Monday, July 12
He has been off the island and I am currently alone in the house with his dog and a stuffed animal rabbit. Weather's been decent, but I am stuck in the house to work. No going-outs.
I had one orange left in the fridge for quite some time and have meant to make something with it. The day has come - I decided to turn that orange into orange muffins or something. Incidentally, I also had some thyme in the fridge, too, and I somehow came up with an idea to pair those lonely leftovers in my fridge. Orange and thyme, like lemon and rosemary, that didn't sound so bad.
Originally I was to bake muffins, but let's face it; now there is only one person (me) to consume the final products (one batch of muffins) in this house (doggy and bunny don't count), and do I want to - or should I - eat that many muffins all by myself? Absolutely not - just because I could, that doesn't mean I should.
With such a mature and sound reasoning, I changed my plan and decided to make a small cake. Again, think about it - I always think it very inefficient to use the huge oven just to bake a very small amount of food, and I didn't want to bake big stuff just to achieve economies of scale.
My solution for this afternoon was the microwaved cake; I might already have mentioned it, but I found a recipe for chocolate cake using a microwave oven a few months ago, and the following week or so I kept trying out a variety of cakes using the recipe (in Japanese). It would usually make one 4" or 5" square cake, which is just right size for one or two.
Today I put grated and shredded zest of the orange along with some juice of it, and finely chopped leaves of thyme in the batter. The most complicated and time-consuming part of making this cake was, eh, grating the zest of orange and chopping the thyme. Preparation time (including the grating and chopping) was about 10 minutes, and before I even finished cleaning up the utensils (which were, basically, a zester, a whisk, a cutting board and a knife - not too many items, you know), the cake was cooked - cooking time was approximately two minutes.
The cake tasted decent - or pretty good, actually, given it was made by microwaving, although the chocolate version was better. Orange and thyme worked fairly good together, although, again, I liked rosemary better than thyme. Like I said, cakes like this would be just good when you just feel like a few bites of sweets quick, and that was exactly what I wanted today.
Note on yesterday's pics:
Tofu marinated in olive oil with rosemary and thyme, salt and pepper, topped with a dash of cayenne pepper.
Hershey's caramel filled kisses