Two kinds of chocolate swirled together to make a marble bark with pistachios in it. Absolutely delicious and easy to make.
Hey folks. I am in a huge rush so I am going to make this super quick. I am spending the rest of the day with mini-me. We're going to see a movie, either Harry Potter or The Help, not sure which one yet. Probably the one we are on time for. That happens a ton, we plan to see one movie, run late then see something else. Hey I can rock it in the kitchen but being on time is not my strong suit. Ask my kids who have spent a great deal of time waiting for me. Or my gf's who know I am going to be 10 or 15 minutes late to lunch so they just order for me now. I don't do it to be mean or think I am more important (even though I clearly am), I just always have one more thing I need to do. Or hubs waits to talk to me about something important until just before I try to leave. That happens tons. The kids do it too. The other day I was meeting a gf I hadn't seen most of the summer and mini-me drops the bomb that she wants to join the army as I go to leave. Yah, I was SO not on time that day. You could hear the "WHAT" across Canada. Not that I am opposed to it. It just means I may have to join with her as I can't stand the thought of her not being close to me. She either wants to work with horse as a physio therapist (she is at 17 already a certified equine massage therapist, and yes horse get massages, and no they don't lay on tables for it, although that image is now clearly stuck in my brain, and I am now picturing our horse Ginger laying on a table with a towel over her while mini-me massages her) OR a police officer, but not just any police officer, she wants to specialize and be part of a tactical unit, you know the ones who are danger every second of every day. Okay so that was a run on sentence from hell and clearly I am going to be late if I don't wrap this up.
So to summarize for you:
I made marble bark.
I am more important than everyone else.
Mini-me massages horses and someone with more talent than me needs to draw me a comic of that image.
Mini-me has a danger fetish.
I am going to be late to an undetermined movie.
Yup that seems about right. Moving on.
So I made bark last night. I will tell you quickly this stuff reminds me of my father. I had a complicated relationship with my dad. So memories can be bittersweet sometimes. I always bought him Laura Secord's bark for Christmas. Not the marble, he liked the milk chocolate one. So I thought quite a bit about dad while making it. If you are not a regular reader then you don't know he passed away 4 years ago from cancer. I took care of him for 8 months while he was sick. I lived about 2 blocks away so it was convenient to run back and forth so I could keep up with the kids and dad. For the last 3 months my wonderful aunt came down to help me. I will write more about this experience one day. There is a post about his last days if you look back to my father's day post. Anyhow this should not be a bummer post. This is a lovely memory of my dad and how over the moon he was to get it each year. It made him happy which made me happy. That's what sweets do. They sure can evoke such vivid memories. I think all of us have a memory connected to a fave sweet that reminds us of our folks. Sense of smell has a powerful ability to pull long forgotten memories. They have done studies on this stuff. It's remarkable how food has such a huge impact on our lives and our memories.
So bet you didn't see that coming? Kim being serious for a minute. Yah, it happens sometimes. Not often but every now and then.
Okay I gotta go. Mini-me is giving me the look. You know the one. Dang hairy eyeball I call it.
Marble Pistachio Bark:
Inspired by Kraft Foods What's Cooking Magazine
6 squares of Baker's Semi Sweet chocolate
6 squares of Baker's White Chocolate
½ cup pistachio, broken up
Melt each chocolate separate.
Method 1- Melt in microwave by setting to medium for about 2 to 2 and ½ minutes. Glass bowls work well.
Method 2- Melt over double boiler separately on stove.
I used method 2 but I don't have double boilers so I just used 2 pots and 2 glass bowls. Takes maybe about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile shell your pistachios and break them up a bit. Not too much though. I put mine in a plastic baggie and whacked it with a rolling pin. SO much fun.
Add half to each chocolate. Mix.
Now pour the chocolate in a parchment lined pan or sheet. Do each separate from one another.
Then pull a knife through and create swirls to marble it.
Stick in fridge for a couple hours.
Serve with melty, chocolatey hands and a big smile.
I was just informed the movie starts in 45 minutes. It's 20 minutes away, so I suppose I should shower. Lol!
I shall visit you all tonight. I have lots of return comments to do. Way behind. I am not neglecting you guys, it's summer so trying to make the most of it. But have set aside a couple hours tonight to blog stalk.
Toodles and smoochies. xx