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A package arrives addressed to the Ninja Baker. Inside the box a sliver of silver gleams. Digging through the plastic peanuts, I discover Dorothy: A bundt pan so named by The Peoplehood of the Traveling Swirly Pan. A ruby journal (Toto) dutifully leans against Dorothy. And appropriately a spatula with the red shoes is revealed. Love this brainchild project of Pastry Chef Online, Jenni Fields. She’s recruited a community of bakers from around the world. We bake a bundt in the Dorothy pan and share bits of our heart in the Toto journal. After the experience – hopefully wiser and happier - we send the pan and journal to the next baker so that eventually Dorothy will make her way back home.
So, I look for inspiration and land upon the idea of a gluten-free yellow brick road bundt cake. Topped with my magical Emerald City matcha sugar sprinkles. For the batter, vegan butter as sweet as Dorothy and as golden yellow as the brick road is beat to fluffy perfection. I pour in 2 bags of gluten-free yellow cake mix. 4 eggs are beaten in one at a time. Next a stream of French vanilla coconut milk creamer and vanilla extract are stirred in.
The Idaho russet potato is a tried and true American classic. From the most momentous to mundane moments, the spuds faithfully deliver flavor. Idaho russets dutifully report to the kitchen and are whipped, baked and mashed into deliciousness. Do you have a potato recipe that is a family favorite? Please share!
My husband’s mom was an excellent cook, baker and mother. (Think freshly baked pies every Friday.) David (my husband) was skeptical at first of stretching the boundaries beyond traditional American potato recipes. However, I’m now getting requests on an almost daily basis to add Japanese pizzazz to an Idaho russet. The ingredients are easily attainable, easy to make…and well, a fantastic way to enjoy the joys of both Japanese and American cuisine! Want to take a peek at the how-tos?
It’s A Small World. Gone are the days of the static-filled conversation over the phone. Friends, family in remote reaches of the world now connect clearly with Skype and FaceTime. It’s a Small World that provides great opportunity to expand perspectives. I’m on Skype at least twice a week peeking into the homes of my friends in Japan. While collecting recipes for scones and other scrumptious items on the Internet, I peek into the kitchens of bakers all over the planet. Including one of the grande dames of the Australian blogosphere, Maureen of OrgasmicChef. Reading her blog, I get glimpses of life in Australia and glimpse the grand heart of Maureen…who kindly expressed interest in seeing what’s #InMyKitchen. Want to take a peek, too?
The gluten-free goodies in this post were generously provided by Glutino.
“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims
Ancient Japanese poetry master, Issa thought matcha was so important that he wrote several haiku about green tea. Here’s a favorite:
The tea smoke
and the willow
Teas, whether Japanese matcha or English breakfast, evoke an air of sophisticated simplicity. Tea seems to create space. A cuppa, as the English say, promotes permission...
Pretty party fare in a pinch:
All it takes is a bag of Glutino gluten-free chocolate cake mix and a box of Glutino Vanilla Crème Cookies.
It’s almost hilarious isn’t it? Technology was/is supposed to be a time-saver. I thought mobile telephones, text messages were designed to provide freedom; and assist in the pursuit of happiness. Instead of more time with friends, family and fill in the blank hobby – mine is dancing – it seems I’m spending more time online. It’s hard to put down that mighty phone. Don’t get me wrong; thanks to the online community I’ve met some truly stellar and inspiring fellow humans. Maybe I’m the only one who has yet to figure out the work/life/fun balance thing. Please do share your secrets to harmonious living in the comments section.
Put your sunglasses on! Erin McKenna’s Bakery in LA, NYC and Disney World is a great place for serious stargazing. The bakery’s roster of celebrity fans include Oscar winner Natalie Portman and FOX TV’s New Girl Zoe Deschanel. The pull to the popular sweets shop is three-fold. Executive Baker and Owner of Erin McKenna’s Bakery channels her flair for fashion and passion for tasty Non-GMO, vegan treats into her namesake stores. Every item in Erin McKenna’s Bakery is made with organic products. Each dessert is beautiful to behold. And exquisitely palate-pleasing!
Spring winds birth sakura cherry blossoms. In Japan, sakura petals carpet parks. Lanterns sway gently from the branches of cherry blossom trees. Picnickers clink sake glasses as the sun sets on this pink fairyland.
Even with the California water shortage, gardens burst with color and fragrance. The smiling flowers fill me with gratitude. Sometimes it’s the simple things. Like sunshine on the face after bursts of cold is sublime. Or a whiff of jasmine as I scurry to an appointment. My spirits lift in springtime. A whisper of hope touches my shoulder.
Yes, each season brims with beauty. Since spring is present, I’ll celebrate the gift…#InMyKitchen! In any month, I lift my glass to Maureen of OrgasmicChef.com. She’s a queen of cuisine; the hostess of #InMyKitchen; and a woman whose wisdom and strength are #inspirational!