Another season has come and gone. And, spring started with a flurry of snowflakes that gifted me a snow day from work. It was an opportunity to get ahead of work deadlines. Instead, I slept in late, made a late breakfast and an early dinner was served. Against a bright snowy day, during an early evening hour, I sat down to work pass sunset. The snow continued to fall as if winter decided to catch up from the lack of snow days in New York City this year. The second day of spring was a warm winter-type of day, in which purple crocuses bravely grew in patches of snow as fresh grass with daffodil and tulips leaves continue to grow from bulbs planted two seasons ago.
I once bragged about making an Almond Poppy Seed Cake. Someone responded it was a novel idea, because lemons and poppy seeds are an overuse combination of flavors. Does everyone automatically pair poppy seeds with lemons? The flavors might be boring to some people, but adding them to a familiar recipe, such as pancakes, is a scrumptious twist. I can’t help to notice how bright it taste especially when its paired with warm maple syrup and caramelize apples. The flavors are unimaginative, but it makes an old recipe taste new again. Read more →
Recently, the taste of raw almonds has become pleasurable. The crunchiness of nuts has always been enjoyed when mixed into a dish. A bag of raw mix nuts isn’t a nice treat. It was a return flight from Europe to New York that started the appreciation of almonds, although it was unknown at the time. My seat was next to a window. A lady seated next to me kindly asked if I could switch seats with her new husband, for he was sitting in the middle aisle, next to an Italian family with a young boy. That’s a big favor to ask when looking forward to seeing the welcoming skyline that defines home. Read more →