The Great Yearly Bake Off!

I’ve been very busy with schoolwork (man, that sentence is getting old…) and have neglected the blog, but I come with news!

Baking decadent desserts from Pinterest recipes has long been a refuge of mine in days of stress. Looking for a new way to challenge ourselves in a fun and not stressful way, my friend Rony and I came up with a Bake Off 2016 challenge, which we’re going to document over in our new blog: The Great Yearly Bake Off!

We chose 12 themes and each of us chose 12 surprise recipes for the other. Each month is going to begin with unveiling and then we’ll each blog about our experience.

Come over, I think it’s going to be fun!

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Picture Heavy Weekend: Skirt Sewing and yummy food making!

A short time after she got back from her honeymoon, Daphna and I got together for a well-planned-ahead weekend of crafting and fooding. She’s recently received an awesome gift for her wedding – a shiny new sewing machine, and ever since I got her hooked on Pinterest we’ve both been drooling over glorious recipes we want to try. And so I drove up to her boyfriend husband’s and hers lovely apartment in Jerusalem for 3 packed days.

On the menu:

Four onions quiche (In Hebrew, sorry. Google Translate is your somewhat illiterate friend)

– Amazing Tabouli salad (Daphna’s family’s recipe. Gotta ask her for that one)

Giant chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet for dessert

Lemon Ricotta pancakes with black currant sauce for saturday morning breakfast (We couldn’t find blueberries, so – black currants.)

We started Friday morning with fabric shopping downtown and brunch in this cafe:

Jerusalem brunch Tmol Shilshom

Then we went to the market to buy groceries for all the upcoming cooking. It’s crazy busy on Fridays but I got a few good shots (Not around any of the veggies or greens we bought because then we were busy trying to purchase, but of market noms that were everywhere):

Jerusalem market food

When we got home we rested a bit and then started preparing dinner.

Four onions quiche Bazek Alim

The quiche was awesome and the salad was just so so good. I cannot explain to you how good the salad was for me, who usually doesn’t like too much green stuff. It was just light and lemony and yum, and it offset the heaviness of everything else and made us feel less guilty about all the butter.

Tabouli Salad

We’ve been fantasizing about the giant chocolate chip cookie all week, and it was amazing. We “accidentally” used too much chocolate and it was melty and crazy and so good with ice cream. We broke down after about a third of it.

Chocolate chip chunks cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

After all this we just had to crash on the sofa for a while, look at beautiful wedding photos (ahem) and watch my favorite brothers living Tuesday over and over:

Supernatural Winchesters

(isn’t Daphna’s apartment lovely? look! mini succulents!)

On Saturday morning we made this, and it was as yummy as it looks:

Ricotta lemon black currant pancakes

And then after all the food it was time to get to work!

Sewing machine

We made skirts! We used this tutorial from iCandy Handmade, which adapts MADE‘s tutorial for jersey fabric. Still, the fabric was sort of medium weight and we ended up with a larger opening than we wanted because of its weight, so we shaved off a few inches more from the waistband and gathered the skirt. I really like how it turned out!

Jersey circle skirts sewing

The new sewing machine was lovely and I’m sure Daphna’s going to make beautiful things with it. It was so different from mine – my grandma’s old Singer from the 70’s. The weekend got me itching to go back to sewing so I pulled it out and started working on a blouse using the awesome fabric I got in Jerusalem. It will be ready soon and I’ll be able to show it off here :)

So that was that, it was amazing and fun and a bit tiring. Many thanks to Daphna and Yuval for hosting and keeping me around for so long and putting up with the mess :D It was a great way to celebrate the end of summer break! and we’ll definitely have to do this again, there are many more outrageously fattening recipes on Pinterest.

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Upon the Waves

I made these last night for Rosh Hashana dinner, and they turned out too good not to share. It’s a mishmash of recipes adapted into one, since I couldn’t find any apple cupcakes/frosting recipe that wasn’t all about caramel (I’m not a fan).

Apple cupcakes with brown sugar cream cheese frosting (24 cupcakes)

For the Cupcakes:

1 cup sugar

100 gr butter, melted

2 eggs

1/2 cup yogurt

1/2 cup orange juice

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 large apples, peeled and cut into small cubes

For the Frosting:

170 gr butter, room temperature

350 gr cream cheese

1.5 cups brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

(Butter conversion calculator can found here, gr to oz converter here)

Cupcakes: Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F). Whip sugar and butter, add eggs and stir until smooth. Add yogurt and orange juice. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients and apple cubes to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Fill cups in an oiled cupcake pan to 3/4 height and bake 12-15 minutes until lightly golden or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cupcakes completely cool over a rack before frosting.

Frosting: Mix all ingredients. I put the bowl and the mixer whips in the freezer for a few minutes first. The ready frosting sat in the fridge overnight (although not mandatory, I just hadn’t had any time).

I used a closed flower tip (similar to the 2D Wilton tip) for the rose shape. This was the first time my frosting looked almost pro (and not like a messy heap). All my frosting fears disappeared when I watched this 20 seconds video on how to do it. It really is that easy!

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Upon the Waves

Shana Tova!

2012

2012 was awesome and some big stuff happened in it. Mainly getting accepted and starting Textile Design studies, plus moving to a new apartment. But also this:

2012 sum up collage

I managed to do quite a lot! I baked loads, mainly for my co-workers (I think I made at least 5 different kinds of cupcakes from Martha Stewart’s Cupcake book this year, which they bought me), I knit only a little bit, and I got into a general crafting spirit: I finally got the sewing machine out and learnt how to sew, and I dabbled in quilling, jewelry making, embroidery, various home DIY’s, drawing, painting and shoes-glitterifying.

It was all really really fun. Daring to try new things when I  had a random idea or saw something cool on the internet brought more and more ideas, and gave me courage and confidence in applying for school and thinking I can actually do it and fit in. These days I’ve got almost zero time to craft as a hobby, but new crafts and ideas arise from homework which is just as exciting.

Here’s hoping 2013 will be just as filled with creation joy, with hopefully a bit of time to do it just for fun.

Have a great 2013 and thank you for reading!

Noga

P.S – I’ve decided to do the 365 Project this year. I’ll be posting my daily photos on a separate blog – 365 Waves, do come over and check it out! If you’re doing the project this year or have done it in the past, I’d love to see your photos and hear your tips! I’m worried about forgetting or skipping days and will do better knowing it’s a group effort :)

October

I’m excited and extremely nervous that October is here. Almost at the very end of it is my birthday (yay!) and a day before – I start Textile Design B.Des. studies in Shenkar.

It’s hard to believe. A year ago in October I was entertaining the thought of going this direction (and a year before that I was beginning yet another excruciating year in neuroscience.. go figure).

On October 11th last year I started a Design course, a prepping course for those who wish to work on portfolios and pass the entrance exams for schools, and work on techniques and such. I went because I wanted to see if I could do it, I wasn’t even sure which department I’d be interested in, if any. And I was really worried, as a person who’s never drawn anything properly in her life, that it wouldn’t be for me at all.

At some point something clicked about Textile (the knitting background helped) and I went into the exams, and then the interview that followed, thinking I don’t stand a chance in hell.

But. Here I am.

I worked very hard on my portfolio. The first stage was home assignments and the following stage was bringing my own portfolio to an interview. I wanted to give you a glimpse of the works I liked that were in the assignments, and maybe I’ll also post about my portfolio sometime in the future.

One of the home assignments was to choose an item of clothing from the ‘family closet’ and make something new out of it, while showing the transformation process in photos.

My grandmother gave me this dress of hers, which she bought in the 70’s in London when she and my grandpa lived there. My grandparents used to travel around the world a lot but they don’t do that much any more at their age, and so I created a travel bag out of the dress for her(which is why there are maps and a passport poking out in the photo) as an encouragement to travel.

I loved making it. It’s not functional in the least since I didn’t know how to sew at the time and the whole thing is glued with fabric glue. But I loved the old into new assignment, and using elements of the dress like the buttons and the belt.

I also had to find an environment that has interesting textures or patterns, bring in photographs and a drawing. I chose an area close to my neighborhood that not long ago was a hill, and now is a construction site for a new neighborhood.

Me, getting down and dirty

It was full of interesting clashes of man vs. nature

And this is the photo I chose to draw and the sketch I made. It took ages but I was pleased. I watched a lot of youtube videos on how to draw shrubbery..

(A better quality photo of the drawing is here)

I keep meaning to practice sketching again. It’s something I’ve never done, worked a lot on during the year, but then left completely since I got word I got into the school. What little confidence I built is completely lost and I have to work on it again. I have a month, but I keep getting distracted by knitting and sewing and things I feel I’m better at. Still, there are quite a few classes on the list that are going to focus on 2-dimension work. Better get into it and quiet the one of many many fears.

On unrelated news, today’s baking corner:

Brownies!

Super easy fudge brownies that turned out amazing, moist and delicious just like brownies should be. I Found the recipe through Pinterest (Of course) and pinned it because it seemed like one of those stuff-you’ve-got-in-the-kitchen-already recipes and I can always use those. I wasn’t disappointed.

Happy October!

Embroidery craze

A while back I received this awesome lot from an incredibly generous Ravelry friend:

It made me feel like this. I will never want for any embroidery floss ever again.

After the initial shock and craving to dive in head first passed, I realized I should probably get it organized by colors and wound onto bobbins. So I plan to start a floss organizing week month project by the end of which hopefully all of it will be sorted and wound and organized in boxes like this:

Photo Credit:  Zen of Making

I love Zen of Making’s Haley’s post about organizing floss, especially since she dedicates a step to turning on mindless tv, which is important. I have lots of tv watching to make up but sadly no bobbin winder, which means all the more tv…

In the meanwhile, floss all thrown about the room, I’ve been doing a lot of embroidery, which the new banner demonstrates well (as well as my meager letter embroidery skills).

I just finished this cute pattern from comfortstitching. I love the aesthetic look of an embroidery hoop so I glue the fabric to the hoops and use them as frames, but soon I’ll graduate to embroidery as part of bigger projects. I’m running out of walls to hang hoops on, and it’s also a bit frustrating to buy more and more hoops for a one-time use, knowing it’s supposed to be a tool to aid with many embroidery projects.

I also made this for a friend!

Embroidery hoop Rony comics

It’s a drawing of her she made as part of a comic strip.

I love the iron-on transfer pen which lets you copy anything you want from paper to fabric and I bought one on Ebay a few weeks back. I printed the comic strip image (not forgetting to flip it so it’s a mirror image), went over the lines with the marker, then pressed them on to the fabric.

I was winging it with the embroidery and I’m still pretty new to the technique, so it’s a bit all over the place with satin stitch and backstitch. Next time I’ll know to plan more carefully how I cover my spaces, and match the stitch with the wanted result. Still, it’s pretty cute, and she liked it :)

Embroidery is definitely the hype for this week. Feel free to check out my embroidery board on Pinterest for patterns, tutorials and embroidery art that I like. The link to my Pinterest boards is right at the bottom of the page here. While you’re at it you can also sign up for email notifications or RSS (omg technology!).

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On today’s baking corner:

zucchini bread muffins

zucchini muffins!

Smitten Kitchen’s Zucchini bread in muffin form + glazing (with Vodka!)

It’s my first time baking with zucchini so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Much like carrot cake, the veggie gives the cake texture and form but doesn’t really taste like it does outside of it. All in all, very yumm.