Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Didn't mean to leave you hanging


Heaven and Hell cake.
There's been a lot going on, what with work deadlines and a sick goat.

But Isabel got her Heaven and Hell cake. She seemed pleased. As a commenter to my last post pointed out, this cake is tall. Like, ridiculously tall. Like, move the shelves in your refrigerator tall. The ganache icing alone was 3/4-inch thick and very firm; it was as if I had affixed a thick, firm chocolate bar to the top and sides of the cake. Come to think of it, every element was firm -- firm, dry layers, firm, dryish filling, firm ganache frosting.
Better picture here
I felt it was a waste of angel food cake. You just can't appreciate angel food cake for the lovely fluff it is when it's squished between chocolate and peanut butter mousse like that. To achieve the brown and white effect next time I would probably replace angel food with marshmallow or white mountain filling, which would bring some moisture and creaminess to the experience. Overall I think this is a better concept than cake, but sometimes that's enough.

The best thing I made for Isabel's party: the sardine rillettes from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table. I kid not. It sounds hideous but is so very good. All you do is mash up canned sardines, cream cheese, shallots and lemon juice, give it a little cayenne pepper, and wow. I am so happy to have this recipe.

I was thinking of switching over to Greenspan's book, but then I got inspired and bought all my Thai groceries yesterday. I recommenced Thai Street Food last night and will write a separate post about that.

46 comments:

  1. Oooh! I would love it if you switched over to Dorie's book -- I made the stuffed pumpkin and it was incredible (I'm hoping Santa brings me a copy for xmas).

    I just came across her sardine rillettes recipe yesterday, too, and can't wait to give it a shot.

    Thanks for such entertaining posts!

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  2. fine, fine, I will make the sardine rillettes...where is the rest of the Las Vegas story?

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  3. I'm with Tina. If you don't want to leave us hanging, you need to finish the Uncle Richard tale...

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  4. Tina, Helen -- Las Vegas is a long story and I'm pacing myself. I haven't had time to give it my full attention in the last week. But coming soon! You know, in those relaxing days just before Christmas.

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