There are things I am good at and things I am simply not. There are things I learn quickly and some things I cannot wrap my mind around. There are things I understand and some things which will never make their way into my brain.
I like to learn and I like it even more when I understand and when I see results.. quickly. I hate giving up and often pretend I would, just to sneak back into whatever the task was.. secretly, when nobody is looking. Then I try.. either until I make it or until I realize that I will most likely die not getting there.
In my first job, after finishing my studies, my supervisor once told me that I am good in grabbing processes. I understand quickly how things work. I only need to see it once. I went through the process of collection making and the next time I was sitting at my desk alone, clicking through several software tools and files, without anybody looking over my shoulder. Obviously, my brain can do its job.
So, work is done for. But then.. the devastating part of the day is just lurking around the corner. The gym. The place where my brain leaves my body, my legs refuse to work with my arms and my body parts simply develop own lives. I watch other girls easily dancing from one side to the other, moving their arms rhythmically, while their legs follow accordingly. And then I am trying to talk sense into my body parts “left arm up, right leg back… no no no.. not right arm back and left leg up!” One hour of trying to coordinate my legs and arms exhausts me more than the actual workout- it’s like watching four little kids destroying your mother in law’s house. Hip swing, jump, arms up, then only one.. at the same time the right leg to the side.. swing around and jump.. don’t forget to gracefully swing your arm like an umbrella.. double hop, single hop.. no not a single hop with both legs.. the left leg is supposed to make a little twist.. and don’t forget to draw a heart with your arms.. you forgot the right leg.. it needs to follow your arm movements. Last song.. Cool down.. breathe…. iiiiiiiiin, ooooooout, iiiii,n oooooouuut.. great! That I can do! 🙂 iiiiinn, oooouuuttt.. and a slow salsa, graceful arms, hip shake, leg lift, circle… Where is the door?
Fine, if my movements don’t want to look flawless, I turn on my oven and try to make something else look graceful.
A few weeks ago I found something very interesting on the internet. The ultimate guide how to make flawless chocolate covered cakes.
There are basically three things you need: a silicone baking pan, your favorite pound cake recipe and choooooooocolate. I wanted to have small cakes, so I got some mini-gugelhupf muffin cups.
- You bake the cake in the silicone pan and let it cool.
- Clean the pan and melt the chocolate. If you want, you can mix some coconut butter/oil, to make it more fluid.
- Pour the melted chocolate into the pan and distribute evenly.
- Put the cake back into the pan and let it cool in the fridge.
- Once you are sure the chocolate is cooled down, you can easily remove the pan and admire the flawless liaison between chocolate and cake.
One more advise: make sure you are using a recipe where the cake keeps it shape and does not shrink. I once used a different recipe and the chocolate would just stay in the molds instead of covering the mini-cakes. For the mini-cakes on the pictures I used this recipe.