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.


Susie said...

Oh my gosh...eye injuries are not to be taken lightly. You get well, we are all so bogged down this month, at least me too, and I rarely even get a chance to get on and read others blogs let alone write my own! Happy healing, take care, and I will see you in Jan. Do you know dates?

Camilla Baker said...

Thanks SUsie- I am flying into Memphis on the 7th and out again on the 9th- very short 48hours but it was the best i could do x

The Kings said...

Hope it heals fast Camilla. xx

Jessie K said...

That is most unfortunate, be punched in the face a champagne cork!!! Aaah well, I guess the cork is better than a fist? At least the cork is festive. Get well soon!

Bryan said...

You poor thing! I hope that you are feeling better now!