My visits to Joshua Tree have been consistently magical (for lack of a more appropriate word) and this time around wasn’t at all an exception.
I made the venture out to the hi desert to do two things: 1) film a video for Bubble Child to showcase my favorite coffee in the world: Joshua Tree Coffee Company and 2) to play a little concert for my solo project I’m just releasing this year. I could not have been more delighted with what came out of both music and coffee discoveries and my affection for this place went from large to Sequoia-sized.
On a rather chilly Monday afternoon, I packed up my tri-pods, cameras, and hunger for caffeine and trekked through dusty roads in the middle of cactus, coyotes, and little cabins to the main strip of Joshua Tree Village. It’s a tiny village, really, just a few blocks of central “boutique stuff”, and it’s utterly charming. There is where you will find the headquarters of Joshua Tree Coffee Company, a shockingly petite sort-of back office space to a building hosting a yoga studio, pizza parlor, and a few other shops. I’m not good with square footage, but imagine you have a large living room, attach a tiny closet to that for storage, and a little alleyway to enter. That’s Joshua Tree Coffee Company. Sales desk and coffee roaster included.
Sometimes I’m very bad at listening to authority. For instance, any proper French chef I’ve ever worked for has always said that you must work your potatoes into tiny morsels using a ricer, food processor or stand mixer to mash them, and that you must never over-work your potatoes. Namely, never put them in the blender.
So, I put them in a blender. And sometimes the status quo is very false — my potatoes taste like a fondue deity version of themselves.
There are times, though, when authority is authority for a reason. Every good chef I have ever worked for has also always said to never change the temperature of potatoes too much when you are preparing them. i.e., if they just came out of boiling water and you want to mash them, don’t let them get cold again before doing so. You should only refrigerate once the entire preparation is done. Read more
I first made “Sunshine Cookies” when I was living in a tiny apartment with my little brother in the East Village in NYC in 2011 (old post here –> http://www.bubblechild.com/2011/08/22/sunshine-cookies/). There were many Indian markets nearby on 1st Ave. and I suppose I’d just discovered turmeric and how much it dyes everything, desirable or not, so why not dye my cookies. And yellow just screams sunshine and smiles to me.
It’s like, when you’re late, you always run into traffic, drop your purse on the way out, accidentally forget your jacket at home and have to turn around, etc. For me, when I’m late, it’s like, “Oh, why don’t I MAKE A CAKE.” Seriously.
It would make me seem a much more sane human being if this was some cute anecdote, but alas, it is not, and I was terribly late for a meeting this morning, and chose that after going for a run making a cake was a better idea to stay late for said meeting than even taking a shower.
It’s safe to say that being back in the States, I am becoming re-acquainted with some old comforts, and surprised by them as well. One of these suuuper classic food “hugs” is Cheerios. I don’t know too many people who frown when they think of Cheerios. They’re perfectly puffy, their little circle form is weirdly cute, and they’re kind of sweet, but not too much. They’re, like, the cutest breakfast food.
Which is why when I found out that many flavors of Cheerios are naturally gluten-free, I was super excited by the idea to partner with them. And now, my dear friends, I get to reveal to you what that partnership looks like. I wish I could beam over a sample to directly show you what it tastes like, but I suppose you’ll just have to make the recipe. Read more