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March 24th, 2007 (09:29 pm)
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So... FSU's had a rough week this week and had to work two extra days because the boss's hubby is in the hospital. Yesterday, she went out to the bookstore and, while there, picked up a brownie mix by the Barefoot Contessa. I like to watch Food Network, and I enjoy baking and cooking well enough. FSU asked me to bake the thing up and to chill some wine for her for today and I did... >.<;;

I think it's extremely safe to say that, short of both of us suffering from a case of utter insanity or total amnesia, there's no chance in hell we'll ever buy the thing again. I like chocolate, honest I do! But I have limits, and this went *way* beyond them. You're supposed to cut the brownies into 9 pieces; we did 16. We barely choked down one piece each and I suspect both of us are planning on not wrapping the brownies and hoping they turn into cement blocks by tomorrow. They might be edible as topping or as accompaniment to ice/soy cream.

Next week's not looking much better for FSU, so I might dig into the good ol' recipe books and mags and see if I can't find a nice choco brownie recipe to make for her. Either that or a nice choco cake of some sort. I think I have plenty of choco here, and I can always make more of that terribly yummy candy recipe wombat1138 gave me. ^o^

(I'm definitely not looking forward to the sugar / caffeine crash that's going to happen from eating that thing... >.< )

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Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: March 24th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)

What wasn't good about the brownies? I don't like Barefoot Contessa much-- she and the semi-homemade chick are my least fav's on that network.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)

They were *way* too sweet and had too much chocolate in it. (Too much chocolate is a weird concept. I could eat a solid block of chocolate the size of that brownie piece... if it's good chocolate.) >.<;; Maybe a gallon of coffee would've helped with it. Just not a 9PM. :/ I don't know, do you think they'll mellow out after a day or two? I find cookies are often better after a day but have never thought about brownies that way.

I don't like Barefoot Contessa much-- she and the semi-homemade chick are my least fav's on that network.

^^;; My least faves are probably the guy with the toaster vehicle and the small Italian guy. The first one rubs me the wrong way, and the second makes me motion sick watching him! O_o

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)

Umm...I don't know much about brownies, but my mom said they probably won't mellow out after a day or two. Coffee might have helped-- but not at the time, you're right. I'm trying to think of good brownie receipes... oh! I like chocolate peanut butter brownies, if that helps at all.

Probably not @_@

Toaster vehicle...I don't think I've seen him yet; small Italian guy...? Mmm..is that the Easy Entertaining show that's not so easy?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)

*sigh* I suspected not. I'm currently hoping they've transformed into cement blocks now, although I could try the coffee trick... maybe. :P

Toaster vehicle guy is Bob Blumer IIRC. Unfortunately, I don't know the Italian guy's name. ^^;

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)

I wonder if the brownies could be salvaged by recycling them into tiramisu? Glad to hear you're still enjoy the toffee recipe, though :)

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)

How would you recycle brownies to Tiramsu, if you don't mind my asking? I wasn't aware that they could be used for that.

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)

Short and oversimplified answer: slice the brownies into ladyfinger-sized bars and proceed as if making normal tiramisu.

Long, overcomplicated, and disclaimer-filled answer: I've never actually tried this, though there are some online recipes with the same concept; this one is pretty much what I'd envisioned, minus the brownie mix. Depending on the brownie texture, the result might be much heavier than usual, but at least the excessive sweetness would be cut by soaking coffee into it.

Then again, I don't think I've ever made a traditional tiramisu recipe either; now that I look through some of those, they're a bit more complicated than I expected. I was assuming that they were assembled essentially like an English trifle, but it turns out that Italians call trifle "zuppa inglese" (English soup) and consider it a completely different beast than tiramisu. (I still think they're basically the same thing. Hmph.) It's not just a matter of using coffee/espresso as the soaking liquid and blending some mascarpone cheese into the whipped cream, although some simplified recipes (like the above link) do leave it at that; the authentic tiramisu recipe also requires layers of zabaglione, a soft liquid custard that has to be prepared separately.

Another brownie-based tiramisu recipe heavily relies on packaged food and substitutes vanilla custard mix for the zabaglione. (Urk.) The bottom of Wikipedia's "tiramisu" entry has links to several relatively normal tiramisu recipes, incl. two for both simplified and traditional recipes at the charming Cooking for Engineers site.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)

...Are you a pastry chef?

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)

*surprised laugh* No, I'm just fond of reading cookbooks as a hobby. I hardly actually cook stuff these days, other than assembling a pizza for dinner every week or so from a storebought lump of dough and various toppings; the most recent thing I cooked (not counting semi-instant miso soup from a little squishy packet of miso and a larger packet of dried seaweed etc.) was probably a so-called "Coca-Cola Salad" that involved jello and cherries.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure. They were ultra-sweet. That toffee recipe is so incredibly terrible a thing to share! >.< I've only made it a few times, but ohhhh yummm! *___*

Next time will be with pine nuts. Last time was half pine nuts and half pecans, but the pecans were silencing the pine nuts too much. ^_^

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)

umm...who's the guy in your icon?*he resembles hatori sohma sooo much *__**

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
GH - Lin

He's Lin from Ghost Hunt. Resembles Hatori? I never noticed. *innocent*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)

hahahaha SURE YOU DIDN'T Notice! :P
omghe's droolicious...maybe I'll give it a shot...
umm..is he angsty like Ha-san

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
GH - Cabana Boys

Lin is very quiet. The show is quite stingy with information about both him and Naru.

Although it's in a much more low key way than Kokumono, Ghost Hunt has more than its share of droolicious men. *grin*

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)

*poke*
umm...totally unrelated but how's thathawt romantic exchange btw shuurei and ryuuki coming along? :P

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)

Hmm... good question. I think I should type out what I've written up so far and see where I am. ^^; I'll do that once I'm up and about this afternoon. ^_^

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)

*Squeals* :)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
chocolate by enriana on obsessiveicons

ack! That's just wrong! Chocolate should always be super-yummy!

And I can't think of anything worse than being disappointed by something you were looking forward to. :/

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)

I know. >.< Chocolate shouldn't be mistreated that way.

I got disappointment/horror #2 today. I tried tasting the soy spread before putting it on a bagel. x_x Kill me before I try that again (it almost killed me, so why not spare me that pain :P ). I don't know if there are better ones out there, but it tasted like slightly rancid oil with a touch of salt. Soy products can be so hit and miss. I remember the headaches we had trying to find good soy cream. >.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Tiny Toons - WB logos

Ack! *pets*

Have you tried Earth Balance? I've never had it straight, but in & on stuff, it worked fine, if a little sweet.

(I'm having a rotten day myself: my subtitler has stopped working. :/ I'm flailing around the intarwebs trying to find something that'll work with my the Little Computer that Tried So Very Hard.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)

Earth Balance? That sounds like an organic product name perhaps. I'll take a look next time. The one we tried was from the deli IIRC, so no actual name on it. Sweet might be a bit weird at first, but it's got to be better than rancid oil. >.<

(Ouch! Does it not like the file or is the program itself choking? I know with mine, every now and again, it'll gronk like no one's business when I try to jump to the start time of a line. Any time I try to go to the start of that line, it'll do this. (I have no idea why.) Basically when that happens, it takes ~10 mins to save the file and kill the program. I get around the issue by changing the start time manually or in the program but not jumping to the start time of that line. I never saw anything weird in the timing file itself when it happens, but I wasn't looking too closely either. >.> )

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 25th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
sunflower (feathered - obsessiveicons)

It is organic, yep. The rec comes from my vegan friends.

(It's not opening anything. *cry* I'm going to come back to it tomorrow. But thanks for your suggestion.)

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