Good Eats!

Ugh – so stuffed!  But it was sooooo good!

Red Chili Chicken with Rice and Beans

I’d had my eye on this recipe for a while and tonight I finally had the opportunity to make it. It’s all made in one skillet, so easy peasey.  I used 3 chicken breasts, probably a little more than the recipe called for, and I added in a cup or so of corn.  Really tasty.  It wasn’t overly spicy, just nice flavour.

In between helping my sister this afternoon with her computer, I made this:

The FrankenCake!

It ain’t purty, but damn tasty!

I had made this recipe before (and if I recall correctly it was just as homely). Edit – just checked my records and in fact the last time I made this was for my sister’s birthday, and it looked WAY better than this.

I baked it in a 9×13 pan then cut it in half to layer.  I keep forgetting that this pan always makes the center of the cake fall in a little (probably should have left it in the oven an extra 2 or 3 minutes).  The cake itself is quite soft and the corner kept collapsing on me when I was doing the crumb coat with the icing and then adding the ganache.  Instead of using the chocolate glaze in the recipe, I used just a simple ganache:

1/4 c + 1Tbs heavy cream
3 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 Tbs room temp butter

Chop chocolate and place in bowl. In small saucepan, heat cream until boiling. Pour over chocolate; let sit about 1 minute. Beginning in the center, stir with a spatula until an emulsion is formed. Slowly stir until all chocolate is melted and is silky smooth. Stir in butter at end. Should be glossy and smooth. Use immediately.

I cut off the problematic corner.

I am pretty hamfisted when it comes to the dainty intricacies of “cake decorating”.  I followed the instructions to keep chilling the cake in between all the different steps and that worked well.

the payoff!

It tastes soo good – but you definitely need a glass of milk to go with it.  Oh, I also only made a half-recipe of the icing and it was plenty enough.  I think if I did a 3 layer (or did this cake but split the layers to make it a 4 layer) I’d need the full recipe.  Two thumbs  up here!

I need one of these

I had a really busy day today – I could have used a nap!  Going to turn this computer off and work on my mitten.  (It actually was snowing at one point late this afternoon!)

Sabrina has the right idea
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4 thoughts on “Good Eats!”

  1. snow..?!
    ooooh that rice casserole thingy looks goooooood. Your cake looks delicious too but chocolate hates me. Just as well.
    Sabrina looks so happy again today.

  2. Yes I remember that cake! it was scrumpdilicious!!!!! and it looked much nicer than this one. I think you baked it in a bundt pan? anyway, doesn’t really matter what it looks like as long as it tastes good. I want the chicken rice and bean recipe please.

    1. The recipe for the chicken dish is linked right up there ^^ underneath the picture!

      No, your cake was a layered one. And yeah, damn good!

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