Saturday, November 29, 2008

Daring Bakers November challenge- a very sugary month

I've been quite sick for quite a few days so I apologize for my delay in posting this challenge.. however I am extremely happy to post this.

This month dear Dolores decided we should get all hyped up in sugar and make a Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting oh.. and hyped up we did!!! also helping her were Alex , Jenny of Foray into Food , and Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go . The recipe came from Shuna Fish Lydon of Eggbeater and you can find the recipe here.

I must admit that at the beginning I was not so excited about this challenge since I don't really like caramel flavours (shhh.. please don't tell anyone.. I already have enough heat coming from Bad Monsieur Josh about it) but I thought that I could do something in order to make it more to my liking. When it came time to do this cake.. I was sooo sick I couldn't really deal with any changes I just wanted to get it done.. but oh!!! I was sooo glad.. the cake is absolutely delicious.. I didn't cook my sugar too long so it wasn't burnt caramel but just nicely light caramelly.. the cake is just soo spongy and moist and incredible I am thinking about making it again this week. The icing was not so much of my liking.. but I think I might use the basis of this icing to make a variation of it next time.. cause I love its texture.

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU for picking this challenge this month it opened my taste to caramel cake.. (perhaps only this cake.. but still) mmm yummy in my tummy cake ^_^ oh.. if you want to see other creations please visit the Daring Bakers

Monday, November 24, 2008

Supper last night

I've been wanting to try and make potato leek soup for a while and yesterday I finally decided to do it... I wasn't sure that Bad Monsieur Josh would like leeks, but he had to try them sometime. We found this amazing recipe (trust me it renders a deliciously creamy and fine tasting soup) and the soup was a hit... before pureeing I actually separated some of the leeks and potatoes so I could leave the soup a little bit chunky and I was really glad I did.

I also wanted to try making souffle and so I did... some goat cheese souffle, it wasn't hard to make at all, however I don't think that it is a dish I like a lot... I think I'll try to make chocolate souffle next time.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Feliz Dia de los Muertos

Happy Day of the Dead to all of you, this is one of my favourite holidays from back home (Mexico) and every year I wish I could go back home just to be there on that day, because it is sooo much fun and there are so many yummy things to eat like "Bread of the Dead" which I decided to make this year.. it wasn't as good as I would have hoped but next year I am looking for a much better recipe...

For those of you who don't really know what Day of the Dead is all about it is a bit like Halloween, we believe that in that day the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is really thin and actually our dead relatives can come back from the dead to visit us. So people make altars and in them they put the favourite food of the deceased to whom the altar is dedicated and they'll come back and enjoy it. The living on the other hand, enjoy sugar skulls, candied fruits, little candies called "Alfeñiques" and bread of the dead..... oh so many memories.. I love this holiday so enjoy it!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Where has all the Halloween candy gone?!

So... I am upset, I am sad.. I am starting to get depreseed.....

Usually on Nov 1st, Bad Monsieur Josh and I go out and hunt some left over halloween candy that is now on clearance because no one has any use for it then, and we are happy to eat tons and tons of candy.. we don't get any trick or treat candy so this is the next best thing..... however we went out on our hung for CANDY and no store would have any.. not Wal-Mart.. not Zellers...not Loblaws... nor the Pharma Plus... where did it all go??!! not to mention now everything is Christmasy and I hate when they do that.. they just make you get tired of Christmas before it even begins..
seriously.. WHERE DID ALL THE CANDY GO??!!! who took it??!! why did they do this to us??!! WHYYYY!!!

/sigh.. I had to rant