Tuesday, November 16, 2010

cake, crackers, mango

It’s Tuesday. I’m feeling random again. So I thought I’d just tell you what’s in my head at the minute. Also, I’m going to participate in Random Tuesdays Thoughts and this time I’m going to get the link to work. See, just linked to it in that last sentence. I’m getting the hang of this whole “technology” and “Internet” thing. (Last week when I tried to link, I couldn’t. It was terrible. I lost sleep over it. I’m better now.)

Anyway. As if that wasn’t random enough…

I baked a cake yesterday. Here’s a photo of it. It’s a peach upside-down cake. It’s like pineapple upside-down cake except it’s made with…wait for it…cherries. Just kidding. It’s made with peaches. I made if from scratch and it’s maybe the most delicious thing ever to come out of our oven. That includes before I lived here. I mean, I love the Bear but a baker he is not. Bless him.


I’ve noticed that where I come from people will cover saying bad things by ending or beginning it with, “Bless him.” Or “Bless her heart.” Like, “He has a face like a bulldog, bless him.” And, “Bless her heart, she can’t drive to save her life.” It’s as though the fact that they are bestowing a blessing in there means it’s okay to insult someone. I condone this behavior because it’s a little bit nice and a little bit evil all at once.

I saw a box of Ritz crackers in the grocery store the other day and I was happy. Too happy. My brain said, “That’s a label I recognize. I want that. I WANT TEN BOXES OF THAT.” I was singing the praises of Nabisco and cradling the box like a child with a cuddly toy. The Bear gave me the ‘oh, no, not again’ face as I skipped to the cart with my new found treasure. Sadly, I can’t even remember if I liked Ritz crackers before moving to the UK or if it’s just a little bit of name brand home sickness. Who cares. I’ve got a box of Ritz crackers in the cupboard and all’s right with the world.

Getting back to the cake above, the Bear and I licked the batter bowl clean, raw eggs and all. Do not judge me. And do not even think about telling me that’s unsanitary and disgusting. If you do, I won’t like you anymore. However, if you’d like to tell me you do that too so that I feel better about getting salmonella poisoning, you may proceed. (Sorry to get a little defensive, but cake batter and I are close. We have an understanding – I defend it and it tastes delicious. It’s an arrangement that’s working out so far.)

Why are so many of my random thoughts about food today?

Speaking of food (yes, again), I feel much better about my “mangled mango” (as Jenners put it) debacle from last week. I never realized so many people ate mangoes* whole, right off the seed like an apple. I’m so proud of you all!! Thank you for letting me know that having to clean the sofa….and the dog afterwards isn’t that peculiar. And the carpet. And maybe my shirt…

(*Is the plural of "mango" really "mangoes"?  That's so odd.)

I’m going to go now. I’m all randomed out.

Okay I’m really not, but I’m going to spare you until next week. MAYBE.


19 comments:

April said...

That cake looks delicious!
A teacher friend of mine is from up north and she'd never heard 'bless your heart'. She thought it was super sweet the first time she heard it and then after hearing it a couple more times she started to understand. Just enough good with just enough evil. :)

Hanna said...

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Have a peek at my giveaways if you stop by. Everything is handmade and gorgeous!
WOW this looks delicious

Tezzie said...

Yeah...LOVE your randoms <3 I've tried to create random-ish posts, and I can't seem to succeed, even though I'm continuously scattered and 'think' randomly all the time...bless my heart(?) LOL! And, that cake...holy crap, that looks good! :).

Mama Badger said...

Did you really post a delicious looking cake, tell us how wonderful it was, how it was so good that you licked the bowl, and then not post the recipe? You are evil.

I lick the bowl unabashedly. The chances of me getting salmonella from my 2 year old are better than getting it from eggs. Sad, huh?

Keely said...

It's like saying about a dear friend, "I love her, but she's selfish and vain."

Um. Not that I say that a lot.

(Bless her.)

Terrie said...

that cake looks amazing! and of course i eat batter, of all kinds. that's the best part

Unknown Mami said...

I love mangoes! Everytime I eat them I make sure I'm wearing something that I don't mind staining.

Julie from Momspective said...

I need to not blog hop when I'm on bed-rest after throat surgery that causes me to be on an ice cream diet.

jen said...

The risk of salmonella is entirely worth every gooey drop of batter. And I include cakes, brownies, and doughs with raw eggs as well.
I'm a gambler. The roulette wheel has yet to land on the salmonella/e coli slot.
I'll roll until my luck runs out. Anyone hear Kenny Rodgers in their heads?
As for the Bird's Eye, we make a Christmas bread with the stuff. And they stopped carrying it here in AZ. What was I to do? Find a British tea shop online that could fulfill my children's Christmas desires. Unfortunately, I could only get it in an enormous canister, British Costco size, I'd wager. It will be bequeathed to my oldest daughter on my demise, since she's the only one that can make said bread.
And with that, I bid you goodnight.

Christy said...

I came avisiting from Jenners. As I was reading several of your posts, you had me literally guffawing out loud. You are too funny. So, did you ever cut your hair? And the sheep photos with the jokes, so funny. I think I am going to be a follower, now. Thank you.

Stef said...

Yeah, that does look yummy. I would totally lick the bowl. But I would have to sneak away into a dark quiet place...that laundry room.

myorii said...

You baked a cake = you can bake cakes.

Would you like to live with us? :)

themaddychronicles.com said...

Cake looks delicious! I'm afraid if I attempt to turn on my oven, the whole this will decombust! I'm a terrible baker, luckily, my sister (like you) has a talent for it!

Gail said...

Have you ever had raw chocolate chip cookie dough? (of course you have, you are from the Midwest) Because that is the best. My husband used to buy it from the store just to eat it. Not to make the cookies, just eat the dough. Mmmm.
I love random posts.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Your peach upside-down cake looks great! You should try it with mangoes next time! I love mangoes and when they are in season I usually make a mango pie - or two...

What did you decide to do with your hair?

~ Tracy

Jenners said...

I love it ... home brand sickness. I could totally see that.

And did you know you can make a Mock Apple Pie with Ritz Crackers? It really really tastes like apple pie AND YET HAS NO APPLES!!! You should make it!

Serline said...

That cake looks downright sinful... btw here in Thailand, my daughters and I have picked up the local habit of eating raw mangoes. The right dipping sauce is critical, but the exploding clash of flavors in your mouth... yummy!

Big Mama Cass said...

Umm, yes please I would like some of your divine cake!

And I am still in the US and I LOVE Ritz! Put a nice piece of sharp cheddar or even better spread cheddar and oh heaven! LOVE! :)

Anita Johnson said...

That is really impressive...I wouldn't even care if it tasted good, the peaches are so artfully arranged...maybe it's photoshopped?

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