Jenny Famewhore

One foodie’s wishlist

Posted in Uncategorized by Jenny Famewhore on December 22, 2009

Jura-Capresso ® Electric Kettle

More agonizingly dull than watching paint dry is watching water boil. Now, a quicker solution.

Bodum New Kenya 12-Ounce Coffee Press, Black

To encourage my caffeine addiction.

Wüsthof Classic 6-Inch Cook’s Knife

So I won’t messily hurt myself with the dull blade I’ve been using. Mess. Don’t want.

Pink Rolling pin

Not that I do a lot of baking, but just because it’s pink.

CIA towels

“I’m on a mission to rid the world of pot holders; my mom couldn’t live without them but I think they’re evil; they belong on Courage the Cowardly Dog but not in my kitchen.  I use these great side towels that I once could only get when I visited the Culinary Institute of America” — Michael Ruhlman, author of Soul of a Chef

William & Sonoma Peppermint Bark

“Custom-blended Guittard premium chocolate and natural oil of peppermint that’s triple-distilled to extract the cool, clean flavor of fresh mint. Master candymakers pour melted semisweet chocolate onto a confectioner’s table, then add a layer of creamy white chocolate. The bark is finished with a snowfall of crisp handmade peppermint candy bits – an inspired contrast to the rich, velvety smoothness of the world-class chocolate.”

Exotic Ice Cream – Hautes Glaces

Naga Ice Cream: sweet Indian curry + fresh young coconut + creamy custard ice cream
“Sweet Indian curry is a mélange of turmeric, ginger, cumin, clove, chillies and more.”

And more cookbooks and gadgets on Amazon wishlist.

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Emerging from a brief hiatus,

Posted in Boston by Jenny Famewhore on December 14, 2009

Finals week for the college folks. Need brain food: baked butternut squash lightly coated with a brown-sugar glaze and a shrimp-tofu-broccoli-mushroom stir-fry in infamous Chinese “brown sauce.” That’s merely: oyster sauce + soy sauce, for those not clued in.

Other things to boost energy: brewing some Starbucks Christmas blend, and hitting the gym (favorite game = spot the anorexic). Until the 18th, babes.

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Qu’ils mangent de la brioche

Posted in New York by Jenny Famewhore on December 4, 2009

The Best Coconut Cake In The World

One dreamy Coconut Cake. If a Japanese otaku can marry his Nintendo avatar, I should be able to enjoy matrimonial festivities with this babe.

Throwdown’s Toasted Coconut Cake with Coconut Filling and Coconut Buttercream recipe

I love brunch– for consuming ungodly amounts of calories in one combined breakfast-lunch meal, for the pretense of leisure, and for bonding with my lovely girlfriends. We enjoyed a meal that satisfied all those coveted qualities at Mesa Grill, founded by Bobby Flay of Food Network throwdown notoriety. The service was snappy and fun. It was like being served food at someone’s house rather than enduring the stiff formality of most restaurants in this price-class. Sometimes a girl just wants to wear a floral dress and eat with her fingers. The waitress was one stealthy ninja when it came to refilling waters; and charmingly convinced Lisa and I to invest our dollar bills in the Best Coconut Cake In This World (or anywhere in the universe where coconuts are grown). I haven’t been as enthused about a cake as much as I have this one in quite some time.

The Coconut cake is so flavor rich, yet light, with alternating layers of coconut cream as if it were architecturally crafted by Michelangelo’s cherubs. The cake is made from a silky cake flour, and the filling is of a custard composed of coconut milk and malibu rum. This gives the cake a wetter texture than most — almost like icecream. The airy feeling forced me to disbelieve that I am really eating it, if it weren’t for the toasted coconut shavings grounding it, forcing it back into a solid physical plane.

As luck would have it, the recipe is on the internets, and will certainly make a cameo in my kitchen.

Referenced Locations:
Mesa Grill
102 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Tel. 212.807.7400
http://mesagrill.com