No Point Having Cake If You Can’t Eat It, Too

August 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm 4 comments

Piece of cake ... strawberry shortcake

A piece of cake ... strawberry shortcake, that is

I recently went on a rant about the saying “easy as pie.” But when it comes to stupid expressions, cake really takes the cake.  I mean, why can’t you have your cake and eat it, too?  In fact, why in god’s name would you have a cake if you weren’t going to eat it?  It’s wasteful, if you ask me…

So tonight, not only did I successfully make dinner from scratch for 6 people by 8 o’clock (with some help).  I also made a strawberry shortcake — and oh man did I eat it, in all it’s rich, cakey goodness.

Dinner for 6? Piece of Cake
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experiment, it’s that you shouldn’t be afraid to try ambitious recipes.  But at the same time, when your eye starts to twitch because you’re so sleep-deprived from trying to make mozzarella, maybe it’s time to reassess.

Last night, when I was prepping for the dinner party, I had set an ambitious menu … until Jeff reminded me that I would only have 2.5 hours to make food for 6. So I went back to the drawing board and came up with a menu that was not only doable — it was downright delicious: Heirloom tomato salad with yogurt-mustard dressing; Zucchini sauteed in rosemary and a tomato reduction; Brown rice; Wild Copper River salmon with a fresh herb rub; and the piece de resistance — strawberry shortcake.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake
I knew that cake had to be on the menu since, well, I told everyone that there’d be cake.  Strawberry shortcake is an ideal choice because it’s quick, it’s not quite as scientific as breadbaking, it looks impressive, and it’s an excuse to bust out the stand mixer again and make whipped cream.  Now let me brag about how hardcore from scratch my shortcake was:

– Butter? Made it.
– Whipped Cream? Yeah, I whipped that.
– Milk? I substituted it with the fresh buttermilk leftover from the butter making.

Truth is, I needed a success tonight after my epic bread fail of two nights ago.  And orchestrating a meal like this was just the boost I needed.  I actually noticed how much my knife skills are improving, as well as how much better I’m getting at planning a meal so everything is served piping hot.

So for now, let them eat cake!  But tomorrow, it’s back to the ambitious experiments.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sudha  |  August 28, 2009 at 9:45 am

    hmm how was I not invited to said dinner party? 🙂

    Reply
    • 2. shiwanis  |  August 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

      Don’t worry — we’ll have our meal together soon 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Her  |  August 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

    getting so hungry seeing this! wish I was in seattle to partake

    Reply
    • 4. shiwanis  |  August 28, 2009 at 11:53 am

      thanks for the dressing recipe — so yummy 🙂

      Reply

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