Monday, 5 April 2010

Now for the awful truth....


         


I hope you all enjoyed the chocolate-fest of yesterday? Good; I'm pleased for you. I had hardly any. A feat of will power? No.... the shocking truth is that chocolate leaves me, if not exactly cold, then verging on tepid. I'm just not very enthusiastic about most chocolate, or even this, my childhood favourite, in any quantity. 



Yes, I can have an occasional moment of yearning, like when you really want a very particular thing - "I could just fancy a curry/hot cross bun/roast beef sandwich/cheese scone...", that if gratified, may not occur again for a long time. (Notice that my taste leans towards the rather ordinary....)

Most of the chocolate I buy for Easter is a gift for other people, and as almost everyone I know is following some kind of dietary regime or other (low-cal, low-carb, wheat-free, sugar-free, pleasure-free), I have bought less this year than usual, and indeed, neighbour Sandra's family of hollow-legged boys got a large home made batch of their favourite mocha-chocolate ice cream instead of Easter eggs.

 


But as yesterday was the first time in over a week that I didn't feel pathetically ill (did I tell you I've been ill??), I did have a little splurge - that chicken, for example, amusingly described by one of you as a French Fancy with a face.... and some tiny Lindor eggs, unwrapped under the encouraging gaze of the cats, who love a bit of foil to chase and drop into their water bowl. And the remainder can wait till the occasional yearning (or a visitor who hasn't put themselves off chocolate for ever) occurs again.

What I really like, though, is home baking......


Cheese scones and butter


Lemon drizzle cake


Black Forest cupcakes


Rhubarb and ginger 


Pear, black treacle and ginger

And will power doesn't feature at all there either!

PS Photos from the archives, not today's reality, honest.

21 comments:

Very Bored in Catalunya said...

Mmm those cakes look amazing.

Isabelle said...

Any time you have some spare chocolate - you know the address... Just wait till I've lost that couple of stone...

Barbee' said...

"...not today's reality", whew! I thought you had gone on a baking frenzy and would need a whole new batch of clothes after eating all that.

Pam said...

Ooooo- all looks so yummy. Hope you are feeling better now, and had a good Easter.

jinksy said...

Those cheese scones have really got to my taste buds... I may have to hit the kitchen...

Mac n' Janet said...

Chocolate is an inherited thing like blue eyes, either your born with it or not. But if you do it is an addiction, chocolate and I can not live in the same house.

Fran said...

Cheese scones are just divine. Like Isabelle says, if you're overflowing with the choc stuff, just ask for the address.

BumbleVee said...

Oh, yeh....home baking does it every time !! I baked some double chocolate espresso biscotti in lieu of icky chocolate eggs. And... earlier in the week...I bought a bar of Orange Intense Lindt chocolate to savour one tiny bit at a time.
I too like a little bit of chocolate once in a while...but, would be sick if I ate a whole bar or ate it regularly. ...

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That Rhubarb and Ginger whotsit looks interesting .... a purely intellectual interest , on my part , you understand .

Susan said...

L-O-V-I-N !!!!!the banner bunny
tres sweet you can send your excess chocolate across les Pond s'il vous plait. xo S & les Gang

Rattling On said...

I'm a bit like that about chocolate. I'm much more of a savory lover. Cheese...stilton to be precise. However I felt obliged to eat half an egg today.
Love the header photo.

love those cupcakes said...

I seem to have lost my appetite for chocolate. Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd write.

elizabethm said...

Yes I'm with you - love home baking and am terrifying good at it so keep eating the product. I quite like the odd square of dark chocolate but if I had to choose between that and a really great cheese scone it would be the cheese scone every time.

mountainear said...

Cheese scone please with lashings of butter - all melty and ooooooow, just gorgeous.

When I was thoroughly p'd off with work I would find myself in front of scones in Sainsbury's thinking: 'I could make those' - I aspired to a state of scone-making. They still represent home and warmth and nurturing for me.

If you have any going begging...

my croft said...

oooh, Must Have Recipe for cheese scones. Please.

Deleilan said...

It's not really that awful that chocolate doesn't do it for you — to each his or her own! (But how sad that some people think chocolate can't be part of a healthy diet...)

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Stoppit! Stoppit! Showing me pictures of delicious looking baking! I have had a weekend of overindulgence, and now dare not get on the scales!

Pondside said...

Given the choice between a chocolate and slice of fresh-baked, buttered bread I'd choose the bread. Given the choice between a slice of dense pound cake or a multi-layer Black Forest Cake I'd choose the pound cake. Give me home baking any day!

Jay Diamond said...

stop ! stop! I am dribbling all over my keyboard ! What lovely cakes!

Von said...

Can't beat good food can you? I had a corn cob dripping in real butter for lunch.I've rarely been know to refuse chocolate unless it's white.

Marcheline said...

Any chance of you sharing the recipe for that black treacle and pear thingie?

Once you feel better, of course.

8-)

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