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Block Party, Judging At Community Garden, A Bowl Of Vegetables And A One Bowl Chocolate Cake

It has been an exhausting few weeks. It was crunch time as our annual block party was coming up quicker than I would have liked it to. Organizing is not my strong suite but as the block association president much of the planning and prep work falls on me and I have to step outside my comfort zone and try to be the party planner. There is always so much to do, not enough time to do it and invariably something goes wrong. I have had torrential rain and had to cancel because of it, this year it was sunny and hot (way too hot for me) almost 90 degree’s. Something I have planned on for a year was cancelled, the rock climbing wall that our brave policeman bring to events, the kids love it and it’s so much fun for all. Last year my reservation for the wall got lost when the Officer retired and we only got it for an hour, I reserved it this year, almost a year ahead and 2 days before the event the police contacted me with bad news, the rock wall had broken and needs to be repaired. The children were all disappointed but the block party went off almost without a hitch and everyone had a good time.

Vegetables from the community garden

I live across the street from a Community Garden and they asked me if I would be a judge for a food event at their annual Harvest Festival, I was more than happy to do so. We tasted fresh vegetables grown in the garden which were judged on beauty and taste. Other things we tried were homemade pickles and desserts made with apples from the tree in the garden. It was a lot of fun, everything was delicious and some of the other judges were a food stylist, food photographer and cookbook publisher.

The block party is something everyone looks forward to all year, our block along with people from the neighborhood come together to eat, drink, talk, we all love watching the children have fun in the bouncy castle and ride their bicycles and skateboards in the street without fear of traffic. I usually have a bake sale but have been so incredibly busy I only made cookies which sold out very quickly. We grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, had pizza, drinks, music from a fantastic DJ and an amazing Ukelele group.

The day after I was completely exhausted and wanted a light simple meal. A bowl of roasted vegetables with cheesy cauliflower mash was exactly what I needed. I used an assortment of vegetables and mashed cauliflower with gruyere. Simple, healthful and delicious.  Had some green beans, zucchini, tomato and shallot drizzled with olive oil and roasted in the oven at 400 degree’s. Cauliflower mash is so easy, simply boil the cauliflower, let it dry in the oven on 200 for about 20 minutes then put in the food processor with some butter, sour cream and season with salt and pepper.  I added some grated gruyere and popped into the oven at 200 for a few minutes to heat and melt the cheese.

This super easy one bowl no measure chocolate cake is awesome. It’s a recipe on Food52. The fact that it’s quick and no measure immediately prompted me to give this recipe a try. The cake uses full fat plain Greek yogurt, I used Fage and you use the yogurt container as the means of measuring. Pretty cool right?

The cake will have cracks thats ok

Simple One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Recipe on food52

1  container (7 oz) plain Greek yogurt

1 container neutral flavored oil (I used canola)

2 large eggs

2 containers self rising flour

1 container unsweetened cocoa powder

1 container sugar

1 container warm water or coffee

Heat Oven to 350 degree’s. Prepare a 10 inch spring form pan by greasing or spraying the bottom, add a parchment round and then grease and flour the pan.

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix on low until the flour is incorporated, then increase to medium high and beat for approximately 2 minutes. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Cake Tester should come out clean. Let cool in the pan, release the pan and remove the cake. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

 

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Glad you all had a great time! Nice job and a lot of work I am sure Suzanne.

    September 25, 2017
    • Thanks so much Cheryl, exhausting for sure but a lot of fun for all!!

      September 25, 2017
  2. I can just imagine all the work you put into this block party . I think it’s wonderful when neighbors connect like this and have fun .Your yogurt cake looks great and your vegetable bowl looks healthy and tasty. They complement each other.

    September 25, 2017
    • I love it when our community comes together and the block party always is a great way for everyone to connect. Thank you so much Gerlinde. The cake turned out great, although I didn’t taste it the recipient thought it was outstanding and said it’s delicious, light and super moist.

      September 26, 2017
  3. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Bet your event was so much fun. Thanks for the cake recipe!
    Love,
    Maria

    September 25, 2017
  4. You have the best block parties! So many activities and food!!!

    September 25, 2017
    • Love our block parties especially after a few days of recovery from exhaustion. Thank you so much.

      September 26, 2017
  5. This sounds like such fun, but no doubt exhausting for the planners. Love the idea of this cake!

    September 25, 2017
  6. It sounds like a fantastic time was had by all his year.. You arranged the weather just right for the day Suzanne. I’m a sucker for a good chocolate cake so I may pinch the recipe.
    Hoping you recover quickly.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

    September 25, 2017
    • Hi David, I have been so busy I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve seen you. I am going through the volumes of emails in my inbox and saw you posted will get to it today. Thank you so much. The cake is a lovely super easy recipe. A massive hug for you my friend.

      September 26, 2017
  7. That block party sounds like so much fun! Your meal the next day was glorious and the cake is a must try! I really like how the measurements are made, what could be easier? Lovely post Suzanne!

    September 25, 2017
    • Hi Lynn, Thank you so much, isn’t that cake amazing. Love not having to use measuring spoons or cups. It’s brilliant!!

      September 26, 2017
  8. Well Suzanne, looks like you have been pretty busy ☺ It’s sounds like a lot of fun though, the block party. Although organizing can be exhausting. I wanted to make a chocolate cake and I think I will try this one. Sounds delicious.

    September 25, 2017
    • I didn’t taste it but those that did have given rave reviews. They said it’s amazing!! Thank you so much!!

      September 25, 2017
  9. Suzanne, I’m so sorry I’m late. WordPress has stopped emailing me notifications yet again… Thank you for taking us to your block party. I know it was huge work for you, but it looks like such fun! And the food looks delicious. Lucky you to be a judge! 😀
    Lunchbreak over… back to Mordor. Hugs.

    September 26, 2017
  10. I can imagine that you have busy but wonderful weeks. Love your one bowl chocolate cake so much. May try it for my family later. 🙂

    September 26, 2017
  11. Your block party looks like so much fun, Suzanne. The vegetable plate looks fantastic and delicious. I’d love to try the chocolate cake with the coffee. Easy measuring!

    September 26, 2017
  12. The chocolate cake looks amazing Suzanne. I need to make this for my daughter, she is a huge chocolate lover! I bet being a judge was so much fun! Your block party looks like it rocked! 😉

    September 28, 2017
  13. You are an amazing neighbor Suzanne– it sounds so fun to have a little relaxed time, just being in touch with the people around the block. I can see why it’s a big hit! And that cake does look so sweet and rich– It seems like all that yogurt would make ti really tender! I’m pinning it. thanks!! Glad you had a great weekend! We had our kids here– with their friends from China. They wokked up a Chinese feast for us on Saturday– not a whole block party, but fun too! Hugs friend!

    October 2, 2017

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