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July 31, 2004

Photo Friday - Sunset


Posted by talia at 9:34 AM

July 21, 2004

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
Quite frequently I get the urge to bake. This is a great thing of course until I am faced with the actual baking. My oven is not really an oven and the food processor does not really process, though it sure takes up a lot of space on the shelf. As my mother often says, I do not have the kitchen I deserve. Nonetheless, I churned out a really delicious carrot cake yesterday. The recipe combines three I've found:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
3 cups grated peeled carrots

10 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch-diameter cake pans. Butter and flour paper; tap out excess flour. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in medium bowl to blend. Whisk sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Add flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in carrots. Divide batter between prepared pans.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes. Turn out onto racks. Cool cakes completely.

For icing: Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat at low speed until well blended. Beat in maple syrup. Chill until just firm enough to spread, 30 minutes.

I made one cake in a 9 in spring form pan and three mini one in 8 oz. ramekins.

Posted by talia at 9:35 AM

July 20, 2004

More on Jaime

Okay, I'll admit it. The love hate relationship I had with Jamie Oliver is now all about love. I use his book Jamie's Kitchenall the time.

-Chinese Chicken Parcels
-Warm Salad of Roasted Squash (I used sweet potatoes) Prosciutto and Pecorino
-Roasted Sweet Garlic, Bread and Almond Soup - though I like my recipe from Casablanca in Cambridge more
-The Easiest Lightest and Most Flexible Gnocchi IS AMAZING, though time consuming
-Dark, Sticky Stew is NOT TO BE MISSED
-Tender Braised Leeks - not for the recipe but for the technique
There are many others I want still to try. I wouldn't hesistate about any of these recipes. really. I have not used another book (except for the classics) as much. I get good ideas. I've eaten in his restaurant and Tokyo and am psyched one will be opening in Amsterdam. I want more of his book.

Posted by talia at 9:37 AM

July 18, 2004

my dates are wrong

A few months ago someone I hadn't had any contact with in nearly ten years looked me up and found me and wrote how nice it was to know me, how fun it was to be around me and she wished me well. Oh Boy! I am often sad about having lost contact with dear ones over the years and all the moves. It is an amazing feeling when occasionally someone remembers me, and harder yet, takes the time to jot down a note to me.

A few weeks ago, Gizi tells me she’s getting married to Josh, and they will be honeymooning in Amsterdam and would like to see me when she's here. Oh Joy! All day yesterday I waited for her call, even half thought of going to meet her and Josh at the airport. I carried around a guide book and map all day and picked up some appelduindoorn sap for them. I carried around two kinder eggs. I hesitated venturing too far away from the center in hopes she might call. Hours past. Dinner passed. Thunderous skies crashed down and passed. Watching Shrek 2 for the second time in a row passed. After the movie the skies cleared and we a walked all the way to their hotel to drop off the goodies I had prepared (the kinder eggs didn’t survive my day) only to learn that they had not check in. They aren’t due tomorrow either. They won’t check in until Monday. I had the dates wrong.

After several years of palm piloting and other computerized calendars, I decided to return to the classic method. I found the right sized note book, with cubed paper, leather cover, and I need to do is fill in the dates by hand. I was a whole two dates off in counting. Perhaps I’m not as good with number as I thought.

Posted by talia at 9:38 AM

July 15, 2004


It's very gratifying to go to the dentist knowing that I don't floss often enough (by some standards) and still be awarded a clean bill of health.

Posted by talia at 9:40 AM