Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bring On The Chocolate, We Need A Boost

Today was an extremely busy day. San Geraldo got a late start baking a birthday cake for our friend Tynan. I cleaned the house. San Geraldo made a mess in the kitchen.

I washed dishes, cleaned the kitchen, and then went back to cleaning the house.

San Geraldo made another mess in the kitchen. I cleaned some more. I skyped with My-Mother-the-Dowager-Duchess and The Kid Brother. An hour later, I went back into the kitchen to clean up another San Geraldo mess. This time clean-up included washing his leather slipper. (Click any image to sweeten things up.)


I continued cleaning, doing laundry, taking down recycling. San Geraldo continued making a mess of the kitchen, but finished the cake. He changed his clothes. I cleaned the kitchen. (It's amazing how far a cocoa cloud can travel from the 'chimney' of a food processor.)

Moments later, Tynan, Elena, and the kids arrived and we enjoyed their exceptional company as we all OD'd on two-layer chocolate cake with cream cheese apricot filling, chocolate frosting an inch thick, and all adorned with almonds, chocolate-dipped apricots, and a sort-of chocolate tiara. San Geraldo made it up as he went along. Of course, it was amazing.

CHOCOLATE-DIPPED APRICOTS.
THE TWO LAYERS.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT.
(WHAT WAS LEFT WENT HOME WITH THE BIRTHDAY BOY.)


You need some chocolate...

36 comments:

  1. That first photo is a photo of my shit filled world

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    1. John: but I'll bet your slippers don't taste ad good.

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  2. LOL to John!
    Now THAT is a CAKE! Does SG take orders? Not from you, I'm sure, but cake orders?
    Lucky birthday boy!

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    1. Jim: San Gerald will take orders ftom me once in a while, just to make me believe he's listening.

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  3. Looks delicious but does sound pretty messy to create. No matter when the unpaid help is around.

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    1. San Geraldo has been enjoying baking a lot more since we tetired and I took full responsibility for clean up.

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  4. Apricots, chocolate and nuts--oh, my!

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    1. Michelle: my mouth still waters when I look at the picture.

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  5. Now that cake was too lovely to cut in to.... well, I guess someone had to... wish it had been me ;-)

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    1. Sharon : The chef had to do the cutting. We were all afraid to touch it.

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  6. San Geraldo, like Carlos, is quite the MasterBaker.

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    1. Bob: They are obviously both keepers.

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  7. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a cake this elaborate. Looks yummy.

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    1. Stephen: He creates some amazing art with his desserts. It's a shame to eat them... but I get over that pretty quick.

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  8. Oh my CHOCOLATE makes me melt inside!!

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  9. Wow! What an impressive bit of bakery there, by Mr. Impressive-Geraldo! Gorgeous. And, you, Mitchell... it's so good of you to be Mr. Clean-it-all-up :)

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    1. Judy: And I've got to say San Geraldo is equally impressive in the mess department. Maybe even MORE creative.

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  10. That looks worth a bit of cleaning ... and more bits of cleaning ... and more ...

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    1. Daniel: Given my lack of other kitchen gifts, it's a perfect match

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  11. Mitchell, so your friend San Geraldo is a very creative man... I am not as gifted at baking layers... The final product is perfect,... And the song is fantastic.. Marvelous post.

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    1. Gosia: My husband San Geraldo is a man of many talents.

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  12. Have a told you lately that I love you, Mitchell? I'm on my way to help clean-up the next batch of heaven.

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    1. Oh, Robyn: You were on my mind often that day. There was more frosting left over than went on the cook. I ate spoonfuls of it while I washed dishes.

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    3. Robyn... I meant to say "than went on the cake," not the "cook." Especially considering the slipper photo...

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  13. I was going to bitch about your husband being a slob but when I saw those photos? I shut my big mouth very quickly.

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    1. Maria:
      You'll never hear me complain... well.... maybe sometimes.

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  14. Very impressive cake. I admire people who can bake and do desserts well. It is outside my skill set

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    1. HK: I am simply impressed that you have a skillset.

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  15. The first photo could look like someone had a 'little accident' haha! The rest of the photos are mouthwatering though! I am a self confessed chocoholic, I need serious help

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    1. Hayley: Obviously, I could have been a huge help Sunday with your addictoon.

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  16. We were just discussing whether or not chocolate was the ultimate 'consolation prize' for 'them's who ain't getting any". I argued ramen noodles but the clear winner was chocolate.

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  17. Sounds like our house. Antonio makes messes in the kitchen and I clean them up! The cake looks delicious!

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