Portland

                             I drove around this wild country looking for my new home.

Looking for a place to ‘hang my hat’ as they say. A place that I could call mine with an address where you can send me mail. A little spot where I could watch things grow, and eat my meals, and keep my things in drawers. I searched high and low, from the  peaks of Colorado to the Promenade in Santa Monica. Up the Coast though small beach towns … Up more mountains, to a Big Lake, through Northern Cali…. landing myself in Portland, Oregon.

I do not know what made me choose this place.

There is no beach.

It rains a lot.

Boys drink a lot of beer.

The economy is bad . (Don’t tell my dad that)

But, if this city could speak, and I’m sure it can, it say’s to me;

“ you will be okay here.”

I guess I am just looking for a place to be okay in . .

So I am going to start at the end.

I woke up in my new princess bed , yes I bought a princess bed, ladies will know what that looks like, men you will just have to imagine. After sleeping on the floor for two nights. Ikea came to my rescue and delivered me a BED. I woke up smiling simply to be sleeping on a mattress. I rolled over and felt the crash, this pounding headache.

The.. “You ate two pieces of chocolate cake for dinner” headache.

Yea, I did , and yes, it was worth it.

 

I baked in my own kitchen. Not someone else’s. MINE. all mine. I made you the messiest, sweetest and saltiest cake known to man … I listened to music loud, and spilled all over the counters and floor, because it was in my kitchen.

Lenox…again

I know I’ve crashed this town before.. seriously I grew up here, enough already!

But, I haven’t crashed this particular kitchen. Seeing as I am back on the East Coast. In the midst of gathering up all my belongings, and driving back West to my NEW found home :

Portland, Oregon.

I just had to make a cake … with my mother.

We made only what I can describe to you as a mixture of the smells of the tropics,and  pictures of fluffy clouds of marshmallow frosting : Coconut Cake.

I picked this, because I was baking with my mother, and being in a current state of constant nostalgia. I am reminded of being a child and of her loving anything coconut, and me (as a kid at least) not being as fond. So the self-less choice was her favorite cake, not mine.

This cake is elegance.

. . . although quite sticky . . .

…but oh so delicious.

Ingredients

            Cake:

    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 2 large eggs, plus 3 large egg yolks (reserve whites for frosting)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup whole milk
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottom of pans with parchment-paper rounds; butter paper. Dust paper and sides of pans with flour, tapping out excess.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternately with milk in two, beginning and ending with flour. Mix until just combined.
    3. Divide evenly between prepared pans. Place pans next to each other in oven (without touching); cook until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, about 30 minutes, rotating pans halfway through.
    Frosting :

    • 3 large egg whites
    • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
    • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1/3 cup cold water
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer.
    2. In a large heatproof mixing bowl, combine reserved egg whites, light corn syrup, cream of tartar, water, and sugar.
    3. Place bowl over simmering water (it should not touch water); with a handheld mixer, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.
    4. Remove bowl from heat; beat 3 to 5 minutes more to cool. Use immediately.