Two new firsts for me – my first time styling the photo for my own Globe Magazine piece (click on the photo). Plus an original video for each recipe thanks to the Globe’s very talented video crew, Anush Elbakyan, Emily Zendt, and Dana Sinerate. If you watch all 5 videos, you get a prize or at least a peppermint swizzle stick!
What – not a soul on the internet is celebrating today’s national food holiday and obviously trending hashtag, #fourprunesday ? Scroll down to my last recipe and you can make a delish dessert with prunes, other dried fruit and sherry and soon you won’t be able to count to four (just kidding, the alcohol burns off!).
It was so inspiring to guest lecture at Boston University’s Gastronomy program last spring in Clara Silverstein’s food writing class. I got so busy that I never had a chance to post the results of the challenge we gave her students. They each got the same basic ingredients and after a lecture on food styling, had a chance to apply what they learned to set up their own shots. It’s fun to see the diverse, inventive set-ups and perspectives each student selected.
It only took three New England snow storms to finally nail those yeasty, caramelized, rich liège waffles! They get their sugar coating from Belgian pearl sugar that’s folded in after bulk proofing. These waffles have been making the scene in major cities and on ski slopes at $5 a pop. Here’s the recipe I used. I ordered my Lars Own Pearl Sugar on line, but hear you can chop up sugar cubes as a substitute.
One of my all-time favorite cook books is Joanne Chang’s Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe (and not just because she included my plum clafoutis recipe!) I love how she anticipates your reaction to how the ingredients are about to interact with each other so you don’t panic if something looks like it’s going to curdle, is too dry, too wet, etc. Our girls made her pop tart recipe for a fall block party cooking contest, creating their own seasonal pumpkin filling that was well-timed with the release of the similarly sized iPhone 6 plus! With their mad baking skills, their cleverness (that’s an apple peel plugged into “Apple Juice” for charging) and Joanne’s recipe, of course they won!