chocolate things

chocolate things | the thoughtful platePosting this recipe for Chocolate Things was not part of my plan. I made them on a whim last Friday for my family and myself, because some days I just need something bread-y and I need to make something from the Cheese Board’s book. Thus, that afternoon was spent kneading doughs and shaping said doughs into knots and rolls.

They came out of the oven while there was still just enough light outside to snap a few photos, so I did. Not great photos, and definitely not photos intended for the blog, but photos for documentation nonetheless.

The next day, while at the art museum, my beloved camera lens sustained a small fall and separated into two pieces. It was tragic. I probably shed a tear or two. I don’t know if anyone was watching or not, and I don’t care. The lens that I use almost everyday and can’t blog without died. Continue reading

ricotta crêpes with bananas + chocolate + almond butter

ricotta crêpes with bananas + chocolate + almond butter | the thoughtful plateAs far as I’m concerned, the only way to even think about serving crêpes to more people than just yourself is to make them well in advance. Follow this advice and you will enjoy a peaceful existence. Disregard it and suffer. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but seriously. Have you ever tried to make crêpes in real time? It’s stressful!

Here’s the proper approach: Continue reading

pretzel cinnamon rolls

pretzel cinnamon rolls | the thoughtful plateRemember a handful of days ago when I said it was too cold to photograph anything? Well, nothing changed since then. Except that I took a small break from my non-stop ice cream making (three flavors in three days, anyone?) and made cinnamon rolls from the Top With Cinnamon cookbook over the weekend. Continue reading

cream scones

cream scones | the thoughtful plateToday we had friends from home visit (!!) and I made scones. So I’m popping in on this fine Saturday to share the recipe. Also, I just really wanted to post these photos because, see that serving board? My brother made that for me for Christmas! Isn’t it gorgeous? I love it.

I had so much fun arranging a bunch of mini scones on it and setting it out next to the coffee cups and little plates and forks. Continue reading

chocolate banana nut muffins

chocolate banana nut muffins | the thoughtful plateMy mood can be adversely affected by the weather this time of year. Today though, I’m actually excited that it’s in the 50s and raining. This is the winter weather I’m used to! Yay!

But really, there’s a lot to love about this time of year. Continue reading

mushroom + green bean omelet

IMG_7750These mornings here in Berkeley with one of my best friends are my favorite. Late nights are followed up with slow but efficient mornings. Coffee and devotions, breakfast and newspapers, and then we’re all off to different places. I love walking and cycling everywhere, but for such active days, a decent breakfast is essential. Continue reading

pumpkin waffles

 pumpkin waffles | the thoughtful plateLast week I was browsing for a new gluten free waffle recipe to try, and came across one from Cookie & Kate. I made it. Then I made it two more times. It’s a fantastic basic waffle recipe, especially because it calls for only one kind of flour. If you’re into gluten free baking at all, you know that’s something to get excited about :) Continue reading

peach pancakes

peach pancakes | the thoughtful plateLife is so full right now, I’ve hardly had the time (or the need) to cook anything, let alone photograph and write. I hate that I’m not blogging as often as I would like, but when I’m at college group on a Thursday night or having a spontaneous afternoon yogurt with my best friend on her lunch break or swimming with my cousins at my grandma’s house, I’m just so thankful for this beautiful season and time I get to spend with the people I love. I hope you understand. Continue reading

baked buttermilk donuts

IMG_0369_02 copyThis winter has been brutal. When my weather app shows numbers like 7, 18, and 23 in the forecast, first I make sure my phone hasn’t randomly switched to Celsius, and then, when I realize there’s been no mistake, I cry. Well, not really, but sometimes I feel like it.

IMG_0394copyMy California soul does not thrive in this weather. My energy and creativity does not thrive in this weather. Apparently my blog does not thrive in this weather either, hence 14 days of radio silence. Continue reading