Daily Archives: October 13, 2009

New Crush

I suppose it’s not normal, but I have food flings with famous chefs.  I go through periods where I really enjoy watching someone cook and testing out their recipes for myself.  There’s been Emeril, Nigella Lawson, Bobby Flay in recent memory.  And who can resist Paula Deen’s charms, I mean really, it’s like having a nice southern mom cooking in your living room.

Last night I was channel surfing while  doing paperwork and settled on a cooking show on PBS.   I was only half paying attention, but finally looked up and saw him.  I knew in an instant he’d be my next chef crush.  I’m sure he’s been on forever, but this was my first encounter. 

The show is Simply Ming on PBS and he is Ming Tsai.  Here he is, cooking Black Bean and Garlic Sauce with Wok Stirred Beef and Eggplant.  Yum, yum.  I can’t wait for the next episode.


Food In Fiction: Thunder Cake

When I said I was going to base some recipes on food found in my favorite fiction book, Todd Daily sent me this recipe from a children’s book called, you guessed it, Thunder Cake.  I am going to make it, just haven’t gotten around to it…waiting for a special occasion, which may come up later this month.   I have now read the book by Patricia Polacco about overcoming her fear of thunderstorms by gathering  the ingredients for the cake with her grandmother.  Here is her recipe:

Thunder Cake!

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together one at a time:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs, separated ( blend yolks in. Beat whites until they are stiff, then fold in.)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup pureed tomatoes

Sift together:

  • 21/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup dry cocoa
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix dry mixture into creamy mixture. Bake in two greased and floured 81/2 inch pans at 350 degree for 35 to 40 minutes. Frost with chocolate butter frosting. Top with strawberries.  ENJOY!!!

Thanks Todd for sharing both the book and the recipe with  me.