Wednesday, April 14, 2021

First cake hour for the new colleague!

Thanks to Covid there had been a lull in the usual comings and goings of fellows and associates. Mostly it was goings so we dropped down somewhat in the number of people here. But things are starting to change and if all the prospects from China haven't been able to get here our Japanese research fellows are.  The first one to arrive made his first cake hour today!  Yay!! 
Another good looking creation from the Vienna!

The view from above!

The candy lemon wedge give you the hint of what's to come!

True sculptors of whipped cream!

And it was a good cake from one of our faves the Vienna Bakery.  Everyone has pretty much learned that we prefer whipped cream frostings and that's what was served up today. 
Lemon and whipped cream layers on the inside!

It was a vanilla cake with lemon filling and lemon-curd like topping. Whipped cream all over and white chocolate garnishing finished it off.  The candy lemon wedge on top was also a nice little treat.
Excited for the first time at cake hour!

As usual the Vienna come through with a fresh cake where the tastes all work together! It was an auspicious start for our new colleague.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Banana Cream Pie - no, not that one again!

We've had the Banana Cream Tart from Pastiche many times. Today we got what would second place in any matchup.  This was a Banana Cream Pie from another favorite bakery, The Vienna Bakery in Barrington.  As you can see it is a nice looking pie also with clearly an appropriate amount of whipped cream on top.  The pastry was thin and good. The filling was pastry cream with a bunch of banana slices in the center of the pie.  All this was smothered with the whipped creak that was decorated with dried banana pieces and the proverbial cherry on the top.  It tasted very good and was comparatively light. Plus we got our potassium from the fresh banana slices. Who says pastry isn't good for you!

We see whipped cream!

A little more detail in this view!

The dried bananas and cherry finish it off!

Great view from above!

And on the inside....

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Grab and Go Brownie Bites

Most supermarket bakeries have those family packages of mini-muffins or mini-brownies.  Usually in a grab and go format just as you enter or leave the bakery area.  One of our colleagues when shopping and grabbed some brownie bites and went.  These were actually pretty chocolatey and were definitely not the cake type. But they very good and lated a few days so no complaints!
Fresh from your grocers freez - er, bakery!

They look pretty good and in  fact were!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The cookies were on sale so why not?

Pepperidge Farms makes a lot of different and some would say iconic cookies - Milano for instance.  At a local store their premium brand of chocolate chip cookie selections was on sale buy one get one free. So we got one and got one for free! These were Farmhouse thin and crispy and they were indeed but not as good as Tate's which sort of got this whole thing and crispy thing going.

We got one free!

Good looking commercial product!


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

It's Mardi Gras 2021 and as we have done in the past we had our little cake hour King Cake to celebrate courtesy of King King Cakes in New Orleans.  Yes, you can get just about anything shipped nowadays.

Straight from NOLA for Mardi Gras 2021
We opted for the regular King Cake which upon arrival needs to be decorated. So we added the icing on the top and sprinkled the traditional colors green, violet and gold.  Everything you need for the decoration comes with the cake.  
All decorated and ready to eat - but where's the baby?

The plain cake tastes great - what's lurking on the left edge?

As usual it was quite good and we all tend to like cakes that aren't too sweet and this is one of them.  The frosting adds the sweetness. Someone new got the baby!  It's nice to spread it around. 

Her first Mardi Gras King Cake baby!

Showing off the baby and some beads!
Lent is about to begin so in the meantime - Laissez les bon temps roulent!! 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Gong Xi Fa Chai - 恭禧发财

It's Chinese New Year and tomorrow begins the year of the Ox!  So we had our little celebration with traditional dumplings stuffed with pork and cabbage and then, of course, a cake!  The dumplings were made by two of our colleagues one from Harbin, China and one from Shanghai.  
The Year of the Ox!!

Sporting pandemic red for the new year!

The dish from our Harbinite was prepared with scrambled eggs and spices on top and then served with a homemade spicy sauce made from soy, ginger, garlic and hot peppers. The presentation was different but delicious as were the dumplings and the sauce.
Dumplings a la Harbin?  Great presentation!

This was sort of a last minute addition to our cake schedule so our Shanghai colleague did not have much time to prepare but nonetheless showed up with a plate of fried dumplings that were also very very good.
Dumpling Shanghai!

Getting a plate together

Not bad for lunch!

The cake was a yellow cake with some lemon curd type filling between the layers and vanilla butter cream frosting.  It was from Antonio's Bakery in Warwick and was very good.  We have to learn to leave butter cream frosted cakes out of the refrigerator because they are harder to cut when they are cold. 
Warwick Bakery that makes good stuff!

Looks nice and was good but not what was expected!

Although we enjoyed the cake, our Harbin friend who provided it was not very happy because it was supposed to be a whipped cream frosting.  We didn't mind but she was disappointed enough to take it back.  That was a surprise but supposedly the bakery was very understanding.  We'll find out for sure the next time we try to get a cake there!


Monday, February 8, 2021

When in doubt it's time for Tates!

Tate's chocolate chip cookies are becoming ubiquitous. We knew them and had them when they were a much smaller enterprise.  But what they do they do well so who care if they get bigger. They make a coof thin crunchy cookie that always comes through in the pinch...like today!

We've seen them before and we'll see them again!