Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

can’t help but make it again

June 4, 2009

Pane al cioccolato

Pane al cioccolato

I’ve blogged about it twice already and yet here’s another.



Tarte Noire

March 15, 2009


Yesterday was Pi Day: March 14, or 3.14 – get it? Hehe! I didn’t make a pie to celebrate, but how about posting the story of a tarte noire that I had made?


Pane al cioccolato II

January 20, 2009
Pane al cioccolato the second

Pane al cioccolato the second

Quick post tonight: thought you might like to see the results of my latest [food] experiment, pane al cioccolato II.


Welcome to Vermont

November 23, 2008

I sat near the front of the bus on my way back from grocery shopping this afternoon, and happened to hear this conversation:

Bus driver: Hello, there. How are you?
Passenger boarding the bus: Cold!
Bus driver: Well, sir, welcome to Vermont!

…and they grin at each other.

It’s been getting more and more chilly these days. Even though I “come from the North” <insert joke about my being Canadian here>, I have to say that “green mountain” winds are quite nippy. If it’s winter where you are living, remember to dress warmly and take good care of yourself in this cold weather. 🙂


Pane al Cioccolato (Italian Chocolate Bread)

November 17, 2008

Pane al cioccolato (Italian chocolate bread)

A most impressive and addictive semisweet chocolate bread.

I first read about pane al cioccolato on Jude’s blog, Apple Pie, Patis, and Pâté and immediately wanted to make it. To the horror of some of my friends, I don’t like chocolate in my cake or in ice cream (vanilla, please!) but in bread? Bookmarked, oh yeah.

Pane al cioccolato would be a perfect way to celebrate the birthday of one of my friends who loves fancy things with chocolate. The problem was, the recipe called for a starter at 50% hydration but I don’t have a starter. Now that I’ve been trying to get my experiments to work in the lab, I barely have time to take care of my plants, much less think about capturing and tending to a starter. (I also bake in sporadic bursts – probably not regularly enough to plan ahead and use a starter, and would feel bad if I confined it to a corner in the refrigerator for extended periods of time.) So what do I do?