I recently visited my best friend, Parisa, in California and half a day was dedicated to the kitchen. It’s fun to cook and bake with family and friends since I always learn something new – like using a fork to stir batter, ha. We picked up some purple cauliflower and an onion at the local Sunday Farmer’s Market for a soup recipe we’d picked out in P’s soup book. Also I’ve been wanting to try cake pops for awhile and since P’s artsy and creative this seemed like a perfect opportunity to try it out! Here are our two creations…both tasty, but one was more visually appealing than the other…
Cauliflower Soup – SUCCESS!
- 1 Medium cauliflower (any color), broken up into small florets
- 1 Medium onion, chopped roughly
- 2 c stock
Combine these three in a pot and bring to boil; boil for 15 min
- 2 c milk
- Handful of walnuts
Add these two ingredients to the pot of cauliflower Pour contents into blender and blend until smooth Pour back into pot and bring to boil
- Salt & Pepper
Stir in to taste
- Handful of walnuts & teaspoon of cayenne
Sprinkle on top of soup…ready to serve!
Rose Cake Pops – not such a success…
1 box cake mix (we used white) 3/4 jar frosting (we used vanilla) candy coating (~2 bags) sticks, foam board, plastic bags w/ties opt – sprinkles, decorative gel
Cook the cake per box directions. Let cool. Crumble cake (we used a fork). Combine the frosting and cake in a large bowl. Roll 1-1.5″ cake balls and place on a wax covered cookie sheet. They need to get a little hard, but not frozen. We put them in the freezer for 15 min or so and the fridge for 15-30. Be patient! We tried dipping too early and they fell off the stick. We made some oval shapes and then tried adding some pedal texture to the tops at various stages in this experiment. I preferred the shapes at the top – even if they looked more like tulips than roses!
Melt the candy coating in the microwave – stirring occasionally until completely melted. Dip the very end of a stick into the candy coating; insert into cake ball nearly all the way through; dip cake ball into coating until submerged; tap stick on side of bowl to get excess coating off – twirl as necessary; stick into foam board to dry.
We tried painting on green candy coating as leaves. We tried double dipping in green candy coating to form leaves. Not as easy as we though it would be. We tried using red gel and red sprinkles to mimic pedals as well. I suppose practice makes perfect…bc this first attempt was not perfect.
Once dry, load them into plastic baggies, close with a tie wrap and add ribbon for flare.