Wednesday, February 6, 2013

On Cloud 'Mine'

I have a song in my head.  My brain has decided to put it on repeat, and there is no way I can say no to my brain, right?

Deciding it's best to just give in, I wanted to share with you some of my current obsessions in music, in no particular order (except the first one - that's been playing every 4 minutes since Sunday).  No crazy ramblings.  No complaints about my broken computer (did that last post, remember?).  Just a song list with links to enjoy.

Let's get baking and dancing around in our kitchens, shall we?

1. Tegan and Sara - Closer  Dreamy synthesizers, an oh-so-catchy hook, and of course the two most adorable girls I can think of (except Cori and myself).  Besides my mad crush on the two of them, this song brings to mind teenage love and longing.  Also, I want to be at this party - trampolines are officially needed for all future get-togethers.  For real.

2. Robyn - Hang With Me  I adore Robyn.  She's all tiny, white blonde, cute Swedish-ness. With a definite late 80's bent, her pop/electronic tracks are hypnotic and fun.  This particular song and video are such a delight.  I dare you to not dance around your car or living room with your arms raised.  Also, I love a kick drum.  Lastly, I've been trying to get my hair to look like hers forever...  I'm hoping my stylist is reading this and paying attention.

3. Marina and the Diamonds - Prima Donna  I guess I'm in a dance-y mood, huh?  Marina kicks so much butt in this song.  She clearly does not give a flip about what anyone else thinks.  She reminds me of Shakira and what Katy Perry could be if she'd quit mainstream pop and get an attitude (and a big ol' heart on her cheek).  Marina has an incredibly distinctive voice, with an interesting tone in the lower registers.  This is a great track to dance to in the morning before work.

4. M83 - Graveyard Girl - Oh this song... It's dreamy, airy, and melodic.  I've yet to really delve into M83, but what I've hard so far has been quite juicy and delicious, just like this song.  It's good for keeping on in the background.  Though there isn't a video for it, you'll notice the cast from Skins as the picture - great show and very appropriate for the type of song that plays.  Enjoy it on a cool, rainy evening.  And then when you get to 2:38 in the song, you'll fall completely in love with it.  Also, check out Midnight City.  Electric.

5. Marina and the Diamonds - How to be a Heartbreaker  I know, I know... I already had a Marina song earlier.  This is the second-best song on the album, Electra Heart.  I don't know about the dude in the Indian head dress in the shower near the end...  Matter of fact, the entire shower scene is a bit odd (dude in the back with the long hair:  What in the world are you doing and what on earth are you looking at??), but this song, as with all the rest, is incredibly catchy and fun to sing to in the car.  Usually I listen to this one at night, as it has a less-than-sunny message.  I'm not a heart breaker, but if I was I'm sure I wouldn't share my secret with everyone.  TMI, Marina.

Honorable Mentions to check out:

*P!nk - Try She's amazing.  Enough said.
*Cut Copy - Lights & Music  Let's get (more) dance-y.
*Kimbra - Good Intent  One word:  HOT.
*The Naked and Famous - Young Blood Makes me wish it was summer time.
*Rachael Yamagata - Faster Girl has the smokiest voice ever.  Bam.

Also:  Big thank you to the Oxbow crew:  These cookies are for you - I hope you enjoy them thoroughly!  It was an absolute delight to meet you and enjoy fine food and drink in your company.

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Vanilla Almond Orange Cloud Cookies
Adapted slightly from Joy the Baker

1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest, finely minced
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out with a spoon
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 oz almond paste
2 large egg whites, beaten until foamy with a fork
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
powdered sugar, for dusting

*preheat oven to 325; line two baking sheets with parchment paper*

Combine sugar, orange zest, and vanilla bean seeds in a bowl.  Using your fingers, work the zest and seeds into the sugar thoroughly.

Pour the sugar mixture into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Add the salt and almond paste, mixing until well incorporated.  It should look very crumbly.

Your egg whites should be beaten until foamy, but not forming soft peaks - this will ensure they are properly incorporated into the almond mixture.  With the  mixture running, slowly pour in the foamy egg whites and beat until a smooth paste is achieved.  Add the almond extract and beat again until smooth.

Using a cookie scooper or a spoon, drop rounded tablespoons of the batter onto the cookie sheets, taking care to put them 2 inches apart.  Dust liberally with the powdered sugar.  Using three fingers, make indentations in the tops of each cookie.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden on top.  Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan.  Cloud cookies will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container.


  1. Oh. Yes. Seriously.
    The teaser of tegan + sara had me immediately singing my favorite of theirs- "back in your head" (silently of course.. i AM at the office).
    great post overload. So many yummies and so many good songs! yum yum. thank you. music to my ears and tummy.

    Question, though: Almond paste - make or buy?

    1. So far I've only purchased it. Next project is testing various recipes to make my own!!