Monday, March 19, 2007

Strawberry and cream in chocolate cups, and a friend's birthday

I spent this past weekend up at , east of L.A. in the San Bernadino Mountains. I have a friend who had a birthday, and she decided to celebrate it by getting out of town with a few friends. One of her friends has a beautiful log home which, with the aid of a few air matresses and enough wine, managed to accommodate 8 of us.

The smell of hot pine needles during the day, and the night so still you could practically hear the stars crackling overhead, created an instant sense of peace. Only one night away from home, and I come back relaxed...less worried about "gotta", "shouldda", and all the rest of the self-inflicted pressures.

I did not make any of the meals. I just enjoyed what everyone else created or brought. And we spent most of our time, it seemed, eating. And drinking wine. And eating some more. And going for a small hike in order to eat some more.

One friend made a wonderful lunch of chicken, snow peas, scallions, onions and garlic with oyster sauce with a kind of Phillipine noodle, (which, after a few glasses of wine, I forgot to photograph). But I somehow managed to take this shot of the dessert.

The chocolate cups were purchased. I cut up the strawberries. She mixed cream cheese, whipping cream, sour cream and sugar together, added some Baileys Irish and spooned the mixture over the top. The proportions? I'm still waiting for them.

That's what I mean about "shouldda". After a weekend in the country, it doesn't really matter. I would still make this, even without knowing the proportions. After all, my taste buds have never failed to discern the so-so from the divine.

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Anonymous said...

Wow!! Everything sounds so wonderful. The strawberry and chocolate cupcakes look awesome too!!I am just getting a lil nostalgic, missing my friends!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Toni, you just proved that something delicious and beautiful can be made with store-bought things.
The chocolate cups sound great, I think I'd have a problem not eating them all before putting the dessert together. :D

Toni said...

Thanks, Dave!

Patricia - The good part about these is that you can keep refilling them with more strawberries and cream until you're ready to eat the chocolate cup!

Anonymous said...

What a great weekend! Good friends, good food, good times!

I bet those chocolate cups aren't that difficult to make...hmmm (thoughts a'brewin')

Toni said...

Chris - Just in case you decide to make them, they were dark chocolate - my fave!

Freya said...

Looks (and sounds) great!

Toni said...

Thanks, Freya and Paul!

Anonymous said...

Those chocolate cups and the filling sound amazing!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great weekend allright.

I agree with Patricia's comment. Good tasting food can come from all sorts of sources.