International Incident Hotdogs Party

Ah the first International Incident party of the year 2011! And this month we are scrutinizing hot dogs! The all-American food, the ball park staple, the wiener of fast food. Alas I am not a major league fan. If I had to chose between a hamburger and a hot dog, hamburger wins. Also after a less then healthy holiday diet hot dogs was not an inspiration for me, sorry.

But I have learned that lack of inspiration can mean you take an idea and run with it in the complete opposite direction with great success. And that is just what I have done here: a fondant hot dog.

Yes ladies and gents my submission for this month is not a savory version but a sugary tooth-ache-inducing hot dog. I had tones of fun shaping this little wiener in a bun…and with all the fixings. best advice I can give you when playing with fondant is let your imagination run with it.

The tough part was picking a hassle free fondant recipe. And I found a great uncooked fondant recipe here.

Uncooked Fondant Recipe

Ingredients:

1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb sifted powdered sugar

1. In a large mixing bowl, blend the butter, corn syrup, vanilla and salt on medium speed until smooth and well-combined.

2. Add the powdered sugar all at once, and mix on slow speed, gradually increasing speed to medium until well-combined. The mixture should cling together in the bottom of the bowl and be smooth to the touch.

Then play with food coloring!

Veg enough for Raquel

Thanks Jeroxie for another great IIP

International Incident hotdog Party

Hot Dog! It’s a Rat Cake

You spent all week planning a special menu for a great 5 course meal for your dinner guests and you end up personally disappointed with the result. They loved it but for you…meh! I have lived this scenario many times. Then you invite a really close friend for a home cooked birthday meal in the middle of the week…nothing majorly extravagant and OMG it is the best thing you have made in the longest time.

Totally unrelated to the post but is that not just hilarious?

That is also what happened to me this week. Raquel, my adorable, sweet, 11 years younger (bitch), totally Goth, vegetarian, animal loving owner of 2 cute rats, just awesome very close friend came over for her birthday dinner. She knows my cooking and she can vouch for me saying this meal was beyond amazing. She even asked about 3 times if she could move in.

We chatted and snacked over a glass of wine and some left over Black Bean Hummus from a Halloween party I went too. By they way…no one guessed what was my mystery costume! I will tell you now: I was a character from a pop art painting by the 60’s artist Roy Liechtenstein.

Anyways, back to the meal. The appetizer was a Truffled Tomato Tarte Tatin which I already posted about and that was followed by the best veggie tofu curry EVER. I’ll be posting about that soon, did not take pics but I have a pot luck next Saturday and will make that. But the dessert, ah the dessert. I could not wait to see her face when she would see the cake. In my Halloween creepy recipe hunt I came across a cake shaped like a rat…a cute one. And she LLLLOOOVVVEEEESSSS rats. I had to make it.

I found the recipe on a site called Hungry Halloween and the cake is called Longtail. I looks really complicated but really it is super easy to make. And there are only 5 ingredients: oero cookie crumbs, cream cheese, powdered sugar, pink or red food coloring and 2 candies for the eyes. That is it! I did not pictures of the making of the cake so please follow the link above for all the details. They don’t mention it but toothpicks were really handy to make the parts they together. Here is the result….

Needless to say she was completely stunned. I even had trouble convincing her to eat a piece of cake and I had to do the cutting. It was so worth it. I wonder which other animal can be made this way?