Monday, January 26, 2009

Chocolate Lava Cake

Hello everyone, how have you been?

Nowadays the weather is a bit too cold to my likings. I even got a flu and a bit cold, though it's nothing to worry about. Thank God the tea and the chocolate can keep me warm (I do also love coffee, though, but somehow I have no intention to drink it lately..).

By the way, today I'm supposed to be able to witness the ring solar eclipse from my house (with this glasses-or-something-like-that, of course), but sadly the clouds seemed to prevent me from seeing it, for they had cover the sun completely that even the sun ray was barely there. Dissappointing, it was, but what's there I can do?

So then I made a pot of tea and took some sips while listening to some songs, trying to cope with my dissapointment for not seeing the eclipse. I was thinking about some cake to accompany my tea time before I found out that maybe this one chocolate lava cake that is very... "hummm, yummy!" can be one of the best choice. Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Moelleux au Chocolat… A French classic that literally melts in your mouth!!! This dessert is usually made in individual ramekins, but see the serving ideas below for other possibilities.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings):
6 oz. Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate (or use your favorite 70% dark chocolate bar)
6 oz. Butter (diced, room temperature)
3 Eggs
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Flour
Butter for Ramekins

How to Make It:
Preheat oven to 350°F (About 180°C)
1. Melt chocolate on low flame in a bain-marie (double boiler). When melted, take of flame, and…
2. Stir in diced butter, until it melts.
3. In another bowl, beat eggs and sugar, until it starts to whiten.
4. Stir in melted chocolate and then the flour.
5. Butter 4 individual ramekins, and pour in chocolate batter.
6. Cook for about 10 minutes.
7. Tip ramekins upside down onto dessert plates and serve. Voilà!

You can definitely prepare your chocolate lave cake recipe ahead of time, and then bake 10 minutes before serving.
In terms of buttering the ramekins: butter the bottoms first, and then butter the sides, wiping from the bottom up to the top. It helps the chocolate to rise even more.
In terms of baking time… well, it depends on how runny you want it! I like it with a super-liquid-oozing center -- so do my guests! For this, you want the top to be cooked through, but the center to be liquid. You can check with a toothpick after 10 minutes of baking.If you don't like liquid-center chocolate desserts, just cook for a little longer, and you will have an incredibly moist chocolate cake. So, either way, you can't go wrong!

Serving Ideas:
You can, if you want, serve your chocolate lava cake recipe with a Crème Anglaise (English Cream) or a Coulis aux Framboises (Raspberry Sauce).


Voilà! It's best for those chocolate-addicts. Like me. *grins*
Actually I got this recipe from a site (obviously, duh!), forgot the address though. I googled the image and doesn't it look very delicious? So why not try it?
Be sure to make it yourself, or with anyone close, because nothing tastes better than home-made cakes, right?

Now I have one crucial tool missing in making this cake.

An oven. *sighs*

Maybe, just maybe, my mother would provide the kitchen with this oven the next time she comes to Bandung? Hopefully so. *smiles*

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pastels *smiles*

I was just thinking to write something heavy today, but my muse held me back and said, "Nah, not today, you know you might offense anyone by trying to talk heavy."

So I didn't.

Then I would just blabbering about anything for now. *grins*

Nowadays I fell in love with pastel colors. Well, okay, I always do, but I never ever choose pastels as the color in my wardrobe (I wonder why?). It's just when I googled on the online shops I found out this cute skirt with a very soft light brown with compliments of classic 'british' rose printed on it. Pardon me for not quiet good in describing, but, well, it is lovely.

Very elevenses, or very spring, if I could say. *smiles*

I wish my father would give me a credit card. *sighs*

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Not Something To Brag, Actually..

Good.. (Looked at her watch) midnight everyone. *smiles*

Maybe this is so-not the time to have some talks. But as you can see (or read?), I have no desire to put my head right now on my two-big-comfy-pillow to go to the la-la-land of fantasy (read: can't sleep). Sure right now my eyes are heavy like there are some kilos of weight hanging on them, but my mind keeps them open like there is nothing else it can do.

By the way. Have you noticed that the layout is somewhat off from the title? Well, actually I have no real time to make the layout myself (hopefully I will have some later), so I have this kind person to make me one (read: taken deliberatedly from a skin site). So, voila! Leave it be and deal with it. For now. *grins*


Today (actually, yesterday), I went to my campus to arrange some things for new semester. I had to make choiches about what class I'll take, had some discussion with my friend, and in the end decided that I would take 21 credits out of 24 total. One of my friend asked, "Are you sure?" then I answered, "Yes, anything's wrong with that?" All I knew is that it is still counted normal to take 21 credits.

She then said that my dosen wali (I don't know what it's called in English, maybe lecturer-in charge? But, well, from now on, I'll stick on 'dosen wali' instead) is not someone who will allow his student to take more than 20 easily. I said, "Eh, really? Why?" She answered me that he (my dosen wali) would attack the student with every argument he has to prevent them taking more than 20.

And here I am having been in his charge for almost three years but still not knowing that.

So then I braced myself to face him, with the still-21-credits-form on my hand. One of my other friend who came along with me with also 21 credits on her hand had become paranoid and scared. Well, she did knew and always think that our dosen wali is a scary man. I never had before. Maybe it's because all of my encounters with him, he would smile (only a bit, I admit, but far from scary), while my other friends said otherwise (Or.. maybe my eyes playing tricks on me? I would never know).

Then, when I consult about my idea getting 21, he really objects to my not-so-surprise (I've never have him object my choice beforehand), and about one of my choice that's not too relevant to my major (I took a civil class, while I myself is in cityplan). I give my arguments about why I wanted to take 21 credits, blah.. blah.. blah. After hearing what I said, he said, "Okay, I don't mind your taking 21 credits, but, really, nine class? Are you sure you can keep track on them?" There I realized. Silly me. Nine class? What was I thinking, trying to get thyphus to myself? Bah.

I didn't argue anymore, saying I will drop one class and then out the door I went (Of course after some polite closings and a thank you). Okay, I lost the argument, but still, I got the class I want to attend, the civil class. I won my argument there, so I don't really lose here, do I?

Good thing that I always think he's a nice-man.
Yeah. Or else I would have had to drop the civil class too. *grins*

. . .
Okay, that's the bedtime story, everyone.
Now off to the bed I will. I'm dead sleepy here.
Oyasumi nasai *kiss*

Good.. midnight. (Or is it morning?)

First Posting! (...should I say, "Yay!"?)

Hello there, Hanny's here.

As you read the title above (though you didn't have to read it to know), this is my first post. However, this will not be my first time in blogging, as I have ever done it before at another blogging site that now is very much abandoned. Just consider this as an attempt to make up all the lost time of blogging and repay my so-called-mistake to my former blog so it can rest in peace. *grins*

Right. Enough with the blabbering.

Well then, why "Elevenses Tea-Time"?

Actually, it was the first thing that popped up in my mind. I do like tea. I do like enjoying my tea. I do like enjoying my tea in the elevenses. So, why not? Besides, I think it is one of the right time to talk. From a light and small talk/chat to the heavy talk that maybe will not be very often to occur (well, I don't really like heavy talks anyway).

Sadly I do not have that much chance to have these elevenses tea times. *sighs*


Maybe we can have these talks while enjoying our tea?
Cheers, everyone! *smiles*
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