My usual posting date is Friday, but due to an unexpectedly hectic schedule I am posting a day late. My schedule was so hectic I didn’t even have the entry typed up. I am penning it over morning coffee, watching Dances with Wolves. I hear its the Help but with Indians instead of black people. Ugh white people. Anyway, this week was really great for productivity in my two lists within the list. I crossed two cupcakes off of the to-bake list. A delicious marble swirl and a triple citrus cake with a lime glaze. I whipped up the marble cakes for when Sara came over to watch the Lord of the Rings with me. The batter was simple enough to whip up, but the real fun was combining the batters and then swirling them together. I did have an accident where I over-stirred one, but other than that they were pretty great. The two flavored cake and the lovely design the swirl creates led me to decide not to ice them but instead dust them with powdered sugar.
Now, onto the second cupcake. On January 1st I relaunched this blog as BEST Blog, but my friend Trang also began a new journey into blogging. She took her blog Curiosity Killed the Cook live the same day. A blog about recipes she whipped up at home and journeys through the culinary world that is New York City, the blog is a diary of a foodie. Since I have known Trang she has always been interested in cooking, even attending all sorts of Food and Cooking events. When she suggested we get together for a cross-blog hang out where we cook and watch an Oscar winner/contender I was so excited. We made plans to get together on Friday and bake and watch the Beginners. We whipped up a recipe I read about on Trang’s blog called Frito Pie. Its Frito’s Corn Chips, Chili and Cheese mixed together. I had three bowls. Three heaping bowls. Its amazing. After lunch, we made the Triple Citrus Cupcakes as Trang suggested, since citrus is in season right now. I was hesitant about them as I am not a big citrus fan but they came out delicious! I was so excited to be pleasantly surprised. The perfect amount of sweet and sour, in a super light cake. The glaze is just that a glaze you would find more often of a doughnut, but with a lime zing. Then we sprinkled leftover citrus zest on each one. Not only adding another zing of flavor, but also a lovely garnish.
It was great baking with Trang, who has as much, if not more passion than I do in the kitchen. We have another recipe picked so another cooking play date is not too far off.
This week, I crossed the 30 mark meaning there are less than 53 films to be watched from here on out. This week, I crossed off Hurt Locker, From Here to Eternity, the Gladiator, Marty, the Broadway Melody of 1929, Out of Africa and as I mentioned am in the process of watching Dances with Wolves. It was a good week for movies, with not one bad one in the bunch. From Here to Eternity was probably the one I enjoyed the least, even with the classic scene of Burt Lancaster and Debrah Karr kissing on the beach. What surprised me most this week was the movie Marty. When I read its summary “a lonely butcher from the Bronx who lives with his mother finds love in a meek school teacher” I was not too optimistic. But. It was incredible. I enjoyed it so much, such a simple but sweet movie. Also, as a little bit of trivia the Broadway Melody of 1929 was the first speaking picture to ever win the Best Picture Oscar. It was such a throw back, whenever there wasn’t dialogue there was no sound and each scene started with a title card that gave the location and time of the scene like in silent movies. It was pretty fun to see. Next week I have a few movies on the schedule including My Fair Lady which I have heard so much about. Also, its not a Best Picture winner but I watched the Beginners with Trang after we baked our cupcakes and want to put it out there I now understand why Christopher Plumber is a shoo-in for Oscar gold. He is incredible in it, the film also has a nice balance of sadness and humor. Plus the little Jack Russel Terrier Henry could give the Artist’s Uggie a run for his money.