Hi there, readers!

It’s official, the school year has begun and with it, Pastry School has too.

Last Saturday was my very first class and boy, what a start! We headed right to the basics… what can you do with some butter, sugar, eggs and flour? Lots of wonders, I can say now!

Just those 4 ingredients? YES! The teacher did an apple cake, a marble bundt cake, banana and granola muffins, blueberry muffins, brownies and even some meringues to decorate!

In my attempt to make at least one of the recipes shown in class, today I’m making Candid Orange Pound Cake… mostly because I have 2 oranges in my fridge, and I’ve done a lot of pound cakes to practice this week and I haven’t done an orange one yet. :) You’ll have to understand that I have time and I bake… that’s kinda what I do now. I bake the same thing over and over again. Friends are more than grateful I can say :)

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Breakfast … the most awesome meal of them all.

I like breakfast… I don’t like getting up in the morning, but breakfast makes it better. The smell of fresh coffee, warm toasts and, occasionally, muffins and mascarpone cheese!

I came across a lovely recipe for homemade mascarpone cheese yesterday morning (because for some reason I was up at 8.25 am) and I had to make it. Just had to. I mean, why not? The recipe only called for cream and lemon juice and I happen to have both in my fridge.

I had just made banana muffins before I found the cheese recipe… so I cleaned out the kitchen and started cooking again!

Making it took me about 30-40 minutes and then 24 hs in the fridge until it’s completly done.

So having made the muffins and the mascarpone cheese, all I had to do was wait for breakfast and enjoy all the hard work!!

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“Fernando? what tha… who is Fernando?”

Don’t worry. You are not supposed to know him. Well, it is not a him, actually.

This cupcakes are made with Fernet cream and Coca Cola cake, in great honor of a well-known drink from Argentina. The “Fernando”, for which you put  1/10 Fernet in a glass and fill the rest with coke.

So now you know him.

I’m quite sure something like this has been made before. I’m SURE. However, i never actually thought of doing anything with Fernet… in my life! Mostly because I’m not a big fan of it. It’s bitter and really strong. Tastes kind of like medicine. It used to be used as one, so i guess it makes sense hehe!

Still, it is one of the most common drinks in Argentina along sides with beer, Quilmes beer that is.

It all started because a friend of mine, Matias, send me an email joking about how he wanted me to make him fernet cupcakes.

“He’s just mad. How in the world is that ever gonna be possible??” was my first reaction. But after a couple months thinking about it (and Matias pushing me to do it for when he comes back from a season in Utah) I decided to give it a try.

Trust me, even I liked them!

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Howdy dears!

I hope you’d had a great week since my last post, I  had one myself. Since last Wednesday I went to work 5 days, had 2 days off, had 1 night out with the girls and made apple cinnamon cake. I think it was a pretty good week, right?

And to top it all off, today my best friend told me she was totally into going on vacations together!

In early December, I took a job at a hotel here in Buenos Aires -mainly- as a waitress. I like it there, i mean i’ve never worked as a waitress before, so it was a good opportunity to learn more about the whole F&B depertment in a hotel.

So the same day i had my last final in school, i started working. Nine hours a day, 5 days a week  for 3 months. Easy, right?

Well thing is, i now realized that as soon as my contract ends, my school year begins … not such a great idea now, is it? This means i have basically no vacations until NEXT year. And that of course being no vacation at all, since i’ll go to the States to work next winter!

I couldn’t get my head arround it, i would have gone nuts if i’d done this! Therefor, i told the people at the hotel that i was terminating my contract, ergo, turning in my resignation by the end of this month, so that i could have at least 2 weeks of doing whatever it was i wanted to do right before starting college again.

I did this like a week ago, and i’ve been wanting to ask my friend if she wanted to go on a little road trip with me for a couple of days, as a symbolism of “my year has finally ended, let’s get the new one rolling, please!”

Today we finally got to talk about it and we decided that we are taking perhaps 3 days to go to a very close small town called Chascomus. It has a lagoon and a lot of “estancias” that work as rural hotels… such a lovely place to go to and relax, go horse back riding or canoeing!

My mind is already by the pool, reading a book… it does not want to go back to work tomorrow, but it has to, i still have 20 more days to go before i can stop and make my braing go blank!

Meanwhile, as to relax a bit before starting my week, i made Apple Cinnamon Cake yet again. The girls at work have been demanding this cake for 2 weeks now, so it was about time i made it!

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So this is the first post. Good! I mean, I finally got the blog up and working and it’s time to write the very first post.

It’s not like i’m nervous or anything… well, perhaps nervous is not the word for it… exited or frightened would be a better fit.

See, thing is i love to write journals and every day stuff. I’ve always loved to do those assignments where your supposed to write about what you did in the summer, or what you did for the holidays, or how you celebrated your birthday, or… However, writing the firsts lines is the most difficult part of it. I just don’t know where to start!

So to start-up this blog i not only had to think about what was i gonna write about, but also what recipe i was gonna make! This turned up to be more complicated than getting my driver’s license! And boy, that was hard!

After a whole week of thinking and researching, i run across this recipe from the Martha Stewart’s website and i had to give it a try.

I’m not used to working with chocolate, mainly because i’m not that into chocolate. I know, i know… you must be thinking “WTF! who is this girl? she’s not THAT into chocolate and yet she adventures herself into a baking blog??”

Yes, that’s me. The crazy girl who prefers dulce de leche over chocolate :) Hi! nice to meet you all!

But like i’ve said, i had to give it a try to get familiar with the “chocolate man” And let me tell you, it was an instant crush! Such an easy recipe and such a great result!

Chocolate is a great way to get to know each other. Molten Mocha Cakes are the perfect excuse to bring friends together for coffee on a busy afternoon , or relax yourself at night after an exhausting day in the office. Or at least that’s what i’ve heard. Hasn’t happened to me yet. Hey! Wait! I take that back! i’m taking a molten mocha cake over to my friend’s house later today… so i guess it’s true.

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