, party cake,   

    Daring Bakers – 6th Challenge: The Perfect Party Cake 

    Perfect Party CakeThis month’s Daring Bakers Challenge, hosted by Morven (Food Art and Random Thoughts), was the “Perfect Party Cake”, taken from  Dorie Greenspan‘s book Baking from my Home to Yours. This recipe called for plenty of lemons for the cake part, and enough butter all around to make Paula Dean proud. My mouth was watering just reading the instructions.

    On a quiet Friday morning, I printed the recipe and jumped right in. My KitchenAid made the whole process pretty painless. Like pretty much every DB recipe, this one seemed more daunting than the actual process turned out to be. My cakes came out moist and light, despite not rising much (a step involving whisking the egg whites and the buttermilk had been left out inadvertedly in the instructions) and the buttercream was just divine. Give me a recipe I can just beat the living daylights out of, any day. The preserve used between the layers was left to us. I decided to make the Strawberry Preserves with Black Pepper and Balsamic Vinegar, found on the Food Network site. Turned out lovely and balanced well with the lemon flavour of the cake. Big success all around. Bonus: 8 egg yolks to make ice cream (chocolate and vanilla).

    Can’t wait to see the April challenge! 🙂

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    • foodie froggy 3:11 am on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, impressed with the cake and the strawberry preserve with black pepper and balsamic !!

    • Lucy V 9:24 am on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, very creative !

    • Annemarie 9:38 am on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Liz, your cake looks just lovely. The preserves were a great idea too – hope you shared the joy around!

    • Claire 2:12 pm on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Looks wonderful! I’m glad you enjoyed the cake.

    • jasmine 6:57 pm on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What a great preserve choice. Well done!


    • Anne 7:33 pm on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Your cake is simply lovely…and looks super delicious too 🙂

    • Ritusmei 8:46 pm on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      mmmmm…. strawberries! YUM! Looks like it was completely delicious.

    • Deborah 10:23 am on April 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful job!! It looks delicious!

    • Big Boys Oven 2:05 am on April 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      such a cool cake you have there! amazingly good!

    • Lisa 6:01 pm on April 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice flavor combo!

    • danamccauley 6:47 pm on April 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi fellow DBer! So true that baking often seems more daunting than it actually turns out to be once you start…why is that? I always seem to forget that making a great cake takes about the same time as ordering one and going to pick it up but is so much less expensive and so much more fun when you do it yourself.

      Nice job!

  • pixeltheatre 10:45 pm on March 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Canstruction, Food Bank, Vancouver   

    Canstruction Vancouver 2008 

    I'm a Little Tea PotI checked up on the 2008 Edition of Canstruction Vancouver last Sunday at the Cruise Terminal. Now in its sixth year, this event raises much needed funds for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank. Designs were ingenious and colourful. Who knew so much could be done with a single can as a building block? Well worth the price of admission/donation.

    Picture: I’m a Little Tea Pot (Team: Brooks and Associates Inc, Walter Frand Architects, Studio Elemental Design
    5,400 cans)

    Slideshow here

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    • Julius 8:27 pm on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, this is totally fascinating! Must attend next year. 🙂

      from Occasional Baker

    • Big Boys Oven 3:08 am on March 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      the construction looks awesome, the one i saw was made of biscuits!

    • pixeltheatre 11:06 am on March 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Biscuits? Wow, that I would have liked to see…

      Thanks for the post!

    • Ariane C 11:07 am on March 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I helped build this lovely teapot, along with the Brooks team. Was a wonderful experience; hope to be part of Canstruction again next year!

    • pixeltheatre 12:15 pm on March 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You did a wonderful job, Ariane. It was my favorite piece at the show. 🙂

  • pixeltheatre 5:14 pm on March 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Curvware, cutlery, flatware, fork, knife, Knork, ramen spoon, spoon, Zeug Tools   

    Cutlery 2.0 

    Ramen Spoon - MOMACame across this article on Washingtonpost.com today. A Knork in the Road looks into the radical new designs coming down the road, or at least appearing at the upcoming International Home and Housewares Show next week in Chicago.

    Featured will be the Knork, a knife-fork designed by Mike Miller of Kansas. Also, Zeug Tools, based on neanderthal designs (I love that oyster shape spoon), the ergonomically-designed Curvware and the ramen spoon (I want one of those). Jane Black , author of the article, puts these new designs to the test in this video, here.

    Photo: Ramen Spoon. Museum of Modern Art Collection

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