Rebecca Locks Down


Carrot Bread, With Pictures
April 24, 2007, 7:17 pm
Filed under: Chef-ing

One thing that I love about being home is that my mom’s pantry is stocked. You can find almost every asian and western ingredient. However, today I was planning on making cinnamon buns and raisin bread when I found that we were out of milk. Too lazy to head out to the store, I changed my plans and decided to make a quick bread.

I’ve made zucchini bread way too many times to count. One winter, I made it so many times for family that I had nightmares about making it. I always use the Zucchini Bread III recipe from AllRecipes.com since it ALWAYS turns out well.

I made quite a few changes to the recipe. First of all, I didn’t have any zucchini, so I substituted carrot. Also, I cut down on the oil by using homemade applesauce and took out some of the sugar because the raisins and applesauce sweeten the bread enough. I took a couple of pictures; they don’t really help to explain the recipe, but I wanted to play around with photography. Here’s the adapted recipe:

Carrot Bread, adapted from Zucchini Bread III

2 cups grated carrot
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350F (175C). In a large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients together. In another bowl combine the rest of the ingredients (except the raisins). Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and blend in the raisins. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for 1.5 hours (I would check after 1 hour and every 15 minutes afterwards).

The grated carrots, notice how they are in a bowl decorated with carrot and vegetable motifs. The recipe calls for two cups of carrots, but I didn’t bother measuring how much a grated. This is 3 carrots worth, probably way more than two cups.

The homemade applesauce. I made it in a Magic Bullet, which is really, really noisy and inefficient (the infomercials had us fooled though).

The eggs. Yes, everyone already knows what eggs look like. They are just really pretty to photograph.

The vegetable oil. If you look closely you can see they sailboat print on the glass.

The brown sugar. Measuring brown sugar always reminds me of making sandcastles at the beach.

Mixing all the wet ingredients together.

The dry ingredients in a pretty plastic blue bowl.

Mixing the dry ingredients with the wet and the raisins. You can also add some walnuts at this step. My brother is allergic to nuts so I leave them out.

The greased and floured loaf pan. Another useless picture, but this is a really cool photo where you can really see a contrast of textures. Definitely one of my favourite pictures.

The batter in the pan. THIS is my favourite photo to date. Please take a look at this picture in full size. I love how you can see the flecks of cinnamon in the batter and the light reflection from the foil pan.

The finished product. It smells awesome.

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I’m JAM
April 19, 2007, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized
You scored as .

Jim Halpert
60%
Pam Beesly
60%
Ryan Howard
45%
Jan Levinson
35%
Angela Martin
30%
Michael Scott
25%
Dwight Schrute
25%

Which Office character are you?
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Sailor Moon: From My Memory
April 17, 2007, 2:27 pm
Filed under: Artsy

Bored as usual yesterday after my programming exam, I decided to do something out of the ordinary: draw. I used to draw all the time before sixteen or so, then I started working part-time (all the time) and stopped drawing. This is my take on Sailor Moon; I googled some pictures afterwards and found that her eyes are a little bit different and so is her hair. Oh well, try again.



Little Wastes of Time
April 15, 2007, 4:51 pm
Filed under: Artsy

This is what I do during exam time when I want to avoid doing work. All of these are either made with Post-Its or paper from readings that I decided not to do (oops!). I used the super easy sonobe unit.

I should really get some studying done, but I’m still getting settled back in residence. I forgot my toothbrush at home! Note to self: buy toothbrush.



Sugar & Down Time
April 15, 2007, 2:40 am
Filed under: Chef-ing

I went home for a few days to relax and hang out with my family in between exams. I actually miss being home! Everyone was either at work or at school during most of my visit so I had to entertain myself. I slept, drove around and baked some things. Did you know that given the choice between being an engineer or a pastry chef I would choose the latter? That’s crucial Rebecca trivia. 

This is a cupcake (duh) that I made on Thursday. The recipe is apparently the exact recipe that Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan, New York uses. I got the recipe off the Food Network and other than halving the recipe I followed it exactly. I made it at the request of my sister and even though I’m not a big cupcake fan this was really good! The orange/pink icing and the chocolate heart was my idea.

I didn’t like this bread too much. It was too dense, almost like a bagel. It got devoured pretty fast though. I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, maybe that made it dense, I don’t know.

This bread I kind of put together on my own. I was looking for something Asian-ish but I had trouble with metric measurements because I don’t have a good kitchen scale at home. This red bean bread is made from a recipe for red bean paste and cinnamon bread (without the cinnamon). This was REALLY good. Almost like the stuff that you get from T&T Supermarket. It needed more sugar though and the red bean paste was so-so. I’m gonna make it again with taro maybe. It looks really pro too.

Damn, that cupcake is beautiful.



Opening Words
April 14, 2007, 6:02 pm
Filed under: Personal

Hi, I’m Rebecca. This is my blog.