Posted in Baking on August 25, 2010 by secretmarmalade

The truffles turned out great. They’re very messy to make – there is a video on Facebook that I am not entirely sure I will add here…let’s just say my roommate and I got a kick out of the fact that when you’re piping them out of the pasty bag they look like, well…they look like turds.

But they’re fun to make (even if I did have to glare at the ancho chili a couple times until it was actually smoking) and they look very pretty when they’re done. Right now I’m just waiting to see what my taste testers think of them as I am not a chocolate fan myself.


Hot Truffles, Coming Right Up!

Posted in Baking on August 25, 2010 by secretmarmalade

Oh my god. I think I might melt and turn into a puddle on the dining room floor. I mean, I grew up in the Midwest where humidity was a way of life in the summer and it regularly was in the 90s with goodness knows what humidity. I don’t care. My body has officially been converted to “Californian” and I feel like passing out on the couch underneath a fan at just 72 degrees and 61 percent humidity. But, there will be none of that. Instead, there will be truffles. Yes, I’m going to be brave and actually raise the temperature in the house.

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Little Lacy Things

Posted in Projects on August 22, 2010 by secretmarmalade

Lately, I’ve been in the mood to knit some lace gloves for myself. 80-inspired white ones with fingers that only come up to my second knuckle and only travel down to my wrists. I have plenty of lace-weight yarn, but no pattern…yet.

Earl Grey Cookies and Chocolate Chili Truffles

Posted in Baking on August 22, 2010 by secretmarmalade


I’ve been on a baking kick lately. Two weeks ago, I was inspired to whip up some brown butter ice cream with caramelized bacon (recipe courtesy of the Coolhaus truck) and Amy Sedaris’s vanilla cupcakes with rosewater frosting.

Too pretty to eat? Nah.

Today I’ve got to finish a magazine feature, but after that, I plan on using my mad scientist skills again to create Earl Grey cookies and chili chocolate truffles. Neither recipe looks particularly difficult, though as I don’t eat much chocolate, I’m always a little wary about how anything chocolate-themed will turn out unless I have a tester around. So, post feature, I’ll be heading off to Surfas to pick up dried ancho chilies and ancho chili powder to make these truffles extra spicy.

What’s Surfas? It’s an incredibly well-stocked restaurant supply store. It’s also within biking distance which makes it very very dangerous.


Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 by secretmarmalade

I just stumbled upon these this morning thanks to Craftzine. After seeing Coraline last year, I developed a greater interest in unique buttons, and I think these buttons are very Alice in Wonderland meets Coraline, so I’ll try making them this week and share the photos if they turn out well. Perhaps even a trip to the restaurant supply house Surfas would be worth it to get some Willy Wonka flavors…

JD’s Scarf

Posted in Projects on January 18, 2010 by secretmarmalade

The design for this scarf was originally created by Jessica Duckett, the brilliant eye behind the photos at Zimi Photography. Since, I’ve created many scarves in this design using a variety of yarns – from cotton to alpaca to sheep wool – and colors. This is one of those.

Available on Etsy in a variety of colors.

Why, Hello There.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 by secretmarmalade

Welcome to the personal blog for Secret Marmalade. We’re happy you’ve arrived, whether you’ve come from the Etsy shop or stumbled onto us on your own.

On this site you’ll read all about my latest projects as well as my inspirations, baking attempts, and journey into the world of photography. If you are interested in reaching out, please email me at secretmarmalade at gmail dot com. I look forward to sharing my world with you.