Friday, November 21, 2008

Chocolate & Pumpkin

Going off-book today. Some delicate flower told me that my descriptions of Kenny Shopsin's food make him queasy, so I'm foregoing full write-ups of the noisome Senegalese soup (chunks of apple and chicken floating in curry-flavored cream) and Carmine Street enchiladas and taking a short time-out.

A few weeks ago I bought a copy of a dessert book called Baked after a friend described its recipe for Sweet and Salty cake. While I haven't found the occasion for S&S cake, I made the chocolate chip pumpkin bread last night with canned pumpkin left over from slutty cakes.

As I've said before, I don't like chocolate, the Bea Arthur of flavors. Its bossy personality and booming voice drown out everyone else at the party -- butter, vanilla, brown sugar. Only mint can overpower chocolate, and that's because mint is so freaking mean.

So I hesitated before introducing chocolate chips to pumpkin bread, but being a compulsive recipe-follower and cookbook worshipper, finally threw in the whole bag. 

You'd think dominatrix chocolate would mop the floor with pumpkin, who is hearty and fat and jolly and dull. Except pumpkin's fellow travelers are cinnamon and allspice, powerful little operators with a streak of cruelty. . .

Anyway, enough of this nonsense. Upshot: pumpkin bread is amazing with chocolate chips. 

Eat Me chronicles resume tomorrow.

10 comments:

  1. I'm coming to your house for breakfast...

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  2. See, I think that is INSANE that you don't like chocolate. I'm not an addict, but I am a fan. Your chocolate is my almond extract. Haaaaaaate it.

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  3. Oh dear. I think I could probably drink almond extract.

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  4. I made pumpkin bread just last Sunday, and added chocolate chips, as my own innovation! It was delicious. Way ahead of you, Tipsy Baker!

    From the Los Angeles Fast Lane

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  5. Oh Kathleen, you ARE on the cutting edge.
    That reminds me, we're out of Safeway seltzer waters.

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  6. well, after recovering from my queasiness at the description of that senegalese slop, i'm now craving chocolate.
    you go off into the alleys and drink your almond extract, tipsy.
    i'm hanging with layne.

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  7. Get thee to Safeway! Or as we Angelenos call it, Vons or Pavillions(Pavys).

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  8. don't get the wrong opinion on this bread. It is delicious. tipsy baker just doesn't like chocolate.

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  9. Pumpkin bread with chocolate chips is good if you're really tired or a little tipsy, but otherwise it's much better without chocolate chips.
    Besides tasting better, plain pumpkin bread has the advantage of my believing it is a virtually healthy food. Bread, pumpkin, good for you. Mix in the chocolate and now I feel like I'm eating cake.

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  10. I have a secret: The Tipsy Baker does, in fact, like chocolate.

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