Feb 18


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“What do we mean by the defeat of the enemy? Simply the destruction of his forces, whether by death, injury, or any other means — either completely or enough to make him stop fighting. . . . The complete or partial destruction of the enemy must be regarded as the sole object of all engagements. . . . Direct annihilation of the enemy’s forces must always be the dominant consideration.” — Carl von Clausewitz, On War, pp. 357-359.

I have been very busy launching an offensive attack on the Swiss. This weekend the fighting was intense on the battlefront. For this attack I chose to indulge in Crème au Nutella. If you would like to follow my lead, you can get the recipe for free from the oh so talented Ms. Tartelette. But I warn you, this is serious stuff. This recipe includes three of the deadliest weapons on the planet: dark chocolate, Nutella and heavy cream. Make sure you are able to handle your weapons before engaging in this type of warfare. We wouldn’t want the wrong side getting hurt.

I followed Tartelette’s advice and made this dish even deadlier with a layer of straight Nutella at the bottom of each dish.

When it came time to finally take a bite, I thought I had died and gone to chocolate heaven. Rich and creamy, each bite better than the last . . . sigh.

Today, a sneak attack was planned and executed. This attack was in homage to my bloggy friend Melanie, an Aussie gal living here in Japan.

If you have never had a Tim Tam, I am sorry, because you are missing out! This little piece of chocolate delight consists of some chocolate cream sandwiched between two delicate chocolate biscuits and then coated in creamy milk chocolate. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off the keyboard. My little pack of Tim Tams contained 2 cookies. I slowly savored the first cookie, and then did a “Tim Tam Slam” (aka, “Tim Tam Suck”) with the second, using my bev of choice, a small bowl of steamed milk.

This technique is explained as follows (thanks to the Arnott Co.):

1. Take a small bite from one corner of your Tim Tam.
2. Turn your Tim Tam around and take a bite from the opposite corner.
3. Insert one bitten corner of your Tim Tam into your beverage of choice.
4. Suck hard, drawing the liquid through the biscuit and into your mouth.
5. Quickly pop the rest of the Tim Tam into your mouth before it disintegrates.

C is definitely for Chocolate.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

The Richards February 18, 2008 at 7:03 am

Wow, I can feel my arteries clogging just reading those recipes!! They sure sound terrific!


David February 18, 2008 at 8:44 am

Rachael, you crack me up!
Uncle Dave


Phoe February 18, 2008 at 8:59 am

Wow, I will have to try that recipe.

And I remember seeing Natalie Imbruglia teaching Graham Norton how to do that Tim Tam Suck thing. I’ve always wanted to try it but you can’t get Tim Tams here. Only Anzac biscuits.

Looks like a very battle!


gleek February 18, 2008 at 9:52 am

mmmmm, soooo much chocolate!!! yum.


Heatherly February 18, 2008 at 11:50 am

nutella is the best thing ever. i lived in italy til i was 5. when we moved abck to the USA i was so disgusted by peanut butter, i wantedmy nutella. it took almost 15 yrs before we could find it here under $15 for a small jar.


Blame It on Paris February 18, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Sounds delicious! I love the new art, too. Those Swiss don’t stand a chance with you engaged in the battle. :)


Meet the Dubreuils February 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm

You make me want to eat chocolate non-stop!! I love your recipes, I think I’m going to try that Nutella one. After Paris, Nutella is my all time favorite food to indulge in!


Melanie Gray Augustin February 19, 2008 at 1:19 am

Ohh… that looks delicious! And I love to know that Tim Tams are being eaten in my name! I think I’ll have to pick up some myself tonight.


Tania February 19, 2008 at 4:25 am

Hi Rachael

I am so glad that you left a comment on my blog – because now I have found you and Melanie – I have added you both to my Google Reader!! – I love Japanese Crafts and not to mention Chocolate – as an Aussie other good thing to do with Tim Tams is to do the sipping thing with a glass of port – suck it up throught the biscuit – very very naughtyway to end a dinner party.!!

Cheers Tania


Tania February 19, 2008 at 4:27 am

Whoops – left the wrong link – try again


Tartelette February 19, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Rachael, this is hilarious! Glad you liked it! One battle down…When I first made them, my husband looked at me and said “Honey, will you marry me…again?!”


I AM VERY MARY February 19, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Oh my gosh. Nutella. Should. Be. A. Food. Group.


pupu February 20, 2008 at 2:46 am

Tim Tam? I should have a try since it also sale here in Brunei! haha umm.. chocolate.. thinking of making hot chocolate muffin recipe today. =)

and yah.. thank you for visitin ‘ me dear. Glad you like my little kokeshi doll. *huggles*


Kasia February 20, 2008 at 9:47 am

OMG! Now you speak my language (I’m not really Swiss but I love chocolate)! I will have to try your recipes!
Sorry for not commenting for a moment but I was distructed by a trip to Prague. If you fancy I put pics online :D


Jen February 20, 2008 at 10:30 am

We are soooooo kindred spirits!


Polly February 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Every time I think I am going to comment I just want to leave and get a chocolate bar.


Christine February 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Hello Fuji Mama. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. It’s always nice to read.
Yes Nutella… the best stuff! I grew up on it in France and I was happy they also had it in Canada where I lived for 20 years. One time in Italy, my son actually bought a 5 or 10 kg jar of it!
PS: I just learned I might be going to Japan. I am so excited!


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