i'm so good baking and cooking

anonymous asked:

Greetings from a nervous first time baker who has been toying with the idea of making her first loaf of bread from scratch for a while now but is overwhelmed by the number of recipes available. Any recommendations for a good first bread? I'm pretty good at other forms of cooking but I've yet to attempt bread so I'm not scared of a complicated recipe, I just have no idea if what I'm reading will result in anything tasty.

Bread is actually way more forgiving than almost any other kind of baked good. I don’t even measure ingredients anymore, I just eyeball everything. You can’t usually do that in baking. 

A good starter recipe is the famous New York Times no-knead bread, which is how a lot of people learn. It’s very straightforward and fairly reliable, and it’s a good introduction to working with dough (you don’t really need to bake it in a cast iron dutch oven – it’ll bake just fine in a loaf pan, it just gets crispier in the dutch oven). When you’re ready to try kneading, if you’re not allergic to dairy or eggs I actually recommend my yogurt-egg bread – it’s a very high-protein bread which means that it’s super durable and it can survive a lot of screwing-up. 

There is no single hard and fast rule for bread – even stuff like keeping the yeast warm by using warm water and room-temperature ingredients only applies most of the time, not all of the time. While you want to bloom your yeast in warm water, you will get a more flavorful bread if it rises very slowly, and the colder the environment, the slower the dough will rise. When I want a fast rise I put my bread near my gas fireplace; when I want a slow rise I put it near the window. 

Once you feel comfortable branching out, you can do stuff like adding herbs to the oil that you use to oil the bowl when the bread does its first rise (rosemary is good but a little goes a long way). Or try making a simple foccacia or challah and then adjust the flavors to your taste. Or try kneading stuff into the dough –dried berries or chopped dried fruits are nice, and so are cheddar and chives.

Most breads are relatively cheap to make. There’s not a lot of expensive ingredients. Just get yourself some good bread flour (King Arthur brand is a favorite here in the US) and a jar of yeast, and remember that yeast is a living creature, and life is unpredictable. Don’t feel down if you fail now and again – I still have a dud loaf once in a while. Good luck and happy baking! 

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  • Turkey: Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to my glorious cooking channel that I share with both France and China! Since all of you guys know how great and amazing I am at cooking my dishes, a lot of you ask for me to make something unique and challenging today, and so I've decided to make Pop Tarts... this is going to be fucking horrible.
  • Turkey: Okay, so I looked up the ingredients and stuff I need to get, and I don't have most of it, thus why I've decided to be a great friend and steal shit from Francy! Now I'm ready to bake diabetes!
  • Turkey: I have no idea what I'm doing and cooking for once in my life- gah! Goddamit, some of the flour went on the counter! And... wait... is it supposed to look like this?? ... fuck.
  • Turkey: man, this is a lot of stuff. Good thing I'm using France's shit or I'll lose money for making fucking rectangles.
  • Turkey: I tried to make good-looking rectangles but they look like some unknown geometry shape. I'm trying to make them look like rectangles now and seal them... not doing great though... shit- Fuck I broke it!
  • Turkey: Okay, now they're in the oven and I'm waiting for them to bake. It's taking so long... I can't believe I skipped lunch and bugging Greece for this disaster.
  • Turkey: and finally they're done! They actually look pretty decent, if I say so myself! And now, to taste them! *takes a bite* ... it's so sugary... and hard... what the fuck am I eating????
  • Turkey: heya guys, so due to my stupid Asian-ass, I don't want to waste even the most shit-tasting/looking food, so I'm leaving it in the meeting room for some poor soul to try and not die from it- hey, America's eating it...
At the age of 20.
  • [{ Everyone is living with their lover and the husbands are talking while having a drinks... then their conversation went to their wives.}]
  • Kagami: Lately, I've seen Kuroko studying how to cook and bake.
  • Aomine: Ouu? How nice, Kagami.
  • Kagami: There's sarcasm along those lines.
  • Akashi: But my Kouki hasn't even moved an inch ever since he burned down the house.
  • Aomine & Kagami: Oi! This is the first time I heard such a thing!
  • Midorima: It happened a few months back after they finally settled in a single apartment. Apparently, that chihuahua burned down the house when he tried to cooked for Akashi.
  • Akashi: Ever since that day happened, he never step in to the kitchen.
  • Aomine: Who's the husband again?
  • Kagami: Isn't this great? We're talking about our wives.
  • Midorima: Uh...
  • Aomine: Midorima hasn't even talked about his wife, same goes to you both.
  • Murasakibara: Eh? But I tried to speak. I can't join in.
  • Hyuuga: At least stop munching your snacks for once.
  • Kagami: Oh yeah, capta- I mean, Hyuuga-senpai, you are married to coach, right?
  • Hyuuga: What did I told you about calling us captain and coach? BaKagami, we're already 20 plus and we're done with basketball. Call me Hyuuga and yeah, I'm married with her.
  • Aomine: Is she the girl in the bench back in Seirin?
  • Hyuuga: Yeah, the evil witch you guys been seeing along with us.
  • Murasakibara: Evil witch?
  • Akashi: She has a scary aura than me, Atsushi.
  • Murasakibara: Scary...
  • Kagami: How's things going though? Who's in charge of cooking both lunch and dinner?
  • Hyuuga: Me. I stopped her even before she can step inside of the kitchen.
  • Aomine: Oh, a bad cooker like Satsuki, huh?
  • Hyuuga: I bet she's even worst than Momoi-san. She can make a curry though the taste is unbelievable.
  • Akashi: Unbelievably good?
  • Kagami: No, the worst than good, Akashi. It's like you are going to die once you eaten one of her dish.
  • Aomine: You've tasted it before?
  • Kagami: She used to cook for us in our training camps and she even bought us bento.
  • Hyuuga: The face that Kuroko made when he ate one of her bento.
  • Aomine: She's no good. But Kise is the worst, though. He burned the egg all the time so we don't have a choice but to eat outside or order.
  • Kagami: Saying stuff like that... Kuroko is not the worst yet he can be the worst. You see, that guy only knows how to boil eggs.
  • Akashi: I'm not going to complain about how my Kouki does in the kitchen since you guys knew it already.
  • Murasakibara: Muro-chin is no bad. He can't cook but he can't even bake as well.
  • Midorima: You two will be fat in no time. Takao is nowhere good. He can't even boil water for our miso ramen.
  • Hyuuga: Though, I feel bad for Aomine.
  • Aomine: Right, the both of us aren't that good when it comes to cooking.
  • Kagami: I decided to cook for the both of us but you can't possibly resist how Kuroko look when he wants to cook.
  • Akashi: Same goes to me.
  • Murasakibara: Muro-chin never complains about the food I baked.
  • Midorima: He likes to spoil you too much and love you way too much.
  • Everyone: .... This is the world we chose anyway.
  • ----
  • In another cafe...
  • Kise: You see, Aominecchi decided the both of us to eat outside instead of cooking for each other. Since I have work every single day, he never broke his promise to eat together.
  • Kuroko: Kagami-kun banned me for stepping in the kitchen, though.
  • Furihata: I actually want to learn how to cook properly. Not burning the house down.
  • Takao: Hahaha! I feel so normal with you guys!
  • Himuro: Is this some kind of meeting for our husbands?
  • Everyone: Yes...
  • Himuro: I see. Well, since you guys are complaining about that. More likely, Kise is not complaining, shall we all enter a cooking school?
  • Kuroko: I'm up for that.
  • Furihata: Sei-kun wouldn't be happy about that.
  • Himuro: Why is that?
  • Furihata: He doesn't want to lessen our time together, though.
  • Himuro: You are far too spoiled. Atsushi would surely like this idea, anyway.
  • Everyone: Same goes to you, though.

anonymous asked:

What if the missus was too afraid her mom won't like Harry because he's a superstar and has a reputation of dating girls so they meet and her mom doesn't say anything good or bad on him after. but one day the missus arrive home and find her mom cooking and baking in the kitchen with Harry and she sees how her mom is treating him like her son and Harry whisper to the missus "I told you she's gonna like me, I'm lovable!"

The missus would be so shocked to see him standing in the kitchen, boots off and dressed in a pink apron that your mother kept from the missus’ childhood, hair pulled back and out of his face as they sang to songs that peaked their common interests. Flour dusting his face and his fingers on one hand covered in dough, palms spread with specks of jam from the tarts baking in the oven, his clean forefinger dipping into the batter of the chocolate cake mix that sat in a bowl.

“Tastes delicious,” he’d grin towards her, spinning on his heel to grab the cake tin from the breakfast island, his eyes landing on his confused girlfriend, “hello.”

“What’s going on in here?”

“Harry came over, asked to see if you were here since you weren’t answering your phone calls. He said something about taking you out for dinner,” her mother would smile, “but, he caught the whiff of some scones and asked what I was baking and I told him he could stay. Did you know he-”

“-used to be a baker?” The missus would ask, with a roll of her eyes, “everyone knows that, mum.”

When they’d settle down to nibble on the cakes and the tarts, he’d lean across to the missus and press his sticky lips to her cheek, “told you she’d love me, Gorgeous. Bonded over some baking. You had nothing to worry about.” xx

Someone needs to stop me from watching cooking videos on YouTube. I wanna make all the things and kiss all the chefs for their talent. I can’t take the calories, or the cooties.

Originally posted by miuroko

i feel so blessed for the days when my depression lifts and allows me to be a happy, functioning person. today felt like a great day at work, after waking up feeling well-rested and optimistic, and i zoomed through my cooking AND baked a shit ton of cookies we needed, as well as manning the service counter for a bit.

gave my dog his weekly flea bath ( a couple days late bcuz it’s been hard to do anything lately ), then took him out to tractor supply where my dad works to pick up dog food & cat food. filled up my gas tank too! so i’m gonna try to knock out a couple drafts and put them in the queue and maybe even do another couple of muse pages. i’m gonna try to take advantage of my energy today while it’s here!

anonymous asked:

um, i'm not sure this has been submitted as a headcannon yet but i have one that scout is a surprisingly good cook. it could be because has so many older brothers and a probably busy mom, so he'd have to cook for himself. just a thought.

he surprised the rest of the team when its his turn to cook

him and engie swap recipes. he teaches engie new england dishes and engie teaches him some goold old fashioned southern food

spy hears about this and shows them some european cuisine

they have a bake sale at teufort together

story time

a while ago I had a crush on this guy right. he was handsome, smart, athletic, he liked memes, could cook and bake yada yada yada. we had spent some time together and I guess he got comfortable around me? that’s when things started getting ~not so good~. the memes or videos he showed me went from innocent stuff to downright offensive (things like holocaust jokes). he made fun of a maybe 10-year-old chubby girl that walked by. he said the n word multiple times and told racist jokes. but I overlooked all of that because he was ~attractive~. i thought to myself “I can change him. he’s gonna realize how shitty this stuff is once we get together.” I finally woke up the day he told me my best friend looked like a dirty whore because of her clothes and nails. he was being a giant bigoted ass and I didn’t drop him until it got personal. I was just like the fathers who are only feminists because they have daughters and not because they genuinely care about all women. I’m grossed out thinking about it now and still feel like a big turd. the worst thing is that other people don’t know/don’t care about him being problematic af and still treat him like he’s the perfect man™

sammi-angelina  asked:

Hello! I've been a vegan for about a month now and I wanted to start cooking and baking! But I don't have / can't afford a food processor or a blender or any of those fancy food machines. I'm also sort of clueless as to what vegan products I can buy as in like for baking? Like flour, salt, sugar? Could you do like a round up on recipes that don't require fancy machinery and a round up on vegan basics? I would appreciate it so much! Thank you and have a good day!

Hey! So a couple links I suggest you check out: my vegan resource masterpost (there are lots of links and info that are helpful for new vegans including vegan starter kits, vegan alternatives, vegan on a budget, grocery shopping and much more) and my vegan pantry (I made a list of ingredients in my kitchen and included recipes for each item). Regarding your baking products question, flour and salt should be fine, but sugar you need to be careful of. I buy sugar that specifies that it’s vegan (if you want to, read up here on why some sugars are not vegan). If you’re able to, I suggest downloading Is It Vegan? to help with your grocery shopping (you literally scan an item and it will tell you if it’s vegan or not). Whenever I bake, I don’t use any blenders/food processors (mainly just a bowl, wooden spoon, pan and oven). You can make cookies, cake, cupcakes, donuts, brownies and more. I’m not exactly sure what you mean by vegan basics but I’ll give it a shot. Try out vegan milks, tempehtofu, nutritional yeast and spices. You’ll use vegan milks in baking and you can always add it to granola, oatmeal or just to dunk some homemade cookies in. Tempeh is my favorite meat alternative; cut it up and throw it in a stir fry (it’s even good right out of the package). Tofu is great for tofu scrambles; I think learning how to work with tofu comes with time and practice. I think nutritional yeast is important because it honestly makes any dish more delicious and gives it a cheesy taste: enchiladas, mac and cheese, burgers, literally throw it on anything and I’m sure it would be delicious (do not throw it on cats, though); heads up: it is a bit on the pricy side. Spices! Spices are the most important to me. You can stock up on them and use them in everything you cook and they make any meal a billion times better. Experiment with them and you’ll find which are your favorites for different dishes. There’s a list of spices that I often use in my vegan pantry link up above (as well as a lot of recipes that I think you might find helpful). Check out these easy vegan recipes. I don’t know if this is helpful at all, but I hope it is (I’m really tired/I tried to put it together the best that I could). Here’s to being vegan for life (high five).

jennink  asked:

TELL US MORE OF HOW TO EAT VEGETABLES! YOU MAKE IT SOUND EASY! (but seriously I am going on a candida-killing diet starting next week - cut down on carbs & eliminate yeast and most sugars. After already being off milk and oats. Sigh. So I'm gonna have to up my vegetable intake just to stay full and happy! Would love to hear what else you know how to cook because I only know basic vegetable cooking tactics)

No sweat, I love vegetables! and I eat them lots of different ways:

STEAMED. Steaming is your friend there are so many vegetables that taste good steamed, and it’s the healthiest way to eat veggies by far. If you don’t have a fancy steamer (I don’t) you can steam asparagus in a baking pan with a thin layer of water on the bottom. Add asparagus (some salt and butter, to taste) and then cover the pan with aluminum foil. Poke a couple holes, and stick it in the oven at 350-375 until the asparagus is a uniform green color. Steamed asparagus!

Steamed broccoli you can do in a pot on the stove, same idea. Thin layer of water at the bottom, add broccoli, cover the pot and wait until your head of broccoli is a nice bright green. Tastes amazing.

RAW. I am a big fan of raw veggies! I almost always have some celery, cucumbers, and carrots in the fridge. Green beans too, if you can get them fresh. Pair with favorite salad dressing, eat in large quantities.

Lettuce wraps are also really good, especially if you need an easy bread substitute.

SAUTEED. Sauteed is just a fancy word that means “cooked in a pan on the stove with oil” but pretty much every vegetable tastes good sauteed, if you know how to cook it. Sauteed spinach taste best over a low flame, a little bit of olive oil, and garlic. You have to keep draining it, but the result is delicious.

(I also am a big fan of spinach pie, which you can make just as easily without crust, instead substituting muenster cheese. My grandmother has been doing it for decades.)

Sauteed onions are great on sandwiches or with meat—I like to saute my meat first (usually sausage or chicken), and then saute the onions in the juices left behind by the meat.

Mushrooms, sliced thin, cooked in a little bit of butter? Divine.

Sauteed peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and you’ve got the makings of a fajita; I’ve also found that those frozen stir fry packs are pretty reliable in delivering on broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, etc. (There’s plenty of recipes online if you’re not into pre-packaged.)

ROASTED. Roasted garlic is among my favorite things on this earth. Buy fresh clove of garlic, cut in half. Rub the exposed cloves with a little bit of olive oil or butter, and then wrap the whole thing in tinfoil. Stick ‘em in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Warm garlic can be eaten raw, or you can toss it with salads or pasta!

Artichoke hearts are also really good, which taste best if you roast them in a balsamic vinaigrette, but you can also follow the same recipe as for garlic. (They taste best slathered in cheese, but that defeats the purpose somewhat.)

I hope that helps! I generally don’t work from specific recipes, but know that you have plenty of options, for every type of vegetable you like!

anonymous asked:

oh yessssss valentine prompts *rub hands* yesss excelent. HOW ABOUT Dean goes to a cooking class bc he wants to bake/make chocolates or something for his crush but the teacher is Cas and they become friends [CABUM] destiel explosion and in the last day they're "oh no he's not giving those things he made to me i'm so sad" and dean "oh no he doesn't like me what do I do yada yada man-angst" BUT in the end Dean makes a surprise and gives Cas a very ugly cupcake but it tastes good when they kiss

The drawback of these Valentine’s workshops was that everyone who attended had a significant other who they made the sweet treats for. That was a problem especially when they were exactly Castiel’s type. Like Dean. Dean was easygoing, funny and ridiculously gorgeous. He was even quite skilled in the kitchen, which was really really bad because Castiel had to shake his head every five minutes to stop himself from imagining licking chocolate off Dean’s fingers.

When Dean heard about the workshop in Cupid’s Cupcakes - his favorite bakery and sweet shop, he knew it was the exact thing he needed. He actually didn’t have a Valentine, but the girls’ soccer team he’s coaching had a match on Sunday and he was sure they would love some Valentine’s sweets. Well, if Dean was being totally honest with himself, he would have to admit that it was just an excuse to finally try something like this. He always wanted to learn to bake, but never had the opportunity. On top of that Castiel, the owner of the bakery who was also a teacher at the workshop was damn hot.

Actually he looked hot, but he was cold as ice. No, that wasn’t true. He was lovely, willing to help with even the smallest problem, offering encouragement and shooting bright smiles. At everyone but Dean. When it came to Dean he pretended he was blind. When Dean addressed him directly, usually to ask for help, it was clear Cas tried to get over with the interaction as quickly as possible. At one moment, when Cas was handing Dean a whisk, their fingers brushed and Castiel literally jumped back. It was really weird and made Dean feel terrible. Castiel wasn’t why he came though, so he focused on the cake pops he was making.

They actually turned out pretty well. He had made several different kinds and they were all decorated with sugar hearts and edible glitter. He might even save some for Sam.

He was carrying the tray with his creation to an empty counter to leave it to dry. Castiel passed him and Dean driven by his instinct to check out every ass ever turned after him. It was just a second of inattention, but he tripped and bumped into one of the ladies making cake pops for her hubby. The tray was knocked out of his arms, the pops flied into the air. Dean himself stumbled and fell on his ass.

“Son of a bitch,” he breathed out looking around at his work scattered on the ground. He realized the room was dead-silent and looked up. There was a semicircle of ladies looking at him with shock and worry and Castiel - blue eyes wide and concerned.

The baker offered Dean a hand and helped him get on his feet.

“Dean, I’m so sorry!” the lady who was part of the incident said, grabbing Dean’s shoulder.

“It wasn’t your fault, Gladys. I should have looked under my feet,” Dean said.

He could pretend he was okay, but he was actually pretty upset. He had spent almost two hours making the treats and now they were ruined.

“Dean.” Castiel’s deep voice snapped him out of his thoughts. “I’m sorry. If you have time, you can stay after the workshop. I’m have some cupcakes to make, so I can help you do some. As a consolation.”

Dean had to try really hard to keep his jaw from dropping to the ground.

“I… ugh. Yeah. Okay, that’s really nice of you. Thank you.”

Castiel’s full pink lips that Dean definitely hadn’t been staring at quirked up into a small smile.

“I can’t let you go home without a gift for your Valentine, can I?” There was something sad about the way he said it.

Why had he done that? He must had lost his mind. It had been hard enough to have Dean in the room full of other people and Castiel offered to be alone with him for at least another hour.

Of course his crush on Dean had only grown harder. Dean tried to break the awkward silence that fell on them every time Castiel wasn’t giving baking instruction with small chat which led to Castiel learning that Dean was a teacher and a classic cars’ lover.

By the time the first batch of cupcakes was cooling and they were preparing the cream, they were already joking and laughing as if they had known each other for years.

Castiel was totally screwed.

Well, so when he was alone with Dean, Castiel’s icy facade seemed to melt. And Dean liked it. He liked it maybe a little too much. He felt so comfortable around him, it was hard to believe they had met today. He also felt a weird pull towards the man, it was hard not to stare at his skilled hands as he was whisking eggs, or watching him biting his lower lip as he focused on decorating the cupcakes.

When they were done, Dean having his batch of cupcakes for his team and Cas having all the cupcakes he was about to deliver to a retire house (the man was an actual angel), Dean felt sudden sadness. He didn’t want to leave just like that, to be just a customer and a baker again. He believed they had become friends with Castiel, but that still wasn’t enough. He decided to try his luck; it was almost Valentine’s day after all.

The room was silent, Cas was cleaning the counters and Dean had just placed his cupcakes into a paper box. All but one.

Castiel turned when he heard Dean clearing his throat behind him. His eyes widened when they falled to the cupcake Dean was holding. The cream was all askew and there was too many little red hearts on it. Castiel recognized it as the first cupcake Dean had made.

“It’s for you,” Dean said softly with his green eyes sparkling. Castiel’s heart picked up its pace.

He carefully took the cupcake from Dean’s hand.

“It looks terrible,” he said, but there was fondness in his tone.

Dean chuckled. “Yeah, I know. But I bet it tastes great, I had a recipe from a real master.”

Trying not to blush, Castiel took a bite of the cupcake, moaning appreciatively as he tasted the cream. The recipe was one of his best.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “Take a bite,” he ordered and almost smashed the cupcake on Dean’s face. The man chuckled again and opened his mouth.

“Hm, wow,” he muttered as he chewed. “It’s even better than I expected,” he said but Castiel hardly paid any attention. His eyes were fixed on Dean’s lips and the fleck of pink cream on them.

“Y- you have a little,” he stuttered and barely stopped himself from wiping it off Dean’s lips with his thumb.

“Oh,” Dean breathed out and licked his lips. That was the exact moment when Castiel lost control. He leaned in and pressed his lips to Dean’s. Right when he was about to panic and pull away, Dean kissed back, opening his mouth and letting Cas taste the sweetness on his tongue.

“Wait!” Castiel yelped, pushing Dean away.

“We- I can’t do this! There’s someone you were baking the cupcakes for and I… I can’t.”

Dean blinked at him, his lips apart. Then he bursted into laugher.

“What?” Castiel barked, crossing his arms on his chest.

“You thought… oh my god, I’m sorry, Cas. I should have told you.” Dean took a deep breath to steady himself before he looked Castiel in the eyes.

“They’re for girls from a soccer team I couch. I don’t… I don’t have a Valentine.”

Castiel gaped at him, making Dean chuckle softly again.

“You have,” he said eventually. Dean frowned.

“I mean, if you want a Valentine, you can have me.”

A wide grin spread on Dean’s lips.

“Of course I do,” he said grabbing Castiel’s hips and pulling him closer.

The second kiss was even sweeter.

anonymous asked:

Ok so this year is my last year of high school. I'm moving to Tx after I graduate and I kinda don't wanna go to college yet cause it just doesn't feel right. What do you think is a good thing to get into while I'm not in college? Besides a job lol

imma just list random things tbh i have no idea bear with me

  • u can travel
  • learn how to sew and start an etsy shops
  • pick up gardening
  • start baking and cooking rly well
  • get plastic surgery and just be a totally dif person by the time school starts
  • jack off
  • build houses in poor countries
  • become a monk
  • try to get all the skill capes on runescape
  • rewatch ur fav anime until u have every line memorized
  • get a record deal

the possiblities are endless