Monday, October 3, 2011

Salmon Puff Pastry

If anyone know me, you would know that I LOVE FRENCH CUSINE especially of its strong influence in Vietnamese Culture. I spent a majority of my childhood running from my heritage which I think coincides with growing up in the OC Bubble. In any case, when I went to college I began this journey in search of not only myself but food and culture that is soo closely associated with my roots.

Anyway, I have an on going love affair with puff pastry which can be found at almost any grocery store. I am very fortunate that down here there's Jon's which carries a lot of Mediterranean food and ingredients.

So this is my little fatty recipe or what I refer to as comfort food.

1 pkg French Puff Pastry
1 Salmon Fillet
1 8 oz. Cream Cheese
Garlic Salt

1. Let the puff pastry cool at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before you try to play with it.
2. During the mean time, slice your salmon fillet into 1/2" steaks. Then do the same with the cream cheese. (Note: don't let the cream cheese sit at room temp, return it to the fridge until you're ready to use it)
3. Once the puff pastry is at room temperature, it should be soft (not gooey) yet firm enough for you to cut out square shapes. 
4. Preheat the over to 325C
5. Then you assemble the ingredients like in the picture below and sprinkle the garlic salt on both sides of the fillet (I don't suggest having a lot of sodium in your everyday diet but once in awhile it should be okay) 

6. Then fold the ends onto each other so you get a little bun. Turn them over so the folded ends are hidden at the bottom and you're left with a smooth surface on top.
7. I used a butter knife to create the cross hash pattern.
8. Place individual buns at least 1/4" away from one another.
9. To the oven they go for around 35-45 mins or until the crust is golden brown. (Note: there's a point in the cooking phase where the buns will look as though they melted but don't worry, the butter must all melt before the individual layers of the puff pastry can rise)

Well, I hope you enjoy this! You will notice that I use puff pasty ALL the time. <3

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bustle Tutus!

A couple of weeks ago, my mexican sister and I decided that we needed to dance....and Nocturnal was just around the corner, so we decided that it would be an awesome opportunity to showcase our shuffling skills. :)

In preparation for the rave, I decided to design our costume: a pair of booty undies, corset and a bustle out of tulle. What's a bustle you may ask? Its the added fabric used during the Victorian Period to make it seem like you had a big butt! I decided that a bustle would be a wonderful play on of the Alice in Wonderland theme which dates back to the turn of the 20th Century.

I spent a few nights looking around and found this wonderful video on youtube: CraftoVision - Bustle. I love all her crafts, she used to do threadbanger and I was greatly disappointed when that came to an end.

Anyways, the same instruction are used with tulle with the exception of using trimming on the ends.

This this a picture of our finished project.

 The picture also includes the "Eat Me" cookies that is found in the classic tale. I just used felt, some glue and a ton of glow in the dark puffy paint. Once I find a way to load a pattern, it will be up, but its just a simple heart.

Well, here's me signing of. Tell me how this goes for you. I think its a really easy and inexpensive way to have a 'slutty' Halloween Costume without having to show EVERYTHING. However, I must say our costume was VERY out of character for the both of us, but you know what?!?! Why not? And in case you were wondering...we had a blast...the only foreign substance was my Powerade and one Redbull vodka for my friend.


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