Desserts

The Move to the BIG Apple!

So I know I haven’t posted anything for a few months. Our lives have been extra busy the last few months as we have recently just moved to New York! My husband was offered a job with Uber over here and starts in February! We can’t wait!

Now I’m currently sitting in a small studio serviced apartment in the heart of Koreatown, New York. It is pretty cold outside (1 degree Celsius) and has been cold the last few days. Something we’re not 100% used to considering the day we left Melbourne, it was supposed to be a sweltering 39 degrees!

As my husband will be working full time, I figured, what should I do with myself? Plenty of people were telling me to be a lady of leisure but I don’t think it’s something that I could do. I think I would be bored out of my brains! I also didn’t want to do just a random job either, especially since I’ve heard that New York doesn’t exactly pay amazingly for a random kind of job. Also I might add, since I am here as a dependent on my husbands visa, I technically can’t work for 3 months anyways. 3 months! Even if I wanted to find a whatever job, 3 months of doing nothing would drive me crazy!

Because of this, I have decided to go back to school to study something I love… what is that you ask? Pastry of course!!!

I enrolled into a 6 month Professional Pastry Arts program at the International Culinary Centre a few months ago and got accepted! My official start date is on the 13th February so a bit less than 3 weeks to go! It’s crazy! I have an orientation day that is on the 9th February so that will be exciting! I’ll get to meet the teachers and the other students too!

It’s a bit surreal that we’re here after knowing about this for so long but we can’t wait for the next chapter of our lives to start!

Stay tuned! I plan on updating my blog as the 6 months of pastry school evolve!

 

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Choc Chip Cookies

On a cold rainy Saturday afternoon, all I feel like doing is baking. Baking what you ask?? Choc chip cookies of course!

I was watching Masterchef the other day and they made choc chip cookies for a challenge! The cookies looked amazingly crunchy and soft at the same time I just had to try it out for myself.

Shopped for all the ingredients and whipped it all up in no time! I ended up with amazing delicious cookies! Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside! Perfect!

http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/masterchef/recipes/choc-chip-cookies

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Pandan Cake

So over the holidays I thought I’d try baking a pandan cake… twice.

The first time I didn’t have a pandan tin, I just used a regular cake tin but I think it turned out alright. Not as high as I would have liked and not as green either but it tasted almost exactly the same as what I remember it to taste like when I had it when I was younger. So light and fluffy!

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This is my second go. I should have taken a picture of what the whole cake looked like before we ate it! My sister asked me to make it for my dad’s birthday so I figured I’d give it another shot. This time I used more green food colouring (I know pandan essence is supposed to be green but the one I bought was very light so i figured I’d add a bit more colour!).

This time was a bit of a disaster when I made it. It came out of the oven looking perfect but when I turned the tin upside down, stupid me forgot that the bottom of the cake tin is loose and before I knew it, the bottom was squashing the cake! *cries* So much for making a high cake! I had to think on my feet this time to see how I could fix this. I couldn’t serve a squashed ugly cake to my family for my dad’s birthday!

So I went online and found the perfect way to fix it! I covered it with some icing from the below website and success!!!

http://ieatthereforeiam.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/giveaway-beautiful-bakeware-pandan.html

It didn’t look as amazing as I would have liked but dad said it tasted better than the ones in the shop! That’s all I needed to hear! As you can see in the below pic, everyone gobbled it up before I could even take a picture!

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Happy pudding

We stumbled upon Happy pudding whilst trying to find another restaurant and boy was it a good find!

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Situated behind a restaurant, this cute place has a fridge full of puddings for you to try! When I say puddings, its more like a creme caramel but close enough. The packaging of these puddings are so cute with different coloured tops.

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We decided on an original flavour and a lemon and honey (I think it was honey)

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The original one did taste like a creme caramel but it was pretty good none the less. The lemon and honey was to die for! I didn’t realise the lemon flavour would go so well but it did and it was amazing!

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There were a few chairs just outside the place so we took a seat and enjoyed ourselves! Definitely a good find!

Hoshino coffee

Whilst we were walking around on our first day looking for food we came across Hoshino coffee. It sort of reminded me a bit of a mix between Starbucks and Pancake parlour.

I just ordered a lemon tea since I don’t drnk coffee and we also ordered a cheesecake souffle and some sort of pancake thing that they’re known for.

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The souffle tasted like a really airy Japanese cheesecake. Was so good!

The pancake thing (in the pic above) was interesting. It came with a dollop of cream at the top and maple syrup. The flavour tasted like a pancake from Pancake parlour but the texture was a little different. The outside had a crispy texture where as the inside was light and fluffy. Certainly different to pancakes we have back in Melbourne!

If you get the chance, try the pancake. Its a nice change to what we’re used to. Also Hoshino coffee in Shibuya overlooks the crossing so if you’re lucky enough, you can enjoy your coffee and dessert whilst watching one of the busiest crossings!