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Baba Ghanouj

There’s so much glorious garlic in this recipe that when I made it for the first time, and had it for lunch with toasted pita, my husband gave me such a look when he came home. The only solution was for him to dip in and have matching garlic breath.

(makes about 1 cup)

1 lb eggplant
1 tsp salt
3 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbs tahini
3 tbs fresh-squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp cumin
salt/pepper to taste
flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
Greek Pita for serving

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut tops off eggplant(s) and slice lengthwise. Place, cut sides up, in a baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tbs of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until flesh is soft and browned. Let cool until easy to handle. Scoop out flesh into the bowl of a food processor (discard skins). Add garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin and remaining oil. Process until smooth, adding salt and pepper to taste. Let rest for about an hour (overnight would be better) in fridge to let flavours mingle. Serve with pita points or  other warm flatbread.

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Black Forest Cake is deconstructed and loosely put back together in a trifle dish, making it a decadent, delicious and easy dessert to impress guests, whether it’s Sunday dinner or a holiday party.

1 chocolate pound cake
(or equivalent other chocolate cake)
3 tbs sugar
1 tbs plus 2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbs flour
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1 cup milk
¾ cup good quality chocolate chips
1 cup whipping cream
2-14oz cans of cherries, halved, juice reserved
2 squares Bakers Chocolate for shaving
2 oz kirsch

To make chocolate pastry crème, in a medium bowl, beat sugar, cornstarch, flour and eggs using an electric mixer on high speed. Bring milk to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk about 1/3 of the hot milk into the egg mixture to combine. Transfer mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk. Whisk constantly over medium-low heat, scraping the bottom and corners of the pan, until the pastry cream is thickened and begins to bubble. Fold in chocolate and continue to cook, whisking, until chocolate is melted and incorporated; about a minute. Scrape into a clean bowl to cool.

When pastry cream is cool, slice cake into ½-inch slices and whip cream. Combine reserved cherry juice with kirsch.

In a medium glass trifle dish, or other decorative bowl, layer cake into the bottom. Sprinkle with cherry juice/kirsch and layer with chocolate pastry cream, cherries and whipped cream. Continue layering to the top of the bowl, finishing with cream. Shave chocolate (a vegetable peeler works very well for this) on top of trifle and serve.

Where to find it: Kirsch is a cherry flavoured liqueur, available in most liquor stores. Look for it in small-sized bottles, unless you intend to use it often in your baking. For the best kirsch to be found anywhere, buy from Okanagan Spirits in Vernon, or wherever Okanagan Spirits are sold. Visit http://www.okanaganspirits.com for more information.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 58 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 14 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 25th with 126 views. The most popular post that day was Braised Beef Shortribs with Root Vegetables.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.live.com, whatlooksin.wordpress.com, and alphainventions.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for nicefatgurdie.wordpress.com, hutterite recipes, nicefatgurdie, gurdie, and nicefatgurdiewordprees.com.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Braised Beef Shortribs with Root Vegetables November 2010

2

Hutterite Sucre Pie August 2010
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3

About April 2010

4

chocolate bread October 2010
1 Like on WordPress.com,

5

Rhubarb Platz August 2010

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