So Thanksgiving is coming up as I’m sure many of you know. As with any get together I have to prepare as many things as I possibly can because that’s just how I get. I am not exactly aware of why I choose to do that to myself but I just like to make a plethora of things for people to taste. I suppose I just like being able to view the response on everyones face even if the expressions are of discomfort.
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At my local CrossFit gym I pulled my bar off the rack preparing for my next rep sequence of jerks until I hear Chris; one of the trainers, call my name from the distance. Thinking it was urgent I re-racked the bar and turned around and he immediately says “have you ever tried dark chocolate with sea salt?”. The cool thing is that he is totally into the healthy eating and Paleo scene but I was slightly stunned by the question because I’m all about chocolate with crunchy sea salt on top, but he didn’t know that so I’ll let him off this time.
There comes a time when you buy bananas and then leave them to sit in the fruit basket until you notice that the object that was once yellow is now a heavily spotted mess. For me, this is an every time event. It can be quite the predicament at first thought because I don’t really know anyone that could eat a banana that utterly goopy and enjoy it. You would have to pretend that it’s just an incredibly sweet and banana-ey tasting plate of cauliflower mash.
I think we all have that one specific familiarity and constant attraction to some food that is bad for you. Like Reeses butter cups. I’m not going to preach about how bad they are for you because it’s simply obvious. But regardless of that, those little cups are incredibly delicious and whenever I think of them or see someone enjoying I begin to feel an eye twitching spasm coming on. I think it’s mainly because I loved them so much as a kid and they are incredibly memorable and familiar to me.
Ah the combination of cinnamon and buttery goodness. Cinnamon is so perfect on just about any baked good, but something about a snickerdoodle makes it significantly better. Back in the days where I had regular snickerdoodles I always recalled them to have a specific buttery and slightly salty richness to intertwine with the sweet and fragrant cinnamon. They had a texture that wasnt crumbly but soft and slightly chewy.
Brownie Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and Cacao Nibs (Primal, Grain free, Gluten free)
A few weeks ago it was my mom’s birthday so I made her a nice birthday dinner, even though I make dinner most nights this one was special. There was one main dilemma though, that dilemma being the fact that her birthday happened to fall on an incredibly busy week so I only had enough time to run and grab a present and make a dinner. I don’t know if you noticed but there is something seriously wrong with that. There was no cake involved.
Something that has always beckoned me to the kitchen while my mom was cooking as a kid was the sweet and buttery aroma combined with rich espresso scented melted chocolate known as chocolate chip cookies. As most people I only remember bits and pieces of my childhood but one significant thing that I remember is just that. The rolling thump of my heartbeat increasing with excitement as she pulled out the steaming fresh masses of soft and chewy dough with oozing chunks dark chocolate. It’s actually quite an exotic feeling that I get whenever I inhale the scent of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. It’s the only type of fresh baked good that really causes it for me, but it’s sort of a jump in your heart after filling your lungs with it’s alluring aroma that brightens everything up.
Sadly I don’t have a story about how I loved the classic poppy seed lemon cake because believe it or not I actually have never had it before. But I do like lemon desserts a lot. They’re incredibly irresistible because of that subtle zing at the end of the sweetness that kind of peeks your interests enough to make you want go back for another bite. A tart and tangy zap to the tongue that starts an electric charge on desire for more. Kind of strange how that slight sourness makes you want to go back for another. The salivation starts and so begins the cycle of going back for the rest of that tart little muffin.
I’ve said many times how chocolate is a powerful tool to bend peoples will. Well this time it was more the chocolate seeping it’s way deep into my cerebrum and controlling me. For the longest time the first thing I thought about when I woke up was chocolate. The roasted and acidic aroma that emits from a fresh opened bar of it. I felt that my very being was in jeopardy if I didn’t soon hear that familiar snapping of a bar when you break it in two.
For those of you who go to Starbucks or went to Starbucks probably know about their little devils known as Petite Vanilla Bean Scones. Yeah well I’m ashamed to admit it, but I loved those things. I used to eat those like mad and pretty often. Sadly they aren’t made with the best ingredients in the world and aren’t the healthiest but what if they were. Now that was something I had to investigate, I mean come on, how could you not take a look at one of those bad boys and want one. I rarely get cravings, but when I started thinking about these I could smell them already.