I've been a bad blogger the last few months! Sorry about that. It's just that I wrote a post for the Foodbuzz Project Food Blog and I didn't make it to the next round. I found that out just after baking all the layers for Swedish Princess Cake, which was meant to be the theme of my next Project Food Blog entry. Then I went on vacation for a week and when I came back, I just couldn't bake. Life was busy and I couldn't spend 3 hours in the kitchen. I missed two of the Daring Bakers' challenges; decorated cookies and doughnuts, because I just couldn't get myself to do it. (Also, the cookie challenge was supposed to be done with lots of piping tips, which I don't have, and doughnut making involves boiling oil. Enough said.)
Oh yes, did I mention that I failed two of my exams and now I have to repeat a year of school? That was probably the most important factor in this equation, lol. I should actually have more time on my hands now that I did last year, but somehow I don't! In addition to the two exams that I'll have to pass in the next year, I'm also taking two of the 3rd year classes; Instrumental analysis and Cosmetology. Fun! Not.
But here's a happy photo of me so you won't be too worried:
School is boring. That's why I started learning French! Now I'm almost at the end of the 1st course and I'm starting the second one in December. I also decided that being on WiiFit for an hour each day isn't exactly the workout to be proud of. So I went and signed up for Pilates. But, there weren't enough people signed up in the advanced Pilates group, so they made one group of all of us (beginners + advanced) and we all got universal tickets to all the workouts they offer. So now I'm doing Zumba too, twice a week. And it's awesome! I never thought I would enjoy sweating to the point of being soaking wet, but I do. (It also burns a lot of calories, which makes more room for sweets!)
I should probably mention that I'm working on getting a drivers' license. And that I joined a great website called Swap-Bot, which is really awesome and keeps my mailbox full all the time! The most awesome thing I got in my mail were tiny silicon cupcake molds, which I now use for everything. My mother made Linzer torte last weekend and we make a few Linzer cupcakes as well! I would've never bought them myself because ''I don't need them''.
Since I haven't baked in a while (except for the Daring Bakers' challenge which is a secret!) and I don't have the time to write a proper post about the cupcakes I recently made, here's a list of things I have learned in my first year of baking/being in the kitchen.
- Water balloons explode when in contact with hot chocolate. Do not attempt to make chocolate bowls. Ever. Again. (You don't want to see what our kitchen looked like after...)
- Don't separate eggs above the bowl with already separated egg whites. You'll be sorry.
- Sticky dough is sticky.
- Plastic bags will not survive piping pate a choux. No, really, they won't.
- Metric system is awesome.
- Butter that has been at room temperature for 10 minutes is definitely not butter at room temperature. Also, do not attempt to warm it up by putting it on a radiator.
- You might want to clean and empty the kitchen counter BEFORE you start putting all the ingredients for a cake on it.
- The oven will never be the right temperature at the right time ± 5 minutes.
- If the recipe calls for 4 hours of refrigeration, don't refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and think it's enough.
- If something didn't thicken while cooking, it will not thicken in the fridge.
- If you use a wet spoon to transfer the starch into something, most of the starch will stay on the spoon. (-> Tiramisu = a liquid mess)
Learn from my (very painful) mistakes, people! I'm sure this list will be a lot longer in 2011. I hope this post will keep you busy until Saturday, when I can publish the Daring Bakers' challenge post.