Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gingerbread cake made with ginger, of course. Cinnamon. Yup, makes sense. But mustard?!! Pepper?!!?? Espresso?! What the heck? Did that really say mustard? Yes, yes it did.

And yet it was gorgeous. Outrageously good. Who knew that mustard would be good in gingerbread. Yum.
Recipe comes from Canal House Cookbook 2.
Mix up the dry
2 and a 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I'd add a bit more)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon dry mustard (like Colemans)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (add more for wicked kick)
Then mix separate the wet stuff
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup molasses or sorghum (or dark treacle)
8 ounces of chocolate chips or chocolate, melted
1 CUP of espresso or very strong coffee, cooled
Preheat oven to 375 f or 190 c
Grease cake pan with butter then dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
Mix the dry stuff.
Mix the wet seperately use an electric mixer on low or med, doing the butter first until it's fluffy and then keep adding the rest in.
THEN - mix in the dry and the coffee bit by bit. Dry, coffee, dry stuff, coffee, dry stuff, coffee... until it all turns into a thick gooey slurry of deep brown smoothness.
Pour into the cake pan and bake until it the top springs back when you lightly press in the middle. About 40 minutes.
Either ice with cream and chocoloate icing or serve with fruit yoghurt drizzled on top .... yum.

The recipe is in here.

Me and Leonard Cohen. Yes his voice really is that deep. Yes, he really is that cool.

No I didn't gush... much. I'm going out to buy myself a new black suit and hat.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

This is what I am doing these days as I'm working from Lille on Groove High. The show is for The Disney Channel and is turning out to be great fun. I get to doodle a lot too. More fun.
Nice to be writing again. Nice to be drawing again. Sometimes breaks are nice for recharging batteries, but sometimes, despite the battery being recharged, it needs a jump start to get going again.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

This is John Sutherland at Tamborine pointing to my favourite spot in the studio. It's gone!

They've remodeled the place and it's gorgeous and shiny and now has that new car smell. And the studios have 'silent air con'. I loved working there before. Now I love working there, and I sweat less and smell better.

But as for my favourite spot; a hole in the floor that they promised to name after me, is now gone. No longer will I twist my ankle with whirling delight. I shall miss that little gap of wobbly wood. It was truly, part of the charm. Still, new car smell! The place is awesome now!

James and I are busy with the puppy and his friends. Yes even someone as sad as Lamington has friends. Hey, look at Rob Patinson. Sulking never stopped him from being popular with the ladies.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Took a bit of a break down in Polzeath.
Amazing how the propylene wetsuit has transformed Cornwall.
Even more amazing, I took this photo from my phone.