Will This Be The Man I'll Marry?
Look! Just look! as well as greeting with me with a peck on each cheek - David penned me French chocolate kisses, exclamated bisous and a big heart pierced with what I can only imagine is a golden arrow. He said we should tie the knot. I blushed afterall, it's not long since we first met in Paris.
Last night I went to David's Chocolate Holiday Treats Cooking Class at Sur La Table in San Francisco. I have to admit, he would be a very useful person to have around the house, especially in the kitchen. I picked up all sorts of tips from him - decadent Parisian Hot Chocolate doesn't contain cream, only use unsweetened cocoa powder in recipes, Scharffen Burger cocoa nibs are currently unavailable so try Dagoba instead. The list goes on: Use Dutch Process Cocoa with baking powder and non-Dutch with baking soda, attach your sugar thermometer inside the pan before you start the heating process (I always wondered what that clip was for), spray oil isn't allowed at Chez Panisse, but David thinks it is great, you can put your baking trays and tins directly over the heat (why on earth didn't I think of that?) and if you want to check your thermometer is working, heat it up in a pan of water, which should start boiling at 212F.
What do you think? How romantic would it be? David and I could have the world's first Online Food Bloggers Wedding. We could have webcams set up everywhere so you could all watch in. Bloggers could send us wedding cookies from all over the world in celebration. Wouldn't it be great?
Imagine having a husband who would rustle you up a tray of Chocolate Buttercrunch Toffee in a matter of minutes. Imagine a man who would understand that you wanted a treat without breaking the calorie-bank and therefore bake you a low fat but delicious Banana Chocolate Upside Down Cake. Imagine a man man-enough to appreciate the power of prunes thereby making you a Gateau Bastille to sumptuously top off your dinner.
But what about my dear, sweet Fred? As much as I adore David, as seductive as his cooking skills are and as tempting as the blue-covered little book of official documents he flashed infront of my eyes, might be, I have to gracefully decline. Afterall, he only really wants me for my European passport. Hmmmph!
PS I was delighted, last night, to meet two new bloggers: Brett from one of my favourite new blogs In Praise of Sardines, is a chef living in San Francisco who is passionate about Spanish and Indian food and keeps publishing great tips about products and their sources in the Bay Area. I have been learning something new from him almost every time I visit. Also, one of the best blog names around, Marc from Mental Masala, resides over in the East Bay. Check him out too. Finally, I thought Shauna from Gluten Free Girl would love to know that David gave her a big name check in our class as he spoke about substituting flour for cocoa in one of his recipes, for people with allergies.
PPS. Happy Birthday, today, to my gorgeous, lovely granny in England.
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