Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A Cake For The Naked Eater

Anyone who knows both C and I will tell you that we simply cannot be more different from one another. C is quiet, reserved and is extremely measured in his manner and speech. Me, I'm just downright noisy. I talk a mile a minute and if you haven't already gathered from this blog, tact is not one of my virtues. When it comes to food, the same holds true. I don't like vegetable stems; C thinks they are fabulously crunchy. I adore egg yolks; C's more an egg white kind of guy. I love good food, fancy dishes and complicated desserts. All C needs is wantan mee or chicken rice and he's a happy camper. Yes, as C likes to say, he is The Naked Eater (you know, like how Jamie Oliver is The Naked Chef). Fuss-free, simple fare is all he really wants.

This might explain why I've never fulfilled my culinary potential the way my friend J has. Modern, intricate cuisine is lost on C. Hell, before he met me, he thought the word 'degustation' referred to something that happens when you eat bad fish. Once, at a Marcus Samuelsson dinner, he tossed a precious shaving of black truffle to the side of his plate and whispered why the chef would bother garnishing the dish with a shard of pencil shaving. Ok, that's just a really bad excuse. The immensely talented J is so consummate about her food and the serving of it, she makes me look like the pig farmer's daughter (ok, again I exaggerate. It's actually the vast amounts that I eat which make me look like the pig itself). But I digress.

There are days when I dream of making some fancy chocolate Pierre Herme-inspired confection. And in planning to do so, I talk C through what I think it's going to turn out like. The result of this conversation is often the same. After many words spent describing my intended confection, C would turn to me and say, "Can I just have a butter cake?" Most days, I harrumph and mutter something about pearls before swine. But last weekend, because he was darling enough to help me haul my brand new Kitchenaid home, I decided he could have the first cake to be mixed by my new prized contraption.

A simple Victoria Sandwich Cake it was. Made using a recipe for Yellow Layer Cake from Baking Illustrated and slathered with a goopy layer of raspberry jam in between. I tried to embellish it even further by serving it with a pillow of whipped cream, but The Naked Eater declined the slice, saying he just wanted the cake neat.

On another note, I wanted to say thanks to Chubby Hubby for the kind and generous mention he gave me in his fabulous and very widely read blog. As a testament to just how widely read his blog is, I've since gotten emails from friends whom I didn't even realise perused the blogosphere. I've also met some wonderful new blogging friends who dropped by based on CH's recommendations. Cheers, CH and thanks, everyone, for stopping by!


Anonymous L said...

Simple is sometimes best. This looks delicious!

2:27 am  
Blogger Nic said...

I agree with J - this looks fantastic!

12:41 pm  
Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

Loved this post. Chuckling away as I read it. I can only imagine your look of horror as you watched the truffle shaving being tossed aside and then your swiftness and grabbing it and tossing it into your own mouth ;-)

5:50 pm  
Anonymous baking love said...

yep! it takes all to make up this world...thanks to CH that i got to know Greedy Goose : )

10:15 pm  
Blogger J said...

hiya, cool naked cake post ;) at some points, i laughed so hard i almost fell off my chair...not least because i have an inkling m can be a rather finicky eater - in many respects, w is just the same; there is in fact a rather lengthy (and esoteric) list of foods he won't touch with a 10 ft pole.

9:34 am  
Anonymous S said...

Bad girl, it's bad relationship karma to blame your other half for not helping you to fulfill your culinary potential! Feed your friends ;)

10:43 am  
Blogger Eggy said...

S, yes, M does agree that he shouldn't be blamed for my shortcomings either :-) I'm waiting to upholster your old couch before I invite people over. J has seen the state of it and it's just wrong to have people over when the couch looks like it could use an extreme makeover.

1:24 pm  
Blogger Paz said...

cake looks good!


9:19 pm  
Anonymous GastroChick said...


Very funny story re. truffle I'm sure you were quick to eat it though.

Great site BTW I found you through Chubby Hubby's recommendation.

12:28 am  
Anonymous bea at La Tartine Gourmande said...


I just discovered your lovely blog and wanted to compliment you on pics, style, everything. A must keep for me and will link it to mine! Keep it up!

3:59 am  
Anonymous joey said...

Your Victoria Sandwich cake looks wonderful and yummy! I am still trying to fill my "culinary potential" and so far it has been a fun ride :) Thanks for sharing your experiences...you have a great blog and I will be back! :)

8:15 am  
Blogger MM said...

I love the post! It totally cracked me up!

11:36 pm  
Anonymous Tania said...

This cake looks delicious; I hope you and C enjoyed every crumb!

Your blog is lovely, by the way. I will be returning!

3:49 am  
Blogger deb-jesus-rajapati said...

Hi. I was wondering if you tried out the sugee cake recipe you said looked good in December. Thinking of undertaking sugee cake for my boyfriends birthday. Was it any good? Thanks.

8:49 am  
Blogger Eggy said...

Hi Deb, I'm afraid I haven't tried it out yet. Let me know if you do :)

12:54 am  

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