Monthly Archives: January 2010

Julie and Julia

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I watched Julie and Julia last night and once again was inspired. I love France, I don’t know if it’s the idea, the place, the food, I just don’t know. That’s what got me hooked on Julia Child. I love watching her episodes on KCTS. She has something about her that you just have to love. All afternoon I have been baking sugar cookies and icing them (pictures will be up soon) and watching this movie just inspired me. I often wish I could have Julia’s care-free demeanor, very optimistic. This is my favorite episode of hers, her egg one. She was showing how to make a perfect French Omelet. Who really has a last minute dinner party for 300? She is just too comical. I put a hold on Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This is something I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for a while so we’ll see how it goes. Have a good day or Bon Apetit!

Tragedy

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What a crazy week it has been. It really makes you realize how much you have when you look at these people with nothing. Their homes destroyed. Heiti has been unfortunate enough to have an earthquake. This natural disaster reminded me of a clip in the move ‘Catch and Release’ watch  from 2:47 and 4:09. Jennifer Garner’s character says she loves natural disasters. I’m not trying to say that I like them, I don’t. They create terror and destruction, but I believe that they are there for a reason. In India they love the monsoon rains. People wait for days to get the rains and they celebrate when they get them. It is a happy time for them, even if people in their family die, they are very glad for the rains. I think that sometimes we think natural distasters tear a world apart, but I think it brings a world together, people together. It’s something we should do anyway, but it takes a natural disaster to do that. We are not so different from them, but we seperate ourselves from the rest of the world. We shouldn’t but we do. In a way, I am thankful for natural disasters, as terrible as that sounds, we are a whole again with them. Now after that little speech I’m going to find some dessert.

I Love…

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Truffles!!! I really do. I love the way it is so creamy in your mouth but cool to the tongue. I love the richness and texture and flavour. And I finally know how to make them. I was watching a podcast and it was all about truffles. The chef made them by melting chocolate in a double boiler. I thought ‘what if I want only want one or two’ so I experimented. I took a bowl and some chocolate and melted it, added soy milk, put it in the freezer and voila! I put about half the amount chocolate chips as soy milk in. I found dark chocolate tastes the best and I can honestly say that I am a truffle addict! They are so easy to make. I like to leave them in the freezer for twenty to thirty minutes, depending. If you ever feeling like eating chocolate, but not chocolate chips, try making truffles! Enjoy.

P.S. You can actually put any flavour you want in it, ie: espresso powder, hazelnut powder, etc.

I wasn’t eating anything (innocent face)

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I love brownies. They are my favorite dessert, I just love what you can do with them and they are so yummy (or as Rachel Ray would say…YUMM-O) I was looking around and I got this great idea that grew. I took fudgey brownies and put a chocolate peanut butter mixture on top. To Die For! That is what I decided to call them. Crazy but true.

Step: Complete!
Step 2: This looked so good I tasted it…BITTER! Reminder…add sugar before tasting next time.
Step 4: Much better…sugar has been added and it tastes divine
Now for the sauce:
And for the finished product…drum roll please?!
Be honest, doesn’t this look like a deepdish pizza, brownie form?
Thanks to cooks.com I found an amazing fudgey brownie with no dairy involved and very easy directions:
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup oil
1. Mix together. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and mix until thickened.
2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
2. Mix with the liquid ingredients
1 1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3. Mix until smooth. (This is where I did a bit of my own thing) the directions say to put in a 9×13 pan but I put mine into a 9×9 pan with wax paper up the sides. Since the pans sides are quite high the brownie had room to move up.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (I put it in for 47 minutes which seemed to do the trick).
The topping I made myself with a bit of experimentation:
2 heaping Tablespoons chunky peanut butter
heat this on medium heat until warm and add…
1 Tablespoon butter
melt butter and add
2 1/2 heaping Tablespoons confectioners sugar
and a handful of chocolate chips
The colour should be quite dark. Once your brownie is out of the oven put the peanut butter chocolate topping on. If you have enough restraint to wait until it is cool to eat it, good for you. I am not capable of doing that.  You’ll need to make more topping if you use a bigger pan, it just barely fit on this one.
P.S. It tastes best warm but the taste is still amazing once it is cool.
                    

It’s 2010

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and looking back at the past decade I’m pretty sure I’ve read more than 1000 books, baked more than 1000 brownies, and watched more than 1000 movies. Since I cannot make a list of everything from this past decade I will try to compile some lists from 2009. The lists will be on the side bar. Looking back, it’s been a good year, but I think the next year will bring me more luck. Going from one decade to the next, amazing. I’ll have to think of some New Year’s Revolutions, something I never stick to. Something I’d like to do is experiment and bake more. Something I love to do but I don’t do enough of it. Happy New Years everyone!