Happy Halloween! We had a great relaxing day. This morning we went to brunch at Humble Bee with some friends (it was really tasty) and enjoyed a nice meal. We ran a bunch of errands and then came home to chill. I love the fall(ish) weather we have lately so whenever we get home I like to open the patio door and light a candle.
We decided to get take out for dinner and watch a movie since we usually don’t get any trick-or-treaters. I decided we needed a little sweet snack to go with our dinner, and thus the Boo Bites. Originally I had planned to use halloween colored sprinkles to make these little cookies festive, but we couldn’t find any at the stores so instead I decided to make half pumpkin and half vanilla. Continue reading →
I found this black onyx cocoa powder while Eric and I were in Albuquerque at the International Balloon Fiesta. We had a blast and seeing and learning about hot air balloons was really great. We took a day trip up to Sante Fe and stopped in a spice shop where we found sooo many awesome spices and extracts for cooking and baking. I’m hooked. We picked up a vindaloo mix and also this black onyx cocoa powder. Black onyx cocoa powder (not to be confused with Dutch cocoa powder) is super alkalized, which produces a very black cocoa with a lower fat content. The processing of black onyx cocoa removes much of its acidity and I have found that baked goods incorporating black onyx have a deeper chocolate flavor. Many people recommend increasing the fat content in recipes since black onyx has less fat content, but I have found using a 50:50 mixture of black onyx and regular cocoa powders does the trick.When we got home I immediately used the black onyx in these whoopie pies and they are AMAZING. I have made them twice already and the second time was a triple batch! The triple batch didn’t even last 24 hours….not kidding. I’m already planning to make these at Thanksgiving for my family. When the black onyx cocoa is mixed in with the flour it turns the mixture a purplish color, then when mixed in with the wet ingredients gives a deep black color.
The first time I made these we had left over cookies so I put a scoop of ice cream in the center to make ice cream sandwiches, which also turned out pretty rockin. So many options! You can even eat the cookies alone. The cookies are very soft and fluffy.
I think next I will try to tackle a new cake recipe with the black onyx! Oh and look at these awesome balloons!
Black Onyx Whoopie Pies
Fluffy chocolate cookies made with black onyx cocoa powder stuffed with frosting!
Happy Independence Day! Our past few weekends have been kind of hectic so this weekend we have been taking it easy and mostly hanging out by the pool. After hanging out by the pool we took a trip over to Marina Del Rey to watch fireworks while eating dinner on a waterside patio. Sadly this did not work out because there were WAY too many cars and we couldn’t find parking. I was extremely grumpy so Eric took control and drove to Santa Monica. We wandered around Third Street Promenade until we happened into a little restaurant called “The Independence” (fitting ha). Eric had the lamb and I had a venison ragu….we will probably go back to this restaurant at some point.
Today was Tacolandia (oh my goodness….so much goodness) and when we got home we just layed on the couch watching tv in our food coma. Around 11pm we both started craving a sweet treat but I was too tired to actually bake something so I figured why not try a microwaveable cake! It took me about 3 minutes to whip together the batter and another minute in the microwave and tada! Dessert was served. My next goal is to make this treat SIGNIFICANTLY healthier, because….well…sugar. I have a few ideas that I’ll try our next time, but here’s what I did for this cake. Continue reading →
We had an awesome weekend! It was relaxing, fairly stress free and much needed after a crazy week. We dubbed it the all American weekend because we constantly found ourselves doing stereotypical “American” things…whatever that means.
Friday night we were both too tired to cook so we grabbed chipotle and headed home to eat. We ate on the couch while Eric drank canned beer and we watched “Cops” on TV. If that doesn’t scream America I don’t know what does haha. I had never really seen Cops but man…it was kind of funny at times. Continue reading →