Charleston is known for its great climate … well except maybe late Summer which can be a bit warm if you aren’t in or on the water. But every once in a while we get hit by snow. Not a lot as most northern snow storms go but still for us, it’s still snow and we kind of look forward to it. This week, like everyone else in the South, we got hit by one of those storms. However, instead of “the couple inches” of snow we were supposed to get, we got ice, all ice! Jeez, I forgot how miserable ice storms are. It wasn’t as bad as Atlanta or Alabama with folks sleeping in their cars on I-26 or anything but still it shut down the city, lots of power outages and closed all the area bridges for a few days. Here’s a shot of my car before the actual storm hit, just freezing rain and sleet. It was much worse and heavier during the actual storm, but no images of that from me. I stayed warm & dry inside with Tanner …my mom didn’t raise no fool.
A friend recently celebrated a landmark birthday with an Italian dinner. I brought desert, an Italian Cream cake. It’s made with a fat-less Pan Di Spagna cake, which is a bit more dense than the normal American box cake – it’s made with eggs, flour and sugar. That’s it, no fat. Weigh the eggs for the size cake you want to make (4 eggs for 8-10 servings, 6 eggs for 12-14 servings) and match that weight with the flour and sugar. Whisk the eggs and sugar together, sift in the flour, pour into a buttered and floured pan/s and bake for about 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Easy.
Then a liqueur wash with pastry creme slathered between layers and covered, generously, with Chantilly Cream. Dust with cocoa powder and toasted Hazel nuts and done. Manga!
A few images from a couple of Series: ” … at the Barn” & “The Potting Table”. I’ll post a few more later or you can see more of them here at my Tumblr feed. The series were shot with a variety of platforms; cellphone, IPad and normal production cameras – just depending on what I had available at the time. Ciao.
A few cellphone images from a quick trip to Maddison Row, a wedding dress boutique in Charleston …