It’s going to be a very hot day. I am not complaining. I am sitting in my backyard in the early morning sunshine, a cup of tea in hand. I am having it now before it becomes too hot to enjoy it, listening to the Barred Owls hoot: “Who cooks for You?”. Yes, they do actually call to each other early in the morning, much to the consternation of our sons, who are late sleepers. I stretch my stubby little bare toes out wide in the luxury of warmth and realize my shoulders are not up around my ears. Summer has finally arrived. [Read more…]
My dear friend had a stroke last week. I was shocked and concerned and felt helpless to do anything to help.
He is one of the most positive people I know, has never ever said NO to me, when I have asked him to be in a play for little to no money, and gives the best shoulder rubs to bring down tension before a show, not to mention he is a superb dance partner.
I gave a tiny Mason jar of caramelized white chocolate to my dear friend, Steph. She looked intrigued, but was a bit mystified.
“Umm, this looks fantastic,” she said, appreciatively regarding its golden depths and even the white marbling on top. “How do I eat it?”
A very good question. Being chocolate, it had of course, solidified at room temperature, and needed to be melted gently, over a bain marie or in the microwave, to get it out of the jar. [Read more…]
Maybe it’s because a friend of mine posted a clip on Facebook of the 1987 Crystal Light aerobics championships and I thought, “Oh yeah, I wore that spandex and those Reeboks” or because a few days ago my son and I made a recipe from a magazine clipping I have kept pasted in a book and I realized it is from Spring 1984, or because I’ve just had a birthday and feel really old, but I have been revelling in nostalgia this past week. [Read more…]
I had a colleague once, who used to dab vanilla behind her ears before teaching a class. She said it helped to keep her calm and reminded the kids of cookies, so they were happy.
I love the aroma of vanilla. I currently have five different bottles of vanilla extract, plus Tahitian vanilla beans in my pantry.
And it is such a complimentary flavour to many foods, but especially to my other favorite, and the chief subject of this blog: chocolate.
Whether in a vanilla crème or as the base of a hot fudge sundae, nothing matches the taste of really good vanilla. [Read more…]