Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Instant Noodles

Tonight, we went to see the final chapter of Harry Potter’s story, to conclude the “marathon” that we had started 4 days ago. I have now finally seen all the HP movies, in the right order, one immediately (or almost…) after the other.

When I got out of the movie theater, I was starving (it was going on 10pm and I hadn’t had supper) and I almost gave in to stopping at a nearby restaurant to indulge in a nice, juicy hamburger. My good and evil sides battled it out for a while and good finally took this one.

When I got home, however, I was still hungry and looked for something super quick and easy to fill me up a bit. I decided to go for instant noodles, only in a healthier version than the ones found in packages or paper cups!

I simply brought some water to the boil, added some thin rice noodles, removed from heat, added miso, cut asparagus, cut green onions and a few slices of leftover turkey from Christmas (yes, I still have some of that!).

Voilà! This was absolutely delicious. Now I need to find those noodles in a brown version. I am pretty sure they exist. They have to!

December 29, 2010

Lasagna – Fail Squared!

I had a bunch of (not so anymore) fresh tomatoes that I needed to use quickly, some zucchinis and a load of cottage cheese that will expire at the end of the week. I didn’t have to think very long to come up with a plan… Vegetable Lasagna!

Alas, it looks like lasagna isn’t my forte! Again, I ended up with WAY too much water at the bottom of the pan. Must be all the fresh vegetables rendering their water. And, not only that, I find the taste was also way too tomatoey. I wouldn’t call this a success, although my daughter did say that it was very good, the only thing she didn’t appreciate was the fact that the onions were too big (did I ever mention she HATES onions? Yet, she LOVES onion soup… I’ll never get that one!)

I used 3 kinds of noodles, Spinach, Whole Wheat and plain white. Now THAT, I really liked.

Anyway, looks like I will have to try my hand at lasagna again, so still no recipe to share. Sorry…

December 28, 2010

Sweet and Salty Cake – Christmas Edition!

Last but not least, this is the cake I elected to make for Christmas night at my mom’s with the whole family. I had spotted it a few months ago, again, on Jennifer’s site (looks like she is my inspiration for all things decadent!)

This cake was no deception. It is absolutely divine. Decadently sweet and rich, not too salty (in fact, I think I would’ve liked it a bit more salty) the hint of caramel, the rich silkiness of the icing, the moist density of the cake, it’s by far one of the best cakes I’ve ever eaten.

Oh and it was huge. Just look at the size of it! I had made one and a half times the recipe because I wanted to be certain that there would be enough for 18 people. Trust me, there was more than enough. One recipe would have been plenty. But it wouldn’t have been this impressively big. And I liked that. It was an impressive cake, and very nice to look at!

If I ever make this one again however, I would add a little bit more caramel. Maybe it just got absorbed by the cake a little bit too much, since I put it in the middle of the cakes after cutting them in half instead of just putting it on top, like the recipe says, but I find there could have been a little bit more gooeyness coming from that absolutely delicious caramel. I thought it would’ve oozed a little bit more. Also, I would sprinkle more salt on top of the icing between cake layers. Other than that, it was perfect. Oh, no, wait. Maybe I would wet the cakes with a splash of booze, such as rum, or Frangelico, just to make them a little moister (not that it’s all that necessary…)

Just look at that frosting! 

That is nothing but chocolate, heavy cream, sugar and butter. It’s almost like eating a truffle with every bite! Yum factor: 15 on a scale of 1 to 10!

At the party

I am that bad. I had to take pictures even at the party, telling everybody it was for my blog, thinking they would totally understand. Well, I think they did… sort of!

The interior

Just look at that caramel! Seriously, the more I look at it and the more I talk about it, the more I think I will be making this one again for Christmas next year…