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Week of Chocolate!

It is upon us yet again, friends.  Every year, I say, “This is my last year.  I’m gonna die if I eat one more piece of chocolate.”  But then I make new friends, and they’ve never been, and I want to share my gut-exploding, sugar shock chocolate sickness experience with them.

However, Chocolate Fest as we know it no longer exists, as far as I can tell.  There’s a more “challenging” chocolate-themed baking contest this year, and a variety of other events. There are no tickets for sale for the big “all you can eat chocolate goodies” gluttony-athon.

I’m bummed, people.  I want to feel that sickening feeling; I want my clothes to be soaked from the sugar-induced sweats.

Here’s the website, anyways.  Anyone want to go with me to anything? Should I try to put together an entry for the contest by Friday?  Eek.

http://www.weekofchocolate.com

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N to the friggin om. N-O-M.

Associated Press article here and below.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has long been known for tacos and tequila — but cheesecake?

Chef Miguel Angel Quezada says 55 cooks spent 60 hours making the world’s biggest cheesecake — a 2-ton calorie bomb topped with strawberries.

The monster cake used nearly a ton of cream cheese, the same amount of yogurt, 350 kilograms (772 pounds) of pastry, 250 kilograms (551 pounds) of sugar and 150 kilograms (331 pounds) of butter.

Carlos Martinez of Guinness World Records declared the cheesecake the world’s largest on Sunday at an event sponsored by Kraft Foods, maker of Philadelphia cream cheese.

There wasn’t much competition. Guinness had no previous record for cheesecakes.

Organizers gave out 20,000 slices around Mexico City.

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Okay, I’m SO not going to show you my first attempt at making a Tuskaar bento box.  I will, however, show you the fish light I made as a backdrop for the box.  I think it turned out really well.  The Tuskaar looks like a walrus-shaped Chef Boyardee (thanks for helping me find the words to describe it, Jeff).

Nope, I changed my mind.  Not going to show you either of them.  Too embarassing.

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Hello, Cupcake!

Shaowen’s birthday cake. 🙂

Shaowen's Cupcake Zoo

Shaowen's Cupcake Zoo

Back of petting zoo stables

Back of petting zoo stables

Aquarium

Aquarium

Piglet

Piglet

Penguin Pond with fish, ice, and an igloo!

Penguin Pond with fish, ice, and an igloo!

The petting zoo with the Oreo sunflowers

The petting zoo with the Oreo sunflowers

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One of the pandas. Wish I had a better picture of these guys, by this time I was too tired to care anymore 🙂

It was a fun experiment.  Looking forward to making some faux-food cupcakes in the near future.  It is a LOT harder to do than it looks, indicated by my sloppiness.  Not bad for the first time!

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PT: Cooking–Banana Brownies

I’m not entirely sure what is so “American” about banana brownies.  I’m American, and I’ve never cooked banana brownies in my life, nor have I had a banana brownie.  Nonetheless, this was the first recipe I chose to cook (bake) with Personal Trainer: Cooking.  Despite a lot of yelling “CONTINUE” in various speeds, tones, and volumes, and “GO BACK” with increasing amounts of frustration and rage, the brownies didn’t burn, smelled good while cooking.  They lasted about a day.  I ate one, Tyler ate one, and the next day they were as hard as hockey pucks.  My overall rating is two bananas out of five; inedible after 12 hours and overall bland in flavor the reason for the score.  However, the insertion of a corner-sliced piece of parchment paper was ingenious and made cleanup a breeze.  This would also be useful for presenting brownies outside of the dish.  Here’s a picture regardless!

Banana Brownies, American style?

Banana Brownies, American style?Not sweet enough for me. Looks like fruitcake.

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This posting is dedicated to PS Foong.  She knows why. 🙂  We received a mysterious package in the mail from Singapore.  Much to our surprise, a quick-mix for Hainanese Chicken Rice was inside the mailer!  After watching a wonderful episode of No Reservations my mouth was watering for even the worst version of the signature dish of Singapore.  This pre-packaged version was quite tasty, even though it was probably the “hamburger helper” of Hainanese Chicken Rice.  I can’t wait to visit Singapore for a variety of reasons, but especially for the food and the kindness of the people.  So, thanks PS, for introducing us to this wonderful dish, and leaving us drooling for more!!

The players:

This looks like space food. I protest that it is not.

This looks like space food. I protest that it is not.

Developing the fat layer between the skin and the meat

Developing the fat layer between the skin and the meat

Yep, that would be the fat layer.

Yep, that would be the fat layer.

That would be perfection. Can you taste that rice? The fat coated my lips like chicken-flavored Chapstick. Yeah, Chapstick, you should make a Hainanese Chicken flavored lip balm.  I'd buy it.

That would be perfection. Can you taste that rice? The fat coated my lips like chicken-flavored Chapstick. Yeah, Chapstick, you should make a Hainanese Chicken flavored lip balm. I'd buy it.

Yum.

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Birthday Cake

A good friend’s first birthday in the states–made him a quick and easy cake to make sure his birthday was special.  It’s always nice to feel special on your birthday, espeically when you’re so far away from home.  I didn’t have much around the house to decorate it with, so I used some Nestle chocolate chunks and flavored some homemade buttercream with some hot fudge sauce for the lettering.  The addition of coffee made all the difference. It was a very subtle flavor, but made the cake so moist and yummy. Thanks for the recipe, Karen=^..^=.

The only chocolate cake I will ever eat from now on!

The only chocolate cake I will ever eat from now on!

Ooohhhh yeahhhhh.

Ooohhhh yeahhhhh.

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