Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chocolate fig cake and buy when theres blood on the streets

Chocolate fig cake
Food Diary (January 24, 2012)
Breakfast: Sourdough toast
Lunch: Gizzards with rice
Dinner: Pasta with peas
Baking/sweets: Chocolate fig cake

Figs and chocolate go really well together. It’s a pity that we don’t see this combination more often. The Chocolate fig cake is moist and slightly gooey inside, crusty outside with crunchy fig seeds throughout the cake. It reminds me of sticky fig pudding and sticky date pudding. I don't plan to make this again soon because there is a slice sitting in my freezer! We will see how long that lasts. The recipe is available here.
 
Today's Favourite Photo
Dragon shaped yu sheng


Today’s Favourite Blog
“The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets”. This adage worked for Baron Rothschild who made a fortune buying in the panic following the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon. But I don’t think that’s what the residents of a small Polish town of Koscierzyna did when there was literally blood flowing on the streets.

While the Battle of Waterloo saw humans fighting each other and blood spilling on the streets, there was a different kind of battle in Koscierzyna, it was a battle of humans against crumbling infrastructure. Infrastructure lost this battle. The local sewer system clogged up and as a result blood was from a nearby slaughterhouse flooded the streets.

Question that came immediately to my mind was why this blood went into the sewer system instead of being used to made black pudding?

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28 comments:

  1. Eck ... bloody post. That dragon yee sang looks amazing tho. What a great idea and what a shame it's going to get all mucked up soon.

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    1. Bloody post alright, good thing I didn't post a picture.
      So much time goes into preparing the yee sang and eaters ruin it as fast as possible. I guess thats the same for well decorated desserts etc

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  2. I love chocolate and I love figs. Win!

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  3. Chocolate fig cake? You find the best stuff!

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  4. Ugh...black pudding. I watched Anthony Bourdain devour a blood sausage and I almost started gagging.

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  5. hi three cookies... i like fig cakes, but dunno how to make it..the yee sang grated vegetables looks interestingly "dragon... dont think i wanna eat black pudding ha ha.
    Do you celebrate chinese new year, if yes, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you..
    have a nice day

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    1. You can see the recipe, not complicated at all.
      I don't celebrate CNY but thank you anyway. Happy new year to you too

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  6. The cake looks absolutely delicious! I must make it one day because I love dried figs (I don't even mention chocolate of course).
    I think the residents of Koscierzyna should be happy it was only blood on the streets (with the sewage system not working properly...). You are totally right to ask this question. Polish blood pudding is absolutely delicious, so it's a pity... On the other hand maybe it was beef blood? (Black pudding is made with pork only).

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    1. Dried figs is one of my favourite dried fruits. Love the crunch, and it remains in the cake too
      I guess it could have been much worse for the residents of Koscierzyna:) And I didn't realise cows blood was not used for black pudding

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  7. looks delicious, it's true, I haven't tried fig and chocolate before but I'm pretty sure itd be an awesome combination. definitely want to put these 2 together!

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  8. I think figs in general aren't cooked with enough...such a shame since they're so tasty! That cake looks excellent.

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  9. i never thought about using figs to sweeten cake. chocolate and figs sound delicious!

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  10. Wow, that dragon is cool!

    PS....yeah, I saw that not all my posts were picked up by my google reader...wonder what's going on. Today's was there...strange!

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    1. If it happens again I can tell you what I did to solve it

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  11. Very cool pic of the day. And your Chocolate fig cake sounds awesome, figs are wonderful. Eww about the sewer blood problem.

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  12. Ewww, you just had to mention blood pudding, didn't you? That just might be the grossest food I've stumbled upon since I started reading food blogs. I've been trying to forget it ever since I first heard of it. ;) Definitely not something I ever plan to try.

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    1. Yes I just had to mention it:) Never know, you may like it once you try, if you ever gather enough courage to do so:)

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  13. The yu sheng looks so pretty! I wouldn't want to mess it all up if i were to see it so i guess it'll defeat the purpose of having a yu sheng! haha

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  14. That is a new finding to me that figs and chocolate go well together. The cake looks great! I love figs, although I started to like it after I became an adult. Don't know why I didn't like it growing up. I'd love to try this combination!

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