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Birthdays are for eating September 2, 2007

Posted by merp in Champaign-Urbana, Food, Life, Pisco!.

Poor Aaron was too sick to do much of anything on his actual birthday. And so was I. But I am starting to recover, finally, so pulled it together yesterday to make him a cake.


This is the French Chocolate Almond Cake from Moosewood Restaurant New Classics (truly an essential cookbook). I used hazelnuts instead of almonds and very strong coffee brewed from Sumatran beans Aaron roasted a couple of days ago, instead of the instant granules (!?) called for. And went through about 7 eggs and several profanities in my attempts to separate 3 (not to worry – we’ll have scrambled eggs).  Also, I never seem to have regular granulated white sugar in the house, so used brown sugar and organic evaporated cane sugar instead, which may have affected the texture. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, including the optional cinnamon and black pepper.

It was a complete success and tasted at least as good as it looks. But Pisco only got to look.

sorrypisco.jpg (Sorry, Pisco.)

Today, we went to Sunsinger, a wine shop/deli/restaurant/grocery/upscale catch-all in far southwestern Champaign. Ordered sandwiches and sides to go and picnicked at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana.


This is their Mediterranean sandwich – a muffuletta type of deal. I had the grilled cheese (which also had apples and figs). The fillings were excellent; the bread just decent.

But the weather was perfect.




1. rav - September 3, 2007

Looks delicious!! Happy Birthday Aaron 🙂

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