I had a work retreat a few weeks ago, and the theme was “An International Affair.” We were assigned to tables representing our clientele (India, Philippines, USA, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, China and France) and given the task of decorating our respective table. I was assigned to the Philippines and bought some fruit to use as our centerpiece. I took most of it home, including the pineapple that is now part of this cake. I used the joyofbaking.com recipe, but I used more pineapple juice in place of the milk. I also cut the granulated sugar to 3/4 cup, and I did not have the 3/4 cup brown sugar required for the caramel. If I ever do this again, I would cut the white sugar to 1/2 cup and reduce the caramel by 2/3. It is way, way, way too sweet!
The cake had a nice crumb, especially because of the meringue, which was folded in at the very end. I was also looking at recipes from epicurious.com, which smittenkitchen used. I borrowed the pineapple juice from those versions.
Here is another treat I had recently:
Yum! Korean bulgogi tacos from Bull-Kogi! I was really excited when I saw the truck. I pulled over immediately and bought five (3 bulgogi, 1 pork, 1 chicken), fully intending to drive home and share them with my family. The smell was irresistible, however, and I ended up munching on them in my car. I thought the bulgogi were the best, but my mom thinks they were salty. We both agreed that the chicken was dry. Mmm … delicious.
Lastly, here is a photo of one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. Unfortunately I was not able to catch the entire sky, but here is what I saw as I was driving home from work.
My camera is broken, so these photos were taken with my phone. Not bad, I think.