Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter, Travel League, Red Lobster, Blackberry Turnaround.

It being Good Friday I take this opportunity of wishing everyone a Happy Easter. We will be cooking a turkey breast on Saturday as well as chomping on Lindt Bunnies on Sunday.

Sweet Chilli ShrimpAs I mentioned on Thursday, we went on our Travel League bowling outing and before went for lunch at the Red Lobster. Normally I am not that keen on that restaurant, but a friend recommended Sweet Chilli Shrimp, it was delicious. Best thing I have ever eaten there. It was fairly spicy and my tongue was tingling pretty well eating it. Matt had the same dish and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. I do like their cheese biscuits too and was very careful to allow myself only one. Just as well as I later found out they were 160 calories a piece. As for the bowling itself, the less said about that, the better. We have one more travel league this season and that’s it til September. We are starting in a different alley next season as no-one is yet quite sure where Waterloo Bowling Lanes (our personal home alley) will be with their new place. They talked about opening it about mid September.

I was glad to see a report that Blackberry’s profits are up again after their latest Blackberryintroduction of smart phones. Being a local company, it is obviously good for the area if we have such a successful company in our midst. Their shares really went down for a while but with a $94 M profit I think things will improve immensely. I wish I were still in the job market with all the computer companies in the area, I would love to be involved. In some ways I envy the younger people of today with the technology opportunities they have.

Carrot Cake is, of course, one of my favourite desserts, so I couldn’t resist posting this. I will NOT be making it myself, I am trying to lose, not gain. In fact M & M’s Meat Shops do a very good frozen carrot cake which I keep in the freezer and allow myself a small piece of once a week. But I would like to try this one. Several years ago I asked someone at work who made a lot of cakes to make one and bring me a small piece, she brought me the whole cake. I tried it and left the rest for my colleagues, hard to do, but…..

Classic Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

Contributed byJodi Elliot
  • SERVINGS:8 to 10
Carrot cake, that 1970s favorite, has a new audience at luxe restaurants like Manhattan's Le Bernardin. At the Urban Farmer in Portland, Oregon, pastry chef Jodi Elliot prepares the ultimate version: moist and not too sweet.carrot-cake
  1. 1 cup pecans (4 ounces)
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup vegetable oil
  8. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  10. 4 large eggs
  11. 2 cups sugar
  12. 1 pound carrots, peeled and coarsely shredded


  1. 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  2. Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter two 9-inch cake pans; line the bottoms with parchment. Butter the paper and flour the pans.
  2. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, until fragrant. Cool and finely chop the pecans.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, buttermilk and vanilla. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar at high speed until pale, 5 minutes. Beat in the liquid ingredients. Beat in the dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in the carrots and pecans. Divide the batter between the pans and bake the cakes for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until springy and golden. Let the cakes cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then unmold the cakes and let cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese at high speed until light, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then the confectioners' sugar; beat at low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Peel off the parchment paper and invert one cake layer onto a plate. Spread with a slightly rounded cup of the frosting. Top with the second cake layer, right side up. Spread the top and sides with the remaining frosting and refrigerate the cake until chilled, about 1 hour. Slice and serve.
Have a great day


  1. Uh-oh! Now you've done it! I LOVE carrot cake... me being a complete cookery looser though, I may just have to pop out to the deli :)

    1. You and me both Laura. Hope the one at the deli is as good.

  2. For that recipe, think it would turn out just as good if I substituted the cream cheese frosting with plain white frosting? Can't do the dairy.

    It's been years since I went to a Red Lobster. Not a lot I can eat there.

    1. Unfortunately its the cream cheese that makes the wonderful flavour of carrot cake icing.

      No I guess not. I don't think they have any Vegan dishes. In fact until recently I had only ever been once, been twice in the last 12 months or so.

  3. It's amazing how fast we are moving forward with technology!

    1. I know, wish I could be around a lot longer to see where it all goes.

  4. ...reading this just prior to dinner, now I'm starving! Looks fantastic, Jo ;)


  5. What a delicious looking cake! I want some now :)

    1. Small problem Sulekkha, you have to make it first.