Kitchen god(dess)


I won't be shy and deny that I haven't been busy in the kitchen, whipping up concoction after concoction like some insane Asian Martha Stewart clone.   My bread baking skills are definitely improving (see upper left corner picture) and the boules are coming out with a burnished crust and the exact sponginess to the interior that they're supposed to have.  I love the word "boules" - est tres francais of me.  The bread cookbook has recipes for both bagels and pretzels, something I'm thinking of trying with my next batch of dough.

As for the homemade baked sweet potato fries, I've added a tablespoon of cornstarch, per suggestion of another food blogger, to make them crispier.  I whipped up a honey Dijon dipping sauce, substituting Greek yogurt instead of mayo (donning super hero of the kitchen cape right about now).  I haven't tried seasoning the fries with cinnamon, as suggested, but have thrown cayenne powder and cumin into the mix.  I bought more sweet potatoes / yams than necessary so I've been adding them to practically every dish I've cooked this week with success.  Their sweetness is not overpowering and they are surprisingly adaptable to Asian cooking.

The lovely new coffee shop I visited this week, per suggestion by Jess at Avant Garde Living, is not only a roaster but also a bakery of sorts and created a cookie that spells out the name of the shop - Boomtown.  I so wanted a bite but couldn't bear breaking up the entire cookie for one lonely letter.  Encouraged by many of y'all, I've been frequenting vegan restaurants more and more regularly and sharing this experience with others, who are really enjoying the vegan dining experience.  I've also been baking brownies and honey applesauce cake from scratch - take THAT Martha!

All this cooking and baking is why I've been doing two-a-days.  And now I'm exhausted.  If y'all want any recipes for anything I've mentioned, message me and I'll be glad to share.

Comments

  1. your bread looks so yummy! What do I have to do to bribe you for some of it?! hah!

    http://thelittletexan.blogspot.com/

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  2. Wonderful looking boules! Oui, c'est tres french of you! Sweet potatoes are my new go-to food. I have some waffles coming up where we nixed the white flour and used sweet potatoes. I am crazy about them. I need to do sweet potato fries...haven't heard the tip with the cornstarch...interesting!

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  3. Rooth, you should be really proud. Bread making is hard skill to master IMO, and yours look sooooo good! Love everything in the pics.

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  4. You're a multifaceted gem! I'd be embarrassed to admit what I've had for dinner lately--but I may not be able to, since it wasn't memorable. You earned the cape.

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  5. tHis is like, the 5th food-related post that I have seen in the past 5 minutes, and that is not okay. It looks too delicious.

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  6. Totally impressed! My cooking skills are nowhere near bread-making ability!

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  7. Everything looks good, my darling! The bread looks especially impressive.

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  8. Wow, this is pretty amazing! You've cooked/baked more than I have in a year (or two)... Respect!

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  9. Omg! Your bread always makes my mouth water. :) Looks amazing!

    I've been cooking a lot these past few days as well. My husband & I made pot roast... so good! It's always a fun AND easy meal to make. And the leftovers are always fun!... today I made a grilled sandwich from it. :)

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  10. mmm, food :) i really want to eat more sweet potatoes.

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  11. Such a lovely post, I love your blog¡¡
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    xoxo

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  12. Yum! It all looks so delicious! I wouldn't mind to have all the recipes . . . especially the bottom, left. I'm always on the lookout for recipes that don't require the oven in the summer! :)

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  13. Oh, and I replied to your comment, but I'm not sure you get replies. So--Safe & happy travels to you!

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  14. Okay wow this food looks amazing. Especially the bread. I keep meaning to try baking my own bread, but I'm just too lazy impatient with the kneading & waiting for it to rise.

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  15. the food looks delicious and healthy!! I went to a vegan restaurant a while ago, I was super impressed!

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  16. oh all these photos have been me officially hungry...love it!

    Just thought I'd comment (since I was sort of blog stalkin' ya ha) :-) Come on over and follow along Color Issue--I think you might enjoy it!

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  17. Really impressed with your culinary skills, girl! I could never pull off any of that stuff so I won't even bother you for the recipes, haha. Nicely done! Now I'm hungry.

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  18. I haven't had sweet potato fries in the longest time... No one makes them in here!!!

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  19. Yummy!!! can't wait to try it!!! xxx

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  20. Hey Rooth! Thanks for coming by! Sunny Sea Gold´s book is really great, if you need more details, just let me know - I would´ve replied to your comment but you don´t have your emailaddress connected to your blogger profile :)

    Oh and that goodness above is too much for me to handle. yummie galore ;) xo

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  21. I am both jealous and impressed. I'm more of a "burn boiling water" kind of gal. :-) Happy cooking & weekend!

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  22. Wow, that's pretty impressive. I found out I'm gluten intolerant in October last year, but I've yet to completely wean myself off all wheat products. I'm hoping to soon. The sweet potato fries look amazing, I think I'll give that a try :)

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  23. insane Asian Martha Stewart clone - hahaah, such a cool text :) I like bottol left :)

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  24. Oh wow! Everything looks so delicious! Can I have a bite of everything? :P

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  25. AHH why are you such a kitchen goddess?? I want to sample everything here! :)

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  26. I love the cornstarch tip. I am going to try it!

    *Erin

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  27. Go vegan food! What is your favorite spot in Houston so far? I am so using that cornstarch idea with sweet potato fries - I rarely make homemade fries because they are never crispy enough.

    Hope you had a nice weekend and you have a great Monday :)

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  28. So delicious, I want to eat now !! ;)

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