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A Woman after my own taste!
Elsa Peretti was born in Florence, Italy, the daughter of a well-to-do Roman family. She studied Interior Design in Rome. She moved to New York in the 1960s, where she began to model and then started designing jewelry for a handful of top designers, including Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio di Sant'Angelo and most notably, Tiffany.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I like you so much I wanted to give you a dancing lesson with Mr. James Brown himself.
You will be prepared next time you feel to bust some moves at your local danceteria.
So here are the Boogaloo, Camel Walk, the Mash Potato, the Funky Chicken and the Robot.
If you are bored on the weekend and want to save some money and have something yummy in your lunch bag, why don't you make Banana Chocolate Walnut Cake ? A great way to use very ripe bananas, this easy-to-make cake incorporates everything you love about banana bread and adds a few more favorites—chocolate, walnuts, and cinnamon—for good measure. (It's also much more tender, with a light, moist crumb.)
yield: Makes 8 servings
active time: 30 min
total time: 2 1/2 hrIngredients:
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons, melted and cooled
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
- 2/3 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 (3 1/2- to 4-ounce) bar 70%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup walnuts (3 ounces), toasted , cooled, and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter a 9-inch square cake pan.
Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.
Beat together softened butter (1 stick) and 3/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in eggs 1 at a time until blended. Beat in bananas, yogurt, and vanilla (mixture will look curdled).
With mixer at low speed, add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.
Toss together chocolate, nuts, cinnamon, melted butter, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Spread half of banana batter in cake pan and sprinkle with half of chocolate mixture. Spread remaining batter evenly over filling and sprinkle remaining chocolate mixture on top.
Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack 30 minutes, then turn out onto rack and cool completely, right side up.
Cooks' note: Cake can be made 2 days ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.
The recipe for Banana Chocolate Walnut Cake comes from Gourmet magazine, February 2008, and is posted on Epicurious.
Then I moved to Paris where the French take it to a totally different level.I thought I had died and gone to Tea Heaven when I discovered Mariage Frères, a super-chic Tea Shop in the Marais. The Teas have names irresistible names like Boléro, Thé a L'Opéra, Vanille des Iles, Vanille Impériale, Bouddha Bleu, Thé des Impressionnistes, Sankar Bop, English Breakfast, Ruschka, Libertango, Polo Club, Surabaya, Yuzu Temple, Fall in Love, Gold Himalaya, Marco Polo, Thé du Nil, Russian Star, Sweet Shanghaï, Fuji Yama, Darjeeling Rose Camélia, Darjeeling Princeton,
Darjeeling Master, Thé au Sahara, Earl Grey French Blue,Thé des Maharajahs.....
There are 3 Mariage Frères tea salons in Paris.They have been in business for more than 130 years and sell more than 500 high quality teas over the counter and by mail-order worldwide.
It's about half the price to buy the tea in the bags as it is in the canisters.
The canisters are great, but it's harder on the pocketbook if you are obsessed like I am.
Across the street from the location in Le Marais, there is a second MF tea shop where you can sniff the teas at your leisure. You'll be there for hours!!! And the man in your life will really enjoy it as much as you do.You can also buy bags of tea already packaged on the shelves, as opposed to getting them packaged by the staff from bulk bins at the other locations. It's as self-serve as it gets. Having tea at the salon may seem pricey to some.
A pot of tea costs approximately 8 euros. But each pot provides about 6 cups of tea, so if there are 2 of you, its 4 euro each, for 3 cups of tea each, which is actually a great deal.
Great people watching as well, perfect for brunch, as I said it is pricey, but it is a huge treat.
Maybe also share my favorite salad, the "SNOB SALAD"...