Food! What Would I do Without You
Don’t Let Perfectionism Stunt You From What You Love To Do
Frozen On a Dream
We Have Total Control…Of The State Of Mind That We Choose to Bring Towards Every Experience
Don’t Put Pressure On Thyself
Brunch was Perfect
My boys and I, love making pizza.
Making Pizza Fun
We get really excited in the process …my boys love it when they get to stretch the pizza dough. As for me I have to admit the cheese does it for me…love picking out of the pizza. My boys, and my brother get really annoyed when I do this to the pizza.
The process of making pizza is easy, but the look and excitement in my house is far more rewarding than the actual final result. My boys literally can’t believe that we don’t have to buy pizza, and that we can create our very own…if it was for them I would be making pizza everyday.
Zen of Pizza
It takes basic ingredients, you can always pre-prepare the dough and let it rest for a couple hours or all day.
I started early in the morning all left it eight hours to rest…enough time for my boys come out from school.
To start you have to play and get messy. Knead the dough for about ten minutes until the dough doesn’t feel clumpy…do this at the begging, and after the rising of the dough. I have to admit that after a long day I started releasing some of my build up tension…which made my body feel relaxed after a while. Automatically I started feeling happy.
It was also therapy for my boys as they gathered and asked with a smile, “Where making Pizza?” laughter and positive energy radiated through the kitchen. And theirs no greater feeling in knowing their wont be a battle or debate at dinner time.
No Culinary School Needed
Unless your opening a restaurant, planning to impress an important guest…then this is the perfect recipe for you and your family. My critics are no food experts and they love me…reason why I can get away with almost anything when it comes food…bare in mind almost but not necessarily.
But I have to admit that this one is a winner for me, simple yet bready, cheesy delicious pizza.
No fancy baking Pizza Stone…though I’m looking into it since it’s becoming a frequent request. And my perfectionist side always manages to condemn me for it while making pizza.
I’m also torn between All purpose flour and Bread Flour…but the awesome part is that you get to decide. I’ve worked with both and All purpose flour is easier to stretch and less tougher to handle.
The Bread Flour is tougher to handle and less stretchier, but the texture is far more satisfying…ask my family.
I made two pizzas using the same dough that night. One pizza was left a little thicker, and second pizza was stretched enough to make it thin. I will have to leave it up to you…depending of how thick you love your pizza.
I love cooking cakes…it makes me extremely happy. If I could make a cake for everyone’s Birthday I would…but not everyone is ready for my decorating skills.
I get this warm fussy feeling when baking, everything seems perfect. I also tend to love everything and everyone. I’m filled with happy thoughts and my mouth literally waters throughout the whole process.
Confession I have a box of chocolate in my room. Every night I will indulge on a piece of Chocolate and it’s just a reminder that the day was all worth it.
Cake Décor Fail
I wanted to design the unicorn cake, and when attempting the flowers I failed miserably. I definitely need culinary school for this or work on it harder. Since the unicorn cake failed, I made it into a flower cake.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out pretty…try to fix it and make the best out of it. And if you fail on plan A try plan B. If both failed then it was meant to be eaten at home…hopefully the cake wasn’t made for someone special because regardless of the design this cake taste amazing. The frosting is delicious and the inside of the cake taste even better super moist, soft, fluffy, bursting with chocolate, and easy to make.
Good Coffee Please
I brewed fresh Starbucks Coffee and trust me you want to add good tasting coffee. I’ve tried some instant coffees and it makes a huge difference. I personally cannot drink some coffee brands. My sister argues with me every morning and says “Erica it’s coffee theirs no difference they all taste the same” while trying to convince me to drink her brand. The only way I will drink her coffee is if I run out of mine and I’m desperate which happens rarely.
I’ve tried many Chocolate Cake recipes and by far this is my favorite. Quick and easy to make and it taste like it was baked from the best bakery. Super moist and the secret is the sour cream. Cutting into the first slice will be highly enjoyable due to the softness glorious feeling of the cake.
Once you try this recipe you’ll give up trying to find the perfect chocolate cake or maybe not. Either way it tastes sinfully delicious. Enjoy 🙂
I had broccoli for days. I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat it all by myself and decided to make Curry Broccoli Soup for the first time.
Vacation mode equals relaxed mode. Since I had a whole day to play…let me just confess not a good thing for a procrastinator like me. And instead of creating the best recipe because I wasn’t on a time clock I did the absolute opposite. Which resulted one of the best choices for this particular dish.
I get more creative on my recipes when I don’t put to much thought and stress.
Curry Broccoli Soup For Days
Literally I made about two litters of soup. And to my surprised I’m glad I did. Now I can eat a cup of soup on a lazy, relaxed, or not in the mood too cook kind of day. Not only was it a tasty, I figured out all the possibilities with this recipe.
I sautéed sausage, turkey patties and poured some of the soup as sauce with a tablespoon of Fresh Parsley…I love Parsley. And it was the perfect meal after finishing up an interesting book that I’m currently binging on.
Can you possibly imagine what you can do with this soup…I can.
The Story behind the Curry Powder
My fascination with Indian, Mediterranean Cuisine beyond are beyond indescribable.
One of my favorite Mexican dishes is Mole which is prepared in thick sauce and even though the flavors are not similar the texture and the amount of spices that go into these dishes are probably where my addiction comes from.
Many years ago I tried this homemade Mole at a party that I fell in love with, and since then I haven’t found a similar or close enough recipe. I’ve tried different restaurants and I find them unpleasantly flavorless…Reason why I stopped ordering Chicken Mole in any restaurant.
Back to my Curry Dish…just a little insight of why I love cooking with spices. Secretly I’m trying to find the best sauces for all my dishes.
When Nothing Else Matters
It must be my fascination with food that brings comfort at the start of my mornings and ending of my day.
I usually prefer a table and silverware when eating. But on this particular day off I was sitting in my car after listening to an unpleasant conversation at a bookstore. I pulled out my spoon and bowl of soup took the first bite and forgot all the negative feelings that were stirred inside at that very moment.
With a smile I recalled the best part of the day and all the reason to be grateful.
Simple and Basic
Looking for comfort food then look no more. Sure the list of spices is long but if you like extra spices and spicy food. Then this is the dish for you. Then again I’m literally basic with a unique sense of taste buds. Enjoy 😉
By Erica’s Coffee_Foodievlog
Packaged and freshly made Chocolate Chip Cookies for my cousin. If you ask me theirs no better way to show your love by sending a box of cookies.
Cookies For Your Loved Ones
I love visiting LA, specially when I get to see my cousin. On this particular visit I left missing her more than ever. I sincerely feel like she’s more than a cousin. I feel a deep connection, we can talk for hours about important topics or unimportant. We eat the same food, shop, and care for others.
She made me feel extra special with her humble nature…and wanted to show her how much meaning she brings to my life.
So I send her a box of cookies via Fed Ex.
And yes I could have send her a special arrangement from a well known gift shop…but in my opinion taking the time and space to create something for your loved ones, makes it extra special.
Cookie Dancing is Therapy
Theirs something definitely sexy and exciting when cooking with chocolate. It literally makes me feel warm and happy. Besides the fact that throughout the whole process I was literally drooling, and I couldn’t wait to ship them off to her and make her day…since it made my day.
Oh and let me be clear which song motivated the baking at 2:00 am in the morning…song by Church Eric, “Like A Wrecking Ball.” One of my favorite song tracks. If I want to cook, wake up, feel motivated, or run a little faster at the gym then this is the track. One of my favorite rituals.
Not Just Any Cookie
Incase your wondering, I did make extra cookies for my boys. And since my brother lives with me I’ve adopted him as my son and he has become my personal food critic. I’ve shared all my recipes through his approval.
Soft moist, rich in chocolate, nutty, and dense all in one bite. It will literally leave you wanting more. And the secret is all in the butter, and don’t forget to melt just a tiny bit. When mixed with the sugar it makes the batter extra creamy, smooth, and fluffy. Enjoy 😉