I'm not much of a cook. I do it, but I don't love it. The Mr. is a good cook, and he likes to do it. (It's a marriage made in heaven!)
When K was a kid, she couldn't boil water. She burned Ramen noodles. Through the years she has become a pretty good cook. These days, she actually likes cooking.
Now, L is a cook. She loves to cook. She uses fresh herbs, owns spring form pans, and actually knows how to use them. If she had her way, she would go back to school-- culinary school this time around.
I bought L this movie for her birthday. We loved it in the theaters. It kind of made me want to learn to cook! Kind of. Now that I think about it, maybe it just made me want to eat!
What I'm going to share with you next would make Julia Child cringe. (It probably makes L cringe a bit, too!) My cousin and her friend shared two recipes for Chocolate Cake in a Coffee Cup.
These recipes are for when you need a little something sweet, but don't want to eat an entire cake. (Or at least shouldn't!) I've tried both recipes. They are both good, though one is a bit healthier than the other. Both are cooked in the microwave. One cooks in under a minute and makes one serving. The other serves two and cooks in just three minutes. It doesn't get much quicker than that.
Recipe #1- Serves 1
Spray a coffee cup with PAM
Then add the following to the cup:
2 TBS. of sugar
1/4 tsp. of baking powder
2 (slightly heaping) tsps. of cocoa powder
a pinch of salt
2 TBS. of milk
1/2 tsp. of vanilla
2 tsp. of oil
2 TBS of flour
Mix well with a fork until there are no lumps. You can stir in a few chocolate chips if you want. Cook in the microwave on High for 60 seconds. You can eat it straight out of the mug, or turn it out onto a plate. You could add a bit of whipped cream, chocolate or carmel syrup.
Recipe #2- Serves 2
Spray your coffee cup with PAM
Add dry ingredients to the mug first:
4 TBS of flour
4 TBS of sugar
2 TBS of cocoa
Then add wet ingredients:
3 TBS of milk
3 TBS of oil
splash of vanilla
Mix well with a fork until you have no lumps. Stir in chocolate chips if you want.
Cook in the microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. (You think it will spill over, but it won't.)
Turn out on a plate and cut in half.
This was my kind of recipe: easy to make, quick to cook, and there is very little clean up-just your mug and a fork!
I don't pretend to be Julia Child or Paula Deen. (There's no butter in this recipe, so my guess is that Paula Deen might not approve either!!) I think a 1st grader could make this recipe!
So from the non-cooking side of the family: thank you, crazy cousin Ree! I'll think of you every time I make this.
And there is your mug full of love this Thursday!