Friday, July 25, 2008

Chocolate Heaven

This is one chocolate cake which is so special in my heart. Ever since I've started baking only cupcakes, I have totally forgot about my special one. My friend was asking for the recipe recently, as she may have liked the taste. Then, suddenly, I've remembered my special cake and search it in my recipe archive or (file). Actually, the last time -I've baked it was two years ago for my Eid's party. Then, I totally forgot about my "can't do wrong" chocolate cake.
I've got the recipe from the internet and I've adapted it. So, since there's one special occasion to celebrate- I think that I need to bake this cake so that I could remember it. I frost the cake using my own chocolate ganache recipe-(the same ganache I used for my Chocolate and Zucchini Cupcakes). Hope that the other party would like it...

Frosted Chocolate and Zucchini Cupcakes

These are pictures of frosted Chocolate and Zucchini Cupcakes. I have used Chocolate Ganache, as I thought that the ganache would go well with the cupcakes. Using half of a bar of unsalted butter, 1 big bar of Van Houten baking chocolate, 2 tbsp of sour cream, a pinch of salt, 1 tbsp of Vochelle cocoa powder, 1tbsp of fresh milk, 1tbsp of icing sugar, 1 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tbsp of caster sugar-voila. I think I have arrived on the right taste of chocolate frosting.

I have put everything in the double-boiler which I have bought from IKEA. I have whisked all the ingredients together until it has arrived to the right consistency. Then I continued whisking it and put off the heat. To cool the ganache, I have replaced the pot of hot water with the cold one. To me, the IKEA double boiler was worth my money. Before this, I have always used my Corningware bowl on top of a pot of hot water.

To top off the ganache, I have used chocolate curls. The chocolate curls are Hershey's special dark baking chocolate - I have curled the chocolate using potato peeler.....a secret I've discovered from experiences.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Why Is It Difficult To Be Appreciative

Sometimes I feel that as human beings we always being not appreciative toward people around us. Never even have the courtesy to say "thank you" after all the good deeds the others have done to us. We never even show our love to loved ones, not realising it until they are away from us-forever......
I think there are many experiences in my life when it comes to love - I saw people who only realize how good their past love was only after that "past love" married someone else or had someone else. But by then, it was too late. Nothing could have changed eternally.
Some people spent more time blogging in the net rather than talking to spouses... Am I one of them? One wonders. I blog so that it will become a wonder in my search of escapism- things that do not work out at work- things that I could not blurt out in person. Things that I have wanted to say but the words could be very damaging. When I feel down or in a dilemma- I blog. When I feel that I am doing most of the things at home or workplace, but was never being appreciated- I blog. When I feel the other party was supposed to be perfect in front of superiors-but turned out to be hopeless regarding of work --- I blog. While me- the ever slogging person who always do the dirty job, covering things for others who do not do their job perfectly-from one work place to another, was never been appreciated-not even once in my life. Not even "thank you" for all those stupid things I did covering for others. God knows.
I've remembered the last time I left my old work place, my superior was saying this to me- "Don't go, stay here". But it was too late... yes, I've done my best, did things for others, organize everything, but towards the end- those who did hopeless jobs, will get the credits.. But what about me- the slogging one who is constantly doing all the work. Yes, to get the work done- get me. Give appreciation to others-- hmmm, that's why I blog. I like to blog. And that's why I bake cupcakes. I think they appreciate me...with good results especially if I give them quality and extra special ingredients....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Chocolate and Zucchini Cupcakes

I've finally managed to bake Chocolate and Zucchini Cupcakes. They are simply the best chocolate cupcakes I've ever tasted up to this day. The flavour becomes dense as it is kept in the fridge. I've baked (woke up at 4.30 a.m.) and brought them to work this morning, they become hot-sellers as friends never even guess that one of the ingredients is actually zucchini or courgette.
I've adapted the recipe as I'm short of the main ingredients, revising it now and then, and I even grated some semi-sweet Hershey's baking chocolate.The results- I simply liked its mild sweetness and the bitterness of Hershey's chocolate. The cupcakes took some time to be ready and since I was running late, I didn't frost them. But they are just fine as they are. These cupcakes are dark in colour, moist, chocolatey and very flavoursome, with the nice aroma and smell of coconut. Definitely- pure heaven.....

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thinking again

Just thinking... again, on our own life journeys. Childhood memories, an ambitious daughter, teenage years, student's life, working adult, a woman in love, a betrayed woman, a virgin bride, a beaming mother, a hopeful wife. We have long cycles and stages in life- I've wondered where it would go. Life makes me realize many things- life teaches us experiences and life has made us a better student along the way.
Tripping on many rocks, crying on unexpected news, hoping on some miracles. But God has his own way, he has made us tougher with his own plans, we become stronger as the day goes by... Yes, God has planned many things for us, why we are here, what we become, to whom we are married to, why things don't turn out as what we would liked. God has his own agenda for what is good for us..... I should believe on that..


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