Thursday, January 31, 2013

Internet Monitoring -- Hawaii

This week I am fortunate enough to be staying at the Sheraton Keahou on the Big Island of Hawaii.

During my morning routine I read the posts of my favorite blogs.

This morning I had a message pop up on my browser screen indicating I had violated Oceanic Time Warners internet policy. It seems this company monitors your internet use. Even when paying for the privilege of using it.

I know what you are thinking..... yes I do..! But the site I was visiting was After a 10 minute call that I had to pay for I was finally released and let to browse again.

Shame Time Warner!

Sheraton Keahou - A room with a view!
View the warning message after the jump......

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fairmont Orchid - Big Island of Hawaii

Tuesday's lunch was at the Hale Kai Restaurant at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii.

We were lucky enough to be seated at the front of the restaurant for a seaside lunch.

At the end of the meal we ordered a Kona Coffee & Vanilla Ice Cream Cake and a Aztec Spiced Chocolate Mousse along with a pot of french press coffee.

Both were pretty good!
Fairmont Orchid  - Kona Coffee & Vanilla Ice Cream Pie
Fairmont Orchid - Aztec Spiced Chocolate Mousse
More after the jump....

Monday, January 28, 2013

Four Seasons Hualalai Sunday Brunch - 2013

Yesterday I had the great fortune to have Sunday Brunch at the Four Season Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii. I had previously visited a couple of years ago.

The brunch view looking over the ocean is amazing and the food is great as well. One of the high points from my last visit was a Macadamia Cinnamon roll. I couldn't wait to have one again.

I eagerly snapped one up for the first coffee of the day! Sadly the recipe has changed. It appears that a basic cinnamon roll is cooked over a bed of macadamia nuts. While good.... they not as amazing as they were before.

I have worked out the old recipe and will publish it when I come home.
Four Seasons Hualalai - Sunday Brunch
One more after the jump....

Friday, January 25, 2013

On New Cookbooks

I posted a couple of weeks ago about how Santa was very generous this last Christmas. And he was!

Having had a couple of weeks to digest the volumes I noticed a big change with this years crop of books. Most of them now list the weights of ingredients. 6 oz flour...8 oz Sugar... 2 Grams Yeast.

Seems North America is catching up to Europe.

This is a great thing. As baking is tasty chemistry... anything that can make the final outcome more predictable is a great thing! Now if we can finally get the temperature of the perfect room temperature butter.....

June 27, 2013 - Just a quick follow up note: 
  • I have been reading some cook book reviews that express concern over the weights given in recent editions of some cookbook
  • it appears, in some cases, average values may have been used in translating some "cup" measurements of ingredients rather than the recipe being tested using a weight measurement
  • understandably untested weight measurements may cause undesirable results
  • I recommend proceeding with caution with any recipe that lists weights as a second measurement

Bouchon Bakery Book - 2012
The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook - 2012
Fika Cookbook - 2012

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday Pound Cake

Sunday Pound Cake - Two Ways
It was Sunday and we were having guests twice during the day. Tea for 4 in the afternoon and dinner for 3 in the evening. The request was for pound cake for tea.. so I managed to extend the pound cake to dessert as well.

I haven't made too many pound cakes so I turned to new to me recipe. Classic Pound Cake from America's Test Kitchen The New Best Recipe Book.

According to the recipe I used:

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