I was thinking this morning about how many great moments slip through the cracks, cracks in horrors and tragedies like the London Blitz, cracks in our own attention, moments that go unnoticed, the little changes leading up to a change in season.
@GreatDismal flowers growing on slate roofs overrun with moss. And our of the cracks in a stone wall 300+ years old—@strixus
Even the replies go there. Cracks. Things pushing up where we imagine they have no business.
I sometimes write about a fictional world that doesn't have a lot of room for cracks, metaphorical or otherwise. What would your life be like without any cracks?
This is a red velvet cake made in a WW2 era way, using beets for moisture and color. The trick to getting good color rather than mud is to keep the batter acidic: lemon and buttermilk and a complete lack of alkaline leavening are what make this recipe unusual.
Boil two medium beets and puree. (You need one cup)
Cream two sticks of butter with a cup of sugar. Beat in two eggs as completely as you can.
Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with 3/4 cup buttermilk. Add a cup of the beet puree.
In a bowl, mix a cup of flour and a quarter cup of natural (non-Dutch process) cocoa powder. (I used Hershey’s).
Beat the three mixtures together, adding some of the butter, egg and sugar mixture alternating with some of the beet and buttermilk mixture.
Pour into greased cupcake pans and bake at 350 until a toothpick or straw comes out clean.
This will be a soft, moist cake, almost custard. It released from the pan easily for me, though my cupcake pans are cast iron and a little unusual.
I used most of my batter as a layer under a cheesecake, but that’s a story for another time.
Mirrored from All Confirmation Bias, All The Time.
Cayenne and Sweet Onion Hot Sauce8 large (15 cm, 8 in) ripe red cayenne peppers, roasted over a flame (or in an oven)
3 medium onions, baked in their skins at 120 °C (250 °F) for 1 hour.
40 g brown sugar (5 tsp)
25 ml apple cider vinegar
a splash of orange juice or a little zest
a little salt
Scrape the blackened skin from the cayennes, though be careful not to lose too much flesh. Strip away seeds and cords if you want to tame the heat a bit.
Peel the onions, leaving only the browned flesh.
Run the whole pile through the food processor.
If you want to preserve for a longer term, add 2g citric acid, and omit the orange juice.
Boil 1 cup of water
Add 2 sticks of butter and let it melt completely
Remove the mixture from heat.
Add 1 cup of Glutino all-purpose gluten-free flour. Another mix with some bean flour might have better texture at the expense of flavor.
Add 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
Add 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
Beat and add three eggs, one at a time, incorporating completely.
The dough will start out the texture of mashed potatoes, but eventually become a soft, pliable consistency between dough and batter. Work the batter hard until it's completely smooth.
Heat oil for deep frying to 375 °F.
Fill a pastry bag with the dough, cut a 1/2" hole for the tip. Squeeze sticks or curls into the hot oil carefully.
Fry until golden.
From Patryk Zawadzki:
Here’s an idea for GNOME 3.x. Instead of showing a static wallpaper, start treating the wallpaper as an infinite plane. Basically instead of using a JPEG or PNG file as input, build a library that given a rectangle returns the image data (raster or even better vector) corresponding to the surface it covers. As monitors and workspaces come and go, the shell can expand and contract the background, calling the library as needed to build the missing parts.
Awesome! And parallax, multiple monitors. Great idea!
Mirrored from Aria's Blog.
Blend 2 bananas, a can of coconut milk, 3 eggs, a little cinnamon and coriander.
Bake at 350 until set.
Drop oven to 325.
Separate five eggs. Beat the whites into stiff peaks.
Blend three bananas, 2 tbsp coconut flour, 2 tbsp almond meal and the egg yolks until smooth.
Add 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut shred.
Fold the two parts together gently, trying not to destroy the loft of the egg whites
Pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan.
Bake until golden and egg has set.
Pull it out of the oven and immediately spread the custard over the surface, then roll the cake end over end. Put it seam side down on a tray. The cake will stay moist without any trouble or wrapping.
1 can tomato paste
Fry the paste in the oil, keeping it moving as it starts to caramelize
1 cup pineapple juice
1 teaspoon guar gum
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
a few drops of smoke flavor
toast 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds, grind and add.
Cook stirring constantly, caramelizing as much as possible.
Adjust the amount of juice to get the texture right for ketchup. Dip things in it and pretend you'll have enough left to save for later.
1 small can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato puree or crush.
1 tablespoon ras el hanout, or at least cumin, cinnamon and clove
salt and pepper to taste.
Cook in a pan greased with olive oil, letting it start to caramelize around the edges between stirs (it should look like "barely beginning to stick" each time, and have the pleasant hissing noise of fresh moisture hitting a hot pan as you stir.
Serve over cous-cous with meatballs.
5 or 6 mushrooms, small dice
1 shallot or 1/3 red onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ras el hanout spice mix
garlic to taste
Sautee in olive oil (rather a lot -- a quarter cup or more is awesome)
Add a half can of diced tomatoes, and salt to taste. Sautee until starting to dry again.