I try to eat sea food once a week which I creatively call Fish Fridays. I know, I am so original. I prefer fresh fish, who doesn't, but I do have a bag of frozen fish in the freezer at all times. This techniques works for both frozen and fresh and for pretty much any kind of fillet of fish. This is my go-to recipe for a quick, delicious, easy to prepare fish dinner.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
My brother just got home from his mission to Romania. He gave his homecoming talk in church on Sunday 11.11.12. (Not as cool as 11.11.11 or 11.12.13. I am a numbers person.) Then, as is the Mormon Culture custom, we threw a homecoming party for him at my parent's house after church. I made a Missionary Cake. It is a simple chocolate cake with a fondant tie and name tag. The Blue, Yellow, and Red are the colors of the Romanian flag.
Monday, November 19, 2012
For my 32nd Birthday J and I went to the Natural History Museum of Utah. http://nhmu.utah.edu/
One of our corporate mascots and favorite dinosaur is the Allosaurus. This museum has the largest collection of Allosarus bones in the world. The Allosaurus is also Utah's official state fossil. The Allosaurus is smaller than the Tyranosaurs measuring only 25-35 feet, but it has larger more useful arms with bigger claws that could be used to subdue prey. To compare the two here are some toy figures I found in the gift store.
1- T-Rex, 2 - T-Rex, 3 - T-Rex, 4 - Allosaurus, just like a T-Rex, only different.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
For my birthday dinner my family met up at the Red Lobster. I was very clever and put my jacket hood up over my head so they could not see it when I walked through the door. Then I took a picture of them with my phone as I pulled my hood off on the pretense of getting a picture for my birthday blog. I just wanted a picture of their genuine reactions to my hair.
This is my brother's reaction.
These are my parent's reactions.
This is my Dad's reaction. His facial expression stayed this way in a state of shock, horror, and disappointment the entire night. I am no longer the favorite child. I have fallen far from grace.
One step closer to being an anime character.
Let's see my Dad's look of disappointment again. He did ask at dinner where he went wrong as a parent.
Me with crazy blue hair. This is my birthday present to me. I turned 32.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
German Chocolate Quartet
Every year I make German Chocolate Cake for my Dad's Birthday. Happy Birthday Dad, I love you. It is his favorite cake. This year I wanted to change things up a bit and do German Chocolate four ways.
German Chocolate Cake
- 1 bar (4 ounces) German Sweet Cooking Chocolate – chopped up
- ½ cup boiling water, add to chocolate and stir until melted, then set aside.
- 4 egg whites and a pinch of salt, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, then set aside
- Cream together
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks) room temperature or softened
- Add one at a time
- 4 egg yolks.
- Add melted chocolate.
- Add together in a separate bowl
- 2 and ½ cups cake flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- Alternate adding dry ingredients with
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Mix all that together and at the end gently fold in the 4 egg whites.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes.
- The cake above is from one 6" cake pan.
German Chocolate Cupcakes
- Bake at 325 for 15 minutes for cupcakes. The whole recipe makes about 40 cupcakes.
- I made 2 dozen cupcakes.
Coconut-Pecan Frosting – for German Chocolate Cake
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- ½ cup butter (1 stick)
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In the medium sauce pan on medium-high heat stir together until it begins to boil. Boil for 10-12 minutes as it gradually thickens. When it is thick add:
- 1 and 1/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Stir that in and set pan aside to cool.
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbs cocoa powder
- Whip together until smooth, adding more powdered sugar or heavy whipping cream as needed until it has a the right consistency.
German Chocolate Cake Pops
- Using one cake from a 6" cake pan
- Pull the cake apart and crumble into small pieces.
- Add about 1 cup chocolate frosting to the cake and knead together until it can form a ball
- Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out cake/frosting and roll into small balls with your hands. Freeze or refrigerate for 10+ minutes until firm.
- Melt some Chocolate Candy Melts 30 seconds at a time in a microwave, stirring in between times until the chocolate is all melted and smooth.
- Dip the end of a lollipop stick in the chocolate, then stick it into the center of a cake pop and return to the fridge or freezer to set for 10+ minutes. This keeps the stick from sliding out as you dip it.
- Dip Cake Pops in chocolate candy melts
- While the chocolate is still warm cover with left over chopped walnuts and coconut.
- I made about a dozen cake pops.
German Chocolate Macaroons
- Food processor for a few pulses
- 3/4 cup almond meal or almond flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbs cocoa powder
- In a separate bowl add
- 3 eggs whites - left over from coconut pecan frosting
- a pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Add superfine sugar 1 Tbs at a time to egg whites while beating until they form a smooth, glossy, ribbon like consistency
- Sift almond flour/powdered sugar/cocoa mixture and gently fold into egg whites in batches
- Pipe out small circles for cookies on a parchment paper covered baking sheet
- Sprinkle on left over coconut and chopped pecans
- Let the cookies rest for 30 min at room temperature while pre-heating the oven.
- Bake cookies on 2 overlapped baking sheets for 10 - 15 min at 325 degrees.
- This made about 15 cookies
Chocolate Ganache Filling
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, quickly bring it to a boil in a medium sauce pan
- 12 ounces or 1 package of mini-chocolate chips
- Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and stir until it is all uniformly melted.
- Store in fridge or freezer for it to thicken/harden
- Pipe or spoon out filling onto macaroon cookies