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Carolina ([personal profile] fiarra) wrote2011-06-20 06:23 pm

#adventuresinbaking

My plan for today was to make a pie for your belated father's day dinner. My sister had sent me a text on Saturday night saying that my mom wanted "a tart or a pie". I find pies much easier and faster to make (I hate making crust, so I just use a pre-made situation) so I thought I would use all blueberries sitting in my fridge to make dessert. Except then I wandered out of my bedroom in the afternoon and as I started assembling my ingredients, my sister said "I think she really wanted you to make a tart, but I told you both".

I should take a moment here to note that last time I tried to make a fruit tart, I hated the filling recipe, my crust was a disaster and the glaze just didn't work. However, my mom LOVED it and apparently takes joy in making my soul cry by requesting it. But, when my sister said that my mom has specifically asked for a fruit tart (and NOT a blueberry pie), I had to pause and think.

I put away the fruit, and googled till I found this: http://www.joyofbaking.com/FruitTart.html
I still used a pre-made crust and I skipped the glaze (the fruit we have is so fresh anyway), but I was determined to defeat the pastry cream once and for all. I even watched the instructional video!


So first, I assembled everything.

Pastry cream has very few ingredients. I don't know why that I surprising, but looking at my collection of things, I wasn't sure how it was actually going to work. There were all these warnings about curdling the eggs and there was the moment where I dropped the yolk into the full bowl of egg whites and had to fish it out.

But somehow.. I ended up with this:

Two batches of vanilla pastry cream. I felt so accomplished, you don't even know. I even licked the spoon a bit and determined that it tasted delicious and acceptable. There were no lumps! I didn't have to fish out bits of egg! #success

I left everything to cool and then.. I assembled my tart. One thing I noticed is that some lumps formed in the filling after it had cooled enough. Luckily, it was easy to mix it out. :)

END RESULT


I am absurdly proud of myself and I can't wait to eat it later tonight. I just hope that the filling doesn't go lumpy in the fridge before then. DD:

Carolina: 1. Pastry Cream: 0.


And now for a meme!

Comment with "Come at me, bro," and:
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

[livejournal.com profile] shouldboverthis asked me some questions that I will answer.

1. I know you just went to see 'Panic at the Disco.' What are some of your other favorite bands and artists?
Oh goodness. I have an rather mixed collection of music. I tend to fixate on one band/artist for weeks at a time until I find something else. I adore Adam Lambert (and I just want him to give me new music so the fandom can stop imploding). I listen to a lot of Top 40 on the radio. I listen to a lot of soundtracks honestly; tv, movie and anime. Other bands who I also love include Ludo, Sugarcult, Disturbed and System of a Down.

2. What's the last movie you watched at home?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original one) was on ABC Family the other night so I watched that.

3. Do you follow other fandoms?
Ahahahaha. DO I EVER! I actively read Sherlock, Hawaii Five-0, Inception and X-Men: First Class. I also read bandom and Merlin. Most of my fandom involvement is through reading and discussing with people on twitter. I have a bingo card though, so soon there will be writing as well. :)

4. BC or MF? Sherlock or John?
This is a difficult question since I love them all for different reasons. When it comes down to it though, I am shallow and I think BC is gorgeous. He clearly has a passion for what he does and it's awesome to watch unfold in his various roles. I definitely have a special place in my heart for Martin though. The interview where he talks about rage is great and the story of how he met his wife just confirms my thought that he is awesome.
I am also very firmly a Sherlock-girl. I always have been, from the books to various other mediums. I love the way his mind works, which is why I tend to read fic that examines the way he thinks (vs fic that focuses on BAMF!John like some people I know). It also helps that in the BBC version.. he is very pretty.

5. I know this might be sensitive, so feel free to substitute something else: how did you get into your area of study?
I'm always happy to talk about why I like the science I do!! The current situation is ideal, but I just have to get through it and then I can move on to bigger and better things. :) We lived in California until I was 11, so I spent a lot of time on the beach with my family during the summers. My dad is also a scientist and he liked taking me on walks with him to go look at the tide pools and poke around in caves and such. He also did things like going to my elementary school classrooms to teach small science lessons and taking me to his lab to do mini-projects. Needless to say, science has always been a part of my life. But the beach part of things really stuck with me the most. Monterey Bay Aquarium was my favorite place ever. So... basically, since I have been about 8, I have wanted to do science to study the ocean. :D

If anyone wants some questions, let me know!

[identity profile] currentscarryou.livejournal.com 2011-06-20 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey darling, it's [livejournal.com profile] brightlightss, I changed my whole journal--will you addddd me? :D

And holy crap, send that pie over my way.

[identity profile] starsparkle333.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 06:52 pm (UTC)(link)
<3 You already know that I added you, but if I could have shared the pie I would have.
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[identity profile] puckling.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
Man, pastry cream. Pastry cream is difficult. o/ to you for mastering it!

COME AT ME BRO!!! (though I do reserve veto rights)

[identity profile] starsparkle333.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 07:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I was really quite proud of myself when it didn't fail spectacularly. Next step, actual pie crust!

Yay questions (ahaha sorry if these are totally lame)

1. What is something you'd really like to see happen in Season 4 of Merlin?

2. Describe your happy place.

3. What initially drew you into Merlin fandom and has that reason changed over time?

4. What was the last book you read, and what did you think of it?

5. Colin Morgan? (interpret that as you will)

[identity profile] dreamabella.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
Want tart.

Congrats! It looks lovely. :0)

[identity profile] starsparkle333.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 07:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! :)

[identity profile] shouldboverthis.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
ooo...impressed with the baking!

Love Ludo--Love Me Dead just knocks me over.

Yeah, BC is very pretty--certainly helps.

I've only been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium once but it was fantastic. What do you think of Boston's aquarium?

[identity profile] starsparkle333.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Ludo is good times. The Horror of Our Love is honestly one my most favorite songs.

Embarrassingly enough, I have never actually BEEN to Boston's aquarium? The times that anyone in my family went, I was always working or otherwise busy. Living here and having been at the Marine Science Center, there was no one to go with (mostly because everyone already had been). I would like to start volunteering there once I finish end of summer moving and settling into my new lab though!

[identity profile] shouldboverthis.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 07:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you want to go together sometime?

[identity profile] starsparkle333.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
:D If you ever have reason to want to go, I would love to go with you!!!! The aquarium is more fun with company anyway!

[identity profile] shouldboverthis.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 11:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Agreed! You always need someone to turn to and say, "Look at that!"
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[identity profile] unquietspirit.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 04:38 am (UTC)(link)
I want to eat that through my screen. Yum!

Come at me, bro.

[identity profile] starsparkle333.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Haha I'm looking at the picture now, almost a week later... and I want to lick my screen a little.

YAY QUESTIONS

1. I know you just graduated. In an ideal world where everything works out just the way you planned, what do you want to see yourself doing with your degree?

2. What was the last movie you watched in the theatre and what were your thoughts?

3. What is your favorite thing about fandom? Lease favorite?

4. Name a couple places in the world you would like to visit and why.

5. Tell me why you love Anderson.

[identity profile] revid.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 08:27 am (UTC)(link)
That looks GREAT! YUMYUM!

Also, Going to see Panic this week. will report back. :-)

[identity profile] starsparkle333.livejournal.com 2011-06-26 07:07 pm (UTC)(link)
aaaaahhh did you go already?! DID YOU?!