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You Don’t Always Get What You Want, And Sometimes You Get Burpy Cucumbers

There are sentences I hope to say in this life.

[To a friend]  I had a mysterious benefactor who left me a farmhouse in Vermont.

[To an accountant]  Then Scott invented this iPhone app and it kind of took off.

[To a customer at my own café]  One cheese plate and a slice of cherry pie, coming right up.

Then there are the sentences that actually left my mouth this week.

[To the plumber]  $150 just to fish out a travel bottle of shampoo?  Can’t you get it out of there without removing the entire toilet bowl?

[To Scott]  Say I was heating up some tea and light started shooting out of the back of the microwave.  Do you think I’m okay?  [pause] What do you mean, “prrrrrrrobably”?

[To the waitress at a Vietnamese restaurant]  I’ll have the pho ga, please, and three spring rolls, thanks, and OH MY GOD I FORGOT TO PUT A CHECK IN THE ENVELOPE WITH MY TAX RETURN.

[To the lady at the garden store]  So you’re saying that you sell a “burpless cucumber” plant but I just bought a bunch of the burpy kind?  [sigh]  That sounds about right.

[To the radiologist]  I hate to do this to you, but the doctor sent me over here for an x-ray of my foot.  [pause]  No, I’m not pregnant, but I might have been. . . microwaved earlier today.

I’m not even kidding right now.

We don’t know what’s wrong with my foot yet.  I probably sprained it in my rush to get to the post office with my taxes (for the second time).  And we’re not even going to talk about the 3-hour plumbing fiesta.

Ever.

But I am proud to announce the inadvertent official launch of Burp Fest 2012.

Burpy cucumbers. I need these like I need to drop a shoe down my other toilet.

And the arrival of some mandarin oranges.

Which I made into a mandarin orange pudding cake.

Which was perfect–thank goodness, because I was about to lose it.

This cake separates while it bakes, so the bottom is creamy like a pudding and top is light and fluffy like a soufflé.

It’s a cake you spoon out, not one that looks pretty on a platter.  I just thought you should know.  Maybe you invented an iPhone app and got rich and you’re all fancy with your cakes now.

If that’s the case, email me–I have some cucumbers I can sell you.

Mandarin Orange Pudding Cake {Download & Print Recipe}

A variation on the Lemon Pudding Cake in The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook, with directions reworded a little by me.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. grated mandarin orange zest (from about 6 small mandarin oranges)

2/3 c. + 1 tbsp. sugar

1/4 c. flour

1 c. milk

1/4 c. mandarin orange juice (from some of the mandarin oranges you zested)

2 tbsp. lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)

1/4 c. cream

3 tbsp. butter, melted and then cooled

3 eggs, separated

1/4 tsp. salt

whipped cream, fresh mandarin oranges or other fruit, and mint for serving (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter an 8 x 8 square pan and find a larger pan big enough for the square pan to sit in.  Bring a kettle of water up to boil, or boil water in a pot (about half the water you’d use for a pound of pasta).

In the meantime, combine the mandarin orange zest and 2/3 c. of the sugar.  Using the back of a spoon, smoosh the zest into the sugar.  Whisk in the flour, milk, mandarin orange juice, lemon juice, cream, melted butter and egg yolks until smooth.

In a different bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until they’re foamy.  Add the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.  Beat on high speed until soft peaks form.

Gently fold the egg whites into the mandarin orange mixture by placing the egg whites in the mandarin orange bowl and repeatedly scooping the mixture over the egg whites.

Pour the mixture into the square pan.  Put the square pan in the larger pan.  Put the whole thing on a pulled-out oven rack.  Pour the boiling water into the larger pan until it’s halfway up the sides, being careful not to spill water into the cake.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and set (the toothpick method won’t tell you if this cake is done).

Carefully remove the cake from the oven.  (I slowly removed the square pan containing the cake from the larger pan, because the boiling water started to slop and I didn’t want to burn myself.)

Let cool a little on a rack, but spoon the cake out and serve when it’s still warm.  Don’t try to invert the pan and remove the cake, because it won’t work.

Notes:

Regular oranges can also be used.

Lemon cake variation: The original recipe calls for 1 tbsp. lemon zest and 1/3 c. lemon juice.  This can be substituted for the mandarin orange zest, mandarin orange juice, and the lemon juice listed here.  You can make it a Meyer lemon cake by using Meyer lemons instead.

~~~

Thunder seems to realize that this week is a wash, and we should just let it go and try again on Monday.

I’m with her.

Up until the whole “so let’s all eat leaves” thing.

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  1. Hope your foot gets better.
    And man, that is a perfect summer dessert, looks deeeelish!

    April 19, 2012
    • Hey Bryan, thanks. Yeah, if I could have your maple walnut turnovers for breakfast and this citrusy cake for dessert, I’d count it a good day indeed.

      April 19, 2012
  2. Hi Katherine- This looks like a yummy new recipe to try. Can never get enough citrus. Having only gardened in the northwest, I’m always amazed to see cucs and squash germinating right in the open ground. Love those new little guys bursting out.
    You have a skill at turning your sorrows into great humor. I’m liking the blue background and candle too. cheers wendy

    April 19, 2012
    • Wendy, I got a few squashes too and if they fail I’m going to feel really dumb. Everyone tells me they produce so much squash that you want to scream. And if mine produce NONE, I too am going to scream.

      I love that background, too! It’s the table I painted last weekend. We’re going to a neighborhood garage sale this weekend and I hope there are cheap chairs and whatnot there, because I can’t get enough of painting furniture bright colors these days. Have a good weekend!

      April 19, 2012
  3. Thunder and I seem to be on the same butt page today. Hers, hanging off a chair; mine, hanging off a snooze bucket. Maybe we’re on to something… Not as good as an iAPP mind you, but something good nonetheless.

    Roodles, Stuart

    April 19, 2012
    • Snoozin’ and treats. . . treats and snoozin’. It’s a good life, Stuart.

      April 19, 2012
  4. sarah #

    My mom always told me that burpee cucumbers are offset by soaking them in vinegar water instead of just water. I think they are also better for canning, you know, in case you feel like making refrigerator pickles, or sweet dill spears, or straight up dills.
    Keep your head up.
    I’m guessing you aren’t the demographic that plumber is used to digging stuff out of toilets for. In other words you just became a really great story for him to tell.

    See there was a lot of positive there.

    April 19, 2012
    • Sarah, thaks for the pickle info– that’s helpful. I did some research this morning and saw that burpee cucumbers were better for canning. I met an amazing woman through my chicken research (Ginger) who is going to let me watch her can this summer. I have a hot water immersion canning set that I don’t know how to use yet, but I need the pressure canning system (or whatever) to pickle things, so Ginger’s going to show me hers. It should be fun. But anyway, I didn’t know that cucumbers made you burp! I guess I never noticed. (I am very ladylike over here, you know.)

      HA.

      April 19, 2012
      • sarah #

        Refrigerator pickles don’t have to be pressured. You just make them up and keep them in the fridge. They don’t have the shelf life of traditional canned pickles. We always make some each way, thay way you save your canned pickles for the winter and have your refrigerator pickles for your summer eating. Some people put onions, or peppers or even green tomatoes in their fridge pickles, but those people are doing it wrong ;). What kind of squash did you plant? I always have an adundace of zucchini but my yellow squash don’t alway fare as well. I promised the kids I would plant watermelon this year and I am not feeling optimistic about that.
        I bet if you had a chicken, say one named Louise, she would love cumcumber peels.

        April 20, 2012
  5. Oh dear… we’ve all had weeks like that. Good luck and let us know how your cucumbers turn out.

    I hope you turn this blog into a book someday because it is just a straight hit of awesome.

    April 19, 2012
    • Dr. Alice, your (way too kind) comment reminds me that one of my dream sentences would be about having my own book. Also, maybe a pool. Then we could have pool parties and everyone would be invited. We’d have to get Thunder a life vest since I’m not sure she can swim. . .

      April 19, 2012
  6. What. The Hell. Is a burpy cucumber? I have never in my entire life heard of such a thing. The Queen eats cucumber sandwiches, you know. I think suggesting that she burps might be treason. Not for you, right enough, you’re safe. I’m gonna have to watch my back.

    April 19, 2012
    • This cracks me up. Apparently, cucumbers make everyone but the Queen burp. I had no idea. So mankind invented a burpless cucumber that has a thinner skin or something, and no seeds, maybe? Apparently, it contains less “cucurbitacin, the compound that causes bitterness and increases one’s susceptibility to ‘burping’ after eating the fruits.” I’m sure the Queen’s all over this. She knows what’s up.

      I, however, got the full-on burp kind. Typical.

      April 19, 2012
      • I happen to know that while the queen eats cucumber sandwiches, they do not agree with Prince Chuck for that very reason. Funnily enough, I was in Brunei when it got independence from Great Britain (1984, I was visiting my father who lived there – that’s the short story) and cucumber sandwiches were definitely OFF the menu because Chuck was there to represent.

        You will probably be fine.

        P.S. My Boxer, Beso, loves cucumbers. He’s good too.

        April 19, 2012
      • I hate to add this, but I have read that “burpless” cucumbers were named such because it was a more socially acceptable way of saying “fartless.” Long story short, they may give people gas.

        April 19, 2012
        • OMG I should just rip this plant out of the ground right now.

          April 19, 2012
        • These comments are both enlightening! Poor old Chuck, he’s missing out. Based on Dr Alice’s comment, an even better name for them would be whizzpopless cucumbers. No?

          April 19, 2012
          • YES. I can see whizzpopless cucumbers becoming a huge fad at fancy restaurants in New York, London, Paris, Milan. . . .

            April 25, 2012
  7. Oh dear! Sorry your week isn’t so hot. But you have cake, with whip cream, which makes anything (and everything) better. I still smile at Thunder, she’s too cute!

    April 19, 2012
    • So true! I’m going to try it again this weekend with freeze-dried raspberries in the batter. . . doesn’t that sound delicious?!

      April 19, 2012
  8. Hmm…did I mix you up once with another blogger who has a bulldog? If so, I sincerely apologise. Thunder is not Wonderbutt… sorry! Anyhow, I love the things you had to say, especially the ‘might have been microwaved’ comment! I hope you got more than a blank stare for that one. Sorry I don’t comment much on your recipes – we’re a pair of picky eaters on low-carb – but if I ever get to your part of the world I will go out of my way visit you and order cheese and cherry pie! What a great combination… Drool…

    April 19, 2012
    • Hi hi there! Not sure, but I don’t mind either way. I hope there are LOADS of people out there will bulldogs because the one I have here is pretty awesome. Anyway, we’d LOVE to have you for cheese plates and cherry pie!

      I should make more low-carb recipes– I typically eat healthy lunches and only blog about the rich dinners that Scott likes, and the cakes and cookies that I enjoy. I’ll be on the look-out for different sorts of recipes to diversify it a bit. Cheers!

      April 19, 2012
  9. Amy #

    I’ve never heard of a burpless cuke, but you learn something new every day. I heard about a cake like this but with lemon instead of manadarin orange and I’ve been DYING to make it…so I think this will be the perfect motivation! Looks so good :) Maybe it will be an excuse to finally try out those Meyer Lemons that are all the rage in this blogging world…

    April 19, 2012
    • Yes! Amy, the original recipe calls for 1 tbsp. lemon zest and 1/3 c. lemon juice. You can throw that in instead of the mandarin orange juice and zest and the lemon juice listed here. I agree with you that Meyer lemons are the freaking rage. I got two the other day and haven’t used them yet. Love the color, though. This cake is SO EASY to eat. I could easily eat half a pan.

      April 19, 2012
  10. Yep. I’m making this cake. Oh yes. I am.

    Hope your foot has a miraculous recovery, and you can say to your podiatrist, “My foot was wonky, but now I realize it has imbued me with a superpower–the kind where I can hop into the Positive Dimension, where tax incidents never happen to me.”

    April 19, 2012
    • Can you BELIEVE the tax thing? At least I had this epiphany before the post office closed. I called the NY Dept of Taxation to see what to do, and the music they played while I was on hold was actually pretty relaxing. It was like slow motion classical music with a synthesizer. Very weird, but not at all bad. And my foot—who knows. Basically they have never been the same since I went on a one-month hiking trip years ago. That is a sure-fire way to mess up your feet FOR GOOD, Anne. Just FYI, in case you’re about to head into the wilderness for a while.

      April 19, 2012
      • I’m not really cool with the going to the bathroom outside thing. Hiking, yes. No bathroom? No go. Good luck with it. It’s always a bummer when something goes wrong with your body that won’t fix itself immediately. Patience. Not a virtue. ; )

        April 19, 2012
  11. Maybe you can toss those full-on burp cukes down toilet to retrieve the travel shampoo bottles. Then pay yourself $150 PLUS you get to skip that potentially awkward viewing of plumber’s crack.

    April 19, 2012
    • I MIGHT AS WELL, Stephanie. I might as well. Man, I love paying myself $150. I need to do that more often. Thankfully, our bathroom is so small that the plumber had to close the door in order to remove the toilet, so I saw nothing. Now that I think about it, he could have been doing anything in there. He could have cracked open a beer and waited 3 hours for all I know. Hmmm.

      April 19, 2012
  12. God that cake looks delicious. And how can you have a bad day when you have your dog’s sweet face to look at? I’m not much of an animal lover, but that pooch could convert me.

    April 19, 2012
    • I know what you mean. She converted me. I was never THAT into dogs before her. But the way she crawls into my lap to sit on me, facing outward, so she can see the other people in the room– like she wants to be part of the conversation– cracks me up.

      April 19, 2012
  13. When near an operating microwave, my pal, Heather, ALWAYS covers her uterine area with her hands. This is to prevent microwaves from entering her uterus. I figure it’s a legit concern, though I’m not sure if the hands are doing much to protect her womb. Now, at my place, the microwave is basically at the same level as my head, which might explain the head/face pain I’ve been experiencing as of late, and the super sexy bite guard I now have to sleep with.

    So, to sum:
    1. I’m pretty stoked that I used the word uterus in a comment section today,
    2. watch out for waves of the micro sort,
    3. your photos are totally next level,
    4. I can’t wait to order that cheese plate (with lots of substitutions to test your patience), and cherry pie (because it’s my most favourite, especially when made with the goopy filling from a can), and finally,
    5. that pudding cake is rockin’ my pants off.

    April 19, 2012
    • Last things first– I don’t understand the comment “that pudding cake is rockin’ my pants off” because I assumed you rarely wore pants. True or False, movita?

      THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT.

      Anyway, you should probably write about your bite guard. Please. I bet you sound great in it.

      I also bet Heather’s a great dancer. If she’s used to covering her uterus with her hands really fast (I said uterus–1 point for me), she’d probably be great at doing a Michael Jackson number. And while we’re on the subject of uteruses (2-1 me), I can’t tell you how many times I tried to fit something about radiating my ovaries (bonus point) into this post. But I took it out because my mom is probably FREAKING OUT about my microwave situation already. And the last thing I need to do is suggest to her that I radiated my lady parts. (1/2 point).

      Dude, your cake is killing me. We haven’t gotten started yet. We know exactly what we want to do, but it’s going to be really hard because we have no cake skills. We have a house guest this weekend who we’re totally roping into the baking process. I don’t think he has any cake skills either, so I’m not sure why we invited him at this point.

      April 19, 2012
  14. Nothing like a foot injury to derail you – here’s to healing quickly. The dog seems totally relaxed though and not acting up on you like the toliet. Have a Great Day!

    April 19, 2012
    • Thanks! On the bright side, Scott has been beating me at tennis lately, so I’m pretty happy to have an excuse to rest up. :) Thunder has been pretty zen, you’re right. It’s because she’s been playing with our neighbor’s dog a lot this week so she’s gotten tired. Sadly, the dog just moved, so her playmate is gone.

      April 19, 2012
  15. Your wish-list of things you’d like to say pretty much mimic mine, which also include celebrity interviews I give to my mirror. I always had a fear of microwaves and have been known to switch them on and leave the kitchen till it was done…until I met my husband, who says that studies have proved they don’t really affect you. Or maybe that’s because he’s hatching some evil plan to get rid of me. So, I really don’t know. Hope your foot heals quickly! Love the orange pudding cake recipe and that picture of Thunder with her butt hanging out the chair.

    April 19, 2012
    • Yeah, I googled the heck out of microwave-related safety after this happened, and it sounds like you only have to worry if you see light shooting out of the FRONT of the microwave—like out of the mesh part. The mesh holes in the glass are the right size to keep the microwaves in, so if that’s torn, you could have a problem. We followed some random instructions on line for testing whether microwaves were coming out the back– we put a piece of tin foil where the light was shooting out, and nothing happened. I think if there were microwaves hitting the foil, it would spark (as if you had put metal in the microwave itself).

      But who knows if that’s right. The website I read this on could have been set up by a 14-year old as part of an Earth Science project for school.

      April 19, 2012
  16. Love the post, and hope you feel better soon! I sprained my ankle six times in two years ending up in crutches and know some good ankle strengthening exercises given to me by an excellent hospital.

    Get well soon!

    Pink.

    April 19, 2012
    • Pink, I’ll totally get in touch with you if I need any exercises, thank you! Mine’s more my toe, so I think it’ll be okay. My goodness– six times in two years?! Yeesh. That’s a lot. How did it happen? I was only on crutches once, and actually it’s kind of a good story, so I might write a post on it. Thanks for the idea!

      April 19, 2012
      • Woo, toe is still a huge deal! Man, avoid walking down stairs, that’s gotta hurt.

        Ah yes, my ankle. Well, apparently, I tend to go flying into pavement as my ankles turn inward naturally thanks to uneven pavement (that or I’m too tall to see the floor?). But it’s made me stronger (that or just paranoid as I stare at the sidewalk as I trudge along). Thank you so much for the kind remarks. Looking forward to your posts!

        Pink.

        April 19, 2012
  17. juanitascocina #

    First, the cake looks divine, dahling.

    Now that that’s outta the way…I do so hope your footsie is feeling better very soon. Also, if you have to be in one of those walking boot things, let me know and I’ll bedazzle the shiz out of one for you so you can be fabulously limpy (as in limping).

    For real, may you heal real fast like and I hope your pot (the toilet kind) is working good for you.

    Love, Jen (the girl formerly in a bedazzled walking boot)

    April 19, 2012
    • Jen, you are so awesome. You make me want to break my foot just so I get to wear one of your bedazzled handiworks. Man, that would be awesome. I have to chair a talent competition next weekeend (I mean, I have no idea how this happened. It’s some community event thing that I volunteered for) and it would be amazing to show up in a fab bedazzled boot. I’d probably win *even though I wasn’t competing.* You know, the way it goes with most things that you and I attempt in life.
      xoxo Kat

      April 19, 2012
  18. I love how sometimes things just get stuck in an animal’s puss, and they really don’t care. Leaf-bling.

    April 19, 2012
    • Yeah, she was just like “wassup? I got a leaf. SO WHAT, YO.”

      April 19, 2012
  19. Cucumbers TOTALLY make me burp. Hours after I eat cucumber, I’m STILL BURPING CUCUMBER. Even if I have eaten barbeque ribs in the interim, my burps are totally cucumber. This may be really gross, but it’s true, and until reading this I thought I was a freak because cucumbers make me burp like whoa.

    When I plant my first garden, burpless cucumbers will definitely be involved.

    April 19, 2012
    • Man, it’s good to hear that you understand our plight. It’s too bad that we find ourselves in this predicament, though, because cucumber mixed drinks are delicious. (I’m not a huge mixed drink fan, but if I had to have one, I’d pick the cucumber + gin concoction.) I’ll let you know how our plants fare on this end!

      April 25, 2012
  20. The cake looks delish, and I wish I had your gift of humor writing.

    I also wish I had your dishes!!! Were did you get those white lacey plates?! They look vintagey, but I’m hoping they’re not so I might have a shot at purchasing my own…

    April 19, 2012
    • Happy birthday tomorrow!!!! Whooot! I hope you do something awesome to celebrate. It’s funny you like the plates– someone else asked me about them on the eggton facebook page, so I’ve already looked it up and know exactly where to point you:

      I got this white plate at Pier 1 a few weeks ago (horray–they’re still available!) It was $6. The plate in this link looks a little different but here’s a link I found: http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Dining/tabid/977/CategoryId/885/ProductId/5385/ProductName/Doily-Plate/language/en-US/Default.aspx

      The SKU on the back of the plate I have is 2321943. I hope you find some– they really are quite lovely.

      April 19, 2012
      • Thanks for the birthday wishes, and for the info about the plates! I am so glad they’re still available! I checked and the store near me has them, so it looks like I’ve found a use for my birthday money! (Well, assuming I get any lol)

        April 19, 2012
        • Oh good! And happy birthday!

          April 25, 2012
  21. You’ve got my number with that pudding/cake thing. Don’t know about those burpy cukes!

    April 19, 2012
    • Isn’t it delightful? I can’t wait to make it again. Let me know if you try it sometime and come up with any new variations, Sue!

      April 25, 2012
  22. a #

    Stick with the cucumbers…what doesn’t give people gas? No sense in wasting them. And if you’re really opposed to the burping, you can send your crop to a food pantry. :)

    Between the microwave and the xray, you oughta glow in the dark by now! Did you leave a spoon in your cup when you were heating up your tea? :) I was heating up some frozen green beans once, and apparently they must have a decent amount of iron or something, because there were sparks coming off those green beans like nothing I’ve ever seen!

    Yum, cake! Even better – sloppy cake that isn’t supposed to look prettier than it tastes!

    April 19, 2012
    • Wow–that’s weird about the frozen green beans. Quite weird. Did you eat them afterward? I’m guessing you did, and that explains your super powers. :)

      April 25, 2012
  23. Wow, this post (and the comments) offer something for everyone! A bucket list of statements we’d like to make (my candidate: “Oh, I lost those 30 pounds years ago”). Burpful and burp free cucumbers. Plumber’s crack. Uteruses (uteri?). The ever-charming Thunder sunning herself on a beach chair. And, of course, one rocking’ cake! Thanks for the laughs and another excellent recipe! And good luck with your foot!!!

    April 19, 2012
    • Hey there– I know what you mean– what a hodge-podge of a post this was! You know what I’m itchin’ for? Some of those raspberry cornmeal pancakes you’ve got over there. I’ve never had cornmeal pancakes. I love the texture they seem to have in your photos.

      April 25, 2012
      • Hey, why not scratch that itch and try those cornmeal pancakes sometime? This was the first time I made them, but definitely not the last! They had a bit of a crunchy texture – neat-o! And you being way south of me will have the chance to make them with fresh peaches sooner than I will, I’m sure. Thunder might prefer a dog biscuit, but you and your honey (if that term is still appropriate after the cereal-eating hug incident) will like these I’m sure!

        April 25, 2012
  24. That dog is crazy! the pink seat is so perfect for him.. and oh dear,, the microwave.. poor you.. but at least you were able to console yourself with powerfully good food! c

    April 19, 2012
    • Celia, the pink seat is a new favorite of Thunder’s. We have two of those chairs (one red, one pink) and when I go outside to sit in the red one, she comes with me and hops into the pink one and sits in the sun with me while I work on my computer. Every once in a while she falls out of it while squirming around, but she’s getting the hang of it!

      April 25, 2012
  25. I love reading your blog! I wish I could make my observations as funny as you do! I love the sound of your pud too. I remember a lemony one that turned upside down that my Mum used to make. I shall have to try your recipe, perhaps with lemons. Thanks a lot! :)

    April 20, 2012
    • Your mum’s pudding sounds really wonderful– it’s neat that hers is one you could turn upside down. Thank you for the kind words, my friend!

      April 25, 2012
  26. Love that shot of the mandarin oranges against the blue. And, I just checked: thankfully, that cake is on my Bread Pudding Diet. Phew!

    April 20, 2012
    • Thank GOODNESS for that–bread pudding for everyone! Don’t you just love that blue table? This past weekend we went to a big garage sale hoping to find some scrappy tables or chairs that we could fix up, because now I’m addicted to repainting in bright colors. I really want to do a butter yellow or a reddish chair to go with it. We haven’t found anything yet, but I’m on a mission.

      April 25, 2012
  27. Jenn #

    I’ve got some Meyer lemons sitting on my counter at home that are dying to be made into this cake….great….now I’m drooling on the keyboard at work!

    April 20, 2012
    • I am embarrassed to say that I got two Meyer lemons in the fridge that may be past their prime because I didn’t make this cake again soon enough– I got carried away baking for a bake sale, and since scoops of pudding cake were going to be a bit unwieldy, I stuck to brownies and such. Alas– I hope your Meyer lemons met a more respectable fate than mine did!

      April 25, 2012
  28. haha i know it’s supposed to be about unfortunate events, but somehow I couldn’t stop laughing. get well soon (:

    April 20, 2012
    • Well my attitude is that as long as we’re alive to tell the story, we should laugh away! Thanks for the kind words.

      April 25, 2012
  29. There’s a weird thing going on in my life right now – I sat next to a guy at lunch and offered to share my sliced cucumber with him. To which he replied “I’ll just take one – they make me burp. Don’t they make you burp?” And well, no, they don’t generally make me burp, which surprised him because pretty much everybody burps after eating them. And that was the highlight of my day.

    So now, after reading your wonderful entry (and I do hope your foot feels better soon) I can totally agree with Thunder and agree to try again on Monday. Oh, and I now think I might be the queen!

    April 20, 2012
    • Fiona, I’m so glad I could be a part of it when you discovered–via cucumbers– that you were royalty. What an honor. :)

      ps. How did that guy know that cucumbers were burpy? Is there some point in childhood where we get split into two groups–one that grows up to know this kind of stuff, and one that goes through life oblivious? Because I certainly had never heard about this before. (burp.) Excuse me.

      April 25, 2012
  30. When life gives you burpy cucumbers, make pickles. Alt: When life gives you burpy cucumbers, make someone else eat them. Also, I’ve got serious cake lust right now. Not sure how cucumbers play into that…

    April 21, 2012
    • Um, you, Missy, are not allowed to have cake lust right now. Not after going on vacation and making the rest of us lust after papaya with lime, fresh ginger soda, etc. What awesome pictures you took! I felt like I was there.

      That last part was a lie. I did NOT feel like I was there. I felt like I was here, in front of my computer, wearing a sweater and eating left-over pizza. NOT THE SAME THING.

      April 25, 2012
  31. Hi Eggton,

    Wow, this looks so delicious the Mandarin Orange Pudding Cake, I only wish I could bake it to taste and look so great. I’ll admit I’m not much of a baker my cakes and things usually fall or not fully cooked. We, all have our talents…I’ll stick with the ones I’ve been blessed with.

    Take care,
    Carmella

    April 21, 2012
    • Hello Carmella! Good to hear from you again. I hope you’re well.

      You know, what I like about this cake is that it’s kind of naturally sloppy, and you don’t need to get it out of the pan and ice it–so it’s a good one to try if you get around to baking a cake again. Thanks for the kind words! Take care.

      April 25, 2012
  32. eliotthecat #

    Cake looks delicious and I hope this next week is better for you. (I have grown quite a few cucumbers and really haven’t had any belching episodes that I recall. I think you and your cucumbers will be OK.)

    April 22, 2012
    • Lovely! Is there anything I need to know about growing them? About taking care of the plant? I’ll let you know if anything comes of them—it’s a little premature to ask you when I harvest the cukes since I’ll be lucky to get to that point!

      April 25, 2012
      • eliotthecat #

        Cuke advise: Keep the rabbits away! Trellis them for easy picking (and aesthetics. Pick them before they turn big, fat and yellow!

        April 27, 2012
  33. I HATE forgetting to put the check in the envelope!!! ARRRGH.

    April 22, 2012
    • It’s pretty much the worst. Especially because I had already done a little victory dance DAYS before because I was so proud of myself for getting my taxes done before the deadline. HA! We see how THAT turned out.

      April 25, 2012
  34. The cake looks awesome, love citrus cakes. Gotta give that one try.
    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for Movita’s cake.
    My mircowave sparks from time to time, like mini fireworks if I turn off the kitchen lights. Festive.
    Who told you you need to pressure can pickles? I’m going out on a limb here and assuming you’re talking about vinegar brine pickles or sugar syrup? A water bath canner is fine, a pressure canner will turn cucumber pickles to mush.

    April 28, 2012

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