Tuesday, January 27, 2009

TWD - Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread

Heather of Sherry Trifle chose Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread. Check out her blog to grab the recipe! Thanks Heather! Also head over to Tuesdays with Dorie to see what the other bakers came up with for this week's challenge.

So, I've got my very first violin lesson coming up this week. I'm hoping by next Christmas I will be able to play twinkle twinkle little star (Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman) or some other song written for children. I think Mozart actually wrote twelve versions of it, so maybe if I cannot learn the original one I can move on (not up) to a simpler version! Don't laugh, it's possible.
All was quiet here at the southern/yankee house this weekend. And by the way, calling my DH yankee is a pet name - not meant to offend any of you northerners at all. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that he is from the north and his accent just makes me melt every time I hear him talk. Sometimes I lay awake at night just worrying that he might accidentally pick up my southern drawl.

Almost finished with book four of Twilight and not loving it so far. Loved all the first three, but this one is getting creepy. Rented and watched two movies this weekend, The Martian Child (wonderful feel good movie) and Lust, Caution (foreign with sub-titles, explicit sex scenes, not for the faint at heart). I taped the Miss America pageant and was planning to enjoy it Sunday afternoon, but then the yankee says to me over morning coffee and newspaper "Miss Indiana won the pageant." I said, "oh thanks honey. Now I don't have to watch it and try to figure out who is going to win! I will now have two extra hours today to do something more fun."
I was not excited this week about the gingerbread (maybe because I was not excited about much of anything this weekend) (or maybe because I think of gingerbread as a fall dessert), but decided to make it a happy adventure by baking it in my wonderful new ramekins that I got for Christmas. I wonder who actually thought up the idea of a ramekin. Someone who had a little batter left over and thought, "hey, wish I had a small dish to cook this up in, and maybe call it a ramekin!" Why would you name a dish a word that sounds like a relative to a male sheep? It sure doesn't look anything like a sheep or ram. A better name for it might have been babybumpkin or tinycrock.
I added golden raisens, walnuts, and bittersweet chocolate chunks to half of the batter and left the other half plain. I left out the fresh ginger. I forgot to sift in the confectioner's sugar and it was a tad lumpy because of that. But it still tasted soooo good!
My DH ate an entire kin to a ram dish of cake and loved it.
Coming up on Thursday of this week, pork chops with apple slaw. Check back and see how that turns out. And if I'm not too humiliated, I'll fill you in on how my violin lesson went!
And now, for all you Losties, here's a little something something to keep you going today!

I know. . . .I'm baaaad to the bone, but he's hot.

29 comments:

SiHaN said...

hha. he is hot isn't he? oh well.. we've all got out temptations yesh hunnie?hehe. Glad that the ramekin-ed gingerbread worked out for you!

Audrey said...

Be careful about ramekins, Peggy...They seem so innocent. You start with four or so and before you know it, you have 13 of them. That's because you go into into Marshalls or Sur La Table and see one that's pink, or has pretty little ridges, and you say..."Mmmm. Wouldn't butter/jelly beans/salsa/gingerbread cake look nice in this pretty little dish." It's a slippery slope, my friend. I'm just telling ya.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I love the ramekins ! Here is raining so much it seems we changed country ! How are your plans going ?? Baci

Sabrina said...

I don't know what is hotter... Sawyer or your gingerbread! YUM!!!

I didn't sift my powdered sugar either... ooops!

HoneyB said...

hehe. Love the eye candy! shhh...don't let Grumpy hear that!

Maria said...

Great idea to use ramekins!! The cake looks great and so does that last photo..ha!

Cathy said...

Okay, I am clearly missing out on this pop culture phenomenon that is Lost. I have a hard time keeping up with shows that are on a particular day at a particular time. I just forget and end up watching House Hunters instead. Can you remind me? Nice thinking to make this in ramekins. Your gingerbread looks great! Let us know how those violin lessons go, you renaissance woman you.

Gabe's Girl said...

I agree with Maria. That is a great idea to use ramekins. Note to self, try this out. I also want to try the pork chops out too!

Nicely done.

chocolatechic said...

Sigh.......

What a good looking man.....

Flourchild said...

Oh your so funny..I totally agree on hot boy! Im rotten too! I love what you did with the gingerbread ramekin stuff...great job. My son plays the violin. He is 11 and has played it for 3 years. I love to listen to him practice. I hope it goes well for you ..let me know!

Flourchild said...

I had to come back one more time and look at the eye candy..HA! No really I just wanted to say YES I love Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes..it's like a slice of pumpkin pie in a cup..so good!
Ane your welcome on the violin encouregment..I think that is great your going to do this...just practice, practice ,practice !!

Teanna said...

Those additions sound fantastic! I will have to try that next time!

Lillian said...

Yet another different shape for this cake -- so much fun!

Marie said...

I don't know which I am drooling over more. The gingerbread or that hottie down at the bottom! Your little cakes look wonderful. I Loved this recipe!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Stick with it on Breaking Dawn. It wraps up everything rather nicely in the end. As far as your TWD and the ramekins go, they look sweet.

The Blonde Duck said...

The ramekin gingerbread is so cute!

Jennifer said...

I won't tell you how I first read "tinycrock!" but it stuck with the barnyard (or explicit!) theme!
Baking them in ramekins was such a good idea, but I always wonder when I change the pan size how long they will take to cook and I fear burning or ending up with raw cake. But ramekins make everything look special and extra cute.

AmyRuth said...

There is nothing wrong with us grown up girls appreciating the finer things of life ie cute boys! he he
Thanks for sharing the cute boy.
Your gingerbread looks good and I love walnuts with stuff that has chocolate. Great job
AmyRuth

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

He is a stone cold fox...eye candy....etc.:)

I agree with Audrey...ramekins will take over your cupboard if you aren't careful (I speak as a member of the I-Might-need-more-club)....:)

So glad you liked this recipe...nicely done!

Pamela said...

Ah...there's nothing wrong with a little eye candy every now and again! ;o) Good luck on the violin lessons! I really enjoyed the cake and I was sure I wouldn't. It's nice to be surprised!

Tammy said...

I love your little individual cakes

Megan said...

Is the cute guy your husband?

Jessica said...

My sister is perpetually torn between Jack & Sawyer so the Lost part of your post made me laugh. I think that baking the gingerbread in ramekins is such a great idea!

Di said...

Your ramekins of gingerbread look terrific. =) I think this would be great with raisins, but then Brianna wouldn't eat it.

Good luck with the violin lesson. I played in grade school. I could play twinkle twinkle at one point, but it wasn't very pleasant to listen to... =)

Jess said...

Great post...and great gingerbreads-in-ramekins. Thanks for the Sawyer fix too!

bakingwiththeboys said...

Good luck with the violin! I play nothing and it bums me out.

TeaLady said...

don't know what looks better - Mre Lost or the gingerbread. Love ramekins.

Jules Someone said...

All the photos look good. The hunk and the hunks of cake.

LyB said...

Mmmmm, Sawyer... Uh, I mean, mmmmmm, gingerbread... ;)