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Ooog... Overindulged in cookies... x_x

January 8th, 2006 (08:30 pm)

current mood: nauseated

Ugh. Decided to try out a choco chip cookie recipe since the poor female sibling unit has been wanting choco chip cookies ever since thinking my cranberry cookies were choco chip and being badly shocked to discover otherwise. (<-- Did that make sense??) Anyhow, since I still had a bunch of shortening left over from Christmas baking, I tried Crisco's Ultimate Choco Chip cookies as written on the box with the extra chips vs adding nuts. Bad move. *Way* too many choco chips in the cookie. x_x I really like choco, and while I didn't use my usual Callebaut choco, it shouldn't affect the cookie to this extent. Definitely, if I ever make this recipe again, I'll be following the book recipe (Crisco's Cookie book recipe is slightly different from the Butter Shortening recipe) without the extra chips instead. I also made Crisco's cranberry oatmeal cookies this time. That one seemed to work out much better although I wish I had more orange zest in the dough. Considering the female sibling unit decided to add a bit of her thumb though... I guess that was a good time to stop zesting the orange. ^^;;

Otherwise, I'm feeling decidedly poor today, although pleasantly surprised at the same time. The female sibling unit was rather depressed this morning and told me that the Complete Calvin & Hobbes was no longer available from Chapters and it wasn't available on Amazon Canada either. Apparently she really wanted the collection, so I decided to take a look around at any other alternatives I could think of. Renaud-Bray, the French bookstore I'd tried buying the French Fruits Basket Collector's Box from, had it available at retail price. But since Amazon.ca showed such a lower price for it, I decided to hunt a bit more and discovered Borders and Barnes & Noble in the US. (Hey! I'm Canadian! We don't have either shop up here. :P ) In any case, I discovered B&N had it for a decent price with 24 hr shipping, and so I decided to pick up 2 copies. >_< Shipped express. >_<;; I just hope express shipping to Canada isn't via UPS otherwise I just committed major stupidity and minor financial suicide. (Broker fees for most courier companies is in the $10 range + taxes, but UPS is more like $25 + taxes. It's quite hefty in comparison.) The really nice "pleasant" surprise? I got shipping notice within an hour of putting in the order! :o Can't wait to actually get the thing. ^___^

Hmm... does my baking cookies go against the "lose the weight gained" resolution from new years?? I had to stay on my feet the entire time and bake... mind you the 6+ cookies that somehow ended up being munched didn't help. :P We'll see. I do need to walk these things off though. >_<

Sudoku has we stumped today. NOT happy. It's my first 5* difficulty puzzle and I'm stumped. Yesterday's 4* wasn't too bad but today's... :x I WILL get you. The male parental's been eyeing my puzzle calendar and I get the feeling he's going to steal tomorrow. (It's a 1* puzzle). He has no idea how to do the things, but hey. No biggie. Now to figure today's puzzle... >_<

Anyhow, a bunch of rambling. :P I need more tea to help settle the stomach. x_x;


Posted by: » Lina (linachu)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Lina - Foood!

Eep, I hope you feel better! Too much chocolate can be nauseating, sadly..

Hmm... does my baking cookies go against the "lose the weight gained" resolution from new years??

... probably if what you're baking is considered junk food. X3;;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)

Horrible isn't it, how even too much chocolate can be icky? Chocolate *should* be all good, but... T_T

*laughs* Well, it's not like on actually on a diet. (I wouldn't do that to myself. For one thing, I'd never stick to it...). :P Ah well. I still want to lose the weight eventually. ^^;

Posted by: Lina (chibi_plum)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
Saiyuki-Like Candy

I don't like too many chocolate chips in my ccc recpipes. I love when they are gooey in the center, but sort of crispy and baked around the edges. MMMMMMMMMMMMM ~_^ Good times. If you want a good recipe, lemme know. My mom passed hers to me, (Italians are so proud about their baking/cooking *rolls eyes*) and it's my favorite. >_< Also...you can control how many chocolate chips you put into each batch.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)

Recipe? *perks* I'm always on the hunt for good recipes... *___*

>>Also...you can control how many chocolate chips you put into each batch.<<

Ummm.... *duck* I have this thing with baking / following recipes. The first time I make things, I'll do it straight according to the recipe and if there are problems, then make changes. ^^; Later on of course, I have this thing about going into "autopilot" and bake by numbers. :P It never even occurred to me to question the number of chips being added. ^^;;

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
Akiru - alone

*drools at the thought of choc chip cookies* Extra chips be damned...

And Sudoku is majorly confusing to me. I'm lucky if I can partially do a crossword puzzle.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)

>>And Sudoku is majorly confusing to me. I'm lucky if I can partially do a crossword puzzle.<<

I blame Japan for both of these things for me. ^^; Crosswords was one of the few sanity savers we had in general (and one of the few ways to slow down language degradation). I like Illust Logic or Illust Puzzle more than Sudoku, but unfortunately that hasn't made it's way over yet. :-/

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)

Me, I think I'll stick with word searches. They're enough of a challenge.

Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)

Kyaa, hey Shadow ! ^_^ *hugs* I've been completely overworked these last days, I haven't been able to find time to comment on anything you wrote! Aw, I missed reading your blog, though ! So here I am. lol....

So have you read any French Fruits Basket books before ? If you haven't, I think you should know. They're terrible. >_< Really, they are. Basically, before volume 12 the adaptation is just frightening, seriously.
Well I knew some of the stuff was dull (like Yuki adressing to Tohru not as 'Tohru' instead as 'Honda-san' X_x), but I never realised how terrible it was until I read your Christmas specials, which gave me something to compare their translations with.

But from from vol. 12 on, it's getting muuuuuch better. ^^ The good thing is that compared to America, we're not that far behind. Volume 16 is out next month here, and vol. 17 will be released in April. *w*

Otherwise... oh yeah, here's what came out of my baking lab recently : orange shortbread fingers (un délice *-*), honey-scented madeleines (not bad) and chewy chocolate cookies (wasn't too happy with those).

As you know (XD), I was planning on baking cream puffs (even went as far as buying the ingredients to do so), but was utterly traumatised right before I tried them, by a gingerbread people incident that was such a... total failure that it kept me away from my kitchen for a while. XD

Anyway, I'm flying to London on friday, will stay a couple of days there. Should have time to pop by Books for Cooks, I think. I'm feeling like trying salted nibbles for a change, but do not have any recipe book for these.

Also, I saw you mentioned on an earlier entry something about a japanese soup made of red beans. Speaking of red beans, would you happen to know the recipe for yokan ? You know, this sweet red bean paste ? Have you ever tried it ?

Oh, oh my GOD lol, I was feeling very rambly tonight XD I should have warned you. Ok well, I guess I should go to bead and speak to my Tohru plushie (poor Tohru XD)



P.S. : oh thanks for the chapter 122 preview. I'm kinda looking forward to getting myself some Kyo/Akito interaction, mmmmh. Sounds terrific.

Posted by: Laurie (ichi_san)
Posted at: January 9th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)

LOL silly me for typing too fast. I meant "like Yuki adressing to Tohru as 'Tohru', instead as Honda-san". Ah. *sigh* stupid french editors... As if Yuki would ever call Tohru by her first name, especially in first chapters... :rolleyes:

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)

Hey! I think I read on your blog that you were being overworked on the weekend for some reason. Don't let the boss get to you too much. *hugs*

You know, I really envy you guys that you're so far ahead with the releases. I'm wondering if TokyoPop is deliberately going slowly right now and is planning another release blitz during the summer months like last year. That thing really annoyed me and I didn't bother volumes for a couple of months because I don't order things quite *that* often. :-/ I'll have to take a look at the French releases. I vaguely recall some really weird thing with the names people used for each other and such, so it might be interesting to read. ^^;

Orange shortbread sounds yummy as do the madeleines... *_* Glad to hear they turned out well. ^_^ Sorry to hear your gingerbread people decided to revolt and not cooperate, but I'm glad you've gotten over the incident. ^_^ If you do decide to try the cream puffs, do tell how they go. I'm still seriously tempted to try that chouquettes recipe you posted. ^_^

*envy* One of these days, I really must get out to Europe. I love European architecture, culture... I want to go see some castles, eat good food...... T_T Hope you have a great time in London! (Next time, please sneak me in your luggage. Although I have no idea how I'd sneak into it in the first place...). :P

It's funny that you mention salty nibblies. I'd been seriously craving salt for the latter part of the holidays. I wonder if it's from all the sugar and dessert making. ^^;

Youkan... I've eaten it many times (different types too) but never made it before. Let me see... Well, I found a few different recipes on the 'net, the most common being kuri mushi youkan - steamed chestnut youkan. Mom's cookbook has a "awayuki kan" recipe I believe it was but I don't think that one used azuki.

There's also this recipe for Apple Youkan. Basically it's:

400 mL water
4g powdered agar
80g sugar
1 apple

- In a pot, add water and agar and dissolve over medium heat.
- Add sugar and let dissolve
- Peel and core and grate the apple, and add it to the pot - let boil/simmer (doesn't say how long to simmer/boil)
- Let the pot cool to room temperature. Finely slice the apple skin and mix it in. Pour contents into a mold and let it set at room temp.

Serves 8
(I guess you need some sort of mold for making it too. ^^;)

This is the recipe for the chestnut steamed youkan... oya? I just took a peek at the site and they have a mizu youkan recipe. Let's see... Okay... I'll need to do this a bit later by the looks of things. The recipe starts from the basics and works its way up to the point of making mizu youkan and kuri mushi youkan. Here's the start page:


Basically you'll need recipe 1 and 2 to make either 3 or 4. (Unless you cheat and buy pre-made koshi-an; assuming it's available). Anyhow, I'll see if I can translate the recipes tomorrow. ^_^

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