Saturday, May 08, 2010

We'll always have chocolate

The good thing about throwing a casual party on short notice that nobody attends is that you have leftovers. A lot of leftovers. Can you call it a leftover if there was no event? Then it's just the thing, right? Well, we're not going to debate semantics here, although I do love to be the person who corrects everybody else's grammar. Yes, there is a smug English teacher inside of me, dying to catch errors, red pen at the ready. The only problem is that every time I am ready to pounce, I do something dumb like misspell "weird" and then I am hoist on my own petard (which means "fart" or something like that), so now I try to avoid making public corrections of other people's mistakes.


I am pretty sure I have not been shunned by the other women in my neighborhood. One of them had called to say she couldn't make it. The other had come by beforehand with a bottle of wine and said she would be late because she had another event. I guess her thing ran longer than she thought it would.

I saw another tonight as I walked to church and she was as friendly as could be - she didn't run inside the house in an attempt to hide as I might or do the fake friendly thing they do in the south when they really hate your guts. I think everyone was just busy and it was just short notice, which I knew might be the case but I thought well heck, I'll give it a try because you never know.

But the good part: now we have a ton of zucchini bread and brownies.

The really good part?

Brownies do not freeze well.

By that I mean that yes, you can freeze them, but they do not freeze hard because of their high fat content. Even mix brownies, which are not bad, so don't be acting all superior like you never make mix brownies, have enough fat with their one-third cup of cooking oil per recipe not to freeze all the way through.

What does this mean?

It means that when you decide the next morning, after you have put all the "leftovers" in the freezer, that you absolutely have to have some chocolate for reasons I shall leave to your imagination but you women know what I am talking about, it is not difficult at all to chisel out a "few" bites with a knife. You don't even have to wait for them to thaw. They are delightfully chewy just as they are.

SH puts his in a bowl and thaws it in the microwave, but then, he is way too fussy about these things.


Gary said...

It's not "... then I am hoist on my own petard", but rather one would say "... then I am HOISTED on my own petard". Just saying.

I remember about 5 years ago having an email debate with some co-workers about what exactly a "petard" was. I like your definition better.

Class factotum said...

Actually, Gary, the quotation is from Hamlet and it is thus:

Let it work;
For 'tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an't shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.

Class factotum said...

That is, you're wrong. That is, the engineer is hoist on his own petard.

Class factotum said...

"Peto" is "fart" in Spanish.

Tam said...

CF, "pedo" is fart in Spanish

Class factotum said...

Thanks, Tam. I knew it was something like that.