Psst! It's the Queen's birthday!
No, not the Queen of England's birthday. It's the Queen of Australia's birthday. Heheheh....it's my Mama's birthday today!
And, she has baked a most scrumptious looking chocolate cake. When I asked her if I could have the recipe, she answered that I already have it.
"When did you give me the recipe? It's not like a secret family recipe is it?" I was persistent.
Mama just shook her head before saying, "You were not paying attention the last time I taught you to bake, did you?"
I must say she was being all Socratic about the whole business. But I've made it my mission to record every one of her recipes.
"Remember when I baked the orange butter cake?" she asked again.
"Yes, but surely a chocolate cake would be different?" my turn at being pedantic.
"Huh....," she sighed (which is not a good sign), "Just replace the orange rind and juice with molten dark cooking chocolate."
"Oh, OK, but how much chocolate and how do you melt the chocolate? Microwave?"
"You're very persistent, aren't you?"my Mama continued, "About 200g dark cooking chocolate will do and you melt it in a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water."
"And make sure no water enters the bowl or you'll spoil everything," she continued, "Now stop asking questions and just eat that slice I've cut for you."
Well, no more questions for now. Just enjoy the cake. Must say, the proof...(chomp, chomp, chomp) of the cake (chomp, chomp, chomp) is in the eating.
"Angelina, what did I tell you about talking while eating? People may think I don't teach you manners." Sigh...that's my Mama telling me off. OK, ciao people.
Yum yum yum yum yum (a million times!!!!)
Hmmm...the cake is now under the food cover lest some hungry cats get tempted....
My advice: Never make anyone who's just bake you a chocolate cake angry. (you may not get any!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA!!! WE LURVE YOU!!! (and the cake too) meow!!