Mr. Boyfriend and I went for dinner the other day. We chose one risotto restaurant we really enjoy in the city. It was a Wednesday night, it wasn’t crowded. As usual, I entered looking around, because I have this thing often reprehended by Mr. Boyfriend of paying too much attention to my surroundings. I noticed a lady sitting two tables behind us. She was alone, looking right at the restaurant door. She had only one glass of water and no appetizers, while sitting in a table for 8.
Mr. Boyfriend sat facing her and we started to eat. An entire hour had passed and we both were starting to get quite full. I check on the lady. She was still alone, but now in a table for just another person. The waiters must have asked her to give up the rest of the table as for the restaurant began to get a bit crowded.
She dialed some numbers on her cellphone but nobody seemed to answer. Another 40 minutes passed by. Mr. Boyfriend and me decided to pay the check and go home. I turned around one more time only to see that the lady had just left. The waiters were cleaning her table, in a hurry.
I spent the rest of my evening before sleep trying to figure out what happened to her: who was she waiting? Friends, co-workers, brothers, sons, a lover or her husband? Why didn’t they show up? Why didn’t they let her know? Why weren’t any of them picking up the phone? And above all, why did she wait for 2 hours for these people? Was it love, patience or shame of leaving a restaurant having only a glass a water, after hours long?
I swear I would ask her all these questions if I ran into her again.
If I ran into her, I would offer cupcakes to emend any broken heart.
Yields: 12 cupcakes
113g (1/2 cup) butter
130g (2/3 cup) sugar
3 large eggs
teaspoon vanilla extract
195g (1 1/2 cup) flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
100ml (1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons) milk
12 oreo halves, without filling, broken in pieces
12 oreo halves with filling
1 – In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Divide the oreos, if you haven’t already. My tip is to twist, not pull.
2 – Set your oven to 350˚F.
3 – Beat butter and sugar together, for about 3 minutes until it’s fluffy and pale.
4 – Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat once more. It will look like it curdled, but don’t worry, it’s normal.
5 – Add the flour mixture and milk, alternating between the two. Finish always with the dry ingredients. Be careful not to overmix.
6 – Add the pieces of oreos and mix carefully with a spatula.
7 – Place each oreo half, filling side up, into each cupcake liner, like shown in the picture.
8 – Divide the batter equally filling only 2/3 of each liner, and bake for about 18 minutes, or until set and a toothpick inserted in the center of each cupcake comes out clean.
Yields: enough to frost 25 cupcakes with a classic swirl
230g (1 cup) creamcheese, room temperature
90g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
330g (3 cups) confectionary’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup crushed oreos
1 – Beat creamcheese and butter for about 3 minutes, until it’s pale and fluffy.
2 – Add one cup of sugar at a time, beating slowly at first so it won’t fly all over your kitchen.
3 – Add vanilla extract and beat again.
4 – Add the crushed oreos and beat for another minute or so. Taste and check the consistency: if you think it’s not there yet, you can either add more oreos or more sugar, depending on your taste.
Since too much oreos is never a bad thing, I topped the cupcakes with another one.
Have you ever waited that much for someone to show up? What happened?