Tuesday, September 15, 2015

You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known - and even that is an understatement

Peanut Butter Molten Chocolate Cake
 A Profile of Love: S and A

I have seen S and A together since I was in high school way back in 2004. These two have been together since their own high school days. They have handled life's challenges with more grace and dignity than I could ever muster. I would venture to say that they are the perfect yin to the others yang. A is a force of nature. He is loud, outgoing, and expressive. He has unyielding energy and a passion for life. S on the flipside, is cool, calm, and calculating. She is supremely intelligent and successful. You would be hard-pressed to find someone that works smarter than she does. Together, in an almost divine push and pull, they balance each other.

How did you know each other was the one?

S: I couldn't describe it or put it into words really. He just kind of gets it.

A: She is the A-dult while I am an adult. She's the really responsible one, and I don't have to be. You can't have both people in the couple be A-dults or adults. One person has to be the grown up and the other one shows you how to live life. It's a great balance, I make her more exciting.

Is there any important qualities your spouse absolutely needs to have?

S: He has to be able to get along with your siblings.

A: Yup, even if you were ever to complain about them, you love them!

How did you propose?

A: I went to ask her parents for permission first. They just seemed super confused and didn't get it. They kept asking "Aren't you her roommate?". I just wanted to do the right thing, be a man and ask for her hand upfront, and all I got was a super awkward conversation. You try to be good (shakes his head), you brown people! I finally asked her at a party at my parents house.

How do you fight?

S: We don't really fight that much, except for when he is doing stupid stuff. He always does really stupid stuff

A: I literally don't know what you're talking about...I never know why you're mad at me. You're scary, whenever my friends come over they always ask "Does S know we're coming over?".

S: They're not scared of me! They respect me, like Pablo Escobar!

** NOTE: This is the first time in my life someone has positively compared themselves to Pablo E **

A: You hate people, I love everyone. That's why this works. You get mad and I just stay chill.

There was a time you broke up for a year, can you tell me about that?

A: I was young and stupid and wanted to do dumb shit. I found out later in the
year that she was dating a friend of mine...that didn't feel right. I knew I had to get her back.

Me: Did you take him back easily?

S: When he called I didn't even know who it was. I had a lot of conditions, but I took him back
pretty easily. I took a big risk taking you in.

A: WHAT?? What risk? I had TWO jobs

S: A BIIGG risk

What advice do you have for a successful marriage?

S: Keep it simple. There's all these people out there making big extravagant displays of their relationships.

A: We're pretty good at determining who is going to get divorced and how soon. We have friends who made a giant Bollywood music video after their engagement, remind me to show it to you later. IT'S RIDICULOUS

S: If you make each other happy, that's enough.

For this dynamic couple, I felt the need to honor them with complete romance. In my books, nothing spells romance quite like a peanut butter molten chocolate cake. I normally take pictures of the entire process, but I think baking looks pretty fiendish until the final product arrives. This time you're only getting the instructions.

Peanut Butter Molten Chocolate Cake
Adapted from Cake for One
Serves One (or two if you want to be romantic about it)

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Self Rising Flour 
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour one ramekin or tea cup
2. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter at 20 second intervals in microwave until fully incorporated
3. Cream together butter and sugar in a medium bowl 
4. Add egg and whisk together
5. Add chocolate mixture to bowl once slightly cooled
6. Sift in flour and cocoa powder. Mix together until a smooth batter is formed
7. Spoon batter into ramekin and bake for 12 minutes
8. Un-mold your cake and serve with ice cream, whip cream, or berries

My sorry attempt at making an ice cream quenelle. AH WELL, you live and learn. 

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