Weekly Photo Challenge:   My Mom’s Famous Pound Cake Recipe (Almost – I Can’t Give You All the Secrets)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

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I really love capturing food.  This is my second post for this week’s photo challenge.

Here is a three stage production of a lemon pound cake in wait.

I will even include the recipe for all those blogosphere bakers.

1This is what your “Work of Art” should look like just before placing it into a pre-heated oven at 325°

 

2Here you will find the “Work of Art” resting for at least 30 to 45 minutes until the pan is cool to the touch.

 

3Now, with a plate securely atop the Bundt pan, firmly grip each side of the pan and plate and flip to show your completed masterpiece. 

Enjoy or Let them eat cake!

 

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

What you will need:

3 Sticks of butter

3 Cups of sugar

3 Cups of flour

1 Tablespoon of vanilla flavoring

1 Teaspoon of lemon Flavoring

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Pinch of salt

8 oz of cream cheese

 

What you will do:

  1. Pre-grease and flour the Bundt pan and set aside for later.

 

  1. Mix sugar, cream cheese, & butter until creamy

 

  1. Add one egg at a time until yellow is gone (Do not over process unless you want a crispy shell of a pound cake)

 

  1. Add flavoring

 

  1. Add sifted flour

 

  1. With a large spoon place the cake batter into the pan in even portions and smooth

 

  1. Place the pan in the oven

 

  1. DO NOT OPEN FOR AT LEAST 1 HOUR AND 15 MINUTES

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art on the Green Side of Dublin, Ireland


Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

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The theme for this week centers on defining my understanding, interpretation, and overall ideal of a “Work of Art”.    In the words of Michelle W.,

 

Art is everywhere, though: in nature, in architecture, in literature, and more. It’s anywhere we see beauty and meaning.  For me, it’s in food. The creativity, forethought, and care that went into this beautifully cooked and plated lamb dish takes it from ‘dinner’ [sic] to ‘art’ [sic]”

 

Michelle W., I concur.

I am guilty of devouring my food more often than not through the lenses of my camera or smartphone well before fork meets plate.    A true culinary artist can have a lasting effect upon my synapses. Their culinary strokes across the plate captivate my inner spirit.  Just remembering the tasty delights within this post, I arise with fork and knife in hand.

Yes, food is a secret pleasure of mine.  The canvas of edible ecstasy below lives on far beyond the last bite.  Join me in viewing heaven on a plate from my time in Dublin, Ireland.

 

 DSC03624Three delicious wheat crust squares topped with tender salmon – sliced to perfection, and a sweet dill sauce paired with a pint of Guinness black lager

 

DSC03620Cheese and beef croquettes paired with a fresh leaf salad, horseradish sauce, remoulade sauce, and fried potato squares.

 

DSC03626Ireland’s take on shrimp scampi served with a French baguette

 

DSC03788Grilled Flank Steak, balsamic vinaigrette salad, potato puff fries, and sweet dipping sauce

 

DSC03802Key Lime pie dressed with three raspberries in cherry sauce

 

DSC03803Lemon custard pie with raspberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and dressed with swirls of raspberry sauce.

 

DSC03836A chocolate molten cake served with fresh orange-vanilla whipped cream and an orange wedge (Picture 1)

 

DSC03837Chocolate molten cake (Picture 2)

 

DSC03906A warm cup of cream of potato soup topped with parsley and fresh cream, simply divine.

 

DSC03990With a lascivious glint across my brow, I satisfied my hunger with this truly salacious work of art.  A slice of roasted pork butt, served alongside slow-stewed plums and cherries, mashed potatoes, and finished with a single apple slice.  This was truly a heavenly experience.

 

EYHCS, clicks the submit button, wipes mouth, hears the small rumbling from the bottom of her stomach, and leaves the keyboard in search of the Philly cheese steak calling her name.

I bid you adieu and Bon Appétit!

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

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During the summer of 2011, I traveled to Beijing, China as an ESL teacher for the SMIC Private School.  My camera died the first day of the trip somewhere in Narita, Japan.  Luckily, a fellow teacher graciously allowed me the use of her grandmother’s camera. These are just a few of the 14,000 plus pictures accumulated and permanently housed in my digital photo journal.

BC 1

The street life of Beijing through all the grime, grit, and smog brought about many opportunities to see the cultures’ greatest kept secrets of poverty-stricken citizens surviving on less than $3.00 USD a day.  This particular pictures occurs somewhere in the third ring.  The closer we moved into the inner rings the more the communist system revealed an age-old system of classism.  The poor regulated to the outskirts of the world rarely ventured into the inner rings.  Thus, their current predicament seemed normal.  Only my fellow westerners recognized the disparity between the rings.  Yet, many managed to refrain from imposing their western superiority complex over our new friends. However, there were a few comments about our unusually large suitcases.  Considering our multiple suitcases outnumbered us, it all makes sense.  I felt a little embarrassed the more the kind porters struggled to secure enough space for us to board the bus after loading our luggage. I digress.

BC 2As westerners, we longed for the remnants of home and would often venture into the second and third rings after class.   A quick dash to our “hotel” situated next to our school for a shower, retrieval of our universal transportation pass, and off we went.  The hotel was actually a compound housed between twenty-foot steel gates protected by some extremely friendly police officers.  Friendly is loosely used here to denote the prison undertones of our environment. 

On the bright side, our assigned teacher assistant (TAs)/babysitters were always in tow.  Actually, our teacher assistants were our guides in an unfamiliar land.  Their few moments of rest occurred during our few hours of sleep.  Otherwise, they met us at sunrise and stayed by our sides until the wee hours of the morning.  Even now, I appreciate the care shown by my TA. 

The next picture features a community government-owned housing development deep within the third ring. 

BC 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, the next picture holds a special place in my heart.  I was extremely excited about visiting a Chinese Opera.  The anticipation soared throughout me the entire day.  I remember bubbling inside as I ready for the evening. 

BC 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decked out in my long flowing white skirt, perfectly pressed white buttoned-down shirt, affixed with a wide-loose-fitting white belt, and white sandals; I imagined an evening of indoctrination into this fine art of Chinese Opera.  However, we arrived at an off-Broadway rendition of a Chinese Opera house.  My shock hidden under a curt smile belied none of the disappointment within my heart.  Although the reality failed to measure up entirely I managed to enjoy the experience wholeheartedly. 

BC 4aOur trip planners prepared an enlightening itinerary filled with the best of Beijing. 

The following reveals a marker in an area surrounding the Forbidden City.  

BC 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best days occurred on July 24, 2011.  En route to the Great Wall, we stalled in traffic for over an hour.  It felt like traveling the FDR in New York during rush hour traffic.  Except, few new yorkers would dare vacate their bus and start sings or playing childhood games.  I wish I could post a picture of our red rover games, but privacy constraints hinder such a display.  Eventually, we would arrive intact at the enormous Great Wall of China.  

BC 6

 

BC 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BC 8I intended to trek up the entire section of the magnificent wall.  I really did.  However, it was rainy, smoggy, and downright dreary.  I managed to climb about two-thirds of the way up the increasingly steep two-inch steps before succumbing to fear.  Eventually, after a brief photo-opt, reason ruled the day, and I began my decline down the treacherous wonder of the world.  I might have mumbled something about the timeliness of this little excursion drench from head-to-toe, but my inner joy offset outward discomfort.

Now, the perfect trip is not complete without a little shopping after a medical emergency.  I will spare you the pictures of me in the doctor’s chair.  However, I will close with a few pictures from my last couple days taken from within the second ring.  The first depicts a fountain in front of the dentist who repaired my front tooth after my dance with a marble staircase.  The second depicts my grand finale in front of the second ring mall. 

BC 13

BC 14

Final Thoughts:

My memories of my time in Beijing are as fresh as the sunset here in Texas.  Occasionally, I connect with those I befriended during my stint overseas and inland.  The myriad of transatlantic communication available in the new world of social media has created a bridge linking two not so separate worlds.

I recall our last gathering in our hotel room the night before or departure.  Huddled around my 17-inch screen laptop, we watched my favorite movie of all time, the Lion King.  Moments before our departure away a group of us stood still outside our home away from home.  Our hearts conflicted.  We began as natural inhabitants and foreigners.  Yet, we were leaving behind a family we never expected to find.  Wiping tears from our faces, we hugged each other, share last words of encouragement on our studies, and parted ways.  Friendships are a unique vehicle to breathe into someone else’s life and future.  My students, teacher assistant, and newfound spiritual family offered me solace during my time in a foreign land. 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Part 3 of 3


Reflections

 Weekly Photo Challenge:  Reflections

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Taken: March 6, 2014

Part 3 of 3

 

Self-portrait three-part series:  

On a cold winter day in Irving, Texas I shivered against the bitter winds, the clouds were a dark dingy mixture of graylight blue, and simmer of cloudy white.  A group of us stood huddled together behind the big cement wall of the garage enjoying a frosty cigarette.  I looked up and I caught my reflection. Interesting, I thought. Soothing, I felt on the inside against the backdrop of the old garage.  Music off, headphones unplugged, cigarette tossed towards the cold garage floor, phone out in hand, self-portrait selected, and click.  

This is the same photo finished from three different perspectives. 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Part 2 of 3


Reflections II

 Weekly Photo Challenge:  Reflections

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Taken: March 6, 2014

Part 2 of 3

 

Self-portrait three-part series:  

On a cold winter day in Irving, Texas I shivered against the bitter winds, the clouds were a dark dingy mixture of graylight blue, and simmer of cloudy white.  A group of us stood huddled together behind the big cement wall of the garage enjoying a frosty cigarette.  I looked up and I caught my reflection. Interesting, I thought. Soothing, I felt on the inside against the backdrop of the old garage.  Music off, headphones unplugged, cigarette tossed towards the cold garage floor, phone out in hand, self-portrait selected, and click.  

This is the same photo finished from three different perspectives. 

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Part 1 of 3


Reflections III

 Weekly Photo Challenge:  Reflections

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Taken: March 6, 2014

Part 1 of 3

 

Self-portrait three-part series:  

On a cold winter day in Irving, Texas I shivered against the bitter winds, the clouds were a dark dingy mixture of graylight blue, and simmer of cloudy white.  A group of us stood huddled together behind the big cement wall of the garage enjoying a frosty cigarette.  I looked up and I caught my reflection. Interesting, I thought. Soothing, I felt on the inside against the backdrop of the old garage.  Music off, headphones unplugged, cigarette tossed towards the cold garage floor, phone out in hand, self-portrait selected, and click.  

This is the same photo finished from three different perspectives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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