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So yeah, I made danish dough twice this past two weeks and made a cherry cheese danish braid, a pork and onion pastry, and blueberry danishes with lemon sour cream icing.

Y halo thar, delicious photos and instructions! )

I think I'm doing pie next week with friends? Right? I'm also probably going strawberry picking the morning before so it'll be some sort of strawberry pie creation. Maybe? :D?
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The last two weekends I've actually managed to accomplish some baking despite not getting much of anything else I want to get done done (Why is sleep something that I have to do regularly? Why can't I set up a daily schedule and stick with it?).

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I made zucchini bread based on this recipe scaled down to 2/3 of the original so I could make one big loaf in my giant 9 x 5 bread pan instead of two in smaller loaf pans that don't exist in my home. I also had to reduce the sugar by a lot, which is something of an issue I have with so many recipes, and it was still way too sweet for my tastes. No one can accuse me of not having a huge sweet tooth with a straight face, but I constantly run into recipes that just end up too sweet if I use the sugar amount listed in the recipe. And I'm never quite sure if I can reduce the sugar without affecting the texture because nothing sucks more than things that need a crispy crust turning out chewy.

Anyway, here's the ingredient list I had for the recipe after scaling down and reducing the sugar:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (170g) sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (200g) grated zucchini
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240g) whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups (150 g) chocolate chips

I otherwise just used the smitten kitchen instructions to make it.

I'd probably take the sugar down to at least 150g, and maybe even 125g or 100g, if I were doing it again. The overwhelming sweetness could be from the chocolate too even though I used semi-sweet chips instead of milk.

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I also made this giant ass cherry cheese danish braid based on a couple of recipes cobbled from books and the internet. The recipe is a bit involved since I made the dough from scratch and I'll put it up later this week when I decipher all the scribbled notes I have on it in my notebook.

I was planning to make brioche this weekend since I feel like making all the enriched dough recipes, but I've had requests to make more of the danish dough since it's delicious technology 100%. I was also told that I should try to do it with a savory filling so we'll see how that goes. :/ <--This is my not quite sure about this but I'll try face.
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So after being gone off LJ/DW for like two years now, I think I'll be posting here again. I'm feeling nostalgic for old fandom and tumblr just isn't doing anything for me right now.

Is anyone still around here? Are there any people or communities on LJ/DW that I should totes follow because they're not as dead as I've been lead to believe all this place is?

Anyway, general updates on my state of being:

  • One of my cats died in early March. I'm still kind of fucked up about that because he was young-ish and I had to make the decision to euthanise him.



  • I did end up adopting a new cat a month later. She's kind of adorable and weird.photos of kitty )

    She follows me around the house when I'm there and she's the first cat I've owned that's an actualfax lap cat in that she will crawl into my lap, or chest, whenever the opportunity presents itself and get pissy if I try to move her. We've ended up falling into a routine where I'll come home, sit down on my bed with my laptop on my knees and my cat on my chest for half an hour.


    The other cat and her still don't exactly get along well, but they have a somewhat cordial relationship that involves a minimal amount of hissing.



  • I took up running last year around this time. I started with C25K, made it to running 5 km regularly, and then decided to get myself to run 10 km and to do 5 km in under 30 minutes (I think the first time I finished a 5 km run I was doing it at 40+ minutes). I managed the 10 km mid fall last year and then ended up not running for two months in the winter because as much as I enjoy running and making questionable decisions for the sake of running, there is nothing that will drag me out of the house to run in sub-zero temperature. It's unpleasant and I REFUSE.

    All of that means that I had to start over from almost scratch (week 5 of C25K) and work back up to where I was -- and maybe get that goddamn 30 minute 5 km run >:( -- in March when the weather stopped being crap. Which is where I am now. I'm back at doing 10 km long runs on the weekend and ON WEDNESDAY I DID A 5 KM RUN IN UNDER 30 MINUTES (FUCK YEAH 9:50 MIN/MILE PACE! \o/). Oh, and I might do a half marathon in October.


    Idk I just really like running and I feel like my body can do awesome things. It's going to be so unfortunate when I end up breaking myself :(



  • I started baking a lot after going on a serious Great British Bake-Off watching marathon, which you should all watch if you enjoy baking porn and/or reality TV that isn't about people being unreasonably dramatic for ratings. In the last year I've fiddled with bread baking, a bunch of cookie recipes, puff pastry, real strudels, and a bunch of cakes.

    I kind of stopped, but I plan to start baking every weekend once I decide what I want to experiment with. Right now my list of possibilities is:
    • carrot cake
    • danishes
    • some kind of savory bread or dinner roll
    • zucchini bread
    • choux pastry (profiteroles or éclairs)


    I would be seriously consider making these this weekend but I used up almost all my rhubarb on a pear, cherry, and rhubarb crumble last weekend. It was delicious, but those rhubarb hand pies look tiny and adorable.



  • I went on a hiking trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park on the May 24 weekend. I have photos, including ones of me climbing down a cliff-like structure. I need to do shit like that more often because I love hiking, camping, and outdoorsy shit even though I only end up doing it a couple of times a year. It'd probably go better if I made myself try to socialize with more people who are also into this. Or I could try hiking on my own until I get mauled to death by a black bear or some shit. idk.



  • I finally set up a vegetable garden after getting super excited about doing it last year only to give up once I'd done the hard work of clearing the garden beds with overgrown raspberry bushes. I MIGHT HAVE TOMATOES, PEPPER, CUCUMBER, EGGPLANTS, AND HERBS SOMETIME IN THE SUMMER if they don't all die. :DDD



  • Fandom-wise I'm in a weird place were I have a lot of media I like but that I have no desire for the fannish side of it either because no interest or no interest in how fandom does that show/comic/movie/etc. I was briefly into Teen Wolf fandom, but lol Teen Wolf fandom and I kind of got bored of reading the same Stiles/Derek fic over and over again as written by different ficcers. I also tried Inception fic for a while in desperation.I did end up reading a bunch of pretty Tony/Pepper fic around the time IM3 came out, including this always-a-girl!Tony/Pepper fic series I really enjoyed. I just wish Tony/Pepper ficc was so much easier to find on AO3 amidst the Steve/Tony fic I have no interest in that's tagged with Tony/Pepper because they break up in the first 1,000 word to make room for two white dudes fucking.
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I made mini amaretto cheesecakes with amaretto soaked strawberries yesterday for dinner and they were delicious.

I posted the recipe on my tumblr, in case you're interested.

PIE! :D

Aug. 28th, 2011 11:43 pm
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Tonight was was monthly pie making day with [livejournal.com profile] lienne, [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby, and lienne's BF and we made nectarine pie. I'd totes post a recipe, but ihni what went into making the filling since I arrived late (In my defense, I did bring rum and juice).

gratuitous food porn of the baked variety )
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