Hello dear readers! How have you all been?
I know it’s been quite a while since I last posted anything on here. The past months have been quite draining. Although I have been pretty active on Instagram (since the Disney Community has been my sanctuary through all this), to be honest I haven’t had the motivation to do my regular blogs or to write anything new. But if there’s one good thing that has come out of this situation, it’s that I have been more open to trying and learning new things – which is why I’m bringing you something a little different today.
With my dad being a chef and my mom being a pastry chef, I never really saw the need to learn how to cook or bake. I always felt that I didn’t have the talent for either, and figured I’d leave those things to the experts. All I really knew how to do well, was eat. Lol. But the combined boredom, stress, and sadness of quarantine has taught me that it is never too late to reinvent yourself, and find happiness in different places.
Places, like the kitchen.
I’ve always had a knack for filling up my days with activities, which is why I relate to the “Princess of Quarantine” (Rapunzel) so much. But kitchen-related projects have never been part of my usual morning lineup – that is until the Disney Parks Blog came out with their Cooking Up the Magic at Home series.
My hesitance to explore this field wasn’t as strong as my desire to get a taste of the parks (that I miss so very much), so I decided to try my hand at a few Disney recipes. And you know what – they turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. Lol.
Since I’d been frequenting the Asian parks the past few years, my craving for Tiana’s man-catching beignets have been intense. Lol. I was looking forward to having them again on the big Walt Disney World trip I had planned for early next year, but we all know how that turned out.
So when I saw the official recipe up on the Disney Parks website, I knew I had to try making them. And the results were amazing! They tasted exactly like the WDW ones – so fluffly, so light, and simply melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Toy Story Land
Grilled 3-Cheese Sandwich
I am a sucker for cheese. I am a firm believer that anything with cheese tastes twice as good. So naturally, grilled cheese sandwiches are my weakness. I couldn’t believe that Disney posted their Toy Story Land recipe, and I knew that if there was one park food I had to learn how to make at home, it would definitely be this one.
Golly bob howdy! I wish I could do justice to how good this tastes with words and pictures. I think what makes it special (apart from the 3 cheeses), is the garlic spread. It’s absolute perfection! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this the past months. It’s been my go-to comfort food, and I highly recommend giving this a try.
Ah, the classic Disneyland Churro. Although taste-wise, churros have never been my favorite, it is the most nostalgic Disney treat for me. It’s been a staple park snack of mine since I was a little girl. Just the smell of it cooking brings me back to Main Street, and a single bite makes me remember some of my happiest memories of sitting on the curb and waiting for the parade to start.
To have those memories so easily accessible from my own home has been such a wonderful gift. And although I don’t have the equipment (or know-how) to make those beautifully long and perfect churro sticks, these fun churro bites still do the job quite well.
There you have it. My first foray into cooking and baking. Leave it to Disney to make it “kind of fun to do the impossible” Lol.
So if you guys love to eat (and love Disney park food especially), I hope you give these a try. If a cooking/baking noob like me can do it, I guarantee that you can do it too!
The Disney Parks Blog website has been quite generous with their park recipes. They even have The Grey Stuff which I am going to attempt next! And if food isn’t your thing, they also have so many activities, as well as parades and shows you can watch to bring a little magic to your door. I promise it is definitely worth looking into.
Also, if you didn’t notice, I’ve slowly been learning how to edit too! I’ve actually been using this editing style on my Instagram page recently, so if you want to check out more of what I’ve been up to the past months – click here! I’m definitely no expert, but I’ve been having so much fun along the way, and that’s all that matters right?
It turns out, it’s Rapunzel who knows best. It’s never too late to find your new dream.