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05 September 2012 @ 09:26 am

Well, I had to do something with the 9 (NINE!) egg yolks left over from the angel food doughnut, so I made some homemade chocolate pudding. It didn’t set up very well (as Ted said, “The thing with pudding is you follow the recipe plus or minus ten minutes of cooking…” and I had been trying to get it done so I /only/ followed the recipe, instead of adding ten minutes of cooking, even though I suspected it was Too Liquidy Still), but it tastes gorgeous. I’m bringing the rest to my family so we don’t eat it all. :)

Know what I cannot find in this country? Baking chocolate. So my pudding is slightly lumpy from using cocoa powder and butter to make my chocolate with. It’s not actually possible that one *can’t* buy baking chocolate here, is it? (Of course it is. Last time I went looking for some, everyone I asked had *no idea* what I was talking about. And Diane Duane, who’s lived here a lot longer than I have, just said “Oh god, a question for the ages,” so…)

I would like to report that this Fitbit thing continues to be quite addictive. Pretty soon here I’m going to start using it to record calories, I can tell. :)

We think we need a new computer, since the old one whose All-Spark died is 4 years old anyway. The question, of course, is whether to get a spiffy all in one touch screen one or a much cheaper tower. Maybe I should do a new Old Races Short Story Project to fund a spiffy one… :)

Sugar Wars, Day One:
Sugar: 1
Catie: 0

- last walker papers story
- pay faith
- find paperwork
- water the orange tree & rebuild the top of its treehouse
- laundry
- fix this #$(*& book

(x-posted from the essential kit)

The Bellinghmanbellinghman on September 5th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
Have you tried under 'cooking chocolate'?

F'rex: http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/search/default.aspx?searchBox=cooking%20chocolate brings up lots of hits, whereas 'baking chocolate' brings up one match.
T. Rev: St. Rev. Dr. Revst_rev on September 5th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
None of the hits there are actually plain unsweetened chocolate, however.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on September 5th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
As in, no sugar in it at all, as opposed to (e.g.) a 72% one?

So what is in 'baking chocolate'? Is it cocoa butter and cocoa mass only? If so, then it may not exist this side of the pond, we having a different balance of ingredients to achieve the same end.
T. Rev: St. Rev. Dr. Revst_rev on September 5th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
Yes, American 'baking chocolate' is chocolate with no sugar, milk, vanilla or anything not obtained from cocoa beans.

Parenthetically, the worst thing about English chocolate is that it's not even made with cocoa butter--it's cocoa suspended in generic 'vegetable fat'. Barbarians.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on September 5th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Some english chocolate, yes. OK, most. And I agree it's shameful, like using 'off' milk in milk chocolate. Thankfully, the chocolate company visible from this desk (if I lean two feet to the right) is making a nice business from making proper chocolates, with dozens of shops around the country and even one in Boston, US.
T. Rev: St. Rev. Dr. Revst_rev on September 5th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
The whole thing about turning the degraded texture of English pseudochocolate--the crumbly, flaky quality from using a fat that doesn't crystallize smoothly--into a selling point is sheer marketing evil.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on September 5th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
I am, of course, making the assumption that English and Irish supermarkets are pretty much the same: that's not entirely true and there are things I won't see in my local Tesco I will see in the Maynooth one (white pudding, for instance). Similarly, Ireland seemed to be a few years behind the UK on the tasty sausage adoption curve the last time I looked. But cooking chocolate is something I'd expect to find any time in the last few decades.
mikaela_lmikaela_l on September 5th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)
Huh. When I make chocolate pudding I use cocoa powder and cornstarch. Of course, I add sugar too but it is much easier to regulate the sweetness :).

Mspiritdance on September 5th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
I've subbed semi-sweet chocolate chips for baker's chocolate in a pinch, but then you're dealing with added sugars and/or milk. Green & Black's has a really good cooking/baking chocolate, but although I first was introduced to it in England, I don't know if you can find it in your area.
debela on September 5th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I use fitbit to record calories and I heart it. Heart.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on September 5th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
sugar always wins...
The Angel of Vengeance: Frog Fairyesmerel on September 5th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
the old one whose All-Spark died

This made me and merlinofchaos giggle madly.
kitmizkit on September 6th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
I'm glad SOMEONE noticed! I thought it was very funny too! :)
The Angel of Vengeanceesmerel on September 6th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
We watched the first season of Transformers Prime with the young miss, so it's quite fresh in my memory =)
Rachie: plottingrachie203 on September 8th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I will perhaps have to add baking chocolate to my chocolate chip care packages. Which reminds me, I'm about due for a post-office trip so I'll put one together. Anything else you could use from this side of the pond?

A) Transformers reference FTW.
B) I support anything that gets me more stories!