Monday, February 15, 2010

Sick on Valentine's Day

Who wants to be sick on Valentine's day? Certainly not me, but guess what. I was. On Saturday I came down with a lovely case of viral tonsillitis. It tends to make the holiday a little less romantic when you are grumpy, tired, and have a sore throat. Luckily, I have the best husband in the world who is understanding of my grumpiness and is a good back rub-er. AND he picks out the most beautiful flowers and french chocolates. The picture above is of one of the roses he brought me on Friday. Isn't it a pretty orange? ( Orange roses are my favorite.) The chocolates are disappearing very very quickly but if you had one of these boxes at your house, you wouldn't have many left either.

We had our valentine's dinner on Saturday. Grilled steak, baked sweet potatoes, and homemade chocolate cake. Sorry, I didn't take pictures. But, I will share the recipe for the cake. Incredibly easy, melt in your mouth delicious, and even better with ice cream.

Almost Flour-less Chocolate Cake

- 200g (2 sticks minus 1 Tbsp) butter
- 200g (7 oz) dark chocolate
- 200g (1 C) sugar
- 4 eggs
- a rounded tablespoon of flour
Note: like all dark chocolate cakes, this cake is best made a day ahead (or at least in the morning if you serve it for dinner).
Pre-heat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper (no need to if you're using a non-stick pan).

Melt together the butter with the chocolate (in a double-boiler or in the microwave slowly and for just a few seconds at a time, blending with a spoon between each pass). Transfer into a medium mixing-bowl. Add in the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and let cool a little. Add in the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Finally, add in the flour and mix well.
Pour the dough into the pan, and put into the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off but leave the cake inside for another ten minutes, then put the pan on a cooling rack on the counter to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and take it out about an hour before serving.
Recipe taken, without any changes, from here. Enjoy!

While you guys are trying out the cake recipe, I am going to take a nap. Hopefully, this tonsil stuff will be gone by tomorrow.

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