Cupcake Adventures!

Here are some pictures from when Sister 3 came to visit Sister 1 🙂

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Rustic Apple Tart

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Hi sisters. I’m sure you’ve heard all about the storm we are having up in New York. Thankfully, I am safe where I am, so no need to worry. This morning, I felt pretty lucky and decided to bake a rustic apple tart. The original recipe can be found here: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Rustic-Caramel-Apple-Tart

The only difference is that I didn’t use a caramel sauce – the tart was very much sweet on its own! I also made thin slices and then chopped in half instead of doing chunks. The crust is really delicious, and flaky/buttery in all the best ways.

Love you,

Sister 1


Carrot-Ginger Soup

I don’t have pictures, but last weekend I made a hell of a dinner with some friends. Recently, it’s been getting chillier here in New York, and soup has been on the brain. It’s a very easy soup, and requires no cream, or butter, which is nice and simple! All you need is a blender!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced (I substituted with onions and garlic once – but must be careful if using garlic)
  • 2 tbsp of minced and peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • dash of paprika
  • minced scallions (green onions)

1. Heat olive oil in pot to medium heat; add shallots for about 2 minutes. Then, add carrots and ginger and sautee until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt.

2. Once carrots are tender (check with a fork), add in chicken broth and spices (spices can varied – the recipe I originally looked at used coriander!). Allow mixture to simmer until boiling, then reduce heat, about ten minutes. Once it cools a little bit, puree in blender until liquified. If it seems too chunky, then add some more chicken broth to the puree and it should even out.

3. Top with minced scallions. Serves enough for 4, or 2 if you are very hungry!


The 15 Best cupcakes I’ve ever had! (Revised!)

After 6 months from writing my first list, I have revised the list, so many delicious cupcakes I’ve eaten!

#15- Georgetown Cupcake- Key Lime

This cake is buttery and very moist, with hints of lime tossed in. My favorite part was the texture of the cake. It went very well with the frosting.

#14- Something Delightful Bakery- Barrett

My favorite part of this cupcake is the sweet and salty aspect. There are salted peanuts and a moist peanut butter cake to counteract the vanilla buttercream and caramel. Pull it all together, and you have a sweet n salty sensation!

#13- Cloud 9 Cupcake- Sweet Potato

Topped with delightful cinnamon cream cheese frosting, this is thanksgiving in a cupcake!

#12- Something Delightful Bakery- Lemon-filled

The cake may not be the most moist, but the curd inside saves all of that! The perfectly creamy frosting and the sugar on top compliment this cupcake wonderfully.

#11- Perfect Circle Cupcakery- Buttercup

A creamy, but not too salty or sweet frosting saved the cupcake, making it delightful 😀

#10- LOLA’S Cupcakes- Oreo

The frosting is delightful oreo heaven. It almost tastes like oreo ice cream! Combine with a wonderful cookies n cream cake, yum!

#9- Cloud 9 Cupcakes- Strawberry

Fresh and sweet strawberries are purred into the cake, making it taste like you’re eating fresh strawberries. The frosting is of course, DELICIOUS!

#8- Baked By Melissa- Chocolate Peanut Butter

The cake is very moist. The only thing missing is the wonderful peanut butter filling I saw on the menu 😦

#7- Perfect Circle Cupcakery- Chocolate Mint

Delightful dark chocolate chips stud the cake, adding ultra-gooey chocolate goodness. Mint buttercream on top ties all of it together.

#6- Sprinkle’s Cupcake- Strawberry

The frosting tasted like strawberry ice cream! I could eat that frosting forever…

#5- Pamcakes- Strawberry Lemonade- The subtle lemony butter flavor in the cake made it stand out. The frosting was very similar to Sprinkles. The cake on this one made it a winner!

#4- LOLA’S Cupcakes- Red Velvet- This frosting is to die for. If you ever go to London, you will NOT regret going here! Everything I’ve had there is delightful.

#3- Sprinkles Cupcakes- S’more- This yummy campfire treat that we all love is transformed into a cupcake! The graham cracker crust, ooey gooey chocolate fudge core, and marshmallow frosting is unforgettable.

#2- Melissa’s Bake Shop- PB&J- The jelly was a perfect fruity contrast to the salty peanut butter, and tasted just like the sandwich! (but a little bit better 😉 )

#2 (TIED!)- Something Delightful Bakery- Oreo or Volcano- Both are super delicious and perfectly delightful 😀

#1- Georgetown Cupcake- Banana Split- I hate bananas, but this cupcake was moist and still delicious after around two-three days, the frosting was perfectly tart, and the chocolate core tied it all together.


Kale Avocado Salad!

Hey Systers,

I did it! I made a Kale Avocado Salad worthy of Mom’s 🙂 I forgot to ask her how to make it, so I borrowed the recipe from here. Whoo! It was delicious; be sure to add enough lemon/lime juice and salt to taste so they can soften the kale leaves. I mushed it all up in a bag to minimize mess, but I didn’t eat it out of the bag like Mom does because I don’t have the same strong plastic bags she does haha. Instead, I just mushed it up and transferred it to a bowl. Delicious! Even better when I let it sit in the refrigerator for a while. Hope y’all enjoy it!

xoxo
-Syster 2


Binding promise!

Hey Systers!

I’m going to commit to making either my favorite lentils with sausage recipe or trying Mom’s delicious kale and avocado salad this week! Not sure which one I’ll have time for (lentils + sausage is a wee bit more time-consuming), so stay tuned; it’s a surprise 🙂 I’ve been collecting sooo many recipes lately, and I can’t wait to try them…Hokay! I’ll do my best to try a new recipe and post about it every two weeks. I’m knee deep in midterms, papers, and presentations, so any break from work is welcome. Especially when it doesn’t include me being a slugabed all day hehehe.

Check back for another post later this week!

xoxo love love love,
Syster 2


Delicious Marshmallow Goodness!

You will need-

Marshmallows

Milk

Graham Crackers (Your choice)

Take the marshmallows and heat them up in the microwave.If they seem a little stiff, add the milk. Let them stiff up, almost like a gooey marshmallow. Then put the marshmallow fluff on the plate. If you want, you can dump graham crackers (crushed), on the marshmallow. I put the thing in the bag with the crushed graham crackers. It’s so gooey and delicious. Almost like a marshmallow itself (I kind of reconstructed it), but gooeier and creamier

~Sister 3