Saturday, July 10, 2010

Beg, Borrow and Steal

I borrow ideas all the time. Mostly recipes. If I don't know a recipe I try to figure it out. One of my favorite pastimes is to go to restaurants to get ideas. I wonder how much we do that when we read. I read in an interview with John Grisham that he isn't much of a reader (I don't know if I would brag about that as a bestselling writer), and that he doesn't read at all when he is working on a book. He doesn't want the other person's story to influence his own style (this I can vaguely understand). I wonder how much we are all inclined to borrow what we see or read.

So last night's borrowed recipe is chocolate Oreo Tallcake. I had to make my own, because Ruby Tuesdays no longer makes it. I have no clue why. We used to go in there specifically for dessert. Here it is. I made a chocolate fudge cake from mix and topped it off with chocolate fudge frosting. I put this in a bowl with some vanilla ice cream and then topped this off with (and in this order) caramel sauce, whipped cream, crushed Oreo cookies and chocolate sauce.

What idea are you going to steal borrow today?

7 comments:

Cate Gardner said...

I'm going to borrow the idea of eating chocolate fudge cake (won't be making it though). :D

Jamie Eyberg said...

Cate, everyone can come over and have some of mine. I made plenty. :)

Natalie L. Sin said...

Not sure...I'm very distracted by this talk of oreo cake.

katey said...

Oh god, now I want cake...

Somehow, I am not all that surprised to hear that Grisham is not much of a reader. Call me crazy.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Nat, you have to make it. Ying will be very happy with you. :)

Katey, I have only read one of his books and I actually enjoyed it. It was fluffy, but it worked. Now, go get some cake.

Danielle Ferries said...

I quite often tear recipes out of magazines and then they disappear before I can make them...who am I kidding, I know I'm probably never going to make them.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Danielle, I use a 3 ring binder and photo album pages for storing recipes from magazines.