Add chocolate. lots of it. Forget to take photos. This is Suzy’s Cake by Pierre Hermé from his book Chocolate Desserts, page 5. It’s heavy in chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, and just a smidge of flour to create a very thick batter. I added in a layer of frozen berries.
Once baked and flipped over… what it does not win in looks, in wins in tastes! Not every cake can be a visual stunner. In Mr. Herme’s defense, I deviated a bit from the recipe by adding all that fruit.
Too many lemons + previous frozen sweet tart dough that had been sitting in the freezer for months = Lemon Cream Tart from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From my home to yours page 333. Which is actually a recipe from Pierre Hermé as well. And I completely forgot to photograph the cream in the tart, so you will have to believe me that I did create and finish this tart. Nothing I like more than using up stuff that is taking up room in the freezer and on the counter top!
As for healthy, a vegetable and chicken filled couscous from Juste une Casserole by Sabrina Fauda-Role page 68. One of my new favorite cookbooks from France because the entire premise of the book is meals that can be cooked in one casserole only, which is great for lazy cooking days where I don’t feel like doing a ton of prep work. Chop and throw it in the pan… nothing wrong with that!
And in between all that cooking there is occasionally some down time, so I worked a bit on my Simplicity 1541 wool skirt. It is getting there. Yes I know it is March and winter is almost over. But! California can get cold in the summer evenings. So I will definitely find time to wear this.
I wandered a bit too close to a lovely yarn store, knit 1.
Then my new favorite thing to visit while traveling: climbing gyms! It’s always good to meet people in the climbing community elsewhere, because you never know who you will run into on the rocks outdoors in the future. It’s a small world, but a great one. Growing quickly too.
By the time I was done climbing, it was too late to order any famous deep dish pizza… so White Castle and their fascinating small burgers it was for me. They have a waffle slider with fried chicken too…! I was impressed, even if it was fast food.