Do maple syrup, pecans and butter bring forth any fond memories for you? My mind flies to Sunday mornings and stacks of pancakes. Maple syrup, toasted pecans and butter murmur comfort and sunny chitter-chatter around the breakfast table. ..The nostalgic ingredients are also the stars of this month’s Cake Slice Baker’s group challenge…
I was over the moon when I visited London for the first time in my 20s. (At this writing I’ve made the jump over the pond, six times.) Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guard, daily matinees at the theatres in the West End – I was in heaven! And, oh, my first bites of scones sent me into a happy dance. I’m sharing the joy via my British Bento (lunch box) starring scones…
Toss a few Golden Grahams cereal bits together with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips and you've got S'More Ice Cream fun! The how-to is adapted from recipes in the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook by Christina Tosi.
There is a little prep work involved such as making Graham Cracker Cereal. However, the effort is worth every bite of smooth, S'More goodness.
The Japanese movie version of Shall We Dance? and the title song evoke a poignancy of sorts for me. Sweetness, as it were, of how despite the concerns and curveballs in life, there is a buoyant joy that appears when dancing. So, to celebrate this flight into happiness, I made fairy cakes for our musical #SundaySupper.
“Whoopie!” exclaimed the Amish farmer. In his lunch box was an Oreo-like treat made with leftover cake batter. That is one rendition of the origin of the Whoopie Pie...History factoids and recipes for American classics such as the Whoopie Pie are featured in Jessie Oleson Moore’s The Secret Lives of Baked Goods.
Sword in hand, a little boy sprang from a peach, bringing much joy to a barren grandma and her husband. They named him Momotaro. (Momo is Japanese for peach and Taro is a common boy’s name.) A sort of Robin Hood, this legendary folk hero stole back the gold from the devil’s lair. Justice and rewards for good behavior are strong themes in this story. But, it’s also about smarts and the power of yummy treats.
Go ahead. Confess. Instead of sampling the ambiguous cuisine surrounding you in your travels abroad, you chose a Big Mac at the Golden Arches. Understandable. McDonald’s offers certainty plus easy-on-the-pocketbook prices. You can exhale as you scan the menu; a parade of standards marching by…Until oh, so suddenly anomalies appear. In Japan, you may have seen Ume (plum) Nuggets.