Sunday, February 14, 2010

An Olympic Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

This was last year's breakfast but this morning's was very similar. Just substitute the egg and toast for banana-blueberry pancakes.
(All you need to make a breakfast like that is a cookie cutter. Cut the shapes out of the toast. To fry the egg in a heart-shape, butter the inside of the cookie cutter - don't be shy with the butter - and set it on the pan then crack the egg into the cookie cutter. Viola!)

We're getting ready to make our valentine's day dinner and we just finished the first of our 2 movies. We rented The Hurt Locker (really good, very suspensful) and Zombieland, which we're saving for after/during dinner.
Right now we're watching the women's 3000 speedskating event. Cindy Klassen (Sinter Clausen is what we've nicknamed her) didn't do so hot and Kristina Groves just kicked it up into 3rd place. I was cheering my little heart out for Clara Hughes though. This woman amazes me. She's medalled in speed skating AND in cycling. Winter and Summer Olympics. My lord.

Plus look how darn adorable she is!
You cannot look at her happy face and not want to cheer for her.
She'll medal in the 5000. I feel it in my bones.
I've got an angel food cake in the oven. I love angel food cake. It's so light and airy and there's nothing bad but sugar in there. Well a cup of flour but that's small potatoes when you're talking about a cake. No butter, no oil, no cholesterol-filled egg yolks. Mahhhhhvelous.
Angel Food Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix 12 egg whites until they foam and then form soft peaks. Add in 1 tsp cream of tartar (unprofessional note: I have no cream of tartar and did not add this, my cake is still fine). With the mixer still on, gently sprinkle in 1 1/4 cup sugar into the egg mix and beat until stiff peaks form. Add in 2 tsp vanilla extract.
  2. Using a seive to ensure there are no lumps, measure out 1 cup of flour and add 1/4 tsp of salt. In 4 additions, gently fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture using a rubber spatula.
  3. Gently spoon the batter into an angel food pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cool in pan for about an hour, then use a knife to loosen the sides and invert the pan. Cut gently and enjoy!

I made the bellinis....but with peach schnapps instead of rum. And not enough ice. It's not as good as Moxies. Darn.

And lastly.....

Our valentine's day chair! So ergonomic. Lovely.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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