During my short stay in Paris, one of my top to do things was to try a French Crepe. All I can say was it was so delicious! The best part about it was that we had our first French crepes from a local stand in front of the Eiffel Tour at 11 pm at night and were able to see the Tour sparkle! It was an amazing experience, one I will definitely not forget. Once I came home I wanted to try to make the crepes just as I had in Paris. For my birthday my husband bought me Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I found the perfect recipe for the crepes! It was so soft and yummy. Being Romanian, we have our own version of crepes called Cletite, which have similar texture as the french ones but still quite different. I highly recommend this recipe for all those who love crepes and want to impress your dinner guest!
Winter time always calls for some hot chocolate. Although southern California doesn’t exactly have a winter (weather has been in the 80’s & 70’s), I still crave hot chocolate during this season! I have my usual hot chocolate recipe that is fairly quick but tasty. I will be posting that recipe sometime soon. This recipe that I will be sharing with you is a traditional French recipe. I love French recipes especially after going to Paris this summer, I have been more inspired to try and taste French food and recipes. For christmas this year I got a French cookbook that I have been using and reading a lot! It is called Sweet Paris by Michael Paul. It is a great book, full of amazing photography, short descriptions and wonderful recipes.
This past saturday my sister and I had our first cake order of the new year! Although I love making cakes, i always get stressed out because I want to make sure they it comes out more than amazing. The anticipation of what my client will say about the cake always follows me and it brings much relief when they are happy! I can happily say that the bride to be really liked the cake!
The inside of the cake was a Vanilla Chiffon Cake with vanilla whipped cream and folded in strawberries. It was very tasty, light and airy. It was the kind of cake that has a very light taste to it and tricks you into eating more!
Life has been very hectic recently with all the holiday shopping, parties and plans for the next year. I apologize that I have not been able to update the blog due to being so bombarded, but I promise next year there will be many wonderful postings! Continue reading
Christmas is just day one day away and boy am I excited! This past sunday, the 22nd of December, was my church’s annual Christmas concert called the Voices of Christmas. This concert is planned for all year and is a great opportunity for the kids and youth at our church to bless the Lord and the audience with their talents in music. There were many children who practiced very hard for their performance (singing or playing an instrument) and did a great job. It was truly an enjoyment watching the kids that I taught and still teach (I am a sunday school teacher) perform. After the concert there were many refreshments including the desserts I made! I was able to make 6 cake rolls and 175 Napoletanes. There were other many yummy desserts and food as well! I have to say, the team that put this concert did an amazing job and may they be blessed for all their hard work. I also give kudos to my sister Debby who did an amazing job decorating! Continue reading
Every year during the Christmas season Romanians love to bake! One of my all time favorite Romanian desserts are the Napoletane. Everytime I would go caroling with my church youth group on Christmas Eve, I always looked forward to eating these desserts at the homes of those we caroled at. Napoletane’s have a crunchy yet creamy taste and they are a perfect treat for the holidays. Enjoy!
Recently I have been thinking abouthow to make original recipes. I have been researching which ingredients goes with each other and came up with my own twist! I was planning on making a white vanilla cake last night with all my ingredients put together but to my surprise it turned out differently from what I expected. Although the cake didn’t turn out like the white cake I wanted, it still tasted very good and moist! I couldn’t pin point the exact taste because to me it tasted between a mixture of sweet bread and yellow cake. Today I took portion of my cake to church and had my sunday school kids (I am a sunday school teacher) try it and tell me what they think it is. To my surprise they said the same thing! A cake and sweet bread mixed together! So after consulting with my sister I decided to name it Sweet Cake Bread because it doesn’t taste fully like a white cake but it doesn’t taste fully like bread either. This cake taste like a mixture of both and let me tell you, I am glad that my accident turned into this cake! I decided that the best filing that would go with this kinda of cake would be apple butter (the kind from Lucille’s BBQ). I rushed to Lucille’s and picked up a pint of their amazing apple butter and put this cake together. It tasted so good that I had to look away to not eat anymore!!! (It is definitely not the healthiest cake I have made, but it is SOOO GOOD). This is definitely a good cake for small parties or get togethers (You can also make mini cakes out of this).