I’m pretty sure I was supposed to do something meaningful with this day. In case ya’ll don’t have off or you have off and don’t know why and you haven’t Googled anything yet today, it’s Martin Luther King Jr Day. In high school, we volunteered but now it’s just a day, like most bank holidays, when people who work in corporate America are actually happy they work in corporate America and people who work in retail live in the ambivalence of liking the extra money from being needed extra hours and hating having to deal with the asshats who spend their days off shopping.
I’m going to put a pin in the doing something good today, but I’m going to leave this, from Mashable, right here cause I love #2 and #3.
What I spent my day doing was baking cake while listening to a bunch of white dudes.
The long holiday weekends last month were a time of discovering podcasts. I’d heard good things about The Nerdist a long time ago so I subscribed on iTunes and it was perpetually updating but I was never really in the mood to listen to celebrities talk about their latest shit, which is what I thought it was. However, I’m a Breaking Bad fan and it’s been downloading the podcast doe so long that I amazingly have the Aaron Paul episode from like 2012 and that just sucked me in.
It’s so good that I hate to comment on race but as I went through thinking about the episodes I’d listened to, I had to admit that, on a day I was off to commemorate the life of a black man, I’d just listened to a stream of white people. Outside of Neil Degrasse Tyson who kind of seems like their token “blerd” and if you want see him moonwalk, check out this video from The Nerdist bowling…it’s really worth watching.
Ok, so what I did learn today was that Paul made me want to visit New Mexico even more, Nick Hornby didn’t publish his first book until he was 35 (hope), Neko Case once had her taxi stolen by people who’d just attended her concert but didn’t recognize her (wow), and Ezra Koenig got all into the origins of his last name. That’s actually why I liked it so much; they all talk about the most random shit. And kind of made my jealous of their memories and recall abilities for the oddest pop culture references.
And all this kept me company as I made some leftover wine cake. Hell yeah.
The recipe for the cake is from Chloe Coscarelli’s latest cookbook: Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen. It’s also currently available on her site here.
The topping was a bit more time intensive so I went with frosting and found a recipe from, no kidding, Barefoot Wine that I modified. The below gave Chloe’s single layer cake a generous helping. Chloe’s original recipe calls for raspberries; I added blackberries I’d splurged on at the market.
Vegan red wine chocolate frosting
I just folded together with a large wooden spoon because I was too lazy to get out my electric hand mixer. Sugary frosting deliciousness was still made and I worked out my arms a little. I actually liked the consistency more than when I’ve used the electric hand mixer.
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter
- *3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- *1 tsp vanilla extract
- *1/4 cup red wine
- 1/4 tsp salt