Science of Cooking

I just picked up this book, On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee. I’m looking forward to reading it and learning from it. Hopefully it well help me to become better at creating my own recipes once I understand why things work better. As I went searching for…

Toffee success

So, last weekend (not this past weekend, but the one before it), I attempted toffee once again. This time was a success. I used this toffee recipe from Cooking For Engineers. Here we have all the ingredients. I’ve already added the butter.

Cupcakes

I wanted to try cupcakes again. And these Billy’s Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes have been on a couple of blogs as being just fantastic vanilla cupcakes. Okay, I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how vanilla cupcakes can compare to chocolate cupcakes as a matter of principle (I guess once in a while they are good), but…

Marshmallow wrap up

Here are the end results. Don’t they look lovely? And here’s what I learned: I wouldn’t make the video recipe (#2). It was way too stiff and I have a couple of good recipes now. I wouldn’t make the first Martha Stewart recipe (#1). It never fully set (it’s still not set a week later).…

Marshmallows still yet again

For my fourth and final batch of marshmallows for the weekend I used the recipe from Cooking for Engineers which I had previously tried. Since I had already tried it before with decent success, I tried it this time with 1 tsp of almond extract and 2 tsp of vanilla extract (the whole recipe calls…

Marshmallows yet again

So, finally we come to one of the successful batches of marshmallows. This is another Martha Stewart recipe although different from the first. I decided to dye these pink because I had found some neon food dyes and wanted to try them out. It was a very pretty pink. This looked quite cute, but I’m…

Marshmallows again

The second batch of marshmallows was from this video I got off Design*Sponge. I should try not to follow recipes from videos because I must have missed something or maybe they mistyped something on the video, but either way, something went seriously wrong with this recipe. I think I followed it to the letter, but…

Blue marshmallows

In preparation for our bake sale for the dance troupe, last weekend I made 4 batches of marshmallows. Last weekend was quite busy. I made 4 batches of marshmallows (all different recipes), 1 successful batch of toffee, 1 dozen cupcakes and 1 dozen cinnamon buns. So it’ll take me a bit to post these. We’ll…

Toffee Attempt 1

I tried making marshmallows a couple of weeks ago from this recipe from Cooking for Engineers. Those turned out well. My next endeavor was toffee with a recipe from the same website. Here are the results of my first attempt: Apparently my spatula is not actually made of silicone and cannot withstand high temperatures.