simple tofu fingers

Every time I talk about my love of tofu I get really weird looks. I wonder why tofu has such a bad wrap. Tofu is a blank canvas, so keep that in mind before you just throw it into a dish and expect it not to taste like a bland slice of sponge. You'll have to season it. Tofu usually comes in a block, there are various textures and it will take on any flavor with ease. That's why it's so wonderful.

Silken tofu is amazing in smoothies or for making creamy vegan puddings and sauces.

The other types of tofu are firm and extra firm. Perfect for baking, grilling or stir-fry. My favorite way to make tofu is to bake it. Quick and easy. Nothing too fancy and it's delicious. This is a great recipe for the tofu noob! Enjoy!

1 block organic extra firm tofu drained and cut into 1" thick rods.

Nutritional yeast

Sea salt

Baking tray

Parchment paper

Slice your tofu into 1" thick rods and dredge in the nutritional yeast until well coated. Place slices on parchment paper and sprinkle with se salt. Bake at 425 degrees until golden brown and firm. Then enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.

These are also great rolled into veggie sushi as well as the ultimate comfort food with mashed potatoes & gravy!

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Donutting

I've been experimenting with my donuts. The first donut is the way I always made them. The others were made using my homemade glaze and trying different shapes and sizes to see what I think. I want to keep my items fresh and not feel obligated to stick to the same methods I once used. I am constantly looking at my baking books with hearts in my eyes. It's the perfect place to get inspired!

 

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How it all started

Hey guys! I've just been sitting here for a while updating the website and trying to drink this cup of coffee that my husband made me at 8 a.m. this morning. It's actually still good, except it has that whole French press sludge at the bottom. Heh! So yeah, I'm feeling really productive and good about finally getting my portfolio up. A lot of it anyway and also adding some of my miniatures to the bakery. Part of me really wants to get rid of donuts and things like that and keep it pâtisserie oriented. I'll probably do that once I get more things made. I think because I have this deep love for pastries and also it's quite challenging to make that stuff with clay. The hard part is the texture and also getting the shading right. I've made the donuts and cupcakes for years and can do those in my sleep, but I love a challenge and the pastries are a wonderful supply of the frustration and the feeling of accomplishment. When you finally get it right. I love that. That was the driving force that was Pancake Meow.

The story about Pancake Meow and it's ending was that I was burned out. After being featured on Daily Candy, it was literal overnight success. Orders beyond my wildest imagination, but I am one person in a tiny apartment kitchen! I had to close the shop and get those orders filled. It took me NINE MONTHS! Customers were so cool and understanding though. I literally only had a handful of people who I had to refund, but that's all I did. Day in and day out for nine months. I finished the last order on my birthday. Ironically.

I never ever set out to be a miniature food artist or any kind of artist. I kind of cringe even saying "artist" because I don't feel that I am one. I am more of a crafter or someone that can just learn things that I put my mind to, like most people. You know, when you want to do something and you just work at it and eventually you get good at it. I never set out to make miniature food. The story is that I was under the weather and a friend of mine came over and brought some clay for us to play with. We sat there in my living room sipping tea making clay carrots and ice-cream cones. I loved it! I had worked with clay before, but I only made beads and things like that. This was a whole new world and I became obsessed! I adore baking, so it was just another way to bake. My birthday was just a few weeks away and I was gifted a shoebox full of clay and that's when I began making cupcakes, donuts and stacks of pancakes. I had a Live Journal (this was 2004) and began posting my creations in crafting communities and people would approach me to make them a necklace or a charm. It was pretty cool! Those were what I refer to as "the good old days" of crafting. Before Etsy and the oversaturation of.... everything! And that's how it all started. One little thing turned into a huge thing and evolved into graphic designing. This website is a bit of all of my passions. Miniature food/crafts/design together in one place. A platform for various creations and also a blog! Oh, joy! Welcome to Pie For Blackbirds!

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Cupcake party!

Hello friends, It's been a LONG time coming and I am finally back to working on this website! I am seriously going to be blogging a few times a week, even if it's just to post a photo of something that I'm working on.

Since it's almost summer I am offering up some cupcakes! Use the discount code "cupcakeparty" and get 25% off a birthday cake scented "Pancake Meow" cupcake charm! I am only shipping in the USA at this time.

 Click HERE to get your cupcake on!

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