Category Archives: Food

Bonus Post: Kick “Butt” Spicy Food Taste Test

We’ve got a special video for you guys today.  We shall be visiting the…um…Kick “Butt” Gift Shop (except in place of “butt”, you have the Biblical term for donkey…).  This place has a nice collection of spicy snacks and sauces, including peanuts, jelly beans, popcorn, and of course, hot sauce created by Southwest Specialty Food.  Peppers range from the mild chipotle and the jalapeno to the fiery inferno that is the ghost pepper and Carolina reaper (the latter one being the hottest known pepper in the world).  Mother Duck and I have picked nine items covering this range of spiciness that we would like to try, for better or for worse.  Will we survive?  Of course.  But will this be a pain-free experience?  Not likely. Continue reading Bonus Post: Kick “Butt” Spicy Food Taste Test

Bonus: The Duck’s Caramel Popping Corn

You may recall in the recent past, I talked about a caramel dobos torte we made.  While we didn’t end up being particularly thrilled with this cake, we did learn how to make caramel in the process.  With this newfound skill, we decided it was time to put it to good use and make some homemade, caramel-y treats.  But first, we needed to replicate our caramel.  This proved to be more difficult than we expected, as caramel is still a rather tricky process despite having done it before.  After three attempts, we finally had a brand new batch of caramel. Continue reading Bonus: The Duck’s Caramel Popping Corn

Fun and Confusion with Caramel

From time to time, Mother Duck and I enjoy baking new things.  Well, to be more accurate, we don’t always enjoy the process of baking, but we certainly enjoy the results.  One recent recipe we decided to try was a caramel dobos torte, a twelve-layered cake with caramel buttercream, the recipe for which came from British baker Mary Berry.  Now there’s a nice name if there ever was one.

First of all, I’ll just tell you guys now that we had no intention of actually making twelve layers.  That’s a bit too fancy for us.  Though we had actually halved the recipe, no, we did not plan on making six layers, either.  Rather, we were perfectly content with two layers because cake is cake, no matter how many layers it has.  And yet, even now, we were getting ahead of ourselves because the first step of the recipe was creating homemade caramel.  This is something we had never done before, and it felt like a monumental task indeed! Continue reading Fun and Confusion with Caramel

The Duck’s Disneyland Dessert Tour 2017

While the best part of Disneyland is undeniably the rides, to be sure (and the scenery and the shows!), a trip to this fair kingdom of happiness would not be complete without some delicious morsels (the calories of which have the added benefit of being burned away thanks to the great distances we walked over the course of those two delightful days).  I’ve already discussed the meals we had during our time at Disneyland, but let’s not forget the most important part, the desserts, which shall be listed below for your reading enjoyment, from least best to most best! Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Dessert Tour 2017

The Duck’s Disneyland Food Tour 2017

Three months before my mom and I spent a delightful weekend at Disneyland, our trip was still but a distant dream.  All we could do was wait and prepare.  Our preparations included one thing we take very seriously, food.  Considering Disneyland is not a place we can go every day, it is rather important that we don’t miss out on any scrumptious morsel.  By the end of the very busy week during which we bought our tickets (both to Disneyland itself and the Disneyland Resort Express bus), set up our flights, and booked a hotel room, we were already pretty familiar with the meals and treats most people ranked pretty high on their lists, in addition to having hunted these places down on the Disneyland app to get an idea of where they could be found.  Maybe this kills all notions of spontaneity, but with food, you can never be too careful.  Below the Duck shall rank the food we tried at Disneyland, from least best to most best!  For this post, let’s start with what many people like to call “real food”. Continue reading The Duck’s Disneyland Food Tour 2017

The Duck Brings Dole Whip Home

I don’t travel very much, so whenever I learn of special treats that are not easily obtained, I usually must resort to making them myself.  One such thing was the butter beer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which was quite a fun treat indeed.  I actually wrote about it in a post some time back.  Good stuff.  Just high in calories, no doubt, based on the amount of butter involved in the recipe.  The most recent treat that caught my interest was Disneyland’s (and World’s) Dole Whip, a pineapple-flavored soft serve-resembling concoction which I heard about from Adam the Woo’s Youtube channel. Continue reading The Duck Brings Dole Whip Home

The Duck’s Christmas 2016, Plus Some Dessert

This post is coming a bit late for Christmas, but alas, here it be.  I had a couple new comic books to read, after all, so this post had to be put on hold while that important work got done.  Ever since getting Elsa the cat, I have been unable to decorate the house as profusely as I used to for fear that she will steal or knock down anything she can get her paws on.  Plus, I’ve gotten rather lazy in that aspect of Christmas-time, so only minimal decorations were put out, and the tree only received decorations on its top half to stay out of the kitty’s reach.  Nevertheless, she still managed to knock the tree over twice, cracking a lovely egg ornament in the process.  Super glue seemed to patch it up quite nicely, but I was rather bothered by her behavior.  (I had my doubts Santa would be motivated to bring her any gifts this year after such a display of naughtiness.)  When we weren’t picking up after the cat’s reign of terror, my mom and I also did a dramatic reading of one of my more festive fan fiction stories, a Ratchet and Clank parody of A Christmas Carol I wrote a few years back.  To any Ratchet and Clank fans out there, can you guess which characters play the three ghosts?  Hint: Ratchet is Scrooge… Continue reading The Duck’s Christmas 2016, Plus Some Dessert

The One Whoopie Pie That Could

It’s kind of funny because, for the longest time, I’ve wanted to try a good whoopie pie.  They aren’t really the most exciting treat in the world.  I just wanted to try one for myself.  Problem is, they don’t usually sell them in stores, and the store-bought mix I once tried, specifically made for whoopie pies, mind you, didn’t turn out very good.  I can’t remember why.  I just didn’t like it.  Recently, a day came when I said enough was enough.  I was going to eat a whoopie pie, and there was nothing anyone could do to stop me. Continue reading The One Whoopie Pie That Could

The Best Treats Are Hard to Pronounce

I hope everyone had a fun and delightful Thanksgiving!  Like usual, I stuffed my face with many tasty things, but the most special thing of all was this year’s dessert, a unique pastry that I have never made before.  The dessert I made is called a povitica, and it is a European bread/pastry similar to babka.  It is prepared by spreading dough out very thin, covering it in a chocolate and walnut filling, rolling it up, and folding it up into the pan.  If done correctly, you will end up with swirls when you cut it open.  And I did.  Mission accomplished. Continue reading The Best Treats Are Hard to Pronounce

The Duck Has a Real Afternoon Tea

I have become a bit of a tea-drinker over the last few months.  It’s silly, really, but it’s become a little bit of an obsession, especially lately.  Why it suddenly occurred to me that I was in dire need of some fine china, I have no idea, but I did.  I ended up scouring my local stores-that-sell-stuff-like-that, and I managed to find one that sold several designs of bone china (it sounds creepy, but they are quite nice) teacups and saucers.  I feel rather silly about the whole thing, as I am not normally the type for frilly things.  I play Halo, darn it.  And own a Keyblade.  But, those teacups were too great to pass up and now occupy a special shelf in the kitchen, after I cleared away the ugly cups.  I have yet to locate any fancy plates, however, or those three-tiered thingies, but I suppose I have a head start in my bizarre road to poshness. Continue reading The Duck Has a Real Afternoon Tea