Thursday, September 21, 2006

Heavy Food. Happy Hearts.

"There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who love chocolate, and communists."
Leslie Moak Murray in ‘Murray's Law’ comic strip

The cool weather is coming and with it the return of heartier, heavier, comfort foods. Say goodbye to light berry desserts, grilled shrimp salad, and gazpacho. Say hello to braised ribs, roasted autumn vegetables…and Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake. It's rich, dark and delicious.

(I realize most of my posts have been rather dessert oriented and I promise this will change. There’s just been lots of events lately where a dessert is the best solution.)

Last week we had a going away party for our friends, Amber and Zaak, who are returning to their home in Guatemala. Amber's favorite food is cheesecake, so I brought one. ( We had a rather unique potluck with Guatemalan, Italian, American, and French cuisine all mixed together, which was interesting, but lots of fun. I made a mental note to blog sometime about the Art of the Potluck)

There’s no question, cheesecake is heavy, but it is deeply satisfying and I think this one was a hit! Sorry, I can’t give out the recipe for this one, it’s top secret; however, someday when my cookbook comes out, it will be available to you at a very affordable price. J/k, you will all get a free signed copy, ok?

Zaak showing me how to make Guatmalan "tayuyos":a cornflour dough filled with beans and cheese and then deep fried. Served with chirmol salsa. Very tasty. Very filling

Danny about to fry "the mother tayuyo". I didn't have to cook for him for two days after this. I could delve into how Danny is a walking example of 'biting off more than you can chew', but I think some family secrets are meant to stay that way.

The leaves are changing color here in Quebec. Happy Autumn to all!!


Aimée said...

Sorry about the sucky layout, sloppy pictures, changing font, and general mess of a blog. I'm learning.
(I'm learning that I am not a geek.)

Zaak said...

I just going to scold you on your poor composition (ha ha).

I'm willing to pay for a cookbook with the recipe of that cheesecake!

Anonymous said...

There were all these leftover ingredients that they were going to throw out. I was like, "why don't we make a gigantor one with what's left?"

Zaak said that it would end up being too big, and that no one could possibly eat it. I kept adding and adding to the dough until he said, "that is the biggest Tayuyo I have ever seen!", and then I stopped.

And ate it all. The cheesecake was good, and I didn't want to miss out, so I ate my piece of that too.

Aimee seriously didn't have to cook for me for 2 days.

Anonymous said...

That was the BEST cake!!

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