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'Tis all quite random, but I was flicking through my cameraphone the other night and found some of the pictures I took of our crazy creations back in my Cooking Class this senior year. I forgot I had all these buggers sitting around! Just to taunt you all, everything was absolutely delicious.

Image-heavy post ahead! Dial-up users, please beware!

Crazy-shaped waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Add that generous dosage of maple syrup and you've got some really beautiful breakfast. ♥

Intentionally funny-looking, but scrumptious fruit tart. Fresh fruit's always a major key!

Omelet. The first time I made it, I skimped it a bit and the omelet ended up much flatter than I'd care for, but the glistening ketchup drizzled on top made for a pretty picture. The questionable stuff in the back is actually hash browns. One of many failures. D;

Looks boring as hell like this. It would have looked a bit more picture-worthy if it only had some powder sugar sprinkled on top, but at least the purse itself tasted fantastic.

They were so misshapen and disproportionate to one another that I was a bit unhappy with this batch. Tasted perfect, but obviously I needed to pay more attention how I was using the roller pin there.

Jam muffins are the best. Period. By the way, you should all read that fantastic huge-ass novel hiding under the tray in the bottom picture: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. It's just guh-worthy awesome!

Chocolate Torte just equates heaven! My partner and I spent a good two days working our butts off to pull this one off and the results were totally worth it. I unfortunately only snagged three shots of it before it was gone, where two of them turned out to be of bad quality, so not as good as the other shots. My apologies!

I can't lie here. This pizza was the best I've ever had in my entire life. I still remember that savory sauce and the freshly baked ingredients just melting in my mouth. GUH!

I love food. ♥

I'm really attached to these photos, so I kindly ask that no one takes any of these as stock photos, graphical editing, etc. Thanks everyone!

NOTE: Erika, you don't need to worry about us starving in our dorms coming fall anymore. I'll take care of you. ;P

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Date: 2008-08-17 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meowthcollector.livejournal.com

I wish I were you. :(

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Date: 2008-08-17 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
&hearts!!! LOL at the image title!

I love taiyaki! Scrumptious red-bean and perfect bread simmering in my belly! And THOSE, good sir, those taiyaki are full of WIN. Someone needs to iconize and/or pull a macro out of these! ♥

But I seriously must say you pulled off a great job. I just happened to get lucky with the photos I pictured here and I had some awesome teammates and more than my share of failures in class. I hope you know just how hard it is to make taiyaki, even with the proper materials. You've got to estimate the right amount in paste and batter, have the bread batter level, time it so it doesn't char... grar!

That's why I just gorge myself on the precious fish bread when I'm in Korea. ;D

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Date: 2008-08-17 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meowthcollector.livejournal.com
I could have sworn I had an image of a better-looking second attempt on my server, but I guess not... it was looks only, though. I have no idea what I'm doing. The bread comes out like a pancake that tastes vaguely like a fortune cookie, and the fillings I try to use always bleed (or boil) through. It doesn't help that I have no idea what taiyaki is supposed to be like. :-p But thanks for your kind words--sometimes a little encouragement goes a long way. ;)

But your photos have made me really, really hungry. :-9

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Date: 2008-08-18 06:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
I have no idea what taiyaki is supposed to be like.

You. Me. Go to Korea RIGHT NOW.

... Or maybe I'll just try buying some for you when I visit the Korean market over the winter and find a way to ship it off to you still PIPING FRESH. It's the absolutely best thing in the world, next to my other favorite seasonal dish Pat Bing Soo. ♥

The bread itself is pretty much very similar to a pancake; you can tell especially when you get the ice cream version (basically the same thing, save frozen and stuffed with both red beans/paste and vanilla ice cream inside). The hot version usually has a thicker crust, and when freshly made, it's lightly crisp on the outside and wonderfully fluffy and doughy inside. The paste has the tendency to ooze hot and thickly out when you chow down. Mmmmm!

For the filling, are you making a thick paste? If there's too much liquid slushing around, the paste won't stay together and will bleed through. But also having way too thick of a paste (or just slathering it on) means it won't cook all the way through before the crust is done and you'll just have a thick mound of condensed red beans. It's tricky getting the right balance. D;

And while this isn't a tutorial or anything at all on how to make it, I hope it gives you a feel for what I'm talking about.

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Date: 2008-08-18 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meowthcollector.livejournal.com
Hehe, I guess that I'm an American thinking like an American is causing a lot of problems. I found a recipe for the bread and follow that faithfully, but having no idea where to buy or how to make red bean paste (and more importantly, not knowing what it tastes like), I tried strawberry preserves first, and chocolate second. :x The former, despite being fruit pieces, was too liquidy I guess and would boil through and create the zombie fish shown above; the latter would merely result in chocolate pancake. So I guess it's red beans or bust...

The video certainly helps put things in persepctive. My taiyaki mold box's photos make the taiyaki look like thin, crisp fortune cookies with a soft filling, and I suppose that's what I was aiming for (and it still sounds good to me :p). You probably won't remember these, but in my mind's eye, I was picturing both the inside and outside texture's to be like old P.B. Crisps (a crisp cracker-ish shell with smooth peanut butter inside).

Thanks for the information and advice--I'll let you know how the next attempt goes.

You. Me. Go to Korea RIGHT NOW.

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Date: 2008-08-18 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
Do you have any Asian markets located in your area? Red bean paste is a very common and favorite ingredient in a lot of sweets, pastries, and desserts (especially with the Japanese and Koreans, I have little to no knowledge of the Chinese culture) and the easiest way to get a taste of the red bean paste first hand is to stop by and grab a pastry or a batch of rice cakes that have it as a filling. A less direct way to sample it is also through red bean ice cream (also available in Asian markets).

I looked around for the ice-cream version of the tayaki, and here's a few pictures for you in the case you ever venture to nab a bite. Again, I have to stress, it's definitely of a different texture expected of the traditional version. The ice cream is more of a flaky mass-produced shell and has more ice cream than red bean paste really.




Truth be told, this is not a favorite for me, simply because I simply greatly prefer the original and not such a factory-line shell stuffed with ice cream, but it's good when you're starting out or in the mood.

I think your original conception is hardly a mistaken one (and unfortunately I don't know, but do wish I knew exactly what you were alluding to) though. ;P

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Date: 2008-08-17 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kefanii.livejournal.com
Your presentation is really gorgeous. :3

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Date: 2008-08-17 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
Aww, thank you! ♥

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Date: 2008-08-18 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayame69rin.livejournal.com
YUM!!!! Now I'm hungry... Alice, you're such a temptress! (Send me torte???)

And I HAVE read The Crimson Petal and the White! It IS good -- I read it, like, a year or more ago, so I can't really discuss it with you (details...fading...) BUT I remember the general stuff and I remember it was good!

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Date: 2008-08-18 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
Sealed with a kiss! ♥


Please keep us updated on your doings? I'm tottering over to your journal now. ;D

Michel Faber is amazing. He's definitely a pure favorite off my reading list and easily the first name off the top of my head if I ever had to run off some scrumptious authors. I used him for the English Senior Project (for Costello). ♥

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Date: 2008-08-19 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayame69rin.livejournal.com
Just as a precautionary measure, I should warn you: I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of COMPLAINING on my lj... There's really not that much to complain about, it's just those little things...

GAH I'm jealous of you having Coz... so not fair! Schwenn has a Facebook and it's weird as hell...

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Date: 2008-08-25 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayame69rin.livejournal.com
Foooooood..... I....want...fooooooooood..... I learned today that if I don't have a scheduled tome to eat, I WON'T eat! And it's not even on purpose! I just keep going and going and going until... eh. For instance, today was the first day I didn't have a set schedule for stuff so there was not "12PM: Lunch at Dining Hall" to tell me to go to lunch, sooooooo I didn't... And I didn't eat until 830 tonight... And it was only a sub... Isn't that sad?! ALICE, FEEEEEEEEED MEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

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Date: 2008-08-18 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekokatsu.livejournal.com
Those... are... beautiful. *weeps at the magnificence*
*entirely too hungry now*
And those pictures were taken with a camera phone? Nice quality!

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Date: 2008-08-18 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
I'm still surprised at how crazy well it works. It's terrible at grabbing a signal and I have to make sure to charge it every night so it doesn't die the next day, but the camera's just perfect. A definitely great fill-in for my lack of a decent digital camera. ;D

It's only 2.0 Megapixels though, I do a lot of Photoshop editing to make sure it looks presentable. ;P

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Date: 2008-08-18 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regen.livejournal.com
Sweet Jesus, that food looks delicious! Especially the waffles with strawberries and whipped cream OH GOD DO WANT. I'm currently at work and my keyboard is getting slobbered on. XDDDD

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Date: 2008-08-19 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
Glad to know it got a kick out of you. ;3

And aren't you being sneaky there. ;P

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Date: 2008-08-19 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rocketharuka.livejournal.com
Oh my god, DO WANT!. It's soooo delicious D:

(ftw your avatar, it's Harley!! XD).

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Date: 2008-08-19 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinkatink.livejournal.com
I miss them. I'm not even sure if I still have the original recipes on me. D;

YES, Harley! After Haruka, he comes at a close-close-close second. Even better if they're together. ;3


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