Archive for October, 2007

Chocolate & Cinnamon

 

If you worked here you’d be eating chocolate cinnamon cupcakes!

But you probably don’t work here so you’re out of luck.

The cupcakes I made this weekend were a success. I used a simple chocolate cupcake recipe by Chockylit and added 2 teaspoons of cinnamon after reducing the cocoa by the same amount. It gave the cupcakes a light cinnamon flavour to complement the dark chocolate and the aroma was wonderful. I might add more cinnamon next time for a spicier cupcake.

The frosting was a basic chocolate ganache (another recipe from Chockylit!). I was a little worried at first as it was very runny and there was nothing to indicate how long it would take to thicken. I am not a patient person and it was already late at night so I decided to refrigerate it and deal with it later. The next day it was completely hard which I had expected. After melting it down I left it on the counter to firm up naturally and it worked out perfectly! The 70% dark chocolate made the frosting a great match for the sweeter cupcake.

As a garnish I mixed up some white sugar and cinnamon. The sugar added that little extra sparkle. I would recommend adding this right before serving. I sprinkled the mix on to the cupcakes the previous night and the combination of a very moist frosting and a water soluble topping such as sugar created a few droplets of syrup.

My coworkers have been happily munching on cupcakes since breakfast!

I also made these cupcakes for a birthday party at a local bar/restaurant and used red sugar crystals on top. I placed a red cinnamon candy in the icing since the birthday girl is a very big fan of cinnamon candies. Another friend managed to snap a photo but the sugar had already started to melt. Bar = high temps = melty.

cinnamon cupcake

 

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I have silicone implants!

Okay, I lied… but I do have silicone cupcake wrappers!I recently located some lovely red silicone cupcake wrappers. They are reusable, oven safe, and look fabulous on the chocolate cinnamon cupcakes I made!


 

 

I also purchased a cupcake caddy. Now I can take 24 yummy cupcakes wherever I go!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a busy girl so if you want cupcakes you better invite me to your parties soon!

Get up. Now. Feed Me.

For those of you who have never had a cat:
If you insert the words “Get up”, “Now”, and “Feed Me” into the appropriate places in this video you will understand what it is like to live with a cat.

For those of you who have a cat; prepare to laugh.

Simon’s Cat was created by Simon Tofield (Tandem Films).

The pot of gold that is "In Rainbows"

Radiohead released the digital version of their latest album “In Rainbows” on October 10th. I’ve been listening to it on repeat ever since.

There is always a lot of talk about the music Radiohead has released since the 90’s. The mainstream thought is that the Bends and OK Computer showcase the best of Radiohead. Many people stopped actively listening to Radiohead after OK was released stating that the band started to get “weird” in later albums. I think that if they had actually spent time listening to the music they would have come to realize that the basic musicality of each album is essentially the same. It is all recognizably Radiohead.

The band still consists of incredibly talented and creative musicians. Radiohead does not want to keep releasing music that could have been added to one of their old albums. Very simply, their music has matured and they have stretched their boundaries in order to create something that is intrinsically Radiohead but that is also new and unknown. It seems the core of their fan base is very willing to be a part of this creative journey.

I look forward to hearing the rest of the music included with my new box set. Until then I will continue to explore sounds of the In Rainbows album.

Today’s Rant: Dove vs. Axe

I’m sure many of you have seen the various ads on TV for both Dove and Axe.

Dove is attempting to promote self-esteem.

Dove has had some success with their ad campaign which encourages us to dispel the media’s image of women and believe in our own beauty. This ad goes so far as to advise us to talk to our children before the media can impact their lives:

This brings up a good point however we have to keep in mind that they are still selling a product, this is business after all, and they are not just running these ads for our benefit. I have to wonder how much of this ad campaign is attempting to make us feel better about ourselves and how much of it is just clever advertisers who have finally realized that women are more likely to purchase a product whose ads don’t make them feel like shit?

At the opposite end of the spectrum we have Axe.

Axe is using sex to promote their product. Gee, how original. Wearing this spray will help guys get chicks. As expected skinny, young women in skimpy outfits will be unable to resist you if you use Axe. In fact these chicks will even use violence to have their way with you. Have you seen their website? Talk about objectifying women, the icons are images of the curves on a woman’s body. Their logo? “Axe turns nice girls naughty.”

The blatant sexism and degradation of women in this ad campaign makes me nauseous. They lower us to the ranks of animals who are responding only to pheromones. The women they use are portrayed as brainless sex objects with no self respect who are only there to fulfill the desire of men.

Now for the plot twist… both Axe and Dove are owned by the same company, Unilever.

Their corporate statement indicates that they strive for “the highest standards of corporate behaviour towards everyone we work with, the communities we touch, and the environment on which we have an impact.” I’m not sure how they feel they can achieve this with such contradictory ad campaigns, one of which could be very damaging the daughters of my generation.

I think women need to become more aware of the crap we are being fed by the media. Men and women need to get angry! If we don’t want our children to be affected by these ads we need to make a stand! Let these companies know we’re paying attention and we’re not going to buy their products if they continue to treat us as idiots.

Don’t let this kind of corporate bullshit continue.

in rainbows

I’m going somewhere over the rainbow to get the new Radiohead album.

Radiohead announced today that their newest album “in rainbows” will be available for download here on October 10th, 2007.

I’m so excited about this album that I just don’t know what to say but I think the graphic from their site accurately portrays my reaction to the announcement!