Tuesday, March 25, 2008

King for the day

I think PJ had a good day. He took his cookie pops to school with him and got rid of all of them. That was a good thing. They didn't come home with him.

Chuck called me and told me that he would be taking PJ out of school early. Sure why not, it was his birthday. Plus Chuck really wasn't in the mood for Wendy's that PJ was thinking about. So, he picked him at 2 and took him to the Season's Market. This is a market that opened late last year. It is similar to a Fresh Market. They have wonderful things there, some are a little pricey, but some things are worth the little extra.

I would have loved to have been there with him. Having him look at all the stuff in the meat cases, asking the questions of what everything is, pointing at things, you know how kids are. They want to know so much, and then explaining things to them is just kinda fun.

He wanted sausage, more like Andouille sausage. But Chuck told him that it would be rather difficult to build a meal around sausage, and had him move down the line. Well, he found something that did catch his eye. Chicken Cordon Bleu. Good choice! And it really was, he did good. He also picked out, the kid's ultimate favorite, mac and cheese. It was his day, he could do what he wanted to do.

Here is King for the day in his daddy's new chair, talking to one of the many people that called for him yesterday.

I made his cake at lunch time yesterday. And that was a bear to do in less than an hour. He wanted this Deeply Chocolate Almond Cake with the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. Well, I didn't know all that this cake entailed, so when I got home and started reading the stuff, I was a little shocked. I needed to have an ounce of unsweetened chocolate grated and then melted in water. It made a ganache type liquid. Let cool for 10 minutes. Great, that already put me behind 10 minutes. While that was cooling, I got all that I needed to get mixed and then put that in there. This turned out to be a very dense cake. But very chocolatey too. I got them in the oven at 12:28 and it said 30 minutes to bake. Ok, I was gonna be pressed for time. While that was in the oven, I made the frosting. The cream cheese was out, but I forgot about the butter. Thank goodness for the microwave. Now with the frosting recipes, I always have to adjust to our taste. This book uses so much powered sugar, so most of the time, that has to be cut back, quite a bit.

30 minutes are up and I take one out, the other was still jiggly in the middle, not good. The one was almost done, the other had a ways to go. 3 minutes added to one, 6 more minutes to the other. Now, I am supposed to be back at work at 1. I didn't make it. I also didn't get lunch either. The one cake came out and out of the pan, maybe too early, but still, I had to get it out of the pan. The other came out of the oven at 1:06 and then I was on my way back to work.

I left a note for Chuck to frost the cake for me

The cake was delicious as usual. Didn't expect anything less than wonderful with cake.

My birthday is next. I still don't know what kind of cake I will be making. Maybe a red velvet with a white truffle frosting. Or tiramisu cheesecake. Or even a blueberry - cherry coffeecake. Don't know yet, but it will come to me.

PJ had a nice birthday overall. Collected about $100 in cash too. Must be nice to be a kid again. He is planning on buying a Nintendo DS with his money. That is fine with me. He can buy what he wants to buy.