Before I move on to the next recipe, I must mention a delicious cake I recently made. The Applesauce Snack Cake on page 24 of the current Cook's Illustrated (October 2006) is soooo very moist and flavorful. Mmmmm. The author, Erika Bruce, mentions how good this cake is with tea. That got my attention and the cooling autumn weather sealed the deal. I got my bake on during a bright Sunday afternoon while listening to the NPR food show, "The Splendid Table". The smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and apples completed the experience. Well, eating the cake technically completed the experience, but by then the radio show was over and it was dusk. Erika was right; tea is easily enjoyed with this moist-apple-goodness. (As pictured)
I want to quickly give an update on my project. Page 86 of Williams-Sonoma "Asian" gives the recipe for Spicy Dry-Cooked Long Beans. I shopped for the ingredients last night, and the beans are indeed quite long, about 18". I think that's all I should say for now. I'll be making this dish within the next few days.