I’ve noticed that lately I keep hearing (or think up) little turns of phrase that I think would make great blog titles. The Italian Oven, The Laws of Ketchup (love this one!), The Allergic Minimalist, Sweet Mother of Pecan, Kitchen Hacks…. Don’t those all sound totally blog-ish? When I was getting ready to start my blog I couldn’t think of creative names for the life of me. I finally settled on Feed Me I’m Hungry, which came from a routine from my favorite comedian John Pinnete. He’s talking about being in France, but craving Italian food. Eventually Pinnate ends up in Italy in a little Mom and Pop restaurant saying to a saying to a sweet little old Italian couple “sono affamato” which means Feed Me I’m Hungry in Italian. That’s where the blog name comes from but my description totally does not do Pinnete’s work justice, so I suggest you go watch here, and get ready to laugh your socks off.
While I still adore Pinette’s work, I sometimes wish I had come up with a more creative blog name. Obviously, it does fit food. It’s straight forward. So it’s not a bad name. But obviously unless you’ve seen Pinette’s routine (really go watch it!) you don’t get any humor from the title. Nor is it quirky or especially catchy. Not bad. But I worry not as good as it could be? (I really really do love The Laws of Ketchup. Don’t know why.)
Anyhow, I don’t figure this is anything to fret about but it did make me wonder… I suspect many of you may be food bloggers yourselves. It’s a big big internet out there; but kind of a small world at the same time. You know what I mean. Food blogging, seems like a pretty tight community and everyone kinda hangs out on each other’s blogs. So assuming some of you guys also blog, how did you come up with the name for your project? Do you like the name still today? And now that your blog is established do you ever wish you could change the name?
But enough about that, we should talk about Valentine’s Day. It’s getting closer… ♫ dun dun dun. ♫ Do you have all your plans made? Most importantly do you know what chocolate item your giving/making for your significant other? Like I said on Monday, we all know Valentines is really about the chocolate. In case you haven’t figured out this urgently important question, I’ve got you covered today with an easy to make Valentines chocolate classic: the ganache dipped strawberry… but we’re adding a little twist. Can we get some espresso over here please?
Yeah, you guessed it. Mocha ganache dipped strawberries. You know these are going to be amazing, am I right? After all,
chocolate + strawberries= totally classic, totally delicious.
Chocolate + coffee= pretty much the best pairing ever.
Chocolate+ coffee + strawberries = how many words can you think of for heavenly?
Plus uh, four ingredients, and like five minutes of work. Hello. You probably want to make these for even if you aren’t going to give them to anybody. I’m pretty sure I can eat 12 mocha ganache dipped strawberries all by myself…
Mocha Dipped Strawberries
12 ripe strawberries, washed and dried
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3 teaspoons instant espresso powder or instant coffee
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1. Over a double boiler, melt together chocolate, espresso powder, and cream. Stir frequently, until well combined.
2. Holding a strawberry by the greenery, dip into the chocolate mixture so that it is covered about 3/4th of the way. You may need to roll the strawberry in the chocolate to cover all the way around. Set the dipped strawberry on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Repeat with all berries.
3. Allow the berries to sit and cool until the chocolate has fully set, about 30 minutes. If your kitchen is warm consider cooling in the fridge.
Note: Store the strawberries in an air tight container in the fridge.