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Say Aaah!

11 May

The topic of food used to dominate this blog, now all I seemingly talk about is my pregnancy and writer’s block, sorry about that.  Well, my good friend Kristina gave me the idea to start these recurring posts about the different kinds of food that Mr. Mondoo and I make.  It’s really a great idea.  We like to cook, try different kinds of foods, and then brag about how awesome they turn out.  Sounds like a blog post to me!

So, let’s get started on this first “Say Aaah!” post, shall we?  I know that these posts won’t hold the same amount of sarcasm and wit but some of you may enjoy the recipes and the “food porn” pictures.  Oh and I don’t promise that any of these recipes will be healthy or easy to make.  They may be, but more often than not, they are just going to be simply delicious.  So, try ’em out!

This past weekend, the Mondoo’s celebrated both Mother’s Day and my birthday.  At nine months pregnant, all I really wanted for these special days was good food, and by George, that’s what I got!  Baby brain prevented me from taking pictures of all of the wonderful food that was made in our house this past weekend so I’ll just focus on the dessert (which we still have plenty of, fortunately for me!)

Tres Leche Cake

According to Wikipedia, tres leche cake is a “sponge cake—in some recipes, a butter cake—soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. When butter is not used, the tres leches is a very light cake, with many air bubbles. This distinct texture is why it does not have a soggy consistency, despite being soaked in a mixture of three types of milk.”

Mr. Mondoo and I were introduced to tres leche cake by Alton Brown via The Food Network on his  Good Eats episode “Milk Made.”  Sure, Alton Brown is a little fussy when it comes to exact measurements (he uses weight, kind of a pain) but the man makes a great cake.  Don’t believe me?   Try it out for yourself!

A couple of notes:

– Although it needs to be made a day in advance so that the cake has time to absorb the milk, it’s worth the wait.

– This is also a perfect cake for the upcoming summer months as it is kept and served cold.

– Some of you may be reluctant to make this cake because of an intolerance to lactose.  My advice?   Take a Lactaid and get to eating.

– Although I’ve made this cake a few times before, it is important to note that Mr.  Mondoo made it this time.  One helluva guy!

– If you decide to take my advice and make this fabulous cake (or any recipes that appear in future “Say Aaah!” posts), please leave a comment and let me know how they turned out!

Tres Leche Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

For the cake:

Vegetable oil

6 3/4 ounces cake flour, plus extra for pan

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature

8 ounces sugar

5 whole eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the glaze:

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup half-and-half

For the topping:

2 cups heavy cream

8 ounces sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

The cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour a 13 by 9-inch metal pan and set aside.

Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.

Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 1 minute. Decrease the speed to low and with the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar over 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. This will appear to be a very small amount of batter. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden and reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F.

Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer or fork. Allow the cake to cool completely and then prepare the glaze.

The glaze:

Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the half-and-half in a 1-quart measuring cup. Once combined, pour the glaze over the cake. Refrigerate the cake overnight.

The topping:

Place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk together on high until stiff peaks are formed. Change to medium speed and whisk until thick. Spread the topping over the cake and allow to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

(Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/tres-leche-cake-recipe/index.html)

Love/Hate: Married Life

2 Oct

LoveHate

Let me just say that I LOVE being married.  This edition of Love/Hate is not a platform for me to complain about being married.  But there are a few things that make marriage a little annoying.  But let me just say, the Loves on this list and beyond far outweigh the annoyances.  I do promise that the Loves aren’t mushy, so read on.

Love:

1)  Two people, two desserts. When it comes time for the critical decision during a nice evening out, it is so important that you be married.  Why?  Because it automatically means that you get to try two desserts.   You order one, the spouse orders a different one and suddenly, you are enjoying two different sugary concoctions.  It’s so magical.

2)  You always have plans for date night. Every weekend like clockwork, I have a date and it’s always lovely.  Good conversation, excellent meal, and at the end, I know where I’m going; home with my date, because we live together.

3)  Someone always laughs at your jokes. I always say that being with my husband has made me a funnier person, mainly because he’s hilarious and his good humor has rubbed off on me.  But I also think that it’s because when you’re married, someone is obligated to laugh at all of your jokes.  No really, he even laughs at my horrible jokes.  I mean, he laughs and then tells me how horrible it was, but he laughs anyway.  Good man.

4)  I don’t have to clean the bathroom. I don’t mind cleaning but I do hate cleaning the bathroom.  The idea of what goes on in there and then you have to clean it, skeeves me out.  But then I got married and made a deal with my husband.  I’ll do all the other cleaning if you clean the bathrooms and that sucker totally accepted my offer.  Now he’s stuck cleaning the bathrooms forever.  Mwhahahahaha!

5)  Oh man, he is good looking. Ok I know that I said that I wouldn’t get all sappy but, I just couldn’t help myself.  Being married means that I get to stare at his handsome face all the time.  I’m a lucky duck.  If this blog weren’t quasi-anonymous, I’d post a pic.  But for now, I Googled handsome and this is the first picture that comes up on image search.  Patrick Dempsey is the second image.

Hate:

1)  “Talk to me.” This is a phrase that I often hear from my husband as we’re riding in the car on a long trip.  It doesn’t matter if I’m reading, listening to the radio, or just want to take a nap.  My husband wants me to talk to him.  About what???   We’re trapped in the car and have been for hours.  There isn’t anything new.  And besides, I use all of my interesting talking points in this blog.

2)  He makes me shave his neck. Yes, if you are a loyal reader to this blog, you’d already read about this bi-weekly activity (Oh Bother- Part 1) that as a wife I’m obligated to perform.  Ugh, I know that he can’t physically shave his own neck but it still grosses me out.

3)  He leaves me every day to go to work. The hubs and I have so much more fun when we’re together.  The weekends are the best, we hang out, do fun things; I don’t understand why he has to go to work during the week and ruin a good thing.  Oh wait, that’s right, because I’m unemployed and someone needs to earn some moola.

4)  His voice of reason… when it comes to donuts. I love donuts.  And pastries.  And ice cream.  All desserts really and sometimes (each night) I want to go out and get some sweets.  The husband always says no, to which I reply “I miss the fat you.”  You see, my husband used to be chubby and so much more fun.  We’d go to Sheetz at 11pm and buy some nachos grande or drive 20 minutes to get some Krispy Kreme, but no, not now.  He’s thin and fit and no fun.

5)  Cynics. Because I’m happily married, I have to deal with single cynics constantly.  Sometimes I don’t even have to be gushing about my husband but simply mention date night and I’m met with so much hate it’s unbelievable.  “That’ll change.”  “Oh gag me.”  “You’re so happy it makes me sick.”  Listen here, singles (and some of you who are even in relationships and obviously just jealous), I don’t get on your case for being alone so don’t get on mine for being married.  Deal?