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Fraiser- DB July Challenge

Fraiser (Noun):

1. My best friend’s dog.

2. Name of a  TV series, of which said dog was named after.

3. A free-standing (fresh) strawberry cake.

.. Wait, what?

I have been making jokes about this one all month. “I’m making my friends dog into a cake! HAHA!” .. Its gotten past the point of polite smiles from my family by now. I still think its funny!

I’ve got to say though, this is probably my most successful challenge yet. I didn’t have any weird hic-ups with this one. (Thank goodness, I’m still trying to live down the whole watermellon rolling thing.)

I made it for my house warming party, and served it for my family. According to my sister, it was “Exeptional.” If I do say so myself, it was really good. I even got my fiance to say it was really good, and he doesn’t even like cake! That’s how I know it worked- he doesn’t lie about my food to make me feel better. Gotta love him for that!

Plus, I got to use my new platter!

Here is the official recipe: http://thedaringkitchen.com/sites/default/files/u11/57_Fresh_Fraisiers-DB_July_2011.pdf

I followed it pretty closely. The only thing changes I made was lime zest instead of  lemon in the cake, lemon extract in the syrup and chocolate gnash on top instead of almond paste. (Although I would have loved to work with that!)

The cream filling was quite a process; a lot of heating up, chilling, heating up again, whisking, adding cream. Whew! That being said, one of my favorite things to do is fold whipped things into a batter. It looks cool while you are doing it, and the end result is so satisfyingly creamy! Love it.

Just talking about it is getting me craving.. After work, I plan on going home and eating that last piece. Yum!

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Comme Il Faut

My name is Jessica, and I hate to say it, but I am a perfectionist. Almost to the point of obsessiveness. I sometimes  humiliate myself by “picking up” at a friend’s house when I’m just there to chat. I try to keep it friendly, but the fact is it’s just hard for me to think about anything else when there is a mess around. Just like its hard for me to not think about the texture, flavor and presentation of any dish. It just a reflex! Not that any of that reflects on how my own place looks now, but that’s another story.

Now, I love love LOVE food, and it needs to be done right. Comme il faut literally means “as it should be,” and that is what I always keep in mind when I’m cooking.  On the rare occasions I do get it right, it’ll keep me happy for the whole week, and you’ll definitely be getting an earfull of it. On this blog, you’ll hear all about my adventures  in kitchen and any meals I fall in love with when I go out to eat.

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