Monday October 08th 2012, 9:50 pm
Filed under: Family,Food

Random fact of the day: our house, like most around here, is a single-story built on a concrete slab; we’re close enough to the Bay that our water table is far too high for any kind of basement or wood subfloor.

I have my chocolate hazelnut torte recipe, and with last week’s prediabetes diagnosis (oh didn’t I mention that. At 111 pounds!) I’ve been trying to learn to avoid sugar, but Michelle’s been dying to have me make her favorite torte version from my Cocolat cookbook. She’d baked it while at grad school but I’d never tried it–by the time I found out about it, I already had the recipe I wanted.  Cocolat’s uses about half the hazelnuts mine does–not a feature, I thought, and now I would need the extra nuts to buffer it all the more, if anything.

But there was my child I could so easily make happy.

She walked in the door tonight and her face lit up as she figured out what was in the oven. When we sampled it after dinner, it had come out, as she put it, as “Less rock! More cake!”

I casually mentioned: “You know how I’m really good at dropping things but really really good at catching them between my leg and the cabinet on the way down so they don’t break?” (All that Pyrex and Corningware around here over that hard floor, not to mention my Mel and Kris stoneware.)

“Yes”… (wondering where this was going.)

“Doesn’t work so well with an egg.”

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Hahahaha! Yes, I do resemble that egg comment too…

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 10.08.12 @ 11:23 pm

Yum… egg mess aside.

Comment by Channon 10.09.12 @ 7:19 am

A fun thing–have you seen the new way to separate an egg?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.09.12 @ 7:40 am

I’m guessing your doctor isn’t telling you to lose weight.

Comment by LauraN 10.09.12 @ 7:54 am

I’m guessing that Laura’s guess is correct. I use my knees for many things, but not for egg catching.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.09.12 @ 8:48 am

Oooops! Not eggzactly your best idea. Sugar itself it just one of the culprits. If you cut back on bread, root vegetables, corn, etc., then you can have a bit of cake. I know. Having to watch the same.

Comment by DebbieR 10.09.12 @ 8:56 am

in addition to the carbs, my husband finds that high fat meals also drive his blood sugar up —

oh, and that egg thing — trying to bounce one off the counter doesn’t work too well either!

Comment by Bev 10.09.12 @ 10:55 am

I wanted to see more comments before I chimed in. Basically, I’m a master at baking rocks–latest was a rye soda bread. (Tasty solution is to microwave THIN slices and add tasty butter and low sugar fruit conserve.) But I don’t know how swapping out easy white flour and sugar for alternatives will affect digestion in other ways for you. I know buckwheat is better for blood sugar, so maybe half-and-half with plain flour, and use honey and lots of cinnamon (good for regulating blood sugar apparently, or making the reduction less obvious to the palate.) This is an opportunity, Alison! Yes, you have set a high bar with your yummy cakes, but now think what you can do for the Rock-Standard!

Comment by LynnM 10.09.12 @ 11:43 am

House here has a basement. Kitchen floors are wood covered with vinyl.

I’m not good at catching things, just dropping them. Knocked a Pyrex custard cup out of the cupboard today. My last one.

Luckily it landed on an upturned pot lid sitting on the counter top. The lid is curved so it contained most all the glass.

Your descriptions do make me wish to bake more than I have been doing. Thanks. In addition to the tastes, the smells are wonderful.

Comment by RobinM 10.10.12 @ 11:31 am

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