I have been MIA – but for good reason. This past week has been a doozy – one of those kinds where everything in your life seems to go wrong. But it’s okay, because during all of these not-so-happy moments, I did a lot of baking to distract myself. I made a lot of soul food because if life isn’t treating you right, you can always depend on good food. It can fill a belly, warm a heart, and satisfy a craving. So luckily, my baking cupboards were stocked, and I took care of bidneh (business, as if spoken by a toothless old man)
Firstly, I made some macaroons for Josh. I had to make him some – he needed TLC (treats, love and care) all of which I provided. I made him his favourite dinners and rubbed his back and gave him hugs. We held each other really close this week – I needed him and he needed me. It’s times like this when I feel loved, like everything in the world is okay as long as I have my lover close by (even better if I can be in his arms or in that general area)
Next on my list were some birthday cupcakes. It’s become a work tradition that if a teammate has a birthday, they can request a treat (if a treat is not requested within 24 hours of asking time, I default to preparing whatever I please) and it didn’t take long for this one… lemon filled cupcakes with cream cheese icing and fresh strawberries on top. These are so simple and that’s because I use cake mix – GASP!?!?!? I know, I said cake mix… I’m a baker who thrives on ‘from scratch’ goods, but as my Nan says “you baked it, you take the credit!” But the cake isn’t the special part here – the special part lies in the garnishes and additives: lemon pie filling (also store bought – who has time to make this from scratch) homemade cream cheese icing, flecked with vanilla beans and fresh strawberries cut up on top! So refreshing, also tart and sweet at the same time – a perfect balance of deliciousness that reminds you a perfect summer day. And if you have the time, by all means, make the cake and lemon filling from scratch! In the end sometimes your roster of recipes has some no-fails that have a few shortcuts, perfectly fine by me!
And then last but not least, a treat to bring home to my family, once again comfort food – not too unhealthy but yummy. Since fall is fast approaching I’ve become inspired by spices – I mixed together cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and made a batch of oatmeal cookies with cranberries and dark chocolate. These are easily my favouritist cookie on planet earth – I dare you to try them. They’re awesome and chewy and freeze well (if for some stupid reason they last long enough to consider freezing) and who doesn’t like oatmeal cookies? I’ve tried many variations: pecans, raisins, just chocolate chips… and either way, they always come out perfect. Try ‘em out! You can find the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Dessert/Rice-Grain/recipe.html?dishid=4018