Thursday, June 02, 2005

I'm the "one" natural one...

Ah, the simplicity of it all...

Last night I made Balsamic Chicken Breast sandwiches. The basic setup was to macerate the breasts in Balsamic Vinegar for one hour then cook them in a skillet. I dressed them up with some field greens and served it on a rosemary foccacia. Cohen & Cook has a very good sandwich which was my initial inspiration, but I scaled it back a bit for the sake of doing something simple.

Today, work was slow and I was sent home. Apparently my attitude towards the situation was characterized as "bad". So fuck 'em, I made Gelato. And not just any Gelato, Chocolate Chip Gelato! Yeah, that's right! I said it...

Tonight I think I will go with a classy Au Poiver sauce made with Bourbon for a few Flat Iron steaks I have in the fridge. On Saturday I'm going to do Coffee Rubbed Rib Eyes. Friday, however, is an Ann arbor run. Cafe Felix for dinner, and Trader Joe's for a case of wine.

Cafe Felix
Trader Joe's

Now... Dr. Bob asked for the recipe for the Mayo Cake. I feel somewhat obligated to grace the world with my recipe, because it is from scratch. So many recipe's call for boxed caked mix, and honestly, wassthapoint? My only advice, is to use a bundt pan to bake this bad-boy. The shape is conducive to keeping it moist. In a rectangular pan, the edges dry out a bit, and the center tends to fall. (shrugging shoulders)

Mayo Cake
2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
4 T Unsweetened Cocoa
2 t Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cup COLD Coffee
1 1/2 Cup Mayo
1 t Vanilla

Pre-Heat the oven to 350F.
Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl.
Make a well in the center and add the coffee and mayo.
Mix till just combined, then add vanilla.
Mix till smooth, then pour into bundt pan.
Bake for roughly 30 to 45 minutes, or just until a toothpick comes out clean.

TIPS: Don't Over Mix
Don't Over Bake
Try using different types of coffee. So far, I like Highlander Grogg the best.

"Suppose I accidentally got my shit together..."
- MC 900 Foot Jesus (If I Only Had A Brain)

"Your voice penetrates, so lovely, like good coffee..."
- Zimpala (To the Bass)

"You know you want it..."
- Ralph Fines (Strange Days)

1 comment:

Dr. T Bob said...

Damn man that sounds goooood!!

Gonna try that one tonight :)

and in return, I shall give you a very good receipe for Chocolate Muffins..yes, I said muffins!

The Dry Stuff:
2 Cups AP Flour
3/4 Cups Cocoa powder
1t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1/2 salt

The Wet Stuff
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
2 sticks of butter (melted/cooled)
2 Eggs
1 Cups buttermilk
2t vanilla

I personally take all the dry stuff through a food processor to get them combined, and have had great results with it.

set your oven to 375

Mix the dry, mix the wet, put the wet into the dry and mix until it just comes together(very important) then spoon into a muffin tin.

place in the over and then set the temp to 400

bake for 18-20mins (mine takes about 15-17mins for high altitude) and enjoy!