Insomnisnack

you can’t see the grids, niece July 3, 2008

Filed under: baked goods,pound cake,sister,summer — insomnisnack @ 2:22 pm

Look at the a-m-a-z-i-n-g trifle my sister made! She’s even using what seems a proper trifle dish?  Oh yeah, she made the poundcake from scratch.

I have been cooking, yes, I have been cooking. But my camera battery ain’t what it used to be, and nevertheless I am often with folk who avoid the paparazzi aim of my lens. So lemme show off my sister who is the cat’s meow.

Photo credit: Julie T.

 

dinner at alice’s – i love wednesdays June 7, 2008

Filed under: baked goods,beets,food,pie,potatoes,produce,savory,shepherds pie,vegan — insomnisnack @ 1:33 pm

I enjoy every moment spent at this wonderful, warm home of 13. Everyone is inclusive, interesting, kind, and welcoming. Household members share cooking duties, and this night Alice “cleaned the fridge”, finding red quinoa (true?), lentils, golden and chioggia beets, carrots, cabbage, favas, and potatoes. Let me set the stage.  I arrive to find Alice in the kitchen with her “Yodeling Mad: Best of Country Yodel” CD playing, and she greets me with the phrase, “Everything is going in.” Into what, you might ask? Eight shepherd pies! She’s bought yummy vegan crusts, and we step by step assemble her vision into mounds of comfort and belly joy. After topping each pie with a generous helping of mashed potatoes, Alice drizzled them with olive oil, and applied pinches of sea salt and rosemary. I want to eat like this every night.

(photo credit – Glenn Bachmann)

 

Oat and Brown Sugar Coffee Cake January 21, 2008

Filed under: baked goods,breakfast,brunch,dessert,food — insomnisnack @ 8:53 pm

This one was a great recipe from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Delish! I only made it (honestly it was before the holidays and I forgot to post the photos) because I wanted some breakfast cake, but didn’t want to go shopping. Well, look no further. This one was so short, I will include the recipe. Moisty!!!

1 cup rolled oats, preferably noninstant
1/4 pound (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup Pecan Streusel, which is just your choice of nut (I used almonds), sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a 1/2 cup flour all crumbled together

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray or butter and flour a 9 x 12 inch baking dish.

Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over the oats and set them aside. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. Scrape down the bowl and continue beating until the mixture is smooth, then add the vanilla, cinnamon, and oats. Combine the dry ingredients and stir them in with a rubber scraper or wooden spoon. Pour into the prepared baking dish, cover with streusel, and bake until a skewer comes out clean – about 35 minutes.

whole oatmeal coffee cake

oatmeal coffee cake

 

winter’s first thaw January 3, 2008

Filed under: baked goods,frozen,ice cream,leftovers,risotto — insomnisnack @ 10:18 pm

I want to have a meal from the food I’ve frozen over the past few months. Let’s see, at a glance I found a couple servings of risotto, some dirtbombs, and a bit of RLLH ice cream. Also, to you who requested I freeze my dad’s cupcake for later consumption, it is still safe. There is bound to be at least one more surprise in there… let’s see what I can whip up this weekend!

 

ginger cupcake with candied ginger cream October 21, 2007

Filed under: baked goods — insomnisnack @ 11:28 pm

My father passed away in 2005, but he still is with me every day – sitting across from me on the MUNI train, in a stranger’s smile, and in the person i strive to be. I’ve never known a more patient, kind person. Ask anyone who knew him. This gingerbread cake is a childhood favorite (my mom’s recipe), with my own twist. She can bake like the dickens and he loved every pie, cake, tea cookie, and pumpkin bread from her kitchen.

I love you, Dad!

John Robinson
October 21, 1940 – February 10, 2005

ginger cupcakes

ginger cupcake with candied ginger cream

JR

 

cupcake fits and starts October 16, 2007

Filed under: cupcake,dessert,food,vegan — insomnisnack @ 9:38 pm

I have good news and nearly good news…
The good news is that I made some delectable vegan cupcakes from my favorite, funny cookbook – Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. And it’s true what they promise. These tasty, tender, moist-y cupcakes could in fact take over the world if you’re not paying close attention. I will do anything they say. Top your chocolate crumb with a dollop more fluffy buttercream frosting? Yes. Garnish you with freshly harvested lavender leaves for fragrant goodness? Yes.

The nearly good news is that I am working on a special recipe or “design” for my cupcake entry. Normally I would just let things fly into my head, or pick from a recipe I always wanted to try. But the due date, October 21, is my dad’s birthday. And the idea to enter is Larisa’s. These cupcakes are deserved of something special! So bear with me. I am thinking.

 

honey challah September 17, 2007

Filed under: baked goods,challah,food,holiday,homemade bread,honey — insomnisnack @ 10:00 pm

This bread tested me. I had so much doubt while making it! The dough needed to rise twice, in 3 hr increments, doubling, then tripling in size. The process spanned two days, and I often wondered if I’d have to let go and try again, thinking to myself, if this is a sign of the New Year, what exactly was this challah saying? I’ve just torn off the first piece. It is warm, it is sweet, rich, aromatic, and I feel better.

honey challah with cinnamon sugar