Archive for the ‘FOOD’ Category
a couple of months ago I decided to start having “creative wednesdays” in the office with my team. every week we come up with a fun project and shoot it in the studio. the idea is to not over think the process and to just have fun creating beautiful (and sometimes delicious) things together. (we’ve made fruit ice cubes, painted moons, made cakes, and had a fiesta) it’s been great to just get our attention off of the computer screen and focused elsewhere. it’s something that i hope to continue throughout the year.
last week, in honor of summer weather, we made waffle cones. they were surprisingly simple to make and made the whole studio smell amazing. we purchased the chef’s choice waffle cone maker, used the recipe they provided and then dipped them in chocolate and coconut. this would be a fun family activity to do together.
what you’ll need:
• 1 egg
• 1 egg white
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2/3 cup flour
• 2 TBS melted butter
• 16 oz white chocolate
• 2 cups shredded coconut
how to make them:
combine the egg, egg white and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the sugar and beat by hand for at least a minute, until the mixture lightens in color.
add the flour and stir until moistened and no clumps remain. Add the 2 TBS of melted (and slightly cooled) butter. Stir until smooth.
for the topping:
melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, stirring frequently. Once completely melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Spread a layer of coconut on a plate. With a spoon, gently paint the chocolate on the tops of the cones. It doesn’t need to be perfect, the coconut will cover it. Take the cone and gently roll it across the coconut.
Stand cones upright to dry. You can do this by either placing them in the top of a narrow glass or, making small holes in a cardboard box and placing the base of the cone in it.
Top with your favorite ice cream and enjoy!
photos by sheila gim for designlovefest
i threw a dinner party last week with some of my closets girlfriends. it was a perfect evening with some of my favorite people, delicious food, and a little too much wine.
onefinestay let us host the party in a dream home for the evening, something i’d love to own one day, it was cozy and modern with the best backyard fireplace. the house had a great lived-in vibe, we all felt right at home as soon as we arrived. comfy couches, and lots of well placed art and accents.
our chef was daniel benhaim and his food was so pretty and insanely delicious.
we hosted the dinner with a company called kitchensurfing. they have locations all over the US but they’re new to LA. basically, they’re a dream come true for someone like me who loves to have people over but isn’t so much into the cooking a meal for everyone part. you can pick a chef from their list and they come to your home and prepare the meal in your kitchen, serve it and even do the dishes!
the pink campari cocktails were bright & strong. things got a little outta hand towards the end of the night….we ended up at a random beyonce tribute concert (HA!)
we kept everything really simple and fresh. laurel and wolf set the table and glasswing floral did a gorgeous job with the arrangements, such pretty combinations of pinks and earth tones. i love the chairs too!
i love how they displayed the appetizers on spoons, the beets with edible flowers were amazing.
it was one of those special evenings that are good for the soul.
photos by brittany wood for designlovefest
cheers to a long weekend! planning to have a little hotel staycation here in los angeles and maybe a beach bbq with friends. what are your plans? if you’re hosting a party of just hanging out by the pool i recommend trying these colorful fruit ice cubes….
for starters we bought a variety of fruit and herbs. then, we cut the fruit into really thin slices before adding them to the water in the tray. it was fun to play around with the colors and shapes, experimenting with different flavors. we kept some simple with a small slice of lemon and made bolder combos like mint + cucumber and lemon + sage.
you can add them to a cocktail or to a pitcher of plain water for a punch of color.
we used the leftover fruit to make fusion water for the office. it’s so much easier to drink water throughout the day when it’s this pretty! hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! - bri
(above photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)
and if you’re looking for MORE memorial day party ideas & recipes…
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• SALMON TACOS WITH MANGO SALSA
• BLACK EYED PEA DIP
• STRAWBERRY ORANGE POPSICLES
• GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITAS
• SLIDERS PARTY
i love coming across new (to me) sites that inspire me. how have i never seen the blog adventures in cooking?!? she has got it going ON.
aren’t these photos gorgeous? the moody lighting, pops of color, & ridiculously good looking food.
check out all of her recipes here! what are some sites that have been inspiring you lately?
the hot weather in los angeles last week had me thinking about summer time. can’t wait for tan legs and spending the day by the pool. wouldn’t these pretty popsicles be the perfect cool treat?! i just love the colors…
Strawberry Orange Almond Milk Popsicle
yield: 10-12 popsicles
• 3½ Cups Unsweetened Almond Breeze Original
• 1 Cup orange juice
• 2 oranges peeled, sectioned
• ½ Cup frozen strawberries
• ½ Cup fresh strawberries
• 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional)
how to make them:
• Combine all ingredients into a blender, blending until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold. Freeze 4-6 hours. *Option of adding fresh slices of strawberries to mold.
how to make popsicle in stripe layers:
Strawberry Layer combine 1 Cup Almond Breeze, ½ Cup orange juice, ½ Cup frozen strawberries, ½ Cup fresh strawberries and 1 orange (peeled and sectioned). Blend until smooth. Pour into glass jar and set aside. Keep refrigerated.
Orange Layer combine 1 Cup Almond Breeze, ½ Cup orange juice, and 1 orange (peeled and sectioned). Blend until smooth. Pour into glass jar and set aside. Keep refrigerated.
(Optional) Vanilla Protein Layer combine 1½ Cups Almond Breeze and 2 scoops vanilla protein powder. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass jar and set aside. Keep refrigerated.
• Pour one flavor into mold. Freeze 30-40 minutes. Continue with each flavor until mold is full. Freeze for 4-6 hours total.
(recipe + photos by leslie grow for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here! this post is in partnership with almond breeze, all opinions are completely my own.)