Lemon Curd Cake

Lemon Curd Cake

I've been holding out on this cake for way too long—since May.

This was not on purpose, though. I just got distracted by other seasonal summer things like my beloved stone fruit. See this pie and this yogurt. In summer my blogging tends to be slow. It's either too hot to make things or I'm away on weekends which is generally the best time to photograph or binging on some TV show.

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All of the Stone Fruit Pie

All of the Stone Fruit Pie

After the workshop a few weeks ago, I was super eager to make pie again. 

If you've been following this blog, you know that I love stone fruit and love pie so putting them together, especially since it is summer, was an obvious choice. Plus, I had way too much that I needed to use up. From top to bottom, there is a yellow nectarine, a red plum, white peaches, a yellow peach, a white nectarine and a black plum. I have to say, I'm not really digging plums this year unless they are a hybrid of plum-cherries or plum-nectarines so was happy to put them in a baked application.

The best part of this pie is that when all the fruit is cooked together, it doesn't really matter what stone fruit you put in it or how ugly or blemished they are in the end. I actually much prefer just ripe, blemished and imperfect stone fruit than having to choose among perfect unripe stone fruit that seems to ripen in odd ways or way too slowly and then you end up with a hard piece of stone fruit that's basically an apple. That was a long run-on sentence but let's just say I am very particular about my fruit. 

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Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

Nectarine Frozen Yogurt

Wow, two years since having this blog and this is the first frozen treat I've made!

And I only realized this because this does not fall under the category of kneading, baking or cooking. Hmm, I sense a flaw in my recipes section. But, I'll figure that out at another point in time. 

Looking back, this is actually the second frozen treat on this blog. Technically, I made these ice cream sandwiches two years ago but the bulk of the recipe was baking and the ice cream was of the store bought variety. 

Frozen yogurt brings back memories of high school in Hawaii and going to Yogurtland after school with friends. It was such a treat. I, of course would go the all chocolate route. Chocolate froyo with Heath bar bits, chocolate chips, malt balls and M&Ms all hopefully at an appropriate weight of pure goodness. You would rarely ever find fruit in one of my frozen yogurt concoctions.

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SF Photography & Food Styling Workshop

SF Photography & Food Styling Workshop

Food photography and food styling are both things that I have generally figured out by myself so when I heard about a workshop being offered in San Francisco, I immediately jumped on it.

I do both professionally and personally so it's easy to get in a certain routine. I also really, really enjoy being in the comfort of my own home. In fact, I am reveling in the fact that I don't have to be anywhere right now. This all dwindled down to the thought that I should get out of my introvert comfort zone for a weekend and try something completely different.

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

Hello...just a quick pop in with a super easy summer recipe. 

I haven't posted in a while because I've either been traveling or clearing out all of the leftovers in my freezer because it's been too hot to cook. Also read, lazy. 

This also means that I have been neglecting the fact that all of this amazing summer produce is out and that I need to consume as much as possible before it disappears. Granted, I do live in sunny California where certain things are available year round but produce at its peak is the best. 

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Couscous Shakshuka

Couscous Shakshuka

Besides hiding from the heat, I've been doing a lot of cooking for one lately.

Cooking for one is one of those things that I don't remember how it feels like until I dive back into it for a while. It starts off with the excitement of trying something new and different. I'll peruse my bookshelf for new recipes to try or look up random ingredient combinations. I'm all about using up things in my freezer, fridge and pantry so if it includes that, extra bonus points! Then, it's a trip to the grocery store where I revel in the super high AC and talk myself out of buying too many things for one person to eat. These days, my weekends have been dedicated to cooking since it's nice to be able to heat things up during the week. Meal prep really does work! 

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Weekly Wander #12

On the last decently cool weekend of the Central Valley for a long while, I took a half bike ride and half walk to look at the corn field that I pass every day to and from work. 

Last year, this field was full of sunflowers but it makes sense that they rotate every year. It seems like these corn stalks just exploded! It wasn't too long ago that they were tiny seedlings so it's been pretty cool to watch them grow taller and taller. Even a few days later, they are still growing and producing corn. 

Even if it's not this corn, watching these stalks grow reminded me how much I am looking forward to getting my hands on some summer corn! The best deal is going to the farmer's market about 5 minutes before they close and getting ears and ears for super cheap. I'm thinking another corn chowder will be in the making soon. 

Although I came out for the corn, I got an even more amazing surprise with the dragonflies flying around! They were pretty hard to stalk because they fly around really fast and are easily startled but I was happy with these shots. There was another white and black variety but they were more elusive than these ones that stood still just long enough for me to be able to photograph.

The clouds were also amazing that day. And even more cool/surprising was the thunderstorm that happened the next day. It's pretty unusual for it to thunderstorm here in June so it was a pretty awesome treat to briefly return to spring/fall. 

Now to gear up for the week of 100ºF+...

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

"Cla-foo-tee"

Except I'm terrible at accents. But, if you want to watch a cool video about accents with Kate Winslet and Saorise Ronan, I found this fascinating because I feel the exact opposite of them where I would rather play myself than play the part of being someone else. 

So I will happily just be me in the kitchen but maybe that is the whole point?? Watch the video and you'll see what I mean. Or start at 20:16.

In the meantime, I received some cherries from my hapkido instructor, Master Rick, so I decided to take a stab at something I have always heard of but have never actually tasted before or made and having no clue if the end result is authentically correct. I will say this looks pretty damn ugly on the top and on the inside but it tastes really good. I found it to be a cross between a Dutch Baby Pancake or German Apple Pancake but with a custardy filling and of course packed with cherries. 

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