I’ve been on a cooking/baking spree lately. Or rather, maybe I’m just starting to get back to my old self from last semester where I was always in the kitchen.

First, I decided to bake my first cake…ever. This, of course, required my purchasing a cake pan and all that business. Well, let me back up. Almost 3 years ago (dang) I went to Brazil for a semester study abroad. I bought souvenirs for everyone I felt like buying stuff for, so I bought my dad, who’s always cooking, a Brazilian cookbook and a few ingredients that you can’t commonly buy here in the states: stupid hot peppers, and dendê  (which is pretty much just palm oil). Well, it’s been 3 years and he still hasn’t cracked it open, SO I took it back. I really wanted to start exploring some of these recipes, so that’s where I took my cake recipe from. It’s called:

Bolo Espera Marido (Hoping-for-a-husband Cake):


  • 1 freshly grated coconut
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbs cornstarch
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs separated


  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • remaining half of grated coconut

I thought about putting up the instructions for the recipe, but this post is already going to be long enough. If you want the directions I suppose just leave a comment. The only change I think I would make or rather, specification I would make that the recipe didn’t–would be to use confectioners sugar for the frosting and not regular sugar, since mine didn’t sit up too well.

The other thing I made was quinoa mac & cheese. Sounds pretty unconventional but it is damn good, and a lot healthier than your typical mac & cheese. Ingredients roughly:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 leeks
  • bag of spinach
  • garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • feta cheese
  • cream cheese
  • parmesan

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