Secret Mango Flower Pie

Flowers are not only pretty; they have meanings.  The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, has been used throughout the ages to express messages of love, longing, happiness, desire, pity, and sometimes even suspicion and sarcasm. Although the book Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh elaborates mainly on – ahem! -elaborate Victorian flower arrangements “used…

Stressed Spelled Backwards With Chocolate

Have you figured it out, Beautiful People? Credit for this brilliant linguistic discovery belongs to a little cute French bistro (unfortunately not kosher) called Otentic. Hanging right over the counter, facing you when you walk in, is a sign STRESSED IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS.  What better food idea for the Lasting Joy club February get-together…

Polymath Lomonosov Cake

Frosted with courage, encrusted with sparkles of genius – for a very special number, 2000+ followers of this blog, I present to you a very special, very scientific cake named after Mikhail Lomonosov, a true Renaissance man of 18th century Russia. Before you meet him, though, I want to thank all of you, my amazing…

The Dudes are in the kitchen with Dolly

Originally posted on shehanne moore:
? Dolly. As I am more attuned to cat diet, rather than hamster food, I consulted with Mona, my granddaughter’s hamster.  She complained that she wasn’t getting any chocolate, and she would love some! Even though Mona is a dudette, rather than a dude, I am totally ready to offer…

Raisins in the Pudding

Almost forty years ago, as I landed in the U.S., I came across a short poem and was stunned by the powerful images. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust…

Not Exactly Nutella

February is a National Chocolate Lovers Month, according to Foodimentary.com, and today is a World Nutella Day.  This recipe is adapted from Kirbie Cravings, and it is one of many dessert recipes that use Nutella as a main ingredient. I was first introduced to Nutella chocolate spread in Italy, way before it crossed the ocean and…

Fake Napoleon by Request

My husband (AKA The Boss) requested Napoleon. I obliged, but cheated. Presenting a lip-smacking, but totally Fake Napoleon, by request: I had a leftover of Phyllo dough, about 6 -7 sheets. I thought it would be enough, and it was. The trick is to mist each sheet with oil before placing the next one on…

Elizabeth, the Jumbal Queen

The Great Elizabeth, the last Tudor, had a major sweet tooth. To be fair, she was not the only one. Food has always served to demonstrate and affirm status, and the royals of all times have asserted wealth and power by consuming the most luxurious and exotic comestibles of their epoch. Luckily for Elizabeth the…

Miracle of Miracles – Paperback Is Out!

I want to shout like Motl and Chava, the characters in Fiddler on the Roof: “Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles!” My book is out in real paperback that you can touch, feel, put on your bookshelf, or gift to someone you love! It is found on https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973535491?ref_=pe_870760_150889320. Today’s word prompt is MIRACULOUS.  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/miraculous/. I think it’s…

Victorian Sandwich

Poor Lady Flora had tummy aches and her belly started swelling. As she was a lady-in-waiting to the the Queen’s mother, the all-powerful Duchess of Kent, she was seen by the royal physician, Sir Dr Clark. Perhaps, “seen” is inaccurate in this case, because the modest maiden demurely refused to be examined. The belly kept…