Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reality TV and a Trifle

I have a confession to make. I'm obsessed with reality television. Like many other people I know I'm fascinated by the superficial, always attractive stars who become ungodly famous for sitting their and letting someone film them be rich and famous. I won't lie and say that I wish I wasn't like them, that money doesn't buy happiness and that traveling all around the world just because you could would get boring, because I can't. I want that.

If you say you're not into being rich, you're lying. You know you are. Who doesn't want money? Lot of money! People can have different reasons why they want the money, but we all wouldn't mind a couple extra million to hold us over, right?

Since the departure of The Hills, and thus my weekly fix on reality television, I've since turned my attention to another popular, if not more, reality show. Keeping Up With The Kardashians anyone? That's right. Ah, to be born into the lap of luxury. How I'd love to have my sisters fly me to Cabo every time I was involved in a breakup. If that was the case, I'd be faking relationships left, right, and center.

"What's wrong?"

"Blank and I just broke up."

"I didn't know you were dating someone..."

"Why don't we talk about this from our first class seats on our way to Hawaii? I've already packed!"

I'm not a superficial person, but it's hard to stay completely clean when the seemingly real lives of the rich and famous are thrown into my face (and happily received, I might add) to the end that I have no choice but to wish I was BFF's with LC or hitting Miami up with Khloe Kardashian, who FYI, is my favourite Kardashian sister. Though, if one of them came knocking and asked me to sip Cosmo's with them, I wouldn't say no.


For those who don't know, last week I went through a major chocolate detox. I seemed to have been in this funk where after lunch and dinner I needed something sweet. "Have a piece of fruit," Mother would say. "Pfft, Mom, get with it." It's not the same. I needed chocolate. So, I'd break off a piece of semi-sweet chocolate and munch on that. Well, after years of doing that, your body doesn't really move the way it use to. As a result, I chose to detox my body by not eating chocolate for one whole week. That's a lot of time, OK? I've since had chocolate here and there, but not as much as I use to, and in much smaller portions. It feels good.

I'll probably relapse in like three days. You'll be able to find me passed out in front of the TV, chocolate smeared across my face while reruns of The Hills shine but a speck of light in my shallow world.

Before I chose to cleanse myself of chocolate (it still hurts to say it) I made a trifle. Anyone ever see that FRIENDS episode where Rachel makes a Trifle? "... First there's a layer of lady fingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, then more jam, then beef sauteed with peas and onions..." Anyone? Let me know if you've seen it. I'd love to talk about friends with you. E-mail me!

My Trifle wasn't quite as comedic, but it was still tasty. The recipe is really simple, and you can put almost anything in yours.

I used a layer of chocolate cake, broken into pieces, then chocolate pudding, then blueberries and raspberries, then Cool Whip with folded in crushed up chocolate finger cookies, then some shaved chocolate. As sister K pointed out, the Trifle tastes better each day, after everything has soaked into the cake and really had a chance to blend.


Until next time, happy baking!



  1. I think the reason everybody wants money is because then it removes the stress of having to worry about making money, or the fear of being stuck somewhere you hate so that you'll have money. Financial strain is a fairly important part of what causes and precipitates depression, so maybe in a literal sense, money does buy happiness. But I think (and I know this sounds cliche) that happiness really comes from getting the lot you want. For example, I want to go to art school and move to an apartment in Ireland with my sister. It would be great if I had to money to make these things easier, but if I had the money and didn't do those things I wouldn't be very happy.

    I must admit I really don't care for reality TV- not that we watch much TV at all, seeing as we have no cable. We download series that we're really into, but the only ones I really like are Supernatural and Bones. Mostly, I'm a movie nut, and of those I like all sorts. To each his own of course, and if reality TV makes you happy, more power to you. :)

    The trifle looks delicious, of course, but right now I've got the makings for S'mores bars calling me from the kitchen. That will definitely be my next project. :)

  2. Hahah I love reality tv too! Thank goodness for cable or else I wouldn't get to watch so many tragic American Reality Tv shows! It's soo sad and good at the same time.

    That trifle looks yummy! Definitely a big fix for a choc craving. Haha @ that friend's ep. I swear it put me off eating trifle for awhile. I could jus imagine the mince in it. Funny how Joey loved it!

  3. YUMMY!!
    And you know that I'm a total reality tv junkie too...I still haven't deleted The Hills finale from my DVR. I can't bear to let it go for good.
    Also, Kourtney is my favorite Kardashian. I think she's prettier than Kim, but what do I know.

    PS: Fruit for snack sucks.

  4. Hmm, you did not mention that your sister was the one who told you to go through a detox (that's me!) It's hard but totally worth it to not have that sweet craving after every meal and before bed. Trust me I've been there, chocolate melted on my face, tv on, passed out in my bed only to be awoken by my husband asking "what's that sticky stuff on your face?" hahah!

    Love reality tv. I started watching the Hills only this season and still have not yet watched the finale, I'm saving it for a special night. But I would totally be friends with Kristin and Lo, Spencer is a freak and Brody is HOT!!

  5. Wow that looks amazing. And easy. I think. I love your commentary on reality tv. The Bachelorette is pretty good if you need some really bad acting thrown in your face. It kills me every time.

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