Oban

June 27th, 2006

Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky
14 years old
~$60

(Thanks, Rada.)

Castillo Varez
Cabernet Sauvignon
2005
red, dry, fruity
12.5% alcohol
Origin: Chile, Valle Central
Cheap & good!

Forêt Noire hybrid

June 26th, 2006

…and here’s my Forêt Noire / Tiramisu hybrid cake. Del.icio.us!

500g sour cherries in own (sweetened) syrup, pitted
500g mascarpone cream
100ml heavy (sweet) cream
½ cup fine sugar
1 three-layered round chocolate sponge cake (buy it from your corner shop)
1 tablet dark chocolate (100g)

• Drain the sour cherries and hold the syrup aside.
• Beat the heavy cream thoroughly with a hand-held mixer.
• Add the mascarpone cream and the sugar and mix them well.
• Separate the three layers of the chocolate sponge cake using a long bladed knife.
• Using a spoon, pour one third of the sour cherry syrup on the first layer.
• Lay one third of the mascarpone cream mixture on the first layer.
• Top with half of the pitted sour cherries and sprinkle one third of the dark chocolate flakes.
• Repeat for the middle layer.
• Top with the last layer of the sponge cake. Pour remaining syrup. Lay the remaining mascarpone cream mixture. Top with the remaining chocolate flakes (no cherries on this layer!)

Refrigerate for at least 12h.

Tiramisu

June 26th, 2006

Here’s my own tiramisu recipe:

    500g mascarpone cream
    200ml heavy (sweet) cream
    6 medium sized eggs
    2 cups strong coffee
    ½ cup brandy
    ½ cup fine sugar
    30-36 ladyfingers
    cocoa powder

1. Separate the yolks and whites of the eggs. Beat the yolks with the sugar using a hand-held mixer until they become frothy.
2. Beat the cream using the mixer.
3. Beat 4 egg whites using the mixer. Throw the other two — it’d be too much!
4. Add slowly the mascarpone cream into the egg yolk mixture and mix well.
5. Blend in (using a spoon) the heavy cream into the above mixture.
6. Blend in (using a spoon) the beaten egg whites into the mixture.
7. Spread one third of the mixture on the bottom of a square container.
8. Mix the coffee and the brandy, and soak one ladyfinger in it and place it on the cream layer. Repeat this until the cream is completely covered with a layer of soaked ladyfingers.
9. Repeat with another layer of cream, another layer of soaked ladyfingers, and finally, another layer of cream.
10. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Refrigerate for at least 12h before eating.

3d logic

June 24th, 2006

A nice and fun 3d logic game. Enjoy.

PHotoEspaña 2006

June 24th, 2006

PHE 2006

(Thanks, Obli.)

Bioengineered Buddies!

June 23rd, 2006

Genpets.com astonishes us with yet another nice hoax. Though, I have to admit, really elaborate. The art and science – creepier than ever. The same goes for the humour of nowadays.

Torremolinos 73

June 23rd, 2006

“Torremolinos 73” (Pablo Berger, 2003)
My rating: 4 (of 5)

Official site here.

Cherry Clafoutis

June 23rd, 2006

(Adapted from this site.)

500g cherries, pitted and cut in half
¼ cup brandy or kirsch
1 cup milk
4 eggs
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp. vanilla
½ cup white sugar
½ cup flour

• Pit cherries and cut in half. Place in bowl and pour brandy over top. Set aside 20 to 30 minutes to allow flavours to combine.
• Preheat oven to 150C.
• Prepare custard. Combine milk, eggs, salt, vanilla, sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Whisk by hand until all ingredients are well combined and batter is very smooth.
• Place cherries in a buttered over safe dish, 20cm round cake pan or a spring form pan lined with tinfoil to prevent leaking. Pour batter over cherries. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. The batter will be set and slightly golden in colour. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve dessert warm. Clafoutis is best served and eaten the same day it is made.

About God and Dan Brown

June 21st, 2006

Umberto Eco: God isn’t big enough for some people

I think I agree with Joyce’s lapsed Catholic hero in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: “What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?” The religious celebration of Christmas is at least a clear and coherent absurdity. The commercial celebration is not even that.