Hi Chitlins! I’ve been gone all week, it was my birthday and we’ve been apartment hunting, and I know this isn’t an excuse but whatever I’m using it. I was hoping to have something super spectacular for you guys because this is my 100th post, and it being so close to my birthday I envisioned something beautiful and covered in sprinkles, but sadly it didn’t happen. Instead, I spent nearly 12 hours canvasing our neighborhood looking at 10 different apartments, and then threw myself an ice cream social birthday party, where I forgot my camera and took only two sad pictures on my iPhone. Blogging fail.
Instead, I’m going to give you this awesome and easy French yogurt loaf cake recipe, and two stories.
First, the stories.
We spent the whole morning seeing a number of not so stellar apartments, and The BF was getting grumpy. While I love our backup apartment (a nickname so we can tell them all apart) The BF is a little wary of a 1st floor apartment (despite the fact that we both live on the 1st floor/basement levels now, go figure). So we trek all over, see nothing exciting and head over to our noon appointment. We arrive at the “brokerage firm” fill out an application and then wait in some chairs.
And wait, and wait. Our “broker” is out on the street on his cell phone and there is some strange woman sitting at a desk making phone calls. My mother, who has finally had enough of the situation, asks this woman where our broker is. She goes into some long protracted speech about how sometimes when you make appointments you have to wait twenty minutes, sometimes an hour. I tune out because I see the incredulity on my mother’s face and The BF practically has steam rolling out his ears.
I think I blacked out at that point, to save my own sanity. All I know is after some quibbling between my mother and that woman she huffed away saying something about how she wasn’t even supposed to be talking to us. She sits down at her desk, makes a fake phone call, repeats “Oh it’s been rented? You rented it already? So it’s rented? Ok. It’s rented.” several times, hangs up, turns to us and says “I’m sorry but the apartment has been rented.” I go to take the form I filled out and she snatches it back from me saying it’s “the office’s property.” I request that they shred it, watch as she throws it in some basket and then we all huff out of the “brokerage firm” where our “broker” is still on the phone making fake calls.
The second story. It was the end of the day, we were in probably our 8th apartment viewing with a very nice woman. We’d just sucked down a few cocktails really quick so we were feeling good. The building looks nice, the price is right, it has an elevator (score!), and then she says to us, “We’re not allowed to touch the lights because he grows plants.” [record screeching to a halt]
My mom and I look at each other, “Grows plants, eh? It couldn’t possibly be weed.” Walk in the door and what is in the corner by the only window in the living room? A giant wooden wardrobe with a lock that has a ventilation pipe out the window. Yep, that sure is weed. Mad props to the tenant though, it didn’t smell. And he had all sorts of dead bonzai trees around as decoys. We now fondly call it “the pot apartment.”
Funtimes huh? We have our fingers crossed that we’ll have an apartment by the end of the week and then the true hell of moving can begin. Isn’t it exciting?!
You know what is exciting though? This awesome spin on a pound cake. It’s a quick bread that can be infinitely customized. The original recipe I snaked from my friend Emily and just tweaked a little to include chocolate chips. I suggest tossing a little demerara sugar on top for a little crunch.
Chocolate Chip French Yogurt Loaf
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
2-3 tbsp demerara sugar (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease the inside of a 9×5 loaf pan or two mini pans with baking spray. I used the paper free standing loafs because I was giving these as gifts.
In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl combined the yogurt, oil, eggs and vanilla to the sugar and stir until smooth. Add the 1/3 of the flour mixture and stir to lighten the wet mixture. Then fold in the remaining ingredients, until just combined. Try to minimize the amount of stirring so the loaf stays light. As soon as there are no more streaks, fold in the 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chips evenly over the top. Sprinkle the sugar over the top and bake for 45-50 minutes (in a large pan) or 30-35minutes in the mini pans, until golden brown on top and hollow sounding when you tap it on top. A toothpick inserted in the center will come out with barely any crumbs attached.
Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve a room temperature. will keep for several days wrapped in an airtight container.