The WLC (World Literary Cafe) gave me the oh-so-fun opportunity to portray one of my characters in an interview that was published on their blog this morning. How fun it was to slip into the skin of my top girl, Rena Hilst! Check out the dish here: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/character-rena-hilst-joins-us-moonglow-charlie-romo
Posts Tagged ‘models’
Sorrow & Beauty – Patricia van der Vliet & Josephine Skriver – Benny Horne, Vogue Russia – June 2012May 26, 2012
Ugh, this spread just isn’t fair! I love this atmosphere for Patricia van der Vliet & Josephine Skriver (Patti & Jo !) so much! I just admire Patricia so much. For me, her look changes from various angles. From the front, perhaps she’s meek. From a worm’s eye view, whimsical. From profile, mysterious. I just love her presence!
And I LOVE this song! It reminds me of a sub-plot in my MOONGLOW: FOREVER HOLD. Something tells me I’ll be hearing Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” a lot as I write that sequel. >:p
Models: Particia van der Vliet, Josephine Skriver
Photographer: Benny Horne
Styling: Katie Mossman
Hair: Leonardo Manetti
Makeup: Stevie Huynh
Sets: Anne Koch
Source: Fashion Gone Rogue
Here’s a fun spread starring one of my top girls, Imogen Morris Clarke. She’s featured with a variety of sons and grandsons from some of entertainment’s coolest guys. Enjoy!
With Sean Brosnan, son of Pierce Brosnan.
With Angus & Henry Bernsen, sons of Corbin Bernsen.
With Tuki Brando, grandson of Marlon Brando.
With Tara Ferry, son of Bryan Ferry.
With Romeo Miller, son of Master P.
With Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood.
Isn’t Imo a lucky devil to pose with such scrumptious fare?! :p
Model: Imogen Morris Clarke (Next Models)
Photography: Jennifer Livingston
Fashion Editor: Maggie Mann
Hair: David Cox (Celestine Agency), Grooming: Barry White (Miller)
Makeup: Devra Kinery (Art Department)
Manicures: Janel Castellanos (Fiore Beauty), Tatyana Molot (artistsbytimothypriano.com)
Scanned by me.
I have the highest respect and esteem for Hanne Gaby Odiele. As one of my favourite women working in fashion today, this spread shot me over the moon — especially the crowned look! Hanne Gaby Royale.
Model: Hanne Gaby Odiele
Photographer: Michael Schwartz
Stylist: Aeri Yun
Hair: Roberto Di Cuia
Makeup: Valery Gherman
Sometimes, I wonder what I did in another life to deserve the cool, amazing friends I have. One such friend is Model Sara Margolis! We were chit-chatting the other day and I asked her if she had her birthday party planned yet. She said she hadn’t had one in years and I nearly fell outta my chair!
SO I THREW ONE!
True to form, I cooked up a storm and aimed for special! I wanted these dishes to reflect a theme, showcase some of the stuff Sara has done, the places she has been and the whimsy in her personality.
#StuffSaraLikes = All things tropical! She’s a Vegetarian (Ovo-Lacto) so fruits and veggies are big. Sweets and sour surprises, too!
Sara told me a story about a vacation of hers where she, her brother and a friend flung a coconut off a hotel balcony till it busted on the concrete below. What a way to go! I bet that coconut’s coconut-pals still talk about how he met such an untimely demise! I decided to pay homage to that coconut — Otis the Coconut! — with a signature dish I called:
Sara’s Sweet & Sour Coconut/Lime Mousse w/ Sweet & Sour Mint Phyllo Chips
Ole Otis here is stuffed with rich and fluffy yet light and bright coconut lime mousse, topped with lime zest and toasted coconut, served with phyllo chips and garnished with mint.
The sand is pulverized wafer cookies and graham crackers. The eyes are edible, too! :p
These phyllo chips were so fun to make. I dusted them with citric acid and colored sprinkles! That citric acid is the stuff on Sour Patch Kids candies and Sour Skittles. They were a perfect pop to the decadent mousse.
A trick to get some lime taste in the chip itself was to make lime sugar! I infused confectioner’s sugar with lime zest. I let the sugar and zest sit together for an hour. Then, as I folded the phyllo pastry, I dusted the sugar between the layers to act as a bit of an adhesive during the baking process.
Sara’s Sandcastle Retreat Cake
This was wild! I had never made a sandcastle cake before. BUT! Sara enjoys tropical holidays. She sports enough beach pictures to fill an impressive travelogue! Besides that, “Sara” means “PRINCESS” in Hebrew. Sooo, I went with the theme and made our Princess a beach castle she can hide away in for some R&R. I dunno about that starfish, though. How did he get on the beach resort guest list? :O Looks suspicious!
I really wanted this to look like something someone made on the beach so I forwent using things like fondant and stuck with a spatula and my hands, instead!
This is a three-tier cake for 75. The bottom tier was a traditional white vanilla cake infused with guava and lime. The middle tier was my favorite — Strawberry and Chocolate swirl! It tasted exactly like Neopolitan ice cream! The top tier was a strawberry cream bundt cake.
Frosting! The top tier was frosted in a coconut-pecan glaze that gave the “sand” an awesome wet-sand look after application. The middle and bottom tiers were frosted in lemon/lime/orange zest infused buttercream.
The sand is a mixture of pulverized vanilla wafer cookies, graham cracker cookies and these gingersnap type things I bought. Those made the darker sand where I wrote “HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA”!
I also bought the candy pearls sprinkled everywhere. ~And the candles!
The shells, starfish and misfits invading Sara’s castle are all handmade with white chocolate. Very yummy!
The towers are, of course, ice cream cones — decorated! :p
Sara’s Facebook name is “Tweetie Bird” so I had to invite Tweety to the party!
This is how cake was served. Here is my favorite of the three: a slice of strawberry/chocolate swirl atop strawberry cream and guava/ancho chili infused chocolate drizzle, decorated with pink and lavender sugar sprinkles — and served with a quenelle of mango sorbet. On top is a red candle with a red flame, a white chocolate sea shell and one of the cookie “castle battlements.”
The sweets didn’t stop there! Considering Sara turned FIFTEEN and TAYLOR SWIFT wrote a song called FIFTEEN, it stood to reason to make some T-Swizzle inspired treats!
Taylorific Orange Infused Cheesecake w/ Raspberry Puree
Taylor (I call her Tayters!) has said her favorite food is cheesecake. Nothing easier, more fun or yummier than that! This is an orange infused cheesecake with graham cracker crust, served on a bed of raspberry puree w/ an orange peel twirl, orange zest & mint leaf garnish. Decadent, silky, lovely!
Parmesan Dusted Sara Tots w/ Horseradish Vegenaise Dip
TAYTER TOTS! Growing up, that was Taylor’s nickname and what I still call her. FOR THE OCCASION, though, I believe we can call these “SARA TOTS!” :p These are Yukon Gold potato “Sara Tots” dusted with Parmesan cheese and pepper, served with a luscious Vegenaise and horseradish dip. For any of you who want to cut down on the mayo, definitely go out and get some Vegenaise! It’s great and better for you!
This is my traditional recipe for minestrone soup. I like fixing it vegan-style, and fully embrace the bean broth as the base of this hallmark dish. The incorporation of the shell pasta ties into Sara’s beach-themed gala, and that makes it SARASTRONE instead of minestrone! ;p
Saravera Primavera Martini
This was good! This is a medley of kale, watercress, baby asparagus tips, PAPAYA (omg yum), Korean garlic-chili sauce and quinoa spaghetti noodles quickly sauteed in sesame oil. Once in the martini glass, I drizzled a very clean celery/onion broth with a hint of low sodium soy sauce over it all, garnished with a scallion curl and fresh flat leaf parsley — AND PAPAYA PEPPER! NEVER throw away your papaya seeds! All you have to do is soak them, husk them, dry them and grind them! Then, you have the healthiest “pepper” you could ever hope to find!
FYI, I no longer use any other pasta but the quinoa stuff! Quinoa is a real super food. The health benefits are astounding!
The Princess Sara (Cocktail)
Can’t have a party without a cocktail!
I made two versions of this; one for the under-21s (like our birthday girl! :p ) that was just as delicious as the one for us over-21s. This cocktail is inspired by the traditional red tea from South Africa, Rooibos Tea, and fuses some tropical influences into it with crushed mint (mojito style!) and fresh mango juice — and rum! I used coconut rum. :p
Sara said one of her favorite fruits is mango so this recipe felt natural. Rooibos is SO good for you! See here. I served this in a glass that could facilitate four Lite Cubes for the neon rave effect you see pictured. All garnished with fresh mint!
So, basically, smush a mint leaf at the bottom of the glass. Removal of the deceased leaf is optional. Lite Cubes go in. Then, start building! 3 parts mango juice, 2 parts Rooibos tea, rum to fill, mint garnish. Enjoy!
SARA! I pity people who don’t know you. You have an uncanny essence & energy that lights up any room and turns any frown upside down. I’m SO thankful we met because I firmly believe that, to make the most of life, we must surround ourselves with bright, ambitious, successful people who keep the goal of living life to its fullest at the top of their to-do list — people like you. There are LOTS of people who love you — including me! — so never forget that the more you smile and the brighter you glow, the more people you’ll inspire around you, with everything you do. Just look at all the yummy treats you inspired me to make! :p
Cheers to this next round of your life! At fifteen, the party is just getting started!
Happy Birthday, Princess! ~(=^-^)= ♡♥♡♥♡♥
OH! And here’s the DJ we had! ~(=O_O)=
And here she is after the feast! =^-^=
Recipes for all these will be posted soon on my upcoming Tumblr dedicated to my yummies. Stay tuned!
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! That means, I’m in high spirits! To celebrate my birthday, I invite ALL of you to download my debut novel, MOONGLOW, entirely FREE during October! Here’s how:
Visit http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62372 -Initiate purchase. You’ll be asked to register. Do so quickly. Next up, you’ll see a “coupon code” box. Enter LZ69G and complete checkout. You’ll be able to download MOONGLOW in any e-book format, absolutely FREE!
The best gift you can give me is your feedback! After having a read, sound off on MOONGLOW’s official site, Smashwords & Amazon.com‘s comments pages, here on this blog, MOONGLOW’s blog, via e-mail, on Twitter or Tumblr — doesn’t matter. I just hope you enjoy what I’ve created! Even if you don’t, I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks, everyone! Cheers!
A minimalist, sensual spread featuring some of my very favourite girls — Amanda Nørgaard, Dorothea Barth Jörgensen, and Katrin Thormann. I just about died when I saw this in my e-mail this morning.
Stockholm A/W 11
Photography: Kai Z. Feng
Styling: James Valeri
I’M PUBLISHED! MOONGLOW, A Sci-Fi Lesbian Romance Set In A Future Fashion World, OUT NOW for All eReaders!June 3, 2011
THIS IS SURREAL!
My novel has been 8 years in the making. It brings me all sorts of glee to finally be able to release the world and characters of MOONGLOW onto the world! I self published via Smashwords.com and can’t thank them enough for their excellent, comprehensive service.
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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed up for Operation eBook Drop so all deployed service women and men who are part of the program will receive a coupon to download MOONGLOW from Smashwords.com FREE!
Freja on the brains today! Not sure why. She’s amazing and fabulous in every way so a perfect daily obsession!
Making-Of Videos from the Campaign:
Breath thief! Sign me up for some Freja overdose any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Photos sourced from Fashion Gone Rogue.
I’ve officially died and gone to Heaven. Here are two of the most fascinating and beautiful women on Earth for Numéro #121, March 2011, in “Bal de la Couture,” shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Beyond representing how flawless the human race can really be, the styling by Capucine Safyurtlu recreates a classic glamour that invokes body-wide goosebumps. Unreal, alluring — perfection.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know how religious I am about my #ModelMonday lists. I spam you lot with that list because I feel it’s rather important to showcase AUTHENTIC model accounts considering the prevalence of fakes that slither around cyberspace. I’ve been fooled myself! it’s true. I ALWAYS appreciate anyone who has input on this subject so if you see me carrying on with someone you suspect or know is invalid, plz let me know! I enjoy keeping up with this list so that we know we’re getting on with the real deal — not posers. I think it’s unfortunate for some out there to pretend to be people so many admire. It’s rather cruel, especially when their followers look up to the model or celebrity they are pretending to be. Beside all that, I absolutely adore these women who work so diligently at what they do. They don’t deserve to be misrepresented.
That said, just wanted to bring another fake to your attention:
Folks, this is NOT Natalie Pack, contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 12. This person has built a bit of a social network out of pretending to be her, which you can find here.
It was a couple of weeks ago that this account began Tweeting to me in response to my #ModelMonday lists. I didn’t notice anything fishy at first and spoke back and forth with it for a bit. One day, it was uploading some of Natalie’s sexier pix w/ suggestive messages which raised a red flag with a friend of mine. “Something isn’t right. What’s with all those ‘do-me’ uploads?” she asked and it inspired some research!
I began by looking at her followers. You know there aren’t ANY industry professionals in there? A scant few have trickled in VERY RECENTLY but if one goes back to the very begging of that account, its followers consist of a plethora of Indonesian and other Asia-Pacific rooted accounts. One would suspect her co-stars from ANTM would follow her but they don’t. Granted, not all of them follow each other but it raised some curiosities. That said, I wanted to look at the folks this account converses with back and forth. It was no surprise that I found a hive of fakery, including the notorious fake @ImLilyDonaldson.
Here she is carrying on with Lily-Monster (July 28, 2010):
As if Jess Stam blowing that fake’s cover weren’t enough, here’s an example of the trickery it has been up to recently:
Visit @VSAngelsNation, please, and look at Tweets for Feb. 4th, 2011. This RT does not exist.
Firstly, look at that. Bugging Coco Rocha if she knows the “real accounts” of other models? Really? Other industry professional girls do that? Not the ones I know. Young fangirls are some of the more prominent members of society up to that. Additionally, I see it A LOT with young Asian-Pacific users so that linked something familiar in my brains. ~Anyway, Natalie-Monster KNEW of the proof that Lily-Monster is, indeed, a monster (Aug. 3rd [sorry for the photo .jpg name, I mistyped "9"]) yet wished it a Happy Birthday on:
Jan. 27th, I told it that that Lily account is fake and that’s the response it gave. I can’t link or photo the Birthday message because it deleted it that day but, considering it had a clue back in August, why be jolly to Lily-Monster now? Monsters (Fakes) have each other’s backs, I guess.
Here is Natalie-Monster getting on with Eniko-Monster. That account – @EnikoMihalik – no longer exists because it was a grand fake, (outed by Ford & Marilyn not too long ago). Oh, and that @Santiago_Jess? Fake, too. @BUILT4theRUNWAY, same, and no longer exists.
Let’s have a wee peek at other accounts that “no longer exist” circulating around Natalie-Monster
@TheRealAngelea does not exist.
I imagine those fake accounts refer to this person:
I think that account is legit. Much back & forth between Angelea and her agency, (and other industry contacts). I DO recall Natalie Monster getting some responses out of her, and when matters of Natalie’s cell number came up, Natalie Monster said it was using a friend’s phone and would get back to Angelea at a later time. Can’t find the screenshot but, suffice it to say, Angelea doesn’t follow Natalie Monster and I saw no further exchanges after that.
@CrissyWright does not exist. And check out that #FF lol. Telling.
@KatarzynaANTM10 does not exist. And THIS is the one I found most profane. Notice Natalie-Monster mentions a funeral. Here’s where that came from:
Shame on this person for exploiting a tragedy in Natalie’s life for the sake of looking authentic. That is horrid, parasitic behaviour. Shame on them!
You guessed it! @marianne__m does not exist. I’d like you to pay close mind to something, though:
Note the use of the word “stuffs.”
In reguards to walking for David Alexander. “Stuffs.”
Tweeting to @teyona_anderson: More “stuffs!” And, really? Slapping Ford in the face saying something like that in public (albeit digital)? Also, real Natalie is a Cali girl. I know Cali girls; models, party girls, book worms, etc. I’ve never heard any of them say “stuffs” the way these people do. So, any suggestion that it’s “Cali-talk” can walk the plank. ALSO! Note the date on this exchange. Dec 20th, 2010. We will revisit this later.
Love this bit about moving to New York. Pity we never really heard much about it after this date. Once this impostor got a hold of Vacationing in Bali and Jakarta and carrying on about other Pan-Asian destinations, that fantasy fluttered off.
Contract extended, huh? According to this: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialNataliePack?v=wall
…we are to assume she means Ford. Also note, this Facebook seems to have been founded in Mid-January, 2011.
How droll the things one can learn if one just asks. According to Damien at Ford — (he’s ace and needs to be followed!) — real Natalie Pack was dropped in October. It seems Natalie-Monster wasn’t aware of this. Pity that. :p
If all this doesn’t paint a fairly clear picture of the tomfoolery at play, there’s more! Let’s have a look at some Tweets and you tell me if this sounds like a professional of any kind:
Slamming Teyona Anderson AND musing on … theft of an Armenian Bible? O_o
Then nice to her. I’m sure Teyona didn’t know she was on with a hot air balloon but perhaps she has a clue now. If that’s her at all. Seems like it is, though.
Name of an old fake account.
Professionals just don’t do this. Castings/Campaigns are not for the public domain oh-s0-brazenly. #GiveAway
Of all the rampant, juvenile ways to carry on. . . It’s no secret real Natalie and Tyra Banks butted heads but Natalie’s public comments were suggestive but tasteful. She even mused that Tyra may show favouritism because the young African American girls remind her of herself when she was young. THIS above is light years away from that sentiment. In fact, it sounds like a pissed off fan hell-bent & godsmacked that their favourite contestant lost.
Then, calm to Tyra!
More juvenile harpings. And more “stuffs”!!!
Slams French Vogue. Because that’s what we do when we work in Fashion. We blast highly reguarded, potential employers because we’re rebels. #GimmeABreak.
Jesus take the wheel… how old IS this person?!
Really? “Mom: There’s something you need to learn more. Me: which is? Mom: Repressing and keep smiling. Me: oookay
What does that even mean?! Natalie and — I would assume — her mother are college educated adults and Natalie is rather well-spoken. Are we REALLY to believe an exchange as erroneous as that took place? I’d marry a penguin if so.
OK! Now that we have all that. . . I was curious as to who this person carries on with the most. I found a fairly distinct jacket, one of which is this:
Visit that account page and you will find the MAIN person, (nearly only peson), this account converses with is Natalie-Monster. Also note the inception date — April 13, 2010. Well, guess who else established an account in April!
Account established April 8th, 2010. And bothering poor Jared, no less!
These two sure go on and on and on and on and back and forth and sideways from Sunday about Bali and Jakarta and things associated with that region. We never read Natalie-Monster more abreast on the subject matter as we do here. Wonder why. :p
When looking at other accounts circulating around these two, I found:
I find it oh so curious that the ONLY interview on Miss Lauren’s blog – http://lkfashionroll.blogspot.com/ — is a plug, patter and promotion for @NataliePack.
So entertained by how this is promoted by Hailey and RT’d by Natalie-Monster. We’re swimming in red flags here! And, then, it gets better!
Let’s start with Hailey’s Twitpics:
Her babies, Bee & Penn, eh?
http://community.livejournal.com/dragonsooc/47588.html (found here among over a hundred other places. Either Bee & Penn are jetsetters or this is stock photography).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maltese.jpg Found here and on a dozen other sites.
With that, let’s move on to Lauren Kitson!
Erica the Amazing Photographer took these, huh?
One would THINK it ends there! Look what other mischief they’re up to! - http://twitter.com/#!/adaddario
That’s the bottom of Lauren’s following list. @adaddario is the first person it followed, huh?
And new, celebrated young actress follows back! Above is a shot of Lauren’s followers. See anyone else familiar up above?
This makes sense? What business would Alexandra Daddario have RT’ing and promoting someone who only has ONE article uploaded, and further, an article based on one we’ve already established as a grand fake.
Actually, I was going to let all this slide until I received this DM from Natalie-Monster:
Remember how we discussed the ‘do me” Tweets? Well I received a personal one! Sealed with a kiss! Instead of kissing back, though, I responded thusly:
After this, it blocked me. :p TELLING! ~Natalie doesn’t even HAVE an accent. . .
One thing I will mention but not detail out of respect for my friends and the friends of my friends is that I discovered who I believe to be the real Natalie pack and I have some mutual friends! Through poking through the who-is-who of it all, I can say with some devout certainty that this @NataliePack is NOT Natalie Pack. I think it’s an Indonesian fan that went into a tailspin. I tried to reach out. It would have been great to talk about all this because I believe people who pretend to be others online are doing so to fill some sort of void in themselves. I would have liked to help but the way this person is behaving:
How randy does it have to be? Jeez.
As an aside, let’s look at what others have to say:
I think this guy hit the nail on the head.
Now, I can’t speak to the validity of this post but — assuming it’s genuine — that is OCEANS apart from the salacious, mood-swinging rambles this hot mess has been Tweeting.
These images are screenshots of posts from RTVGames.com. Thanks to qwerty & fantaisie! Also, the vast majority of Natalie’s seemingly-personal pix can be found fluttering around in that forum’s thread and scattered about elsewhere. Once one sees enough, the photos one hasn’t found yet matter very little.
I think that’s QUITE enough! There’s more to all this skullduggery but if this doesn’t ring the bell for @NataliePack, I dunno what else could. If THAT is Natalie Pack, I’m Donald Duck.
In closing, I really hope this post was informative and enlightening. All it takes is a bit of research and bravado to unearth the trickery that prevails online. I would encourage everyone to RT, re-post this write-up and unfollow/report @NataliePack because the real Natalie doesn’t deserve to be misrepresented that way. No one does.
To quote the late, great George Sanders as Addison DeWitt in All About Eve, “. . . I’m nobody’s fool. Least of all, yours.” Neither are you wonderful people who have been fooled by all this.
Thanks for reading! Spread the word!
Absolutely NEEDED this campaign on this blog. So ethereal, calm & sensual. Julia Nobis and Melissa Tammerijn radiate in Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2011 shots by Willy Vanderparre. Photos sourced from TFS.
Oh, and for the curious and/or clueless: How to pronounce “Proenza Schouler!” :p
One can never have too much Freja! Here she is w/ Caroline Brasch-Nielsen & Julia Saner, featured in Valentino‘s Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign in delicate, delightful black & white! I’m beside myself over the shot of Freja in those sunnies… Shot by David Sims. Photos sourced from Fashion Gone Rogue.
Happy 1-11-11 Day, btw! Perfect time to make some wishes & put everything you’ve got into making them come true!
I dunno how Photographer Patrick Demarchelier expects me to deal with this spread. I’d walk off a cliff for Freja as it is! Then, THIS! She just glows, and so much brighter than the diamonds she’s wearing. I love this kind of happiness in campaigns/editorials/runway/anything really. Nothing warms the soul like a smile!
Photos sourced from Fashion Gone Rogue.
Imogen Morris Clarke & Dorothea Barth-Jörgensen – Fly by Night – Craig McDean for W Magazine February 2010November 17, 2010
This editorial enchanted me into outer space. I sit around in a dimly lit room and gaze into these images and feel syphoned into a waking dream. The fantasia Craig McDean created could only be realized with these girls — two of my favourite people on the planet — Imogen Morris Clarke & Dorothea Barth-Jörgensen. In this spread, they are flesh and blood subconscious; embodiments of what we see when our eyes are closed yet mind is open. Alex White could not have styled this any better. I will definitely have these printed to display in my home.
This is a good example of why Imogen & Dorothea are among my very favourite talents and two of the best in the business. They’re a good reason why we were born with eyes to see and emotions to feel. Follow their blogs to understand what I mean!
I just died. LOOOOOOVE her in this! She looks like pure sunshine! With cake!
Sourced from FashionGoneRogue.
September 9th, 2010, my most favourite Brazilian Fashion Model, Manuela Tessari, turned 19! So, I baked a cake!
Now, I made this with full-on ingredients as I still need to experiment with a Vegan recipe, (or at least one that is low-cal), but I know how to make this like the back of my hand the old fashioned way and I wanted to make something pretty for Manu so~ :p Ford would KILL ME if I fed her this! Secrets! Shhhhhhh!
*BTW, if anyone has tips/recipes for a Vegan Tres Leches cake, please let me know!*
This is two-layer round cake spiked with espresso & rum, adorned with fluffy whipped topping, cocoa powder & decorative chocolate sticks & discs. Everyone here really enjoyed it! I’m a bit spent to post the recipe so I’ll post some history on this sinfully delightful goodie, from Chef Dorothy Sibole at TexasCooking.com:
“So what is this cake? Pastel de Tres Leches is a butter cake sometimes flavored with vanilla. What makes it unusual is that it is soaked in a mixture of three different milk products, hence the name Tres Leches. The three milks, when combined, create just the right sweetness, density and “mouth feel” for a rich cake, making it moist but not mushy.
The idea of soaking a cake in liquid is not new. There are some traditional cakes that require a good bath in some flavoring. You know them as a Baba or a Savarin, and the Christmas favorite, Rum cake. These cakes get their traditional flavoring from being doused with an alcohol mixture. Many layer cake recipes advise you to brush your cake layers with a simple syrup solution to moisten the cake. The Pastel de Tres Leches takes this one step further, adding richness to the soaking liquid.
So how did the Tres Leches come about? It is hard to pinpoint the origin of the confection. There is dispute over where it came from. There is dispute over when it was first created. There is even dispute over what variation is the correct version of Pastel de Tres Leches. After much mind-numbing investigation, I drew two definite conclusions. One is that this cake is very popular in Latin America, especially Mexico and Nicaragua. The second is that it is soaked in a mixture of three different types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk or heavy cream.
Going on the assumption that sweetened condensed milk has not been around for a long time, I was trying to narrow down the potential timeframe for the introduction of the recipe. Low and behold, my theory was blown out of the water. It appears that sweetened condensed milk has been around since the 1800′s. The product was originally created to preserve fresh milk. That being the case, I gave up on trying to determine when the cake was created. While the facts of its origin may be elusive, the fact of its popularity is not.”
I made some other things but I’m saving the savory recipes for a Culinary World Tour post series I have planned. Suppose this means my recipe tour, which I’ll blog here, will begin in Sao Paolo! (Peru will follow. Then, probably Mexico where my family comes from).
Happy Birthday, Manuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu~~~!!! <3 ( *^-^) ~To love! Happiness! Long life! Infinite success!