Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Instagram of the month.

(1) October started and fall happened all at once (2) up up up Mt. Tabor (3) Conor Oberst, it's been too long (4) best breakfast, the pears and figs are still steals from neighbor's gardens (5) check out Nakd Bars, all natural, all raw, gluten-free protein crunch bars - so all the good stuff, from Nākd. My favorite: Banana Protein Crunch, buts seriously, they're all nom (6) fall in Portland consists of blue skies and colored leaves (7) brunch at all vegan Champs, the best first stop to my Brooklyn adventure! 176 Ainslie St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 (8) adventuring with friends in upstate NY (9) well, and of course I had to snap this iconic lady (10) mini boozy cupcakes at Prohibition Bakery 9 Clinton St. New York, NY 10002 (11) back in Portland I snagged a load of produce from a farm stand for little more than $4 (12) food with friends shared at the food cart pod on SE 28th and Division (13) to top it off: ice cream at Fifty Licks 2021 SE Clinton St. Portland, OR 97202 (14) shades of Mt. Hood on an early run (15) this is my rainy day go-to: cookbooks, cookie, milk (16) then there was that day I adventured to Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island (17) Alt-J !!! (18) the best colors (19) the best veggies, including my fall fav brussel sprouts (20) raw Lonestar breakfast bowl at Harlow 3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214 (21) Horsetail Falls in the Gorge (22) on the 25th of October I picked the last blackberries of this year. Amen. (23) another rainy day, a case of homemade zucchini bread (24) did I mention THOSE COLORS?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lemon balm Madeleines.

Gently rubbing
those vibrant green leaves
between thumb and forefinger.

A scent of citrus;
nostrils flared
reviving and refreshing.

Delicately held in palm
(ocean breeze?)
like discovering



Lemon Balm Madeleines

time 30 minutes preparation, 60 minutes refrigeration, 15 minutes baking time
yields 12 medium madeleines plus some small extras

90g butter
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/8 cup thyme/sage
2 large eggs
100 sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ vanilla bean, contents scraped
150g all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

Melt the butter and coconut oil along with the thyme.
Cool to room temperature and let the herb infuse.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the eggs, sugar and vanillas.
Beat the eggs on medium high for about 3 minutes until they are light and fluffy.
While the eggs are beating, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl.
Once the eggs have whipped and have nearly tripled in volume, fold the flour mixture into the eggs in two additions, combing well after each addition.
Sieve out the herb from the butter and coconut oil, then fold in the fats until well-combined but do not overmix.
Cover the batter and chill for 30-60 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 195 degrees Celsius.
Butter and flour the madeleine pans.
Scoop the chilled batter into the molds, filling them up ¾ of way.
Depending on the size of your molds, bake for 6-12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
Remove from oven and immediately turn the madeleines out onto a wire rack to cool.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waves of Grain.

Hillary and Jason Fargo started their bakery 8 years ago. 
Now located in Portland, Oregon on E Burnside, Waves of Grain was an institution at Cannon Beach and attracted locals and tourists alike. 
Since moving back to Portland I was lucky enough to join their team!

Their specialties and my favorites: 

savory Tillamook Cheese and Green Onion Biscuit recommended: enjoy warm with lots of butter
brunch Challah French Toast housemade challah!
any Biscuit with Sausage and Gravy
or are you craving eggs?
try the daily Scramble!
to go Scones flavors vary day by day - the Chocolate Ginger or the Marionberry are to die for
cookie Pecan Praline Cookie
dessert Pot du Creme silky Callebaut chocolate creme topped with whipped cream
tart Key Lime with an awesome molasses spice crust
seasonal Pumpkin Pie
bread Rosemary Focaccia makes any sandwich better

And the whole-wheat flour for the breads and the Streusel Muffins? 
Hampton wheat milled in the shop from Hillary's parents farm!

Waves of Grain Bakery
2250 E Burnside St. 
Portland, OR 97214