Smiling Chef :)

Smiling Chef :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


So I was looking at a few different websites about how to get perfectly moist cake, and one website said put in mayo. Really strange to me, but I tried it this morning when making my friend Mixie's cake. Right now it's in the oven so we'll see!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day 3-Assembling the Cake

Now it's time to complete the cake!

  1. Take the first layer of the cake and place it in a plate.

  2. using a flat spatula, put one layer of whip cream on the cake

  3. with a slotted spoon (a spoon with holes in it, similar to a colinder), drain the strawberries and put ontop of the whip cream.

  4. put another layer of whip cream onto of the strawberries

  5. add another layer of cake, so it looks like a sandwich. if it looks like there are open spots underneath the cake, put more whip cream

  6. put the strawberries on top (either in the center or spread them out)

  7. use the left over whip cream to put on the sides of the cake, the same way you would use normal frosting for a cake.

  8. if you have piping, you can use it to decorate your cake!

  9. when serving your cake, use the left over juices from the strawberries and pour over the cake. This makes it moist and gives it a great flavor


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 2-Strawberry Compote

First, you need to hull the strawberries:

**make sure that you get the end of the stem (a long fleshy part in the center of the strawberry) out of the strawberry.


  • 2 containers of strawberries, hulled and quartered (2 pints)

  • 1/4 a cup of grand mariner liquer

  • 1/2 cup of sugar

  • a pinch of salt

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon or orange juice(optional)

In a medium sized mixing bowl, pour in strawberries with sugar. por Grand Mariner Liquer in the mixing bowl, and stir. Let it sit for about 25 minutes so that the juices are formed.

Cooked Compote

Most fruit compotes are cooked. In order to cook your compote, first add a little bit of water a pot at low heat. Add in the orange juice, liquer and sugar. Then add in the strawberries until all are evenly coated and the juices start to flow.

Then, follow the recipe for whip cream to make the ceram for the shortcake, but use 2 pints of heavy cream, and add sugar to flavor

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ashley Jack's Barbecue Sauce

Hey all,

If you want a really delicious sauce for burgers, fry the burgers with Jack Daniels Barbecue sauce (or straight Jack Daniels), Peter Luger's Steak Sauce (or your favorite steak sauce) and apple juice. Mix these together in the frying pan with the burgers until the sauce caramelizies. The flavors will infuse into the burgers. After the burgers are a nice brown, cooked color, put them on your buns, and serve with your choice of condiments. You can use the sauce as a condiment for your burgers. Works well with mayo for mayo lovers


**Credits to one of my best friends, Ashley Jack

Day 1- Shortcake

Alright let's get started!

  • 8 eggs separated at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • sugar
  • 2 cup of all purpose flower
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 3 teaspoon double acting baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until peaks form, as if you were making meringue. Add in 1/2 a cup of sugar, a little bit at a time.
  2. heat oven to 325. grease and flour two 9'' circular pans.
  3. while the egg whites are beating, mix yolks, flour, water, oil, baking powder, vanilla and 1 cup of sugar.
  4. pour in the egg white mixture into the flour mixture. blend well
  5. pour into the pans, and bake for an hour, or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger.
  6. while cakes are cooking, clean the kitchen!

Day 1- Father's Day

Father's Day Special

So my dad's favorite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake, which I probably mentioned before. I decided that I would mix two different recipes to get the full flavors I wanted. My plan is to make the strawberry shortcake and whip cream today, put and put it in the fridge. Then tomorrow, I'm going to take the strawberries and make it into a strawberry compote for the cake. This is a little bit of a daunting task since my dad is a baker, and I want this to be perfect!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

so busy!

Hey everyone,

Sorry I haven't been posting much, I've been kinda busy! I have some new ideas and delicious things coming up so keep on reading!



Saturday, June 12, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

mmm yummy an all time classic and favorite

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Walnuts(optional)
In a mixer
  1. grease a baking sheet with Crisco or put wax paper on the baking sheet. light oven to 360 degrees
  2. 1 stick of butter and then 3/4 cup of brown sugar. Mix evenly until you get a nice fluffy consistency.
  3. Then add 1 egg 1 teaspoon of vanilla. As you add this is in, make sure everything is stirred in equally.
  4. Then add in 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon, a pinch of salt,1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  5. When everything is evenly stirred, take a spoonful of the batter and drop it onto a baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are evenly spread apart because they will expand while baking.
  6. Bake for 12-20 minutes or until golden brow

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fried Rice

I love chinese food and one day I tried my hand at making some!

  • 2 cups of rice

  • 1 cup of water

  • a package of mushrooms

  • 5 strips of bacon

  • 3 eggs

  • green pepper, onion for flavoring

  • soy sauce

Preparing the rice

1. cook the rice as you normally would. Always remember the ratio: 2 cups of rice to 1 cup of water. Put the cup of water into pot on the stove, add some onions and a dash of salt. Wait until this boils

2. I'm not sure if everyone does this but I always wash my rice first. Put the 2 cups of rice in a bowl and wash with lukewarm water. Do this until the water becomes clear and not cloudy

3. Put the rice in the boiling pot and place a lid. Don't completely cover the pot because the water will bubble over.

4. When the water is almost out of the pot, turn the stove down to a simmer until it's nice and fluffy. Always stirr with a fork to separate the grains

Aunt June's Cake

My aunt June who lived in Barbados gave my mother this recipe. This post is dedicated to her loving memory.

  • 3 sticks of butter
  • 1 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups of flower
  • 9 eggs
  • 2-3 tablespoons (tbsp) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed (or vanilla) essence
  • some pumpking spice and nutmeg
  • and a little bit of lime for a nice kick
  • oven heated at 360 degrees
  1. Flour baking pans (pans of course are optional. If you want to make cupcakes, put them in the cupcakes pan. If you're making a regular cake, grease the pan with butter because it adds good flavor, not PAM or any of that crazy stuff. After you've added the butter, place a small amount of flower in the pan, and move it around so a light layer of flour is around the pan. This stops the cake from sticking to the pans.
  2. Cream butter & sugar for about half an hour or more until it's light and fluffy
  3. Add in the eggs, lime juice and essence
  4. Make sure everything is evenly blended
  5. Add flour, baking power, spices and blend
  6. Place into the oven until golden brown, and make sure to use a toothpick to stick the cake. If it comes out clean, that means it's ready!
  7. Frost cake as desired or eat it plain


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spinach Quiche

A different way to prepare ordinary spinach into a yummy dish! Now most people don't have enough time to get freshly cut spinach from the local farmers market, so I used frozen spinach. Not the world's healthiest choice but this does help if you're at home and you need to cook something easy.

  1. heat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Take 2 packs of frozen spinach and put into a pot to thaw. pour 1/2 cup of water in the pot. put the cover on the pot not completely, giving it a little air

  3. While this is going on, fry five slices of bacon in a large frying pan. Make sure the stove is at medium heat, and frequently check it to make sure it doesn't burn.

  4. Break three eggs and mix with a little of salt and pepper.

  5. Cut off a small block of your desired cheese (I recomend motzarella and swiss). Mix the cheese with the egg.

  6. Check on the spinach and the bacon. By now the spinach should be completely thawed. Using a collinder, drain it out, and put it back in the pot.

  1. Take the bacon and put it on a plate with paper towels. Make sure that the oil drains out of the bacon. Break the bacon into little pieces.
  2. Mix a little bit of butter and pepper in the spinach, to taste.
    Add in the bacon.

Traditional quiche usually has a pie crust, but since most people don't have time to make a pie crust, you can put extra cheese in the bottom of the glass custard cups.

Spoon the spinach into the glass custard cups. Add in the egg mixture. Put cheese ontop.

Bake in oven for about an hour or until the cheese is fully melted and is a slight brown color.

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So I've been asking my parents for a new mixer since I broke my other one and IT CAME TODAY!! It's a beautiful Kitchen Aid Professional 600 and it's red! I shall celebrate by making something awesome tomorrow. Not feeling so great so I can't making anything tonight but I do have a good recipe...