Well, after a couple of weeks of frigid temperatures, Mother Nature decided to give my hometown a break: it has been absolutely beautiful here this week. It’s so lovely that I’ve actually been able to open my windows and let some delicious fresh air into my house. I know it won’t last – in fact, I think the 5-day forecast includes snow – but I am very much enjoying this little teaser of the coming spring. I’m doing my best to soak up as much vitamin D as I can before the next blizzard blows into town.
Reader, I don’t know if it’s the weather, but I have been exceptionally productive today. I’ve already baked & photographed a sinfully decadent flourless chocolate cake, some no-bake cheesecake bars are chilling in the fridge, I’ve made meal plans and grocery shopped for the entire week, and cleaned my entire kitchen. There must be something in the air today. Here’s hoping more of my Sundays can be this fruitful and less lazy (despite the name of these weekly recap posts!).
Here’s what went down this week:
What I posted:
- Ciambellone with Amaretto Simple Syrup is my take on a traditional Italian coffee cake. The simple syrup helps keep the cake moist, as well as lending it a wonderful boozy, sweet flavour. A cake made for dunking in coffee if there ever was one.
- Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies use my failsafe recipe for perfect chocolate chip cookies every time. Buttery, soft, and loaded with 3 kinds of chocolate.
What I didn’t post:
- Mediterranean Composed Salad. Kind of like a Nicoise Salad, but with an Italian twist. I just was not happy with the way the photographs turned out! I swear I will make it again and do a better job of capturing it on film, because it was so very delicious! This was the only picture I ended up liking. Oh well. If at first you don’t succeed, eat the salad and try again.
What I pinned:
- Loaded Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread from Jackie Dodd at Parade. I’ve made a beer bread similar to this before, but was definitely not inventive enough to add bacon and cheddar cheese! I’m almost afraid to make it because I’m almost certain I would destroy a whole loaf in a single sitting…
- Pineapple Coconut Oil Banana Bread from Averie Cooks. This looks amazing. I love the combination of tropical flavours, and I’ve been meaning to try baking with coconut oil.
- Mayan Chocolate Glazed Bundt Cake from The Wanderlust Kitchen. This cake is so beautiful, it almost doesn’t matter if it tastes good, but I would venture to guess that it’s absolutely delicious. Chocolate, cinnamon, and cayenne in cake form? I’ll take it.
What I read:
I’ve been burning through a few quick reads on my Kindle this past week or two. I downloaded a boatload of e-books for free from Project Gutenberg – you know, classic books that I’ve always meant to read but never gotten around to actually picking up. So, in quick succession, I’ve read The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
I am definitely a dog person, and I found myself embarrassingly tearing up during The Call of the Wild as I read it on the train. What a wonderful book! I can’t believe I had never read it before. In fact, I’ve never read any of London’s other books either. What kind of bookworm am I?!
What I bought:
A whole bunch – like, 100 – of the greatest pop and rock hits from the 1980s. What a fantastic purchase. My kitchen is one non-stop dance party now.
On that note, I’m going to go slice my no-bake cheesecake bars whilst being serenaded by A Flock of Seagulls.
Until next time,