We went out yesterday and finally got all the remaining ingredients/supplies for tonight’s dinner.  I was actually pretty excited about this one, as it would include a dessert, and that’s definitely something I struggle with- I’m totally not a baker!

Anyway, when the kids were down for naps, I decided to start in on the cake I had planned.  Now, for some weird reason, I get emails from Zabar’s- that’s weird bc I’ve never gone to a Zabar’s (they’re only in New York, right?), and I’ve never shopped online from there.  How they have my email, I’ll never know.  I usually skim/toss the emails.  But, this last one had a recipe for Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake, which really caught me- honey cake?  (Oh, and forget the part about Rosh Hashanah!)  What’s that?  After skimming the ingredients, it sounded super-good, and also gave me a good reason to buy a bundt pan- something I’d wanted to buy for awhile (bc I’m weird).

Anyway, there were a lot of “fun” ingredients in this cake- and about a whole cup of everything, too!  A cup of honey, a cup of coffee, a cup of sugar…delicious!

So, I was just about ready to pour the batter into the pan when I realized that I had forgotten to buy parchment paper.  Never used it before, so I didn’t think it’d be a big deal.  I mean, I was already going to oil the pan, why did I have to use parchment paper, too?  I mentally prepared myself for a bit of sticking when it came time to pull the cake out, and left it at that.

Oh, the batter smells soooo good!

Now, to wait- watched this week’s “Mad Men” on-demand while I waited!

After about 40 minutes, I pulled the cake out- mine seemed to cook much faster than the recipe said.  Anyway, I left it on the counter about about 10 or so minutes before trying to get it out of the pan.  Maybe I should have waited longer, maybe it was too hot, maybe I should have actually used parchment paper.  There are a lot of things that may have happened to bring us to this result:


Come on…

On the up-side though, the bottom looks amazing, and that’s how I served it- bottoms up!

The recipe said that you could use a bundt pan or tube pan- I’m guessing that this would be the top if you used a tube pan.  It’s so pretty!  But, w/a patterned bundt pan, this was the bottom, so…whatever.  I’m sooo not a baker!

Anyway, despite it’s questionable appearance, the kids seemed pretty into it:

Loving their cake- please ignore the makeup on her face, that's a whole 'nother story!

So, there you have it- my failed attempt at a dessert! 🙂


Now, on to something I’m a bit better at- dinners!

This is a recipe from Amanda, and one that I was a bit scared of!  Not that I thought it’d be bad or anything, but bc…I’ve never wrapped anything, meat, before!  (My confessions, so dumb).

Anyway, here’s her recipe:

Sounded easy and good- perfect!

I split the chicken breast so I had a thin piece, added on the spinach leaves and a bit of goat cheese, and pinned it up w/a long skewer.  I baked mine for about 25 mins at 350˚, and it came out beautifully!  I served it w/steamed carrots and mashed potatoes:

This was a great recipe, and one that E really liked.  He even said that the flavors of the cheese, spinach, and chicken really “complimented” each other.  Yay! 😉

Thanks for the recipe, Amanda!