October 30th, 2005

Party Food-Cake Tips?

YO!
I'm having a little birthday party in two days and i am kinda poor and uncreative.
Does anyone have any recipes (or could direct me to) for anyhting kinda party-ish that's cheap and has easily accesible ingredients probably that you oculd find in a supermarket.
Sorry. But this computer is too slow to search through the memories plus the memories aren't working at the moment and i'm busy the next two days. So any help with that would be marvelous!

Question 2.
Everytime i make cakes they're always elevated in the middle and it's heaps annoying because i want to make layered cake for my birthday. You know how like commerical cakes are always all consistent like that?
Well are there any tricks to try or any specific methods to follow or ingredients to add in order to make the cake rise evnly Or will i just have to deal with stupid elevated in the middle and flat on either side cakes??

Thanks in advance for any help!!

Aari

Easy to make buttercup squash soup

Ingredients:

1 medium buttercup squash (or any non-stringy winter squash)
2 medium sized potatoes
2 to 3 1/2 cups of water (depends on how large your squash is)
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 clove of roasted garlic
3 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste (I used about 1 1/2 tsp of salt and a 2 tbsp of pepper)

Instructions:

Bake the squash and potatoes and clove of garlic in the oven at around 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.
When they're done baking, take the squash meat out of the shell, and put into a pot that holds at least 2 litres. Add water until the squash reaches a soupy consistency. You don't want it to be too thin, or you'll lose the flavour of the squash.
Crush the roasted garlic clove, and stir it in well.
Slice the potatoes, and add.
Add the cinnamon, vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
Cook over medium heat for at least 20 minutes, or until thoroughly warmed.