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viernes, 9 de marzo de 2012

Desperate Pineapple Cake for a Circus Day

As I am not a good cook, I know from the very beginning that my entry would be discarded. Since most of the contestants are women and the International Women's Day is not far, I am going to dedicate my entry to them, because they're worth it.
This is about food, and my favourite food poem was written by William Carlos Williams in 1934

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
           you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
           they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

The author was an early proponent of Imagism, a movement he valued for its stripping away of conventions.
In English, if you speak with a plum in your mouth, you speak in a way that shows you are from a very high social group. According to the online etymology dictionary, the word comes from Latin prunum, -i and Germanic represents the unique example of changing pr- into pl-. The word was first recorded in English in 1780 and means "something desirable".
Some desirable are always the texts and introductions  that our Caty from Circus Day offers us before the delicious recipes as delicious as the plums in the poem. Caty's blog is an invitation to fantasy, to fly away while elaborating a recipe. In addition to this, you cannot forget that a Circus is a show, and the Show Must Go On, so dear Rosilet, never give up!!

Now I move on with my recipe.
Source: Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives
Season 7 Episode 20

  • 375 g = 13.2277 oz of flour which already contained yeast 
  • Idem for white sugar
  • A few drops of milk
  • 125 ml of sunflower oil = 1/2 cup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pineapple yoghurt 125 gr.
  • Two teaspoons of brown sugar
  • Some water
The history of how I became the Master of Disaster:
First thing I did. I turned on the cook..heheh... In a pan, I put the brown sugar with some water and I stirred, and stirred until I got something even more brownish than before that seemed to be caramel. 
I put the mixture on a baking tray and while the oven was getting pre-heated at a temperature of 180 º C = 356 º F, I started mixing the other ingredients in a food processor. 
I opened a tin of pineapple which seems to be a tropical fruit in Spain. Many languages use the Tupi word ananas which means "excellent fruit". (Tupian languages are a group of around seventy languages spoken in Latin America).
Once I have found out about the origin of the word, and if the pineapple was really a tropical fruit, I put a layer of them over the caramel and immediately I poured the dough that I got on the food processor. 
Finally, I put it in the oven for 30 minutes; 10 minutes later, I realised that it was a little bit too brown. OMG! I thought, why am I a fan of Marcia Cross and I follow her @ReallyMarcia, when I should be following @EvaLongoria, as I am much of Gabrielle when it comes to kitchen stuff???
After the 30 minutes, my cake was NOT done, so I had to wait until Manu Catman came to rescue my it. He removed the burned part of it, and took it back to the oven and here you are the result .

I have had a piece this morning with my black tea, and another piece in the afternoon with a light Fortnum & Mason blend afternoon tea.

Sweet things in my life

  • I love travelling and meeting other cultures, although my favourite one has always been the Greek one. After having taken English studies, I am very interested in the Anglo-Saxon culture and I would love to visit New Zealand and check with my own eyes the Maori culture. I would love to go to Australia and visit the USA every now and then.
  • I am obliging(always keen on helping others)
  • I have been helping parentless children and elder people and I think I should back to this some time in my life.
  • I am too much of a sensitive person. Memories from the past bring tears to my eyes, even if they are sweet.
  • If I mean something, I really mean it. 

Salty things in my life

  • I tend to iconize people and the moment I realize they are just human being I feel pretty upset.
  • I kept forgetting things. I seems that I listen, but in the end, I am not. (Although I want to!)
  • I can't cope with people on customer services. I can easily lose control and  even be a tyrant. Being a diplomatic person is definitely not one of my qualities.
  • I hate queues. I feel that people make me lose my precious time. (Actually, my time is not so)
  • I am chaotic doing things. I mean to do more than one thing at the same time, and I always end doing something wrong.

7 comentarios:

  1. Wowwwww que bizcocho más bonito y bien presentado¡ Al final voy a mejorar mi inglés leyéndote corro ahora mismo al google traductor a rescatar un par de palabras que no entiendo ¡¡ Un besazo guapísimo + Disfrutar de una gran finde

  2. Dear Fran
    After knowing that yours isn't the kitchen and your time and effort is greatly appreciated, you have all my admiration, your beautiful words, so beautiful photography, recipe, a delicious, lovely thanks for playing with Circus, is a pleasure have you here.

    {Sorry if my english is not very good} ♥

  3. You are delightful my dear Fran! I love your cake, and the fact that it comes from Bree Van de Kamp and also love to learn a little bit more about you. Thank you a lot for your words and support...I agree with you, Caty's blog is a place to enjoy!!
    Have a nice weekend!

  4. Te ha quedado genial, suerte!!!
    Me quedo por aquí, besoss!!!

  5. :D:D:D:D Al final tu experiencia en la cocina no ha sido tan negativa aunque... creo que el gatito se ve más suelto en esa estancia de la casa. Por cierto... me gusta tu lado dulce, pero el salado también... ;o))

  6. Me ha saltado el traductor automáticamente y la verdad es que me he leído el post pensando que me sonaba algo raro, al final he visto que estaba traducido del inglés.
    The cake seems delicious. Happy weekend.

  7. First of all sorry for my English Fran.

    Wow my mouth is watering, such a wonderful cake!! and a recipe from Wiksteria Lane, it is amazing.

    Is that the cake which Bree cooked for Gabrielle?