Mr. Hawthorne is probably my toughest critic. Outside of myself. Or Mama Hawthorne. This was my entry for Dessert Wars' January Contest.
The theme was Nutella. I made a Molten Nutella Truffle Chocolate Lava Cake with a spread of thinly sliced strawberries, a sprinkling of powdered sugar, a toasting of chopped hazelnuts, and random drizzlings and poolings of Creme Anglaise and Sweet Vanilla Creme Fraiche. Mr. Hawthorne told me my Dessert Wars entry was "Too complicated to look at." Apparently, it was not too complicated to eat. Le sigh. Next, Mr. Hawthorne's criticism of my April photograph for the Outer Banks Voice: "That looks like a plate at a cafeteria. Except you don't have the different compartments."
This is my April entry for Dessert Wars - Vanilla Harmony Quartet: Vanilla Biscotti dipped in vanilla/chocolate sauce Vanilla Pots de Creme Vanilla Meringues Vanilla/Butter/Rum Sauce. And here's Mr. Hawthorne's comment: "Strawberry chicken carcass." YES. I see it. Crap on a cracker! I liked the asparagus cross on my Easter picture, what with all the symbolism I was talking about. Did no one notice the asparagus cross? ETA @ 9:47 PM: Thanks, Mar, for noticing.