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Best Gingerbread House Design Ideas

I’ll start out with my most favorite by Neive Pie Cakes. The houses are modern, hand painted, and absolutely gorgeous!

Can you believe the detail on this thing? She based it on fabrics. I can’t believe she painted all that.

The white makes these feel clean and fresh.

This one looks more like a house than gingerbread. Its by Edible Art and I love the nostalgic feel of the photo.

I really recommend checking out all the gorgeous gingerbread houses on Sassy Beautimus’s flickr photostream. So creative, whimsical, and the piping is the best I’ve seen!

Can you believe all that detail? Wow.

Super Junk created a winter wonderland ski resort. Love how the skis are pretzels and the little people are so cute.

Its cute and its a brilliant play on a traditional gingerbread house.

Hope you are all having a great Christmas, and are eating your way into the new year 🙂

Molecular Gastronomy – Nutella Powder – Maltodextrin

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Molecular Banana Nutella

Tapioca Maltodextrin is SUPER easy to work with. You just have to understand a couple of main concepts to be successful at creating a powder and not turning it into goo.

I talk briefly about it in the beginning of this post and in full depth in my What is Maltodextrin & How to Use It post. Basically, you have to use it with something fat based that has no water in it. Examples: Peanut butter, Tahini, and Nutella!

I played around with the peanut butter before in this post. This time it was my beloved Nutella’s turn. I mean, who doesn’t love nutella?

Molecular Banana Nutella

The amount of maltodextrin you use should be 40% of how much nutella you use.

In my case I did 10g nutella, 4 g maltodextrin (I only wanted a small amount). Sometimes I find you can get away with adding less.

Molecular Banana Nutella

The rest is simple. Just put them in a processor and blend away.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Till you get the consistency you want. Some say to pass it thru a seive. I haven’t found this necessary.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Its also best to store the powder so it doesn’t dry it. I put mine in test tubes.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Classic flavor combo : nutella and bananas. More to come in another post.

Molecular Banana Nutella

One tube broke. There is beauty in destruction at times.

Molecular Banana Nutella

Molecular Banana Nutella

Sprinkle this on anything, or just carry it around and enjoy it like a pixie stick.

Molecular Banana Nutella

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Little Tree Sushi Bar – Royal Oak

Little Tree Sushi

Not many sushi places in Royal Oak on Main St. that I’m familiar with. I know Toms Oyster Bar does some sushi, but not a great variety. We decided to try Little Tree Sushi bar. Surprisingly, they and sister restaurant Katana next door, have no websites.

The decor is modest and warm. Wood everywhere. Lots of people on a Friday night.
Little Tree Sushi

Of course, you can’t have a little tree sushi bar without a little tree..lol, there little bonsai was so cute.
Little Tree Sushi

We went with our but buddy Mike.
Little Tree Sushi

Here Mike is acting silly, or laughing at something I said or both. Ladies, take note, he is single and ready to mingle (i’m sure I will get a phone call after he reads this, hi mike!) 🙂
Little Tree Sushi

Started off with the Shrimp Dumplings (Shrimp Shumai $5.25). I liked them. Salty, warm, comforting.
Little Tree Sushi

Then came the sushi we had ordered. I had a spicy Yellowtail roll ($5.75). It was good, but not great. Mike hated it. He had the Claifornia King roll ($8.00). He hated that too.
Little Tree Sushi

He also hated his Yellowtail nigri ($2.10/piece). So the conclusion was, Little Tree sushi is a meh…for the sushi at least.
Little Tree Sushi

Hubby only eats hot and cooked stuff, so he opted for the Lava Roll ($10.00): salmon roll, breaded and fried, topped with a jalapeno and sriracha mayo. Basically, there version Benihana’s “Las Vegas” roll. It was ok. It was lacking some sort of flavor and hit only one note.
Little Tree Sushi

A surprise to this place was that they serve a selection of other asian dishes and cuisines, not just pure sushi. We got a Mee Thai ($10.75) noodle dish. First thing i noticed, was a pet peeve of mine, and a really dated practice: the parsley sprinkled on the rim of the plate. What a nineties flash back.
Little Tree Sushi

Once I moved past that though, the dish was good. It was a bit spicy per request, and it had a slight sweetness to it that we loved.

The shrimp ($2.00) wasn’t really showcased. I could’ve done without it.
Little Tree Sushi

We don’t drink, but Mike does, and he had one of their beers ($7.75), which was a monster if you ask me. He liked it alot. May be the one thing he liked that night. lol.
Little Tree Sushi

Overall, I was disappointed by the sushi, considering that its a sushi bar. I also didn’t get what was so “Nu asian” about it. Other than its a term that has been thrown around alot to attract a certain clientele. I will be back to try some of the asian dishes though. But for now, the sushi should be exed out from the place.

always uncut,

Mira

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