Archive for June, 2009

Desserts & Prayers

ATTENTION, all you dessertees and/or do-gooders! CAC (Combat Against Cancer) is having a DESSERT PARTY FUNDRAISER this Saturday, June 27th to raise money for the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation. Desserts awaiting your salivating mouths include brownies, baklava, cream puffs, and many more.  Baked. is ecstatically participating by providing 100 freshly baked, drool-worthy dark chocolate chip cookies and checkerboard cookies! Who can pass up all-you-can-eat specialty dessert for $10?! Pas moi! Here are the deets:

Dessert Party Fundraiser

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Proceeds to benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sip Bar & Lounge

787 Broadway, San Francisco

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

$10 per ticket

purchase tickets

The founders of CAC will be participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (SF – July 11-12) so if you can’t make the event but would like to contribute, you can donate $$ directly to their Avon page here.

On a completely different note, please pray for the safety and success of the Iranian protestors who are simply fighting for freedom and for fair, honest governance. The protests may have reportedly died down, but the situation is still very real and very dangerous for them. Aside from Twitter and general news sites, you can follow up-to-date posts on Huffington Post and Tehran Broadcast. Allahu akbar

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If they gave out awards for most increasingly neglected blog, mine would take the prize, or rather, the cake. HO ho ho…. (In my world, I am funny so, shh). I have newfound respect for website developers. Anyhoo, where to begin? So, recently I embarked on my first fondant-covered cake (all homemade, bien sûr).  A childhood friend had requested a cake – any cake – for her baby shower, and I decided to go all out to challenge myself and to make it really special for her and her husband since it’s their first kid (girl). It took quite a lot of patience, time, and arm strength but it was completely worth it! However, I admit I had to use gelatin for the fondant which is unacceptable in our animal-friendly kitchen, so I need to find a way to create it w/o. Some pictures:

Pearlin's Baby Shower Cake

Pearlin's Baby Shower Cake 2

As you can see, it’s bumpy here and there, definitely room for improvement, but overall I was pretty happy with it.  Pearlin and Steven were pleasantly surprised and it was a hit so that’s all that mattered. Congrats, Pearlin and Steven! I’m so happy for you guys 🙂 (By the way, please check out Steven’s product for young students, MathScore.com®. He, along with a few other fellow MIT graduates, worked tirelessly on creating such a great and useful supplement to math education. Even better, right now they’re providing all K-12 summer school programs with free usage to help offset the budget cuts on education, so teachers, sign up now!)

Letsee, what else….also perfected checkerboard cookies in 3 flavors: cocoa, green tea, and coffee. Rich, tender shortbread cookies that aren’t too sweet and are particularly delightful with some tea like English Breakfast or Viennese coffee. MmmMMmmm. A box of these make a great gift as they are visually pleasing, especially in a mixed set. I want to create more flavors, like strawberry or pineapple, but I’ll probably need to invest in a dehydrator.  S’more picturas:

Checkerboard Cookies (green tea & coffee)Checkerboard Cookies (assorted)

Hmmm…I guess that’s it for now. Probably not particularly exciting but fear not, updates will be added later tonight. I sleep like an insomniac.

In the meantime, because everyone loves food porn, here are pics of my fave choco chip cookie variety, dark & chunky:

Stacked Chunky & Dark Choco Chip CookiesChunky & Dark Choco Chip Cookies