I was cleaning out my hard drive and found some things that, for whatever reason, never quite made it onto here…

The late afternoon sun creates some remarkable, sharp shadows in my office, courtesy of the best cactus of all time. Every time I pick it up (rarely), I get so nervous that its stalks will break. It’s so fragile!

The first cupcakes I ever made for my work. They were a visual disaster — I couldn’t find any cupcake liners, and I utterly failed at piping frosting, resulting in little cakes that resembled dark brown turds — but they were undeniably delicious. Dark chocolate cake with a properly light, airy crumb, topped with a creamy, sweet peanut butter buttercream. They sold out in less than a day.

During the winter, I have soup almost every day. This was a simple, no-frills, tomato-black bean soup, finished with cilantro, chili oil, and lime juice.

At my first trip to downtown brasserie Chez Alexandre, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that despite its touristy Parisian vibe, the food is pretty damn good. My seared filet mignon was juicy and rare and spiked with rosemary and white peppercorns; the frites were reminiscent of McDonalds, extra salty and pliant. I also couldn’t resist ordering their cassoulet, one of my all-time favorite Toulouse dishes, mostly for its liberal application of goose fat. Despite a bizarre dearth of cannellini beans (unacceptable!), it was delicious, salty, and rich with goose and duck fat.

My favorite red pants and what my bf calls my ‘cave woman’ shirt, bought in Bali for $2. Is it just me, or have I been seeing red, stretchy cotton pants everywhere on the internet lately?


3 responses to “LEFTOVERS

  1. the cactus shadow looks amazing, the cupcakes look amazing (and i don’t just mean look like they’d taste amazing, but i love how they look! the frosting looks great like that, way more visually interesting to me than perfect piping, they look like something made of clay you’d either wanna keep around for looks or bite into), the soup and meal look amazing, you look amazing in your red pants + cave woman shirt. all in all, amayyyyyyyyyzinggg. (who could expect less?).

  2. p.s.i haven’t forgotten about the essentials post! i’m just not organized enough! will do it this week:)) xo

  3. thank you for accepting/appreciating my deformed cupcakes. they thank you. i got teased so much for how crazy they look!! until i buy a proper pastry bag, i will continue to pipe my frosting through a ziploc freezer baggie, results be damned.

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