I said this would be an Almost Wordless Wednesday ;-) . This is I just have to share: my friend Marisa, a budding professional photographer and former model, took some headshots of me yesterday. So far, this one below is my fave. Of course everyone has a different opinion on which shot they like best, and sometimes those opinions vary wildly from my own. Interesting, isn’t it? Ok, here”s my pick:
Posts Tagged ‘dessert’
Posted in dairy free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Good with tea, Healthy, Holiday Foods, Sweets, Uncategorized, Vegan, Wordless Wednesday, tagged dairy free, dessert, gluten free, Mind Body, No Cook, raw, Sweets, Vegan, vegetarian on May 5, 2010 | 12 Comments »
Posted in Chocolate, dairy free, Dairy Free Possible, Desserts, East meets West, Holiday Foods, Make ahead, Middle Eastern, Mind Body, Persian, Quick, Sweets, Uncategorized, Valentine's, Vegan, Veganizable, tagged Chocolate, dairy free, Dairy Free Possible, dessert, Easy, Fast, Make-ahead, Middle Eastern, Persian, Quick, recipes, Sweets, Vegan, vegetarian on March 29, 2010 | 8 Comments »
Oh dear. A kitchen mishap. Big plans to bake a chocolatey, decadent, gorgeous birthday cake for a loved one. Said cake recipe was new to me and untested in my kitchen.
Plus, I was having a bit of a trying day. Not to get all “Like Water for Chocolate” on you guys here, but I find cooking when I’m sad often leads to mishaps. Long story short, the cake fell to pieces when I tried to invert the layers out of the pans. Whoops.
In the back of my mind, I’ve always said that if something like this were ever to happen to me, I’d salvage the situation by making a trifle. And part of me has longed to make a trifle, but not yet found quite the right occasion/excuse to do so.
Now, apparently that day had come, whether I was ready for it or not. Had I willed this into being? Obviously, all of my preaching to my Yoga students about going with the flow was coming home to roost with yours truly. This just might have been a test. Okay, let’s do this, then!
Luckily, no one was expecting a picture perfect cake anyways, so the incident wasn’t a big deal, except in my mind. The trifle was creamy, fun and festive dessert, and crisis was averted. No tears were shed.
The lesson here? I think it’s don’t cry over broken cakes, my friends. It’s generally not worth it. And there’s always tomorrow, or some alternative iteration of a recipe to save the day right now.
Accidental Chocolate Cherry Trifle
1 to 2 layers of chocolate cake, cut into large chunks (or one small pound cake loaf, in chunks)
1/2 cup of sour cherry jam
1/4 cup dried sour cherries
6 ounces chocolate chips or chunks (bittersweet or semisweet)
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon each vanilla extract and almond extract
2 tablespoons almond slivers (toasting optional)
For garnish: white chocolate bits and dark chocolate bits
1. Make vegan ganache. Warm coconut milk over low heat. Don’t boil. As milk heats, place chocolate bits in a heat resistant bowl. Slowly pour warmed milk over chocolate chunks, stirring frequently until smooth. Add in vanilla and almond extracts and stir again. Allow ganache to cool and thicken slightly.
2. In a see through dessert glass or jar, spoon in some cherry jam. Top with a layer of cake, then a layer of chocolate ganache, then some dried cherries. Repeat layers, ending with a dollop of ganache. Garnish this with white and dark chocolate curls (Make the curls with a veggie peeler). Put some dried sour cherries on top if you want.
3. Enjoy, and no tears, love. Act like this was the dessert you meant to make, and no one will be any the wiser ;-)
Posted in Arabic, Desserts, Easy, Gluten Free, Good with tea, Holiday Foods, Make ahead, Middle Eastern, Persian, Quick, recipes, Sweets, Uncategorized, vegetarian, Wordless Wednesday, tagged cardamom, dessert, Easy, Fast, Healthy, Make-ahead, Middle Eastern, Persian, vegetarian on March 10, 2010 | 8 Comments »
Posted in Chocolate, dairy free, Dairy Free Possible, Desserts, Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Holiday Foods, Make ahead, Middle Eastern, Persian, Quick, recipes, Snacks, Sweets, TV, Uncategorized, Valentine's, Vegan, Veganizable, Video How Tos, tagged Chocolate, dates, dessert, Easy, Fast, Figs, Fruit, gluten free, Healthy, Make-ahead, Middle Eastern, Persian, Sweets, Vegan, vegetarian on February 12, 2010 | 8 Comments »
The Grand Finale is to our West of Persia Chocolate Week is finally here. My gift to you? Video!
Yep, it’s video of today’s recipe, Chocolate Dipped Dates and Figs. Of all of the chocolate recipes I’ve featured this week, this is the easiest, fastest, and perhaps the healthiest. Please note that while I do use the microwave in this video, and am indeed squatting by it in the screen shot below (LOL!) I no longer use it at home. (This video was shot a while back). Why do I now skip the micro? Health reasons. Plus, I wanted more room for my tea collection ;-) I’ll write in detail about all of that at another time.
For now, just know that melting the chocolate over low heat in a non-reactive saucepan should work just fine, as long as you don’t walk away and keep that spatula or spoon moving.
I figured posting this on Friday would be perfect for those of you who might have waiting until the last minute ;-) to gather ingredients for any Valentine’s Day sweets you might be making. You may very well have the ingredients on hand for this recipe. For now, let’s roll that tape. I mean, video ;-)