Homemade Jaffa Cakes (for the 11 year old’s Birthday)

Jaffa cakes, homemadeIt can be a pain in one’s well-padded tuchus if one loves British sweets, chocolate and biscuits, but doesn’t currently live in the UK or its ex-territories. Yup, the former colonies got the short end of the chocolate finger here, for those Brits came, they conquered, they built the train lines, they took the jewels, the Jaffa cake and the curry, and left those behind with royally sweet teeth. (more…)

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February 7, 2013. Tags: , . Baked Goods, British, Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Kids. 2 comments.

Cupcake and Cake Gallery III

A slideshow of my cakes and cupcakes. Enjoy!

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January 20, 2013. Tags: , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, British, Cakes, Cupcakes, Desserts. 2 comments.

Stuffed Focaccia

Here’s an easy focaccia you can mostly knead in your food mixer (with a dough hook). I like to fill it with herbs and cheese or vegetables and cheese to make half of a meal with soup or salad. (more…)

November 18, 2012. Tags: , , . Baked Goods, Brunch, Dinners, Italian, Mains. Leave a comment.

Ginger Snaps

20121112-200340.jpgThis is the third recipe with ginger in recent weeks, after honey cake and burgers. Even panic shopping involved the fragrant rhizome – it was preceded by my having to get rid of my precious wodge of frozen ginger.   (more…)

November 12, 2012. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Cookies, Kids. Leave a comment.

Honey Cake with Ginger

Well, the honey cake, or lekach, is normally ready well before Rosh Hashana, which was a week ago. But it’s not possible to be Wonder Woman every minute of every day (getting into this costume alone is hard work). Luckily, it’s never too late for cake. (more…)

September 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Baked Goods, Cakes, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Jewish, Rosh Hashana. 3 comments.

Minecraft Cake #2: The Creeper (for the 12-year-old’s birthday)

If you asked me 12 years ago, when child #1 was born, if I’d find myself baking a cake sinisterly named The Creeper, my response would have been ‘huh?!’ followed by ‘heck no.’ But with two boys mad on Minecraft in the house, this day was inevitable. Well, here it is, in all its neon green glory – attempt #2 at a Minecraft cake: Introducing The Creeper!   (more…)

May 1, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, Cakes, Kids. 9 comments.

A Day for Hamantaschen (Gezundheit!) and Ester’s story

Once upon a time in Persia, there was a beautiful Jewish girl named Ester who was brought up by her stepdad (a cousin, Mordecai). One day, stepdad-cousin Mordecai, who purportedly loved Ester dearly, thought it would be a brilliant idea to have her join the harem of the King of Persia. The king, luckily, fancied Ester and made her queen, so she wasn’t just any old sex slave but the chief one.

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March 7, 2012. Tags: , , . Baked Goods, Cookies, Cultural Feasts, Festive, Jewish, Kids, Purim. Leave a comment.

Crafting the Minecraft Cake

Why pick between cake, marshmallow, and fluffy buttercream, when you can have all three?

Till the boys were about 8, I had baked them cakes covered in frosting and fondant, and moulded into a myriad of objects and animals. Ducks, dinosaurs, trains, sports cars, monsters, a camping tent, ladybird (ladybug), even an entire multi-storey car park, you name it. They were no mean feats, either. Several took up to 6 hours of careful laboring, completely disproportionate to the velocity with which they’d end up in teeny tums.

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February 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Baked Goods, Birthdays, Cakes, Kids Cuisine. 9 comments.

Wholegrain-Banana Waffles

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Before we moved to the States three and a half years ago, I had assumed that every North American owned two things:  A donut maker (human) and a waffle maker  (contraption). So, I speedily stocked our  kitchen with a waffle iron, which has since been used almost every weekend – when we’re not having pancakes.  On the donut front, it tickles me how often I find the inspiration for that policeman-eating-donuts stereotype right here in New Jersey. (more…)

January 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . American, Baked Goods, Breakfast. Leave a comment.

Anthony’s Cheesecake: A Year in Bloomfield

It’s been a year in Bloomfield, NJ for Anthony’s Cheesecake, whose repertoire has expanded to breakfast, brunch and lunch, alongside a mouthwatering array of baked goodies. You get all types when it comes to restaurateurs, but I like Anthony’s type best. Friendly and down-to-earth, and it’s nice that we both take food inspiration from our grandmothers. It also helps that he always remembers my (cake loving) son’s name and asks about him.

Here’s the story I wrote about Anthony’s Cheesecake when it opened last year.

I talked to him as the cafe celebrated its first anniversary recently, and here’s what he said: (more…)

October 18, 2011. Tags: , . American, Baked Goods, Restaurants, Reviews, Stories. Leave a comment.

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