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who? take 2.

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yes

i made another attempt

at keeping the brownies

in the pan

for more than  

half an hour.

this time

as i was

tapping off

the

extra

powdered sugar

on top

almost all

of

the perfect batch

followed the sugar

right

into the trash

so

i brought what was left to the party

and

 had to call on

my wheel of cheese

for backup.

“it’s the mishaps that make it fun, and brings you the surprise.”
-anna wintour

 

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almost easter.

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whipple-scrumptious fudgemallow delight

it’s almost easter – a great time to make wonka’s whipple-scrumptious fudgemallow delight with the chiddlers then?!

how to make a truly whipple-scrumptious sauce

for your ice cream sundae:

you will need:

an adult to help you
a saucepan
a large bowl of your favourite ice cream ready in the fridge
60g dark chocolate
1 cadbury’s crunchie or similar chocolate bar
60g butter
80g dark brown sugar
150ml double cream
8 marsmallows
what you need to do:

break the chocolate and the crunchie into large chunks

and set to one side.

in a saucepan, over a low heat, melt together

the butter, sugar and cream.

stir until all the sugar is dissolved.

turn the heat up and continue stirring for 10 minutes.

be careful, as it gets very hot and can splutter.

use a very long wooden spoon or a tall adult with a long arm.

turn the heat down again.

get your bowl of ice-cream from the fridge.

put the marshmallows, chocolate and crunchie into the saucepan,

stir around once and pour over your ice-cream.

“‘Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight!'” cried Grandpa George. ‘It’s the best of them all! You’ll just love it!'” – From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – roald dahl

credits:

roalddahl.com

you can’t catch me, i’m a gingerbread fan…

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once upon a time

a week or so ago

we read a famous old story

out loud

got very excited

to bake our own gingerbreads

imagined them to look like the pictures

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everybody

worked so hard

and

finally

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they were ready

and

the gingerbreads

were

really something special

even better

than we imagined

none of them

ran away

and

we all ate 

happily ever after.

there is a peculiar burning odor in the room,

like explosives. the kitchen fills with smoke

and the hot, sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies.

the war has begun.

 – alison lurie

image credit: toriavery.com

one hot mess.

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made a big pot

of bubbling hot

french onion soup

ladled it into little bowls

topped it with

buttered french bread slices

gruyere cheese

broiled it until it was just so

fully enjoyed it

though i knew

my big pan

was going to be tough to clean 

after caramelizing the onions

and 

cooking it for

such a very long time

to create a rich flavor

so 

after our meal

and

emptying out

the rest of the soup

i remembered 

an old kitchen trick

 reheat the pan

on low

with a little

water and dish soap

to unstick the brown bits

making for an easier cleanup

and

went off to work

on an art project

in the other room

music playing

windows open

nice breeze on a hot night

a familiar scent filled the air

wondered why the neighbors

were grilling out so late at night

took a break from the art

to get a drink of water

realized the 

‘grilling’

was going on right in my own kitchen

apparently

i’d forgotten about

my clever cleanup trick

that was fully in process

the water had cooked down long ago

the pan was almost on fire

inside was black and crackling

IMG_0866i quickly turned off the heat

grabbed the pan

with hot pads

put it into my sink

too hot to add any water

let it cool down overnight

in the morning

finally decided to

tackle the scrubbing job

now made so much harder

with the ultra char-grilled pan

went to pull it out of the sink

it seemed a bit stuck

wrestled with it a bit

finally used all of

my upper body muscle power

snapped it out of there

 flipped it over to see why

it was sticking

and

voila!

it had been so hot

that it had melted right to my sink

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and when i yanked it out

it took some of the ceramic with it
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 now

i need

a new pan

and

a new sink

but

damn, that soup was good.

“the only real stumbling block is fear of failure.

in cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

― julia child

 

‘let’s just make something quick ‘n easy.’

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(actual brick, not the frozen chili brick, but a very close resemblance)

it was a blustery night

mg and i had gone out early for a bit 

then later

as we settled in

for a movie

and a place on the couch

in warm pajamas

we had the great idea

to make

something

to eat

that was

‘quick ‘n easy’

we were 

too tired

to even

make sandwiches

and

that’s when

we found it

the massive

frozen brick of leftover chili

the perfect solution

no effort involved

no trouble at all

but

first

we had to get it out

of it’s plastic container

and thought

it would pop right out

but

it was frozen solid to the sides

we used hot water 

and knives

and all kinds of sharp objects

and we wrestled with it

and looked for the scissors 

to cut the container

off of it

and finally

coaxed it out

and

into the pan

where it refused 

to return to it’s original form

and we scraped it

and flipped it

and splashed stuff all over

and tried to chop it up

and chipped away at it 

yet

the brick held fast

and i wished 

we had

a blowtorch

and we were almost sweating

from all the exertion

and we could not stop laughing

at this quick ‘n easy solution

and i heard things like:

‘maybe a sandwich would have been easier after all’

and 

‘i think we’re making some headway with the edges’

and 

we laughed even harder

as it steamed

and simmered

and sputtered

and finally:

‘i want to be positive and not negative, but there is still a lot of it that is frozen…’

and 

it held fast

and we decided to walk away for a time

and when we returned

it had

somehow

transformed

back

to its 

liquid state of being

at last

and 

we poured it into bowls

and it was hot as all get up

and our tongues were on fire

and it 

hadn’t exactly been

‘quick ‘n easy’

but 

it was so worth it.

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leftovers in their less visible form are called memories.

stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.

-thomas fuller

you are how you eat.

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gingerbread-man-cookiethe first bite you take of a gingerbread cookie says a lot about your personality,

according to dr. alan hirsch, the neurological director of

‘the smell and taste treatment and research foundation. ‘

if you start with the head:  you are a natural born leader

if you prefer the legs: you are sensitive

if you begin with the left arm: you’re likely creative

if you begin with the right arm: you tend to be pessimistic

if you don’t want to be judged for how you eat the thing,

you might just want to tear off everything at once when no one is looking.