Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Melanoma, Apples, Pain in the Neck,

New skin cancer genes have been discovered in two different researches, one in Australia and one in the UK. You should read this, particularly if you are fair skinned caucasian. I was unaware that melanomas were more prevalent in fair skinned people. Maybe that’s why nature made races from high sun areas with black or brown skins so that they were less likely to have problems.

I just ate an apple (Golden Delicious), I really don’t Applesmuch like apples, some of the apples I could get in the UK – Cox’s Orange Pippin comes to mind – I quite enjoyed, but basically, apples leave me cold. As for putting them in a pie or making an apple crumble, no thanks very much. Especially as in North America what I call cooking apples (Bramley’s) are not available with the result that pies and crumbles are way too sweet for me. If I made an apple pie in the UK, I never put sugar in it anyway. Why did I just eat an apple you may ask, ‘cos they’re good for me. Of course, not having lived in the UK for a very long time, there may be all kinds of newer apples I know nothing about. I don’t know as much about English apples as Matt does anyway. Probably a sign of his mis-spent youth scrumping. Forgot, I certainly do not like cider. Yuk.

When we were in NC last month, we visited a friend Neck Bracewho was wearing a neck brace due to various operations she had had. I just thought “oh she’s wearing a brace” and that was it. My doctor has now recommended that I wear one for several hours a day to help with my spine problems from falling a while back. What a bloody pain. I am not convinced its doing anything anyway, but I only got it yesterday. If I wasn’t a touch typist I wouldn’t be able to type at all, even so its difficult.

Had a bit of a problem with the dash panel under the driver’s side of the dash, it kept falling down. Matt took it to a garage which used to be a GM dealer although now it is apparently Mitsubishi. They fixed the problem and then added a FREE complimentary hand wash before giving him back the car. Now that’s pretty incredible.

If its got chocolate in it, its got to be good, right?

Chocolate Tartlets with Butter-Orange Cookie Crust

Makes 8

Cocolate Tip: When melting the chocolate, be sure to set the metal mixing bowl firmly on the lip of the saucepan so no steam escapes but without resting the bowl in the water. Do not allow any of the steam to touch the chocolate when removing the bowl as water will make the chocolate seize.


For the Crust:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Filling:
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Blend all ingredients in a food processor just until dough forms. Transfer dough to work surface. Gather dough into ball. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Press 1 dough piece over bottom and up sides of each of eight 4 3/4 inch tartlet pans with 3/4-inch-high sides and removable bottoms, forming 1/4-inch-thick crusts. Pierce crusts with fork. Refrigerate until firm. Bake until crusts are pale golden, about 18 minutes. Cool in pans on rack.

Stir chocolate and butter in large wide metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Using electric stand mixer and whisk attachment, beat sugar, eggs, yolks, Grand Marnier, orange peel and salt in large bowl until very thick ribbon falls when whisk attachment is lifted, about 8 minutes. Sift flour over egg mixture, then fold in. Fold egg mixture into cooled chocolate mixture. Transfer batter to prepared crusts, dividing equally.

Can be made 1 week ahead. Freeze 1 hour. Cover and keep frozen.
Arrange tartlets on baking sheet. Bake until filling puffs and begins to crack, about 15 minutes for room temperature tartlets and 25 minutes for frozen tartlets. Place tartlets on plates and serve.

Recipe created exclusively for by Rochelle Palermo, Food Editor at

Nutrition Information
Makes 8 - Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 814
Fat. Total: 51g
Carbohydrates, Total: 87gCholesterol: 306mg
Sodium: 343mg
Protein: 9g
Fiber: 1g
% Cal. from Fat: 56%
Fat, Saturated: 0g

Have a great day


  1. Oh dear, I love apples and enjoy an occasional glass of sweet cider. Diff'rent strokes...

    The skin cancer thing is interesting. Here in Oz we have the highest rate in the world because historically we've been an outdoor-oriented society. But with my fair English skin I never could get a tan, though it wasn't for want of trying. I'm paying for it now though - just had a keratosis patch burnt off the other day so it's something I have to watch out for.

    Gee, I'm sorry about your neck. I hope it does help to wear the beastly collar.

  2. Actually I am finding the collar more trouble than its worth, but I am persevering.

    Sorry about your skin problems, guess I was dark enough to get away with it although Matt had skin cancer on his lower lip several years ago. It was excised and so far has been OK.