Thank you to all who came by our stall at Union Square

Sunday November 1stbiscotti, marshmallows, Street Fair, Union Square Category

Thank you to all who stopped by at our Union Square fair. It was an interesting experience!

There was a woman who came and bought a pack of Strawberry Marshmallows and despite a great resolve, opened the pack right there and popped one in her mouth! Another asked us to hope that she did not open the pack she had bought till she reached home:). Yet another woman bought marshmallows which she said she would allow to get stale because she liked them better with hot chocolate when they didn’t quickly melt into the chocolate!

All our pistachio-cardamom biscotti was sold out too! Not to mention all our samples were eagerly devoured even by those that look down upon sugar and butter.

Hope you enjoyed all our products as much as we enjoyed making them.

Street Fair at Union Square, November 1, 2009

Saturday October 31stbiscotti, brownies, Cheesecake, cupcakes, homemade, marshmallows, Street Fair, Union Square Category

It’s been a year since we were at Union Square. Last year we were in the triangular space all the way up at 23rd. This year we are between 20th and 21st  . Watch out for the pink banner!

Our offerings at this fair are –

Flavored Marshmallows:

  • Vanilla, Chocolate, Pandan and Strawberry

Brownies

  • Dark Chocolate and Gingerbread-Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl

Cheesecakes

  • Lemon Curd and Pumpkin

Cupcakes in a Jar

  • Red velvet with cream cheese frosting
  • Pear and ginger cupcake with cardamom buttercream

Biscotti

  • Cardamom-Pistachio and Chocolate Chip

See you there! Do remember day savings begins on the same day.

Street Fair at Lexington Avenue_Thanks for coming!

Monday October 19thbrownies, Cheesecake, cupcakes, homemade, marshmallows, muffins, Street Fair, Union Square Category

October 18, 2009! What a day!

We woke up to a dull, sunless, wet morning. Goodies in hand, and hope in our hearts, we set out in Pia’s car from our homes in Queens to the big city! As we got there we realized, it was no longer chilly but very cold and the raindrops got bigger all the time. We were between 88th and 89th streets and we had all of 6 or 8 stores on our block…because most vendors decided not to set up at all!

Yup, we had never been to a street fair where vendors who have already put down payment for stalls, decided not to set up. As we went along, the wind got worse and the Clearview Festivals guys came along to say that the winds were to get worse and to check whether we were adequately reinforced. A large pumpkin did it for us. We were safe under our sturdy tent.

At 11:30 a.m. I was ready to go back home (because traffic was slow and more importantly, I was dressed for 45 degree F and it had already dropped to 36 degree F). But thankfully, traffic did pick up and we ended up staying till 5:00 p.m. Also, did a decent bit of business.

Products that sold out were: Pandan and Chocolate Marshmallows, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingerbread on a stick and the Cheesecake with Lemon Curd and Sponge Cake base.
The brownies did well, as always! They are becoming a solid cash cow.
The
winner in the ‘Sooo Cute!’ product category was the Cupcake in a Jar

Many people came out to encourage the ‘brave’ few who set up their stalls. Others were happy have our samples that put smiles on their faces in the bad weather! Thank you so much for stopping by! It did put a bright spot in our day.

Many persons asked us about where we will be next, the answer is Union Square. Watch out for the bright pink banner. Hope to see you there!


Our next street fair_Lexington Avenue, NYC. Between 88th & 89th street.

Saturday October 17thbiscotti, brownies, Cheesecake, cupcakes, marshmallows, Street Fair Category

Watch out for us at our next street fair!

This time we have our ever popular Marshmallows and Brownies. Flavored Marshmallows come in Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry…and some other surprises. Brownies will be in Dark Chocolate and Walnut Brownies.

We will also have Cupcakes in a Jar, anyone who came to our stall at Austin Street, would know that these taste as good as they look and are especially wonderful for gifting! They are already packed. Remember, we do take orders!

Cheesecake was brought in on popular demand. And it was popular. Hope you will like it too! Cheesecake will be available in Pumpkin, Lemon and Vanilla.

Biscotti for your cup of hot drink will be available in a chai-friendly, Pistachio-Cardamom flavor and also in Gingerbread flavor. For those who prefer gluten free foods, we have biscotti made from Amaranth flour, Rice flour and Tapioca flour. All of these flours are organic.

In addition we do have other surprises and offers in store.

Looking forward to seeing you then,

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Tuesday October 6thUncategorized Category

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Thanks for stopping by!

Austin Street Fair – 10/04/09

Tuesday October 6thStreet Fair Category

What a day! The warmest day of the previous week and the following week as well! Of course, we weren’t the only ones that noticed, all those that came to the street fair thought so too!

It was an overwhelming response! We were on our feet setting up at 10:00 a.m. and the first time any of us sat down was 4:00 p.m.! Each time we put out samples of our products they were gone! At times we had people waiting in line to get the samples being put out.  It was wonderful to be appreciated, some with kind comments and finger licking, others with patronage. Thank you all for stopping by! Do remember we are home based and that is why we are able to bring you fresh products that have the healthy taste and warmth of homemade goodies! We are a phone call and a website away from, so the next time you are going to dinner and need to take something with you, think of us and you can carry a truly delightful treat to enhance the pleasure of the evening!

Back to the fair, as always, the best response was to the marshmallows and brownies. Our cheesecakes and cupcakes did quite well too, what with the new interesting flavors! For those who did not want something too sweet, our biscotti really took the cookie! Quite a few adults bought those. We had a large number of requests for sugar free desserts and are looking into those. We should update the site with the products that we come up with…watch out for other posts!

All in all, we enjoyed ourselves, I hope you did too! Let us know what else you would like to see…..

Oh! we will also be at street fairs at 92nd and Lexington Avenue on October 18 and at Union Square on November 1. Hope to see you there.

Austin Street Fair

Tuesday October 6thbiscotti, Brownie Cheesecake Cups, brownies, Cheesecake, cupcakes, hand made, homemade, marshmallows, new offerings, Street Fair, Uncategorized Category

At the street fair at Austin street, Forest Hills, Queens, we have our favorites,

Flavored Marshmallows

Chocolate

Vanilla

Pistachio (come and be surprised if you have never had this before)

Strawberry

Cardamom

Brownies

Dark Chocolate (decadent and healthy)

Golden Raspberry

Cheesecake

Vanilla with almond crust

Golden Raspberry with chocolate crust (tart and sweet melt-in-your-mouth sensations)

Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream… in a jar…convenience for your tastebuds

Lychee Rosewater Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Biscotti

Orange Chocolate

Pistachio Cardamom

Brownie Cheesecake Cups (for those who can’t get enough of either)

Dark chocolate brownies with cherry cheesecake swirled in

Enjoy!

CHOCOLATE CHIP CRUNCHIES_Chocolate Chip Cookies with a healthful crunch

Thursday January 29thchocolate, homemade, Uncategorized Category

While I set out to make the Toll House chocolate chip cookies, certain ingredients in my pantry, seemingly rearranged themselves to be included in the recipe. The result was a less sweet, slightly salted, very crunchy….a little kooky (or maybe cook-y) cookie!

Chocolate Chip Crunchies

Really hard to resist!

Really hard to resist!

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups + 4 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/3 cup spelt bran

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 cups chocolate chips

Pre-heat the oven to 375 F degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, bran, salt and baking soda using a wire whisk. In a bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition to ensure that they are completely incorporated. Add the teaspoon of vanilla and beat well to incorporate.

Slowly add the flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

For chunky cookies, drop on baking sheet using a tablespoon. You may have to shove the dough off with another spoon! For a smoother look, roll out small portions of dough in the palms of your hands and place them gently on the tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes on the tray and then for 10 minutes on a wire rack… if you can wait. No one in my family could. We got 36 cookies, you may have more depending on the size.

Green Gifting

Monday December 15thmarshmallows, Uncategorized Category

Tis the season to be green. In your annual time of giving, I am sure many of you are contemplating giving to your favorite green charities. Here is another green that you can give to loved ones. This one is especially good as favors or as treats to children celebrating the holidays at schools. I made a batch which took approximately 2 hours to make 65 wreaths. That, I is think, is real value for time!

Here’s a recipe for marshmallow cornflake wreaths, I found the original one in Rose Beranbaum’s book, Rose’s Christmas Cookies. I have made a few changes, mostly in the amount of vanilla and green colour, so the recipe is still hers. 

 

Holiday Wreaths

Holiday Wreaths

Ingredients.

4 cups cornflakes

7.5 oz. vanilla marshmallows (3 cups)

1/2 c (one stick) butter

1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon green liquid color

Red cookie icing.

 

The cooking process in the recipe is quick, so ensure that you have all your ingredients measured or weighed out before you start. Also, if you are like me, ensure that you know where you have kept each one of these!

Cover 4 large cookie sheets with wax paper or parchment paper and grease them lightly with cooking spray. Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan till frothy. Add the marshmallows all at once. I used homemade tahitan vanilla marshmallows made by my dear friend Pia. These really elevate these treats to some kind of a special dessert. 

Stir the mixture on low heat, till the marshmallows have dissolved and the mixture is one bubbly glob. At this point add the vanilla and green liquid food coloring and mix well. Be cautious here because the marshmallow mixture will splatter with the addition of these liquid ingredients. 

At this point transfer the mixture to a hot water bath (see note). Drop a tablespoon full of the mixture onto the greased cookie sheet and shape into a wreath (a ring) using lightly greased fingers. These will probably be an inch and a half in diameter. Work fast as the marshmallow mixture begins to harden and becomes less pliable.  

Let the wreaths set in a cool, dry space overnight. Use red cookie icing to pipe dots all around once the wreaths have set. Admire the pretty greens and eat them as soon as you can!

The Red Cookie Icing can be made by mixing 3 drops of red liquid food coloring with 3/4 cups of confectioner’s sugar. You can add additional confectioner’s sugar, if required. You do want a thick icing, not one that simply coats the back of a spoon. 

The hot water bath is created by placing the bowl with the marshmallow mixture in a larger bowl with an inch of very hot tap water. I transfer the mixture to a glass bowl before immersing in a hot water bath because glass is a slow conductor and retains heat for longer periods of time.

The homemade marshmallows have real tahitian vanilla bean, so I have used 1/2 teaspoon vanilla less than recommended in Rose’s recipe. 

Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

Christmas Fair at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

Tuesday December 9thbrownies, cake, caramels, homemade, marshmallows, Street Fair, Uncategorized, white chocolate Category

The Christmas Fair at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs was a great success. Thank you to all who stopped by to purchase our offerings and encourage us! We hope you enjoyed the marshmallows, caramels, brownies, cookies and truffles you purchased. 

The winner of our Santa centerpiece cake raffle is TERRY McCARTHY. Cheers to you! Your cake will be available for pick up in time for your Christmas celebration. The cake is a peppermint flavored butter cake with white chocolate buttercream and an almond marzipan covering. 

Santa Centerpiece Cake

Santa Centerpiece Cake

We thank everyone who participated in the raffle for the valuable information that you left us with. From all the views that we have, we gather that cheesecake rules as a dessert. We will certainly bake you some, so watch out for updates on the website. If you would like to purchase any of our products for holiday gifting or simply to treat yourself and your loved ones, please do so on the website as well. You can also call or leave us a message on our blog page or at our e-mail id (cultureslice at gmail dot com). 

It was great being with all of you, our neighbours! We look forward to seeing you again, in church, at the grocery store, on our way to school or simply on the street! Until then, savor the flavor!