Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bows, Bows, and More Bows

I think have an unusual obsession with bows. When I make a cake and it doesn't look quite right... I always stand back, put my finger to my chin, frown, and then say, "Eh... I'll just stick some bows on it." And so I do.

I'm beginning to think that this is a new trademark of mine: Cakes with bows on them. One day in the future, when I'm rich and famous, everyone will recognize my cakes by their bows. I can hear them now...

"Oh, who made your wedding cak--- OHHHH... Riiiiiight. The bows. Nevermind, I think I can guess."

Here's proof. The proof is in the pictures, I always say!

Oh, and guess what? Did you know that I just recently did another wedding event? I made two display cakes, and guess what was the distinguishing feature on both of them? I'd give you a hint... they were fluffy and cute and very satisfactory to my critical eye. Oh, and they're made of ribbon.

I bet you'll never guess. ;)

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Bit About Me

Well, I've decided that this post should be a "Little Bit" about me and my decision to start this blog. So, here goes!

I am the kind of person that loves, loves, loves cooking and baking-- I love creating things in the kitchen, not just because I love the ending result in taste and satisfaction, but I love to make things as visually appealing as I can. I love the art of food. I am just the sort of person that, if I had loads of money and wasn't quite sure what to do with it all, I'd go to the best chef school around just for the enjoyment of it. Not because I necessarily wanted to come away as a world famous chef (although, the idea of that does sound rather appealing), but for the simple reason of... loving to learn about this stuff.

For the past couple of years, I've been working on growing my little cake decorating company, Silver Spoon Cakes. I love my company. It's still in the beginning stages, and I still have a ways to go before I can call it extremely profitable. But I am proud of it.

Here's a picture of one of my cakes (I was rather fond of this one).

I got started with cake decorating because of the book "The Essential Guide to Cake Decorating." It's an excellent book-- and to anyone who is interested in getting into cake decorating, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. It is the marvelousness! Basically, I picked it up and thought, "Wow, this looks like something I'd like to do. It looks like something I COULD do. You know what? I'm going to just do it!" And here I am today. Making wedding cakes from April-October.

So, that's me. A cake decorator with a dream of becoming a chef. However, since I'm still young, I'm not going to think about that too much just yet. I can't afford chef school right now, and I've got some other things that I'd like to do before I go off to school, so... for the time being, I'll just have to content myself with teaching myself. And then blogging about it.

That's what this blog is all about. Books that I'm reading to teach myself various kitchen-ish things, and other things that I'm making just because I like to make them. I might also get into making some tutorials on different foodstuffs, and I think I'll probably stick some good restaurant reviews in here every so often as well.

But at the moment... I'm off to bed. Probably to dream about cheesecake.


A Little Idea

Hello world!

I think I'd like to begin this blog by asking you a pretty simple question: What do YOU think of food?

I'll bet that most people think pretty well of it. It's wonderful stuff. Not only is it the fuel of life for our bodies, food is a way that people connect with one another. I once read a quote that said, "Laughter is brightest where food is best"-- and I believe it! There are billions of people in this world, all with different interests, tastes, personalities and pleasures... but the one thing that we all have in common, no matter what our differences may be, is food.

This blog is about just that. It's also about people and the pleasure that they get from that delicious wonderfulness. I have decided to keep this blog for a number of reasons, one of which is for my own education and enjoyment (I'll share more on this topic in my next post). I intend to use this blog to share my discoveries, as I go about learning more about food from different cultures and lands. I also intend to share some of those moments in my home where the laughter is bright because the food is best-- like at Christmas time, when each one of the 12 kids in my family gets to decorate his or her very own gingerbread house.

Also, I very much hope that I will be able to keep this blog updated regularly with pictures, pictures, and more pictures-- because I am a firm believer in the power of pictures. They are awesome. Some day, I aim to buy a really amazing camera with which to take those amazing pictures, but for now, my cheap digital shots and pictures borrowed photos from my amazing photographer sister's website will have to suffice. Oh, and Google's image search. Some of those pictures, too. :)

So, this is my little idea. To write about little bits and pieces of life that have to do with food. :) Is this a good thing, do you think?

Here's a random picture from the afore mentioned incredible photographer for you-- I just couldn't bear to put up my first post without any pictures. So be grateful for this one. It's way more amazing than this blog will probably ever be. ;)

Goodbye for now!