In Chocolate, Uncategorized on November 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm
I’m honored to be guest posting at Jana’s blog Zuckerbaeckerei once again this year as part of her blog’s advent calendar. My post will be available at her blog, in German, on December 10th.
After some deliberation about what to make for this post, I decided on Chartreuse Panna Cottas with a chocolate mousse. It is a dessert that has already graced our dinner table numerous times this year, and though it may sound deceivingly elaborate, it is actually quite simple to make.
Chartreuse has a unique flavor. It is a slightly spicy liqueur with herbal undertones, and upon tasting it, no obvious flavor combinations come to mind. It was my father who discovered, at the start of this year, how harmoniously its flavor melds with chocolate. When paired together, each flavor is no longer distinct —the warm roundness of the chocolate flavor blends with the savory element of the Chartreuse to form a base over which the liqueur’s herbal tinges dance. It’s an exotic-tasting combination. Read the rest of this entry »
In Uncategorized on April 12, 2012 at 6:46 am
A couple months ago, my mother convinced me to watch Dancer in the Dark. I was hesitant at first – she’d told me it was a sad movie, and I was in no mood to cry. But I acquiesced.
It turns out that Dancer in the Dark is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever watched.
Such simple, unadorned editing makes the film remarkably realistic. There’s no background music save for when Selma (the main character) daydreams, no Hollywood style filming or cuts to different angles. It’s as if I’m filming Selma myself, camera set to video mode and presence kept secret. And because of that sense of intimacy, the film is all the more powerful.
Selma’s dream sequences reveal the way she perceives her world and its people –with too much faith and so much more credit than they deserve that she never quite seems connected to the same blunt reality the filming captures. Her earnestness and unfailing honesty instill a sense of resigned desperation, of repressed outrage at how ruthlessly she is wronged.
Simplicity left me stunned. It made my emotions painfully stark, painfully raw. Sometimes, it is most effective. Read the rest of this entry »
In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm
A couple weeks ago I asked for suggestions on what to sell at the annual yard sale/bake sale our school has every May. Thank you to everyone who left a comment; they were greatly appreciated!
It costs $20 dollars to get a table at the bake sale, and the money goes to charity. I started making lists of what to bake weeks before, because I knew that I would not have much time to plan with all the end of the year school exams. I wanted everything to be fresh the day of the bake sale, so I baked everything across a time span of three days, which made it stressful. During those three days I learned a couple of things. Most importantly, I discovered that I do not work well under stress. I had to stay up to midnight one night to finish making meringues that collapsed halfway through the whipping process, and another night I hurriedly made two batches of blondies, one almost perfect, the other one not so much. The meringues turned out fine, though they were a little cracked because I impatiently opened the oven door while they were baking. The reason I like to bake is because it is relaxing to me. When I have to bake a lot of goods in a little amount of time, baking turns from the enjoyable hobby I love to something I have to get done. Nonetheless, the bake sale was a fun experience. I loved seeing peoples’ faces light up as they realized I was selling homemade pretzels, (which were by far the most popular), and how they downed a cup of ice cold lemonade. Read the rest of this entry »
In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm
My school is having a bake sale in a couple of weeks, and I would love to hear from you about what I should sell.
I already have a couple ideas. Blondies, pretzels, flourless fudge cookies, lemonade, and any kind of cupcake are among my list. What do you like to see at a bake sale? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions!
In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:58 am
I have to admit that the first thing I do when I start reading a new blog is go to the “About Me” section. I want to know why they bake, how they started, who they are.
That’s why I have updated the About Me section of my blog. Check it out here: About Me. Read the rest of this entry »
In Uncategorized on February 20, 2010 at 11:34 am
Welcome to my blog!
Bittersweet Baker is mostly about baking and desserts, but I might occasionally post something that involves cooking. It all depends on my mood!
Thanks for stopping by, and take a moment to say hi!
Read more about me in the About Me section.