Thursday, October 21, 2010

super fun....

So my "boyfriend" (aka James, my husband) found a super great cartoon online. It brought a smile to my face so I thought I would post it here for you to enjoy as well. Hope you like it! Happy chilly Thursday...which really feels like Friday, even though there is still one more day of work this week!

Salesman Pete from Salesman Pete on Vimeo.

Here is a great video I found as well, super funny!!

Short Film 'The Black Hole' from PHOTOPLAY FILMS on Vimeo.

Just goes to show you crime never pays.

Friday, October 1, 2010

mmm chocolate....

We have to attend a mass tomorrow for my Nanny, really not looking forward to church, it is always so heavy and tiring. I thought I would post a couple more of my Nanny's yummy and simple recipes, since I am an addict for anything chocolate, here you go.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (yes literally one bowl)
1 1/2 cup white sugar (I cut by half!!)
1/2 cup shortening (everything is better with butter!)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

There were no instructions with this recipe, so I just sort of winged it. I creamed the sugar and butter and then added the rest. When it came to adding the flour and the wet ingredients I added them in batches. Since it is "one bowl" I am sure this was just me channeling Martha Stewart. Now, you can eat the cake as is, ooorrrr, you can use Nanny's chocolate glaze. Pretty much anything chocolate she put this glaze on top and in between when it called for layers of chocolatey goodness.

Icing Glaze for Choc-Cake - Bownies ETC. (that was her needs some work)

In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the following
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup choc. chips
Melt at medium power (2 minutes, depends on microwave). Mix well. Add 1 cup icing sugar. Blend well. Let cool awhile, spread on cake etc.

Well that is the recipe, I had to wing this one to. So instead of the microwave because we don't have one in the kitchen, I used the double broiler method. Steel bowl over slightly boiling water...I think it's called a double broiler...I melted everything together took it off the heat and sifted in the icing sugar, I always have trouble with icing sugar clumping. It came out pretty good, be prepared it is very sweet! If you let it cool a bit you can use it like a ganache and just pour it right over the "one bowl" cake, less skill involved with icing a cake. Or let it cool a bit and you can slice and ice a cake. We had a lot left over so it went into the fridge for storage, with all the little bits I cut off the cake to flatten out the layers. MMMMMMM, just to yummy, the cake gets better with age and the icing firms up almost like fudge...mmmmm, did I say mmmm, enough?

Keep in mind that east coasters like there salt and LOVE there sugar in these old recipes, so I usually always cut sugar. I will try to do that in the icing a bit, and use a better quality chocolate. Hope you enjoy this, if you love chocolate, you will over dose with this recipe.

On another note, my very favourite season is starting, FALL! I had my first signs peek at me from the garden yesterday. I love the crisp clean feeling air and the lovely rich colours and you cant forget the perfect apple picking days, I just cant wait. I also started a new quilt, a dresden plate block. I have been wanting to try this for a couple of years now, but I am admittedly afraid of all the piecing and hand sewing. I will post some pics soon, I tried chain stitching the little blades, it was very fun and faster that stopping and starting.

Enjoy the chilly weekend...just think you get to pull out all of those great scarves, hats and jackets.