Beginning Baker

21 Jan

Homemade-Nutella Tart from Flour by Joanne Chang

For those who don’t know, our daughter Marina, who is now 15, spends the majority of her time in Rio de Janeiro with her mother.  But each winter, Marina arrives in Boston for her “summer vacation”, and now that she is older her interest in food is expanding on a daily basis.  From a very young age Marina has enjoyed being in the kitchen.  She has always participated in chopping, stirring, measuring and planning meals, and has forever been included when we’ve gone out to dinner.  Marina is well on her way to being a foodie, and we are proud of that fact.

Marina in a cafe is Deauville, France with Dadou circa 2004

Watching a a bakery worker on the streets of Paris, circa 2004

"Cooking with Katie" class circa 2005

Marina and Susan in the Kitchen circa 2005

Now that Marina is older, it has become common for her to take over the kitchen by herself  decide what to make for us. Because of a slight sweet tooth on her part, it might be red velvet cupcakes or cookies and  she also has an affection for chocolate. Due to her experience in France, Nutella is high on that list of favorites. This past week Marina was flipping through Flour by Joanne Chang, which we had signed to Marina back in December, and she picked out the Homemade-Nutella Tart.  Marina made the crust from Flour, a Pate Sucree, and completed everything on her own. Because this all happend while Susan and I were banned from the kitchen, there are no process photos, but feast your eyes on this beautiful tart.

We are very fortunate to have our beginning baker in the house, and love that she has acquired a serious apprecation and love for food and the process of making it.  At 15 years old, there are many things she could be doing and experiencing, and although food and cooking is not the only thing she is interested in, it is one that she shares with us on a regular basis, therefore we are all better for it.  I can’t wait to see what comes from our baker in the coming days and weeks.

Remember, Food is Love!

Cheers,

Justin

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7 Responses to “Beginning Baker”

  1. Emily @ A Cambridge Story January 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    What a great recipe – and lovely photos. I especially like this post because, when I lived in Brazil, I ate a ton of nutella. I couldn’t find peanut butter anywhere (maybe things have changed) and it was a good substitute.

    • Justin Ide January 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

      Nutella maks the world a better place.

  2. EatingPlaces January 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    What a beautiful post. Marina’s baking abilities are quite impressive!

    • Justin Ide January 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

      Thanks so much … she really is wonderful.

  3. Chris January 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    What a stunning presentation, bravo!

  4. Janae January 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Gorgeous tart and beautiful daughter!

    • Justin Ide January 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      @Janae – Thanks so much for checking it out. You should see her now at 15!

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