First things first, as I write this, I’m eating my orc stew, from the previous Hobbit post. It’s decent, but I still have some ways to go with the seasoning. It’s got a nice zing to it thanks to some habanero and sriracha, but it needs a bit more body to it. I wanted to try leaving out bay leaf, thyme, and sage, but they’re in damn near everything for a reason – the earthy flavors of the soup are quite strong on their own, and they need a good compliment. On the other hand, using celery root instead of celery was an excellent move, particularly as the celery root itself also is texturally much like potato pieces. Overall, it’s a decent soup that only needs a few more tweaks to be amazing.
Now, for the coming new year, I found that a local sci-fi bookstore is doing an all-night gaming event. Can’t say no to that, right? So I’ve been going over in my head as to what to make for that.
In terms of bold and creative, I think I’ll actually make snack cakes – just pour some cake batter onto a lined pan, and then fill them with some frosting. It’ll be like whoopie pies… except, of course, that I’m going to try to take these to a new level.
For the cake itself, I’m thinking of a luxurious Amaretto cake. I’m hoping it’ll be a modern spin on pandoro (that Italian cake that I see so often around this time of year), with a moistness that calls to mind good times by the fire – be it the fireplace of grandmom’s house or the hearth that you imagine your characters meet in front of in a Dungeons & Dragons game. The goal is to be satisfying and blend many things at once – even the line between yourself and fantasy.
Along those lines, the filling is quite important. The cheap answer would be chocolate; after all, everything’s better with chocolate. But being experimental means going off the beaten path, so I think my filling will actually be a combination of maple syrup and fresh vanilla – powerful and bold, yet using flavors familiar and warm for everyone. I want it to be inviting and new without alienating folks who like something traditional.
Regardless, this should be a fun way to celebrate the new year.
And finally, for those who realize who I am now – go back over everything I said. And more importantly, what I didn’t say. For all that you realize how I may have misled you, I never once lied. So I hope everyone had fun, continues to follow what I have to say, and enjoy a slice of bacon cake. You’ll see me in a better forum for non-food questions soon enough.