Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day - Hausfrau style

Hope everyone out there in the blogosphere had a nice day celebrating Valentine's Day, or just an easy time trying to ignore it.

We're not big on the whole "forced romance" thing, and I'm not fond of cut flowers (they look pretty but then it's just slowly watching them die... depresses me) and the hubby always forgets my fondness for all things Fannie May chocolate so I'd need to buy myself candies if I wanted any. Which is probably a good thing since I really need to make up for the lost time where my elliptical was out of service.

We're not big on the "romantic gestures" for Valentine's Day. I set the stage early on... for our first Valentine's Day, I was off in college and the one thing I really, REALLY needed at the time was a set of nice screwdrivers. The hubby hardly believed me when I said that was indeed what I wanted. So I got a nice set of ten Craftsman screwdrivers. I was overjoyed. We still use them.

I was hoping I'd be able to show off the bling of a new, shiny, huge water heater, but that did not happen this weekend. Looks like instead of getting a new water heater for Valentine's Day, I'm getting a new water heater for my birthday. Do we know how to gift-give, or what??

I got the hubby Jason and the Argonauts DVD (old Harryhausen one) and we watched that last night. Nothing to put you in a holiday romance mood like fighting skeletons....

The hubby got me the world's most fantastic poster for my kitchen...



Yep. The Infamous Kwanzaa cake. I can't wait to get it up.

For last night's dinner, we ended up ordering a pizza. That was the plan, I knew I'd be cleaning all day so cooking would NOT be happening. But, I did take the time to whip up a Warm Chocolate Raspberry Cake since chocolate/raspberry is one of the hubby's favorite desert flavors.

Melted the stuff for the "frosting" in the microwave and poured it into my dish...



Yeah... the recipe calls for a round cake pan. Mine were in sorry shape so I guess I tossed them awhile ago. And forgot. Whoops. So, I just went for it with my square Pyrex pan.

Mmmm... chocolate liquid stuff....



Started the batter, and I was a little concerned that it looked a little curdled...


Action shot! Pouring in the chocolatey goodness...


The final batter...


In the pan, ready for the oven...


... and out of the oven.


I made it right about lunch time, and just let it sit out until I threw it back in a warm oven while we were eating pizza. As you can see above, I overcooked it a little, so I was wary of following the exact reheating instructions, and I also wasn't planning on doing the whole "flip it over, warm flowy chocolate frosting goodness ooooh ahhhh" bit, I just sliced it in the pan and flopped it bottom-side-down in some bowls, and added some raspberry sorbet and vanilla gelato and called it desert. There were no complaints.




All in all... very good recipe. Nice chocolate/raspberry goodness at the bottom, and even the cruchy edges weren't too bad since this was a bit more like a cake-like brownie than cake. Great flavor, easy and quick to do, and it even left a minimum of kitchen mess behind...


And now, it's time to deal with the fact that the weekend is over, and there is a hard work week ahead. At least I can relax for now....



Ah. 'Tis a good thing.

5 comments:

Scarehaircare said...

I had never heard about Kwanzaa Cake and PAP to see what you were talking about. I came across this:

http://tinyurl.com/dam83c

Oh, my heavens I really doubt this is what is on your wall. I thought you would enjoy it anyway. Too funny!

The Country Mouse said...

I PAPed too.

Please tell me that it's a horrible joke, and that woman did not actually make that abomination of a dessert.

MrsVJW said...

Oh... she did make it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we2iWTJqo98

I have it on my wall as a testiment to how silly it is, my favorite part of the poster is "corn nuts (yes, corn nuts".

Hurricane Mikey said...

What's up with your camera? Does it not focus?

MrsVJW said...

I know, I know... my camera sucks. Now that someone has mentioned it I'm going to feel bad enough to try and remedy that.....