December 14, 2011

Holiday safety....

A terrible, terrible month it has been for me. I have been snapping away with the camera and waiting for that one night when I get a chance to write about a few yummy meals we have eaten. Alas, it is December and the busiest time of the year for any caterer I am sure.

I know it sounds like an excuse but I can assure you I am not happy with my blogging performance!
Another thing I'm a little miffed about would be the fact that I made a fabulous chocolate cake for a clients champagne breakfast last weekend and didn't even get a change to nab a photo due to my stupidity.

That's right, I didn't take the festive seasons safely course (I know it doesn't exist but maybe I should do one every year just to remind myself I am not really capable of working EVERY job I can). OK I will let you in on why I am unable to blog at the see I was helping out a friend of mine who needed a server/waiter to make her last evening of dinners a roaring success. I said 'yes' knowing I had the breakfast the next morning but I was confident I really wasn't over doing it.

Before we could even get all the entrees out I was opening a guests champagne bottle, got distracted and popped the cork straight into my eye!! As the ER eye doctor commented, 'Ouch, corks and eyes DON'T mix very well- WOW look at that mess!" (not the type of conversation you want to have with an eye doctor on a Saturday night in the ER). Anyway I was put on total bed rest with the hope that my eye will stop bleeding (behind the eye FYI). Sadly it was still bleeding on Monday and I really can't see straight so I'm hoping tomorrows appointment will be full of good news and festive joy when I go back for another look.
Staring at a computer screen is a nightmare, so please excuse the errors in this post- I'm doing the best I can with one eye open. Please, please, please take care around all corks but especially champagne ones and have yourself a fantastic holiday season. I will leave you with the chocolate cake recipe because it really was a delicious looking cake!


Moist chocolate cake

250 grams unsalted butter
200grams dark chocolate
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup perculated coffee
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl over simmering water until it has melted then remove from heat.
Add sugar and stir until well mixed.
Add cocoa powder and boiling water together to make a paste then add to the chocolate mixture along with the coffee then stir to combine.
Add flour and lightly beat until mixed then add an egg one at a time followed by the vanilla essence.
It is a very wet mixture so line your tin with baking paper.
Pour in mixture, place on a tray and into the oven for 1 and half hours. Check with a wooden skewer that it is cooked.
Cool on a wire rack and cover with chocolate ganache.