Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Birthday Menu

My darling son's birthday is tomorrow. I asked him what he wanted for his special dinner. His request seemed so simple, Reuben sandwiches, tomato soup, and a rum cake. I thought wow, that will be easy. Hardest part will be finding the time to bake the cake.

Went shopping for the ingredients for the sandwiches and the cake. Went to supermarket number one, had everthing except for the corned beef, they had about 10 different kinds of turkey, and chicken, even plain roast beef, but no corned beef. Okay, drive to supermarket number two. On the way I asked Miss Daughter, "why is it that everytime I shop for your brother I have to go to at least two stores to get what he wants?" She laughed, I go through it whether it be a christmas gift, request of school supplies, whatever it doesn't seem to matter, it is never done in one shop. But food, come on!

Anyway, go directly to the deli at supermarket number two, scan the display case for corned beef, don't see any already sliced, so I asked the clerk to slice me a pound. She says she can't, their slicers are broken. I just started laughing, said thank you through the chuckles and walked away. Giving me a giant hug, Miss D just said, "where to now Mom?". "Home darlin', I will try again tomorrow." Crikey, how hard can it be to find corned beef?

If you like rum cake, I have this great recipe, the longer it sits, the better it is. Although it won't get the chance to sit long around here, I use walnuts, they just seem to go better with rum.


1 cup chopped and toasted pecans or walnuts
1 18-1/2 ounce box yellow cake mix
1-3/4 ounce instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup dark rum

1 stick butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark rum

Cake: preheat overn to 325 degrees F. Grease and flou 12-cup bundt pan. Sprinkle the nuts on the bottom of the pan. Combine all the cake ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes on high with an electric mixer. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool in the pan, then invert onto serving plate. Prick the top with a fork. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.
Glaze: Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the water and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in the rum. The rum will cause steam, so be careful. Pour over cake. Enjoy.


Phil said...

I think your son needs professional help. What kid asks for anything that needs corned beef? If that's not proof he's on drugs I don't know what is. He doesn't really want all that food, he's just got the marijuana munchies.

Sunny Delight said...

lol the kid is one of a kind, and I love him dearly...it is the supermarkets that have problems!

The Village Idiot said...


strong rum cake glaze....

Sunny Delight said...

Oh it was very strong!