Weekend Links

Art in Monaco
That tempura recipe I was planning to write about did not turn out as planned. It was supposed to be made with fennel but unfortunately I failed to follow the recipe and when I bit into it, an overwhelming taste of fennel rushed to my senses and I couldn't help but recoil at the thought of another bite.  Granted, fennel is not an exciting or pretty vegetable; it has always reminded me of a mix of onion, celery, and dill weed with a really strange fragrance. But when my mother made tempura out of it recently I was pleasantly surprised; it was slightly sweet but not too pungent.  Sadly, my attempt to make it myself did not go as planned.  It ended up tasting like flour and the flavour was so sharp that I'm afraid I will never cook with this vegetable again. Perhaps you will have better luck than I did. But for now, I'm going to stick with sweet potatoes. 

I'm sorry I don't have a recipe to share with you but here are the weekend links that I liked this week:

I came across this Chocolate Lava Cake recipe posted on the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog (via The New York Times) and I had to save it on here. It looks so magical and it's not surprising that is exactly the way it was described.  So much gooey chocolate...I can't wait to make it myself.

While I have never been to Cape Town I hope that one day I'll have a chance to used these tips:
A Guide To Cape Town from The Wall Street Journal.

Q and A with Julian Schnabel from the Prospero blog...

Funny writer Gary Shteyngart shares his Sunday Routine with the New York Times.

You know that New York diet diary from New York Magazine well here is Dylan Lauren's weekly diet.It  was scary quite frankly but what can you do; some people have food issues.  I can't even imaging eating like this. But I respect her honesty. 

Anyway, I wanted to add more links but I'm afraid I'm just too tired.  And I know that sounds so lame.  After all, who isn't tired these days? But it's true, I wish had more energy. That's why I'm always impressed by bloggers who are able to post every day. I don't know how they do it.  Hopefully, the long weekend and nice weather will help somehow soon.  For once, no more rain...

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