Adventures in Eating & Cooking
Third post of the day!! Woot! I’m on a roll. Anyways, tonight Ninja-Kitty and I made not one, BUT THREE amazingly awesome cookie cakes!! Despite the fact that the coming week is finals, we just had to make them and it was totally worth it.
So why did we make three awesome cookie cakes? Well, for our awesome Bio lab group of course (including Steff, Jeu, Ninja-Kitty and me!) See, our project for the term was to clone a glowing gene from one bacteria species called V. fischeri into E. coli so they would glow in the dark (like rave/glowsticks!) But the chances of it being successful (which has little to do with good lab technique/skills) is quite low, but whoever got a glowing colony got a cookie cake from the professor. We were the less fortunate ones to not get any glowing colonies… so we were bitter and sad… But hakuna matata!! Because I decided that we deserved some cookie cake, even if we had to make them ourselves, so we did!
So last week I went on a quest to procure a pizza pan, which I easily obtained at Fresh Grocer. (The hard part was carrying all the heavy ingredients back…) And then tonight we got the rest of the ingredients: eggs, butter, raisins, and Cool Whip (I had no idea what this substance was until today…), with special thanks to Ninja-Kitty for making a CVS run.
During her CVS run, I started making the chocolate chip cookie cake from scratch using a simple recipe of sugar, brown sugar, butter, eggs, flour, salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips. (I left out the vanilla extract since I couldn’t find it at the supermarket.) We filled our common kitchen with a delicious nostalgic aroma of baking and the result was quite nice.
When Ninja-Kitty got back, we started making the oatmeal raisin cookie cake since it’s her favorite. This one admittedly was made with a Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix, but we stirred in the raisins. Yes, sadly we cheated… But it’s only because oatmeal raisin requires wayy too many ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. And it was quite difficult to procure for a poor little college student like myself. Still, the mixing was fun and the timing required some of our skill. The end product also turned out quite nice, although it was smaller compared with the chocolate chip since we guestimated that one bag would be enough.
Last but not least was the simple but scrumptious oreo cookie cake! We just took a pack of oreos, mashed them up with spoons, mixed some melted butter in, and spread it onto the pan. Then we put this in the freezer for around 5-10 minutes and voila, it was good to go!
The end products looked great. We had some friends up who were literally staring and trying to restrain themselves as we waited for Steff. In the end, we just started digging in before she showed up. My favorite was my chocolate chip cookie cake from scratch, because I love chocolate. I think it also has to do with the fact that I made that one and took pride in that. After all, food tends to taste better when you know you put in the effort to make it! Most people liked that one a lot, and the oreo cake. The oatmeal raisin seemed less popular, but Resh, who’s very particular about food claimed that to be the best. To be honest, I really enjoyed all of them. This final cooking experiment of the year definitely beat all our other bio labs!