Wednesday, May 27, 2009

How I Roll: Ah Diddle-Dee.. Cabana Life For Me!

For a chick that doesn't know when the next regular check's a comin' in... 16 months deep since I lost my stable gig of 9 years. I tend to live a fabulous life sometimes I've been so focused on Single Serving & new recipes I haven't gone out in a while. I got a gig for 2 weeks hitting all the hottest spots in town to recruit hot promoters & ran into SO many old school faces... even after YEARS things in H-Wood don't change that much.

It was surreal... kind of like I never left except I was 30 lbs heavier & even more bitter about the dating scene & the guys are losing their hair & still dating 23 year olds to feel better about themselves. Speaking about weight, I had not stepped on US soil in a bathing suit since I quit smoking 2 years ago... yikes!

On my random field trips around town I got invited to this hotel pool party on Memorial Day at the W in Westwood, I almost was going to pass it up until I was offered to hang VIP style in a Cabana. I invited my girl Perri, psyched myself up to get in a suit actually numbed myself, posted my apprehension on Facebook, got a ton of supportive people to encourage me, put on the suit, grabbed Perri & a roadie (water bottle filled with Tequila... what? I'm broke not stupid & needed a little more liquid courage!) then we grabbed a double double at In N Out (that's cause I'm broke & gluttonous HELLO 30 friggin' lbs) & it was on like Donkey Kong!

It was PACKED! We had to wait almost 15 minutes to get in & I've known the door guy for 16 years, was "VIP" & invited by 3 separate promoters there... that's how packed it was, no sweat we got in. Now the scariest thing about getting into my suit is that every summer all my friends post their Malibu house party pics & all the trendy cool celebrity filled stuff they can do in a bikini... ARGH! Let me tell you those bitches use photoshop or airbrush themselves... EVERY single chick there had cellulite... it was FABULOUS!!! 

It was so liberating, seeing all of them just comfortable & having a blast, my new dimples fit right in. Perr & I ripped off our outfits & took a strut, her in her gold Tory Burch's me in my Dior's working it around the pool 

2 hours later we had the cabana to ourselves & someone sent us a bottle, we had a flat screen in the cabana & invited people to watch the Lakers game... SO fun! Lindsay & her little sister Ali shared the cabana next to us... it was awesome! 

Perri & I were treated like Princesses & honestly I have never felt better & more comfortable in my skin all year like I did on Memorial Day... SCREW IT what I learned is that you never trust a skinny chef, all cellulite is created equal & does not discriminate & I look dayum good... still! Never again will I shortchange myself nor embrace the changes in my life.

The incomparable Henry Gilbert Stafford III Door Man Extraordinaire!
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Me with Chocolate AND Fudge... WOW!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Baked: Michelle's Strawberry, Champagne, Chocolate & White Chocolate Lava Cupcakes

When I cook or bake for someone I think long & hard of all the special attributes of a person. My girl Michelle & I met when we worked at the Garden of Eden & on Sunday nights she & my girl Rena were the Queens of Champagne. 

She was having a brunch at Magnolia & I really couldn't afford to get her anything let alone have a meal & drinks. Her girl Kelly sent out a mass email about how much she loves Sweet Lady Jane's & in my attempt to save money & one up the Jane I offered to make her cupcakes. 

Michelle is a health nut so I knew I had to make a flourless or use very little flour as possible cake, I used about 12 tablespoons of whole wheat flour. I have also been growing strawberries in front of my building & what goes better with champagne than strawberries? Also I wanted to avoid Dairy & sugar so I swapped for Reddi Egg, used the champagne instead of milk & Agave Nectar. 

She loves chocolate, the color pink & is currently in love so I knew I had to put this romantic concoction together. I even cut the strawberries into little hearts & stars since Michelle loves acting & WILL be Soapstar one day! 

I tried to make the frosting without dairy but I had to use powdered sugar so I thought screw it heavy cream it is & while I'm add it let's throw in MORE white chocolate... damn sexy, but when I added the champagne & pureed strawberries to it, it was nice & thick in my mixer I even let it chill in the fridge for an hour but it was still too runny. 

The next day I went to the store, bought 2 tubs of Vanilla frosting & added it to my mix & it was perfect!

Yes I had to resort to a Sandra Lee tactic but screw it it was worth it! Thanks Aunt Sandy. The oozing white chocolate was phenomenal & you could REALLY taste the champagne in everything. Best cupcakes I have ever made. 

I was overwhelmed  by my Dames reactions & so humbled by Michelle's gratitude, it felt really good. I never want that feeling to end. Merci Maman, pour c'est cadeau. J'taime boucoups!

Yes Manouschka The Plant Killer Guerrier can't muck these up since my neighbor waters the landscaping everyday... HA

The Star Studded Cast:  Michelle's Strawberry, Champagne, Chocolate & White Chocolate Lava Cupcakes
16 oz of Dark Chocolate

a glass for you
2 for me

Champagne, vanilla, salt & gluten free baking powder
adding the diced strawberries

Mashing the strawberries for the frosting
adding champagne to the frosting
Hulling the berries then....
getting them drunk in champagne for 2 hours, I drank it after... SWEET JEEZUS!

Hulling out the center of the cakes
adding drunken berries

adding white chocolate I melted in the microwave

MAN, I SUCK at piping!

yup she's a squirter!

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