Episode 1: Roll With It!
Welcome to my new video series, Baking and Boozing! In order to succeed, they say you have to start before you’re ready, and boy have I been “not ready” for this entire last year. But here I am, doing this anyway. This video series has been a long time coming and I am so happy to finally share this with you!
Over the last 3 years, several of my friends who have extensive experience and education in the communications world began advising me to make a shift from writing blogs (which I love to do!) to sharing videos of myself on social media so I wouldn’t get left behind on the ever-evolving media scene 🤯 Those were definitely NOT welcome words of advice. I resisted, mostly due to how anxious I get when the camera starts rolling, but also because I had zero experience with film editing (read: if I majorly screwed up on camera there would be no way to save the footage). I had a million other excuses but those were the main two.
Then my friend issued an official challenge for me to film 6 episodes of a miniseries to get myself comfortable on camera. She even agreed to film it with me to help break the ice. Thus, my new monthly vlog was born out of a challenge from a friend who wanted to see me succeed.
The structure for this vlog is to demonstrate a pastry and cocktail pairing that is delicious and easy for anyone to make as they follow along.
I hope you enjoyed watching me fumble my way into getting comfortable on camera. Here are the recipes we made today.
Lavender Shortbread Ingredients
342g unsalted butter, at room temperature
200g granulated sugar
6g kosher salt
1 Tbsp ground Lavender (estimate)
1 lemon for zest
450g all purpose flour
Beat butter until light and fluffy - 3 to 4 mins
Beat in sugar - another 3 to 4 mins
Add in salt and zest; mix to combine.
Fold in lavender.
Add in flour and mix until ball forms.
Form into a log, wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 mins.
Preheat oven to 350*F.
Slice cookies, arrange on parchment paper.
Bake 12-15 mins.
¾ oz. honey simple syrup
2 oz. Gin
¾ oz. lemon juice
Sugar for rim
Bring ¼ cup water, ¼ cup simple syrup in pot. Cool.
Pour sugar onto a plate.
Run a lemon slice around the edge of the glass, then dip the glass into sugar.
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into glass.
Let me know how it goes for you when you try these recipes!
But before you go, here is a bonus video from Joy featuring some vintage kitchen tools and a cool idea for memorializing important people in your life.
Happy eating, y'all!