Cooking & Eating

Mastering the Art of YouTube

I’ve posted some videos here before, but I’ve officially created a “Sensitive, Bookish Type” YouTube channel, and here’s my first video!

Get ready, book nerds, because it’s not just going to be cooking. As I told my YouTube audience: Continue reading “Mastering the Art of YouTube”

Cooking & Eating

Sam’s Sweet Idea: Caramel Cracker Cake


When we did our first Snack Time with Sam, we made hummus crackers, and for some reason Sam kept saying we were making caramel cracker cake. The idea intrigued me–the savory flavors in the hummus crackers, especially the sesame, could pair quite nicely with caramel, and so I used them to make an icebox cake with caramel cream and topped with a white chocolate-tahini ganache. I thought it was delicious but my husband said it was too bitter for him, and there was no denying that the texture was terrible.

I tried again, this time getting fancy with sesame shortbread and caramel pudding, but still the balance of flavors was wrong. It was somehow simultaneously too sweet and too bitter, and the texture was once again wrong. Continue reading “Sam’s Sweet Idea: Caramel Cracker Cake”

Cooking & Eating

Mommy Makes a Cooking Show

Last week, we filmed Sam’s cooking show. It was so much fun that I decided to film my own.

This video is pretty long–almost a half an hour. It took me about two hours total to make the dish, which is a version of shepherd’s pie aimed at rescuing some freezer burned vegetables I found in my freezer and a few other things I found lying around. It was totally spur of the moment but it was a lot of fun and it certainly made making dinner a little more exciting. Still new to this food video thing–note the abrupt transitions and lack of planning (I totally forgot to show you the final product and the shot of us eating it never filmed because my camera ran out of battery)–but I’m learning!

This meal went over really well with my family–especially Sam. He ate almost a whole serving without complaint, which is rare for him, especially when it contains so many vegetables. Violet didn’t touch it, but I suspect that’s because I made the mistake of serving it with bread. So she only wanted bread. But the gravy on sourdough–yummy stuff.

Here’s the “recipe” promised on the video (I did this all off the cuff–forgive the approximations): Continue reading “Mommy Makes a Cooking Show”