“There is no sincerer love than the love of food” -George Bernard Shaw
I truly do believe that. We love things like our family and friends and spouses, but we adore food. You can’t tell me that the same feeling you get when biting into the first bite of something truly delicious is paralleled by the interactions we share with people. It’s very impressive. I love the smell and the anticipation of food just ask much as a kid love Christmas morning anticipation. It’s without words most days, which has made this blog a trip because most things food related and taste related go beyond verbal accommodations. It’s why taste is it’s own sense completely.
THE DINNER: This week we jetted off to the African nation of Gabon for the delights of their French inspired food. Profiled by mostly desert, it looks like this county has quite the sweet tooth. It’s roots are French from it’s occupation and founding– so all of it’s desserts are the lovely things we think about when we think “French Desserts”: like beignets, croquettes and tortes.
We picked a chocolate torte which is their national dessert. It’s basically flourless (save about a 5 tbs of flour) and nothing like health food (read: 5 sticks of butter would make Paula Dean blush). It’s also got a mind boggling 15 eggs, yolk and all. So there’s something wonderful about those basic ingredients and as a baker (#sassybaker) it’s three ingredients that make me happy as a damn clam. There’s something to be said for chocolate from Africa also, the climate is perfect for making those dark chocolate profiles acidic and rich.
Gabon Chocolate Torte Recipe: http://receptzasvakidan.blogspot.com/2015/08/gabon-torta-bez-trunke-brasna.html
OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:
Ease of prep and cooking: SIX STARS out of five this meal!
You read that right… six out of five. This was absolutely horrific. I am a pretty experienced baker, not like a professional pastry chef or boulanger by any means, but all the same in my many circles I have the reputation of being the resident baking guru. My mother taught me everything I know, so she’s the sensei to my grasshopper…between the two of us, we pulled FIVE different torte recipes and translated three of them, we couldn’t make heads or tails of this one. It was ridiculously hard. It also overflowed– which sounds like a rookie mistake but trust me when I say, it certainly wasn’t. Between the translation of the words and the conversion of the metrics. It was the worst recipe we’ve come across… and then there was the taste… 😦
Best dish of all time scale: ONE out of five for Meal!!
UGH. I wanted to like it. I really did. I had such high hopes. I love chocolate. I am a chocoholic. This one smelled great and had all the components… the thing just was not good. It separated in the baking process (i mean, there was not a single binder in place- the whole recipe was eggs and butter and sugar…so i’m not surprised). The egg whites removed themselves and became scrabbled egg white on the bottom of a flourless brownie… and then it was just like having horrible omelet that was just wrong. Don’t let the lovely pictures fool you. This was foul.
We are off to Wales for country #73!! I have a feeling this one will be grand because the recipe we have in mind is traditional and also involves breakfast. My favorite meal of the day. Can’t wait to see what we cook up!
When in doubt, we always drink more coffee!
– L & K