Wednesday, October 28, 2009

When Everything Goes Wrong

Saturday night I set out to make a dessert to bring to church on Sunday. I started off alright with a great recipe from one of my favorite websites but it was all down hill from there. When baking a dessert the most important rules I have ever learned are - always bring all the ingredients to room temperature before beginning and always preheat the oven. I did not follow these rules. Here's what I did wrong:

- I used a recipe I've never used before but didn't allow myself time to really read through or get acquainted with said recipe.
- I decided to tweek the recipe
- I chose to make this cake as my husband was headed out the door, I needed to give my son a haircut, give the kids a bath, and put them to bed
- As I mentioned the eggs and yogurt were NOT at room temperature and the butter was frozen
- I didn't chop up the apple a head of time
- I didn't preheat the oven and my oven takes a long time to warm up

SO - here is a picture of what the cake should have looked liked, look how pretty, golden brown top covered with apples that are all caramelized with butter and sugar and are actually part of the cake, embedded in it...

and this is what mine actually looked like

Not golden brown, no caramelized apples and sugar, just a big weird pile of cake with apples on top. Sunday morning I got up early and made brownies to bring to church because I couldn't bear the thought of people looking at this mess.

But guess what, we ended up eating it Sunday night with friends and it tasted wonderful.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


We are settling into our new apartment in Tennessee but before we left Washington we had to have one last weekend of eating with our dear friends Jamie and Steph. We went to Seattle for the day and did a sort of self guided walking/eating tour around pike's place market. And ended up going to a "gastropub" call Quinn's on Capitol Hill for dinner.

This place is amazing! They had a 5 page menu, one page was food and the other four were beer and whiskey. The service and the food were some of the best I have ever had.

Here we are seated and awaiting our food.

chicken liver croquettes - our awesome waitress brought these out to whet our appetites

frites, fontina fonduta, dime-glacé

marrow bones, citrus jam, baquette

grilled half chicken, chickpea purée, olives, tomatoes, arugala

painted hills beef, spring onion, mushrooms - we forgot to take a picture of this until after Jeremy plated his

Our awesome waitress served it tasting menu style bringing each dish out one at a time so we could all share and really focus on one dish at a time. awesome, awesome, awesome. Dinner was followed by a trip to Fado Irish Pub to drink a Guinness and eat brownies topped with home-made Guinness ice cream.

Jamie and Steph - we already miss you!