Writing Challenge Day 13: Quarantine Cuisine

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Bread, lots of bread has been made in quarantine… I’m sure, like others, you’ve been trying new ideas out in the kitchen. I even signed up for a seafood and a beef delivery service. By the way, anyone need any seafood? K I’ve also watched a TON of baking shows and assumed I would be literally the best baker of all time during all this time in lockdown.

My obsession with baking started due to a shortage in baking goods around where I live. Naturally, being the tech savvy lady I am, I immediately reached out to Amazon for a pantry fix. I found my flour that was missing around my town nestled in a nice 50 lb. bag as that was the only flour available. Needless to say, this family has gone through three of those bags since June… Obviously, we have to USE the flour and begin the best baking quarantine social media bake-off EVER!

Go big or go home! My house sits at about 9,300 ft above sea level, which means baking is a little… cray cray…. Never fear! I was able to figure this out through chemistry and lots of trial and error. The end result is I can now cook as if I still lived in Oklahoma! Watching a bake-off show that happens to be filmed in one of my favorite places, England, I wanted to follow their challenges. They had a winter wonderland challenge, so I decided THIS was the cake of all cakes for me to tackle.

I decided to go with a hummingbird cake as it’s one of my favorites. It’s a moist, fruity-type cake that just screams delicious. I add about 1 teaspoon of cardamom to the cake recipe as it tastes like Christmas. Weird I know, but seriously you should smell it—sometimes it’s like you’re in a Christmas tree forest of AWESOME. Then I wanted to have it surrounded by a cliff of ice. First attempt at crazy, if you will. Pretty sure I nailed it…

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Regardless of my cooking abilities, it’s been nice to get back to the basics of cooking with my family and enjoying our time together. Instead of just “what’s for dinner?” we’re all grabbing recipe books and Googling new things to try together. Quarantining is not something I feel like anyone expected for 2020, however I’m thankful to be quarantining with the family I’m so blessed and thankful for. Yea, I still like them, and I think they like me ;).

Some of the goods throughout this crazy year:

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  •  - We always do a lot of cooking in our home and we have a dozen things on our list of "Hey, we should make that!" from all the cooking shows and old Bon Appetit magazines. The only new thing we made so far is an Apple Tarte Tatin. We tried this variation with only quartering the apples. While it tasted fine, we want to try it again with the apples cut smaller. I don't have a picture of the finished flipped product as it didn't last long enough!

    We did just have a citrus cheesecake for breakfast that my wife made in the Instant Pot yesterday. First attempt at that and it was very good.

    Thing is that I am really trying to watch the calories to keep losing the weight. Which makes it tough to cook a lot of these lovely goods.

    Your fruit tarte looks amazing!

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  •  - We always do a lot of cooking in our home and we have a dozen things on our list of "Hey, we should make that!" from all the cooking shows and old Bon Appetit magazines. The only new thing we made so far is an Apple Tarte Tatin. We tried this variation with only quartering the apples. While it tasted fine, we want to try it again with the apples cut smaller. I don't have a picture of the finished flipped product as it didn't last long enough!

    We did just have a citrus cheesecake for breakfast that my wife made in the Instant Pot yesterday. First attempt at that and it was very good.

    Thing is that I am really trying to watch the calories to keep losing the weight. Which makes it tough to cook a lot of these lovely goods.

    Your fruit tarte looks amazing!

    0822201208-COLLAGE.jpg

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