Feeding My Enthusiasms: Birthday and Valentines Enjoyable

 In my world, a vacation or life occasion is a cause to bake. Since I am doing much less of that on a regular basis in an effort to remove extra energy, having two dates again to again to bake for has been enjoyable, exhausting, and calorie-laden, however filled with pleasure.

For my birthday I not solely baked, however I additionally braised lamb shanks for dinner. The excellent news is that it may be performed forward, so I did. The lamb was uber-local…thanks AM and G!…and scrumptious. Yow will discover the recipe HERE.

For the birthday cake I made certainly one of my favourite chocolate desserts, the Queen Mom Cake. As a result of there are solely two of us, I made it in two pans…a 6-inch springform and a coronary heart formed 9-inch. Because it turned out, I used to be so full from the lamb shanks dinner, which additionally included steamed rice and contemporary asparagus, that we had the birthday cake on Valentine’s Day after Sweetie’s fireplace board assembly.

It was among the best desserts ever. It was tremendous moist inside, lined in decadent ganache, and a smaller portion than typical however simply the correct quantity. In the event you look carefully on the picture, you will note that, opposite to fashionable opinion, I am not good and I can and do make a ganache that is not completely clean…though it was scrumptious.

The second cake was served the following day to mates at a day tea social gathering.

For my Valentine, I made, at his request, a Lemon-Lime Tart, however we saved it for Thursday night when our daughter and fiancé’ arrived.  We’re all proud of pies and tarts. This one is a lemon-lime one and I am going to publish, with the recipe, quickly. Subsequent sister down additionally gifted me with a tremendous cookbook with recipes for making geometric impressed pies and tarts. Will publish about that, too, quickly.

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