Friday, March 18, 2011

Citrus Infused Sugar

Plain cane sugar can be boring... Spice up some things? Yeah?

The citrus smells just brings so much joy to the nose, it's just so.. Fresh. Citrusy I guess, if that's an actual adjective.

Stir a teaspoon of this into your favorite cup of tea and voila, you literally have a cup of heaven.

The best part is, it took five minutes to make this and after, your hands just smell like orange all day. How great is that?

Citrus Sugar:

1 teaspoon of any citrus zest

1 cup of granulated sugar

Mix the zest with the sugar and use a large knife to scrape the sugar and zest in a back and forth motion until the sugar turns into a slight orange color.

You'll also know when it's mixed when everything smells like citrus fruits, mmm. 

Maybe put it in a jar with a pretty ribbon? 

Send em out as darling little gifts to your tea party gals or if you're studying for a test, mix it with your tea or sprinkle on top of some fruit.

Inspiration from: Joy the Baker (you'll be seeing her a lot on this blog)

- Emily & Kelly

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Toasted Epi Loaf with Fresh Mozzarella

First off, I hate daylights savings with a passion of a thousand suns and it's a Sunday - which means it's Monday tomorrow which means school. Bleh.

I'm also procrastinating on a lot of my schoolwork. Not like I have an essay due tomorrow or anything... But some bruschetta sounds awesome.

So yes, went to San Francisco yesterday and came home with two Acme Epi loaves and day old bread is so good to toast up. Brush on some of your best olive oil, crushed garlic and top it off with some fresh mozzarella.

Slice an epi chunk in half and smack it face down in the butter coated pan. Just let that baby fry and sizzle till golden brown and becomes nomtastic.

How to make this quick easy bruschetta:

Slice day old bread (French baguettes are usually good, I used a french Epi Loaf)

Spread about a teaspoon of olive oil on each slice and take place small amounts of minced garlic on the bread. (Don't add too much because the garlic is a really strong and pungent flavor)

Heat up a frying pan with about 1/2 teaspoon of butter

Place the slices of bread with the olive oil spread face down and press down with a spatula, allowing the bread to brown and crisp

When golden brown and toasted, remove from frying pan and place one slice of fresh mozzarella on each piece of bread.

Add Heirloom tomatoes if you wish, I didn't have any available with me but it really compliments the bruschetta and voila!

Enjoy and happy nomming!

- Emily

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Slanted Door

Bay Bridge
Grapefruit Jicama Salad with Cabbage, Onions, Carrots and Candied Pecans
Grilled Lemongrass Pork with Imperial Rolls and Rice Noodles
The Confectioner's Plate: Pineapple Cotton Candy, Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Nougat, Almond Butter Toffee
The Ferry Building

Ok. The Slanted Door is my favorite restaurant, hands down.

If I could eat anywhere before I die ( For example: if crazy bald cats were about to take over the planet), I would eat at this amazing place.

So I guess this isn't very high school friendly but hey - sometimes we just gotta have adventures and San Francisco is definitely the place for a teenager to explore and have fun!

Located in the Ferry Building by Pier 1 and in the heart of San Francisco, the restaurant and location itself could not be anymore perfect. The view of the ocean and the Bay Bridge just makes you feel like you're in a movie.

I usually don't dig fusion restaurants (I like my stuff authentic thank you very much) but this is an exception. 

The desserts are so creative and the pastry chef is a master. They change their dessert menus every few weeks so each time you go, there will always be something different.

Indeed it was different. I freaking got pineapple cotton candy for dessert and it literally came out on a smooth rock plate and there was this freakishly awesome metal stick with a giant yellow wad of tangy (not too sweet) pineapple cotton candy.

How in the world does one come up with these things? Seriously? Dear Pastry Chef, you are a genius.

Even after you're done dining at this delightful place, you can walk around the Ferry Building and go the famous Ciao Bella for more dessert and Acme for bread. (I'm serious, Acme bread is probably the best bread ever.)

..But if you do plan to go try making reservations because it is usually very busy.

And on weekends, this small cute building holds a lively farmer's market filled with music and delicious food and cute trinkets.

Next time you're looking for an adventure - specifically a food adventure, add the San Fran Ferry Building to your list.

For more info, click below!