Audrey asked me to take Peter out of the house because she wanted to prepare something special for daddy on Father’s Day. She is coming with me to Budapest and will not see him for over a month.
I’m so glad that we got chased out of the house on this glorious summer day. Instead of trying to tidy up the house, Peter and I explored the steps of Greenwich St. that led up to Coit Tower. San Francisco is known for the hundreds of steep steps all over the city, and having lived here for more than 2 decades I am yet to walk many of them for the first time. These narrow steps are the hidden oases in the middle of the city away from the hustle bustle of the motor engines. In the little public gardens along the steps of Greenwich St. in Telegraph Hill, you can still catch sight of the famous wild parrots that were featured in a documentary called The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by a local filmmaker, Judy Irvine. San Francisco is definitely a city to be traversed on foot.
We walked up and down the hills for hours and worked up a ravenous appetite when we came home, just in time to eat this delicious three layer chocolate strawberry cake that Audrey took more than three hours to make.
Angela took these pictures for us. Apparently, Audrey had to change a shirt midway through the making of this cake because she spilled gooey chocolate all over herself. The kitchen looked like a hurricane had swept through it, but the cake was delicious beyond words. Since it is healthy, according to Audrey, we each had a huge piece of it. (After I saw what she typed up below, I am not so sure.)
After stuffing ourselves with the cake, we saw a beautifully made Indian film called Lunchbox. The film introduced a captivating slice of life in India and transported me to the bustling and chaotic streets of Mumbai. It is a tender and delicious story about the hunger and longing for love, all through a meticulously prepared sumptuous lunchbox. If you are like me, feeling a little left out with all the action packed summer blockbusters, this little film can be something different for a change of pace. If you are eating alone at home, this little film will sweeten your solitude. If you are cooking for a date, this film will fill him or her with a longing — you will get your kiss, and more.
Audrey said that she improvised a a great deal but the following was close to what she did.
Three Layer Chocolate Strawberry Cake
1 cup xylitol
1 3/4 cups wholewheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped fresh strawberries + more for the topping
Mix together dry ingredients. Mix together wet ingredients. Mix all. Bake at 350 fahrenheit, for about 35 minutes.
3/4 cup xylitol
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons fat-free condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend xylitol in food processor until it is at a powdered sugar consistency. Mix ingredients together. (We still have a lot of frost left that we don’t know what to do with.)