Writing From Factor X

July 8, 2011

Open Thread Friday

Filed under: Open Thread — Sciatrix @ 7:28 am

It’s Open Thread Friday again, so feel free to discuss anything in the comments!

What’s your favorite dessert?

Myself, I’m most fond of brownies. Cake is nice, but there’s something about a nice fudgy brownie that’s impossible to beat.


  1. I had the most amazing brownies last week. I really must steal that recipe.

    (also, completely off-topic, I saw some triangular jewellery in Topshop men’s section today in a choice of black or silver. It’s not my style, but it could be good subtle ace swag for any UK aces)

    Comment by slightlymetaphysical — July 8, 2011 @ 10:35 am | Reply

    • What was in them? I confess, most of the time when I make brownies I do it out of a box. The last time I tried making them from scratch I tried to make this ambitious brownies-with-mint-flavored-paste over the top thing, and the brownies didn’t get mixed all the way because I was using an unfamiliar mixing bowl. And then my father forgot to buy me creme de menthe for the mint paste until the last minute on Christmas Eve and of course no one was selling it, so I had to substitute peppermint oil, and I may have miscalculated a bit. (I couldn’t buy my own creme de menthe because of the whole underage thing, or I would have had it a week beforehand ready and waiting. *mutters*)

      The whole thing was a bit of a fiasco, really.

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 8, 2011 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  2. I have to pick just one? :.(
    I like all kinds of cake, other bakings, peppermint-chocolate-chip icecream, creme brulee,etc.

    I found out that one of the stores I shop at sometimes has these:

    None of it is my style except maybe the last one (I could think of stuff to do with it, anyway). But it might be nice for some Dutch aces (and the rest of the world if they’re willing to dish up the postage and packing costs and possible taxes).

    Comment by Norah — July 8, 2011 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  3. Chocolate chip cookies, my grandma’s way. It’s a Southern Living recipe with a cup of shredded coconut if you want it chewy, and two cups of Rice Krispies if you want it crunchy. But recently a friend turned me onto a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that I really want to try out, if I can find pumpkin at this time of year.

    Something really easy that I tried recently is also an instant pudding pie. You mix up two small packages of instant pudding with half a tub of whip cream, pour it into a pre-made graham cracker crust, put the rest of the whip cream on top, and then freeze it. (It said refrigerate… but mine was way too soft when I did that. It did better in the freezer.)

    Comment by ace eccentric — July 8, 2011 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

    • Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are delicious. I’m really a big fan of pumpkin in general, and tend to make pumpkin bread whenever someone says they want a baked good out of me. I bet I could put chocolate chips in my pumpkin bread batter and do pumpkin chocolate chip muffins…. mmmm.

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 8, 2011 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

    • My mom does that, except with jello instead of pudding (and all the cool whip mixed in). I’m not entirely sure how the jello gets dissolved first. (And I don’t eat them, because she uses sugar free jello, which just tastes like horrible chemicals to me.)

      Comment by Shiyiya — July 9, 2011 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  4. It is… hard to say, but I’ve lately been really craving German strawberry cake – strawberries on a flan base and the whole thing coated in gelatine, maybe with some sort of cream or quark thing below the strawberries. It’s got to the point where I am trying to make this on my own, since you can buy ready-made flan bases, even though I have no clue how to use gelatine other than that it is complicated and difficult. :/

    I also have an amazing homemade cheesecake recipe. šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ Alternatively, I am very very fond of tiramisu and of apple crumble.

    Comment by Kaz — July 8, 2011 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

    • Ooooooooh, strawberries are always good! So is cheesecake. I have to say, I’m not a fan of tiramisu–I used to try it when I was still eating in my university’s dining halls because it always looked so interesting and tasty, and then I would run up against my hatred of coffee and have to resort to shoving it around on my plate.

      (I take forever to learn that I should maybe stop trying to eat things I don’t like, especially if they’re pretty or I think they’re a neat idea. The same thing happened when I tried the pumpkin-flavored ice cream.)

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 8, 2011 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

      • Tiramisu is literally the only thing I like coffee in, so I hear you on that one! >> Somehow it’s mild enough there that I still like it, but anything else and I go blech.

        Also, thinking about this makes me realise that – heresy of heresies – I don’t actually like chocolate very much in desserts. I mean, I like chocolate, a lot, and I like dessert! But for instance chocolate ice cream is one of the only flavours of ice cream I like, and I’ll generally go for most other cakes over the chocolate cake, etc. etc. etc… a little chocolate over the top or something, that’s fine, but as soon as it starts being a main ingredient I generally go “thanks, but I’ll be over here with the strawberry Obstkuchen, the tiramisu and the cheesecake.” Considering I have a whole jaw full of sweet teeth this is WEIRD.

        (ha, I have the opposite issue – if I assume I’m not going to like something based on looks or assumed texture it takes me forever to actually try it to check. Have had some surprises “wait, I *like* this?” via this!)

        Comment by Kaz — July 9, 2011 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

        • I do not get coffee love. It always, always, always tastes unpleasant to me, no matter what form I try it in and no matter how much deliciousness I pile on top of it. The dining halls I ate in for two years had a coffee bar and it cost me nothing to try things there, so I have tried a variety of things including iced coffees and drinks with a ton of sweetener in. It’s all still blech. Eventually I gave up and just started ordering hot chocolates with caramel sauce in them.

          I mentioned downthread that my family tends to divvy people into sweetened-fruit people and chocolate people–perhaps you’re the former? I’m much more on the chocolate side, but my mother goes for the fruit before anything else, for example.

          (Sometimes I train myself to like them! I learnt to like shrimp cocktail that way–trying it to see if I liked it now every Christmas Eve gave me a taste for the stuff, and now I’m quite willing to spread cocktail sauce on bread and eat it.)

          Comment by Sciatrix — July 9, 2011 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

      • Although I should disclaim my favourite kind of ice cream is stracciatella, which is sort of like chocolate chip except not really. >>

        Comment by Kaz — July 9, 2011 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  5. I am also quite unable to pick just one. Best kind of ice cream is chocolate-chocolate chip. I don’t like to contaminate chocolate with too many other things.

    Comment by anonymous — July 8, 2011 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

    • Chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream is indeed delicious! You can’t beat chocolate.

      (My family has a theory that people tend to be either sweetened-fruit-dessert people or chocolate dessert people, and I am definitely more of a chocolate person.)

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 9, 2011 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

      • I am also a chocolate person! šŸ™‚ I’m not too big on fruit of any kind, sweetened or unsweetened.

        Comment by anonymous — July 9, 2011 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  6. I don’t often eat desserts – my family doesn’t serve them with meals, so I grew up with them as a once in a while treat, and that’s as often as I tend to want them – but the pomegranate ice cream I had in the Lake District last June is way up there. (Also in ice cream: Coldstone’s sweet cream ice cream, and Tilamook’s marionberry pie ice cream, which has gorgeous flaky chunk of pie crust in it as well as berries.) And cheesecake. I love me some cheesecake. I also had a really delicious properly tart not adulterated with strawberries rhubarb pie at Easter that I think my grandma bought. Mmm, rhubarb.

    My favourite cookies are Calumet cookies, made from the stained old recipe card I believe my mother got from her mother. They’re basically a sort of soft sugar cookie with lemon extract and nutmeg? They’re better than that sounds. I love them dearly. Damnit, now I’m thinking about how they smell and how delicious they are and how much I want some.

    (Also good in cookies are my dad’s survival cookies, which cannot compare but are also delicious. They have oatmeal and applesauce and shredded carrot (for structural integrity) and dried cranberries and chocolate chips and you could practically live off them, which is why they’re called survival cookies.)

    Oh, and tapioca pudding. Tapioca pudding (I keep tying puddling) is the shit.

    (I don’t *eat* them much, but I *like* lots of them. šŸ˜› )

    Comment by Shiyiya — July 9, 2011 @ 1:05 am | Reply

    • Actually, those cookies sound really really good. I keep meaning to bake lemon sugar cookies some time–maybe after I either exhaust my current cookie supply (peanut-butter-oatmeal-M&M ones) or get around to moving. Also, the survival cookies sound delicious, too, except for maybe the cranberries.

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 9, 2011 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

      • http://leaperfood.blogspot.com/2009/07/calumet-cookies.html The recipe for calumets, if you’re interested šŸ™‚ There isn’t really one for survival cookies because my dad looks at the recipe for oatmeal cookies inside the lid of the tubs of quaker oatmeal and then goes off into his own thing and is… hard to replicate šŸ˜›

        You don’t like cranberries? šŸ˜®

        Comment by Shiyiya — July 9, 2011 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

        • Yesssssss, recipes!

          I don’t, as it happens. I’m not much of a berry person in general, with the exception of strawberries and things that are flavored with blueberries without actually being blueberries. (I hate blueberry texture.) I am also not that fond of a lot of varieties of nuts.

          Comment by Sciatrix — July 9, 2011 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

          • Blech, nuts. I cannot stand the texture of most nuts. And then people put them in like, ALL THE COOKIES, and I’m like >:|

            Come to think of it, are cranberries actually even berries? Not that it’s relevant, but now I’m curious. *googles* No, wikipedia, I am not interested in some irish rock band called “The Cranberries”. (They are berries! Whatever the hell the definition of a berry is.)

            I think part of my thing with dried cranberries is that I just really like dried fruit. (And dried meat, really. Love me some beef jerky, nom.) Dried cranberries! Dried pineapple! Dried apples! Dried apricots! Dried doesn’t look like a word anymore! Prunes!

            Comment by Shiyiya — July 9, 2011 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

            • Also all the brownies! And half the sundaes! And you have to wave your hands and go “NO THANK YOU NO NUTS FOR ME!” which is a giant pain to deal with, especially since the nuts I do like are never the kind that go into desserts. I will say that chestnuts are fantastic and the most fun ever to eat, especially if you actually roast them over the stove instead of microwaving them like a lazy person.

              Isn’t the definition of a berry that it be the enlarged sweetened ovary of the plant? But then how does that differ from fruit more generally? I don’t even know. My knowledge of botany is sadly full of holes and prone to second guessing. (Once I had a fairly loud existential crisis about whether ferns counted as plants in the middle of an evolutionary biology class. I’m still a bit embarrassed about that one.)

              I love jerky. It’s so chewy! And it takes a while to gnaw into submission! I am not so fond of dried fruit but I suspect I’d like candied versions of fruit in small quantities. I’ve had candied pineapple once or twice and that was pretty tasty, even if I had to nibble it because otherwise it was way too sweet. Ordinarily “too sweet” is not a problem for me–I will happily eat sugar cubes straight out of the pantry–so I don’t know what was up with that.

              Comment by Sciatrix — July 9, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

              • It is SO DISAPPOINTING when you take a bite of a brownie or something and it’s like SURPRISE! NUTS! I like cashews on their own, but apparently they’re super expensive? Or something, but they’re never in things. Just, like, walnuts. Fuck walnuts.

                I have no idea. I have the vague notion that things are fruits instead of vegetables when you can see the seeds, and that’s about it. And I’m not really sure that’s right. Crisis about ferns because they do like spores instead of seeds? I live in the desert so I do not have terribly much experience with ferns.

                The one time I got to go to a renaissance fair I got this glorious like, square foot of really thin tough jerky. It was awesome. (Speaking of jerky, I went to a home show with my grandma a few years ago, and there was this guy with like fifty kinds of jerkys with special flavourings and made with like, venison and bison and shit, and I got beef jerky with dill, and it was AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS.)

                Mostly I have problems with too sweet when it’s chocolate. For some reason chocolate things seem way sweeter than the same thing in not chocolate, and the OMGSWEET effect from the chocolate tends to make me feel kind of ill. (I do not eat chocolate ice cream. Ever. And I can only eat like, two square inches of brownie before getting overwhelmed by sugar. But I can eat dried marshmallows – my mom leaves the bags lying open in the cupboards for months so they dry out and go all leathery and awesome – by the handfuls and be fine. It’s weird. Though I don’t particularly like plain un-dried un-toasted marshmallows, they’re kind of boring. Unless they’re melting into hot chocolate.)


                Comment by Shiyiya — July 9, 2011 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

                • Aye, nuts in brownies falls under my definition of “contamination,” above. I don’t even like them on their own.

                  Comment by anonymous — July 9, 2011 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

                • Well, I’d confused them with kelp! Because kelp actually isn’t a plant, technically (nor are most seaweeds), it’s a kind of algae.

                  I envy you your jerky experiences like you wouldn’t believe. I waaaaaaant some.

                  Oh my gosh, someone else who enjoys stale marshmallows! I have a bag deliberately staling as we speak. Do you enjoy stale Twizzlers, too? Chewy things are the best things.

                  Comment by Sciatrix — July 10, 2011 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

                  • My dad is always annoyed with me after we go to costco because I tend to eat half the bags of beef jerky fairly quickly šŸ˜›

                    Stale marshmallows are the bessssst. I am not sure I’ve ever had a stale Twizzler – twizzlers are the ones that look sort of like red liquorice? I was confused for a minute because I was thinking of Twix (I always mix up Twizzlers and Twix for some reason) and wondering how they could go stale. (I haaaate liquorice gag barf. But I love Red Vines, because they are not actually liquorice, and my mom used to buy them in hueg tubs and nom.)

                    Comment by Shiyiya — July 10, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  7. This entire thread is basically asexy erotica. Just saying.

    Comment by Aydan — July 10, 2011 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

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