Throughout the history of cooking, there has been one essential tool in the hand of every chef – the knife. Without it, we couldn’t cut through meat or vegetables to get them down to the right size for cooking and eating. Continue reading
Did you know that popcorn has been around since 4700 BCE? Popcorn sure has a long history, with the knowledge of it having spread north from Guatemala to the Native Americans, who then taught the practice of making popcorn to the English in the 16th century. Continue reading
If you’re browsing recipes online for cupcakes or cakes, chances are you’ll come across a handful or cupcake pops or cake pops. They are so “in” these days and everyone is doing it! Continue reading
As a child, one looks forward to many events throughout the year – birthdays, Easter, Christmas, to name a few. I looked forward to all of those myself! Continue reading
I’ll be the first person to admit that I do not like being outside. I hate bugs, I hate dirt, I’m not even a real big fan of being in the sun. Continue reading
I love chocolate so much. I love white, milk, semisweet, bittersweet, dark, I just love it all. For me, chocolate is a food to slowly enjoy, to eat little bits at a time, to hide away so no one else will steal it from me, Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, my husband, 5-year-old daughter and I were hurrying through Sydney on a chilly Tuesday morning to get to the US Embassy to renew my daughter’s US passport; we were hurrying because my husband needed to get to work and my daughter needed to get to school. Continue reading
I love being back in Sydney. There are so many amazing bakeries to explore. I’ve been back in Sydney for almost 6 months but I’ve hardly explored outside of my suburb, mostly because the most amazing bakeries are at least one hour away from me (or at least the ones I know about are!). On a recent trip to the library to borrow a back issue of delicious. magazine (November 2009) I found a photo reference to Sweetness The Patisserie at Epping. I instantly perked up because Epping is not far away from me at all. A few days later, I was standing inside of Sweetness The Patisserie with my 2-year-old son, trying to make a decision on what to buy from this beautiful shop.
The shop is indeed beautiful. I wasn’t brave enough to ask if I could take a photo inside the shop, so all you get is this sideways shot of the outside! The inside of the shop is loaded with sweet treats of all kinds, including macarons, marshmallows, fudge, toffee, truffles, or, easier yet, let’s just say that if it’s sweet, it’s in this shop!
I have long been eyeing Bangerang Bake Shop‘s cupcakes-in-a-jar. They always looked so appealing – a large cupcake filled and frosted with creamy frosting and smooshed into a cute little jar with a ribbon! I made a goal that one of the things I had to try before I left the US was a Bangerang Bake Shop cupcake.
I placed my order in October for a Chocolate Chip Off The Ol’ Block, and a Banana Butterscotch Bad Boy. I was so excited to try them, but unfortunately there was a problem with the shipment and I did not receive it in the specified time frame of 2-3 days. I emailed customer service, and also phoned the post office. Apparently the shipment had not been scanned from the sender’s post office, so tracking was telling me that it wasn’t even in transit yet.
Bangerang Bake Shop was so kind and reshipped my order about a week later, but surprise, my first order arrived before the second did! I was a little wary about their freshness, as it had been a week since these cupcakes were shipped. I put them in the refrigerator and hoped for the best. A couple of days later, my second order arrived in the specified time frame. Now I had four Bangerang cupcakes-in-a-jar!