I dipped Strawberry wafers in white chocolate with matcha powder to make my own strawberry matcha kitkats. I think I could have added a little more matcha powder because they turned out a little too sweet
Surprisingly easy to make although my piping technique isn’t exactly uniform. Still these turned out quite well.
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar (ground it a little so it would be finer)
1/4 cup jello crystals
preheat oven to 250
separate egg whites and allow to come to room temperature
beat egg whites until foamy. Add salt and cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks begin to form.
Slowly incorporate the sugar and jello one tablespoon at a time beating well between each addition. Once all sugar has been added beat on high until very stiff peaks form.
Spoon or pipe onto parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake for 35 - 45 min.
Made two types of Florentines yesterday. Pecan with dark chocolate and pistachio with white chocolate. They are a rather finicky cookie when it comes to bake time and during the last few minutes of baking I needed to watch them like a hawk in order to pull them out before they got too crispy.
I also need to practice working with chocolate more. I’d love to do a bit more of refined pattern than the quick crosshatching I ended up doing.
Taste wise they both turned out quite good and the recipe was quite simple and easy to do compared to some Florentine recipes I’ve seen.
1/2 cup pecans, toasted (or other nut of choice)
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (I haven’t tried yet but I bet you could replace the wheat with rice flour for a gluten free option)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (Or other type of chocolate)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pulse together pecans and oats in a food processor until finely ground.
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add sugars and honey and cook over medium heat, stirring until sugars are melted and mixture is simmering, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pecan mixture, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Mound 2 teaspoonfuls of dough, one on top of the other to form each cookie; place 2 to 3 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten stacked mounds to 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Bake until cookies spread and are golden throughout, 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
Place chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted; remove from heat. Pour chocolate into a parchment cone or piping bag. Pipe chocolate onto each cookie and let cool completely. Store in air tight container and serve at room temperature.
Yay! Feminist Anthropology time!
Alongside drawings of bison and horses, the first painters left clues to their identity on the stone walls of caves, blowing red-brown paint through rough tubes and stenciling outlines of their palms. New analysis of ancient handprints in France and Spain suggests that most of those early artists were women.
This is a surprise, since most archaeologists have assumed it was men who had been making the cave art. One interpretation is that early humans painted animals to influence the presence and fate of real animals that they’d find on their hunt, and it’s widely accepted that it was the men who found and killed dinner.
But a new study indicates that the majority of handprints found near cave art were made by women, based on their overall size and relative lengths of their fingers.
"The assumption that most people made was it had something to do with hunting magic," Penn State archaeologist Dean Snow, who has been scrutinizing hand prints for a decade, told NBC News. The new work challenges the theory that it was mostly men, who hunted, that made those first creative marks.
Another reason we thought it was men all along? Male archeologists from modern society where gender roles are rigid and well-defined — they found the art. "[M]ale archaeologists were doing the work," Snow said, and it’s possible that ”had something to do with it.”
I added the emphasis in bold, but the “that” was already italicized in the article, and it’s probably my favorite part. I love this article, although I’m not a huge fan of the fact that it’s considered so incredibly shocking and radical to imagine that women possibly participated in society 40,000 years ago.
In other awesome feminist anthropology news: it is now somewhat accepted that the venus sculptures, rather than being depictions of female beauty by male artists, were self-portraits by women looking down at their own bodies. The paleolithic figurines lose their distorted proportions and acquire representational realism if we understand that they are self-portraits created by women looking down at their own bodies.
See also: This quote by Sandy Toksvig
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. ‘This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar’ she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions? How often had I sped past them as I learned of male achievement and men’s place in the history books? Then I read Rosalind Miles’s book The Women’s History of the World (recently republished as Who Cooked the Last Supper?) and I knew I needed to look again. History is full of fabulous females who have been systematically ignored, forgotten or simply written out of the records. They’re not all saints, they’re not all geniuses, but they do deserve remembering.
the willendorf sculpture and others like her were /the first selfies/ and its amazing
The paleolithic figurines lose their distorted proportions and acquire representational realism if we understand that they are self-portraits created by women looking down at their own bodies.
I really, really love this sentence.
This is, and forever will be, one of my favourite movie scenes ever.
Motherfucker do you comprehend the intensity of that scene? Do you?
They pictured the feeling of tasting something that takes you way fucking back in time and makes you remember a certain moment of your life, a taste so comforting that makes you remember how happy you were back then.
MOTHER FUCKING PIXAR.
Being served a elegant well executed version of a childhood comfort food even fulfilled Ego’s request for “Hot well seasoned perspective.”
This scene also transformed Anton Ego from a terrifying one note villain to a well rounded character.
Dutch artist Suzan Drummen creates awesome large-scale, kaleidoscopic floor installations using mirrors, crystals, metal, and pieces of brightly coloured glass arranged in intricate and mesmerizing circular patterns.
"The fractal-like arrangements feature ornate and elaborate circles growing exponentially out of each other and vibrant rings of spiraling colors winding into the surface of the floor. They are composed of crystals, chromed metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. A sensory experience, and visually stimulating, the glittering installations play with the architecture of the space — climbing up walls and sweeping across the surfaces — examining the idea of illusion and optical effects."