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Cooking Class

I’ve been trying all day to be positive.  I’ve been talking myself out of my anger at stupidity and blunt rudeness from people yesterday.  Long story, short:  Please just be polite to other people and know the point between when you get drunk and when you get stupid.  It doesn’t always take alcohol to enjoy a show.

Okay.  Moving on now.

Ray and I marked something off my bucket list Friday night:  Take a cooking class.

We’d been planning going to a vegetarian Indian cooking class since March.  I had found a couple places in Baltimore that had cooking classes.  The one we went to, the Baltimore Chef Shop (BSC), was one of the best cooking kitchens I’ve been in before.  We walked in and Chris was super friendly.  Then, when it came to cooking, Chef Fernando couldn’t have been more amazing.

And the food…  Just look at it!  Who wouldn’t want to eat that?

There were six people and between the six of us, we learned how to make very quick cheese for the paneer, how to make really good chana dahl, and how to cook Basmati rice without measuring.  Food was amazing.

Afterwards, we went home and fell into food comas.

I think that’s a Friday night done right.

The plus side is BSC has plenty of other kinds of cooking classes so if Indian isn’t your favorite cuisine, there’s Chinese, Thai, Spanish, Moroccan, Vietnamese, Korean, Mediterranean, even Dim Sum for parents and kids.  Check out their calendar for ideas for something different to do for a unique date night or just to learn a new skill.

Always keep improving!

Listening to:  Zac Brown Band’s “Jekyll + Hyde” CD

Reading:  Fables Volume 13

Quote of the Day:  “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ― Confucius

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Making Something Awesome

Remember last week when I mentioned that I would start talking about my goals?  This weekend, I completed one of my goals:  Make a Super Epic Rainbow Cake.

This month, we had a handful of birthdays, two of which were our kids.  Add this to me being in the mood to bake something I still can’t quite eat yet and I ended up making the cake.

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I used Yolanda’s 4 lb vanilla cake recipe.  If you haven’t seen How to Cake It’s YouTube channel, check it out.  Every Tuesday, she adds a new video with different cake designs.  The designs were what first caught me along with her creativity.  It’s amazing watching her videos and how things come together.  Her channel was the first time I’d seen a mega cake.  I would have loved to have made a mega cake but what I made worked.

Here is a link to How to Cake It’s blog and the vanilla cake recipe I used.  Like I mentioned, I went with the 4 lb version.  The recipe has the quantities to make more or you can ½ the recipe (at least everything but the baking powder… go with at least a tablespoon for the smaller recipe) and make a smaller cake.

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For the colors, I used Good Foods liqua-gel food coloring from Amazon.  The colors came in two days (thank you Prime!) and you can tell how vibrant the colors are.  I mean just looked at that cake!

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To top it off, I used two tubs of regular buttercream.

I was happy with the cake, what I could have of it.  Ray said out of all my baking experiments so far, this cake was the best.  It’s very moist, melt in your mouth cake.

What I would change would be to make a bigger batch of batter and add some color to the buttercream.  Other than that, it was epic.

If you try How to Cake It’s, please post pictures to How to Cake It’s blog post with the recipe.

Good luck!

Goals complete so far:  2

Listening to:  My Top 100 videos on YouTube

Reading:  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Quote of the Day:   “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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