I was very, very good this week, and lost two pounds! *glee* Yesterday was my "free" day, so I made pot roast in the crock pot with oven-roasted root veggies, fresh whole grain bread from the CostCo bakery, and topped it off with Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. Now, I had meant to try the recipe from the Carnival Cruise Lines, but that calls for 8 whole eggs and 7 egg yolks, 13 oz of chocolate, 13 oz of butter, 8.5 oz of sugar, and 6 oz flour; I found what appeared to be the same recipe in my new Nick Malgieri (one of my favorites) book, which called for 3 whole eggs, 3 egg whites, 5 oz chocolate, 10 tablespoons of butter, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, so since it seemed to be about the same recipe, just a lot smaller, I used that one. Now...
Back on the ship, the chef who demonstrated making these little cakes suggested cooking them in a water bath, sort of like creme brulee. Okay. Neither printed recipe calls for that, but I listened when the chef talked. The Carnival recipe says cook at 375 for 8 minutes in 6-oz ramekins while the Malgieri recipe says 10 - 12 minutes at 400 in 4-oz ramekins. I went for 400, since I was using his recipe, and cooked them for 12 minutes since I had 6-oz ramekins. They weren't done. Another five minutes. Another five. Another five. I thought, "well, I can't really tell if they're done," so I took them out and served them. Not even close -- just pudding. So I put them all back in, just on a cookie tray this time instead of the water bath, and cooked them 10 minutes at 400.
They were perfect. So much for the chef at the Emerald Room aboard the Carnival Glory... (I must have had this cake for dessert at least four times out of seven meals while on board - it was REALLY good coming out of the Platinum Dining Room's kitchens). I have to try making them with bittersweet instead of semi-sweet chocolate, though, because I remember them being richer and more chocolatey, though.
And then I was left with three egg whites. I always seem to make desserts that require making more desserts. I had meant to make meringue cookies, but accidentally put the sugar in before whipping the whites, so there was no way they were going to come to stiff peaks, so I made chunky macaroons instead (nutmeg3 can stop reading now) - took a recipe for coconut macaroons and put in all the stuff I'd prepped for the meringues -- chopped walnuts & chopped chocolate -- and then added the coconut. I didn't add as much coconut as the recipe called for because of the nuts and chocolate, but that was a mistake because the whites were still a little runny and they spread some in baking. Still, very tasty and a good experiment. I'll try it again when I make these the next time. But I had to put the cookies in the freezer because I can't eat them until next Saturday, now. Must get back in my jeans!
I got this one from nutmeg3. I don't think it's very accurate...
Your Word is "Fearless"
You see life as your one chance to experience everything, and you just go for it!
You believe the biggest risk is being afraid and missing out on something amazing.
Sometimes your fearlessness means you're daring. You enjoy risky activities.
And sometimes your fearlessness means you're courageous. You're brave enough to do the right thing, even when it's scary.
Just because they seem to need clicks:
Although I have to thank melvh for turning me on to the Soti Dragon site - obviously, it's helped immeasurably with views!
I'm almost finished with my last crochet project, which I'd set aside "for later" last year. I dug it out and thought, "if I'm going to wear this, I'm going to have to finish it!" It's a raspberry-colored tunic-length light sweater with bell sleeves that haven't been started yet. I fear the sleeves. The body looks good, though.
My NaNo is editing up nicely, now at 55,290 words. I am running out of prospective agents from the list I found online of agents who handle SF&F...
And now for the rest of Sunday!