I don’t want to jinx it, but I think this brutal winter might kind of maybe possibly potentially be over soon-ish in the sometime near future? Which means it’s time for fresh fruit again! Namely, stone fruits, my favorite of which is the peach, but since those aren’t quite in season yet, I opted for the criminally underrated plum.
So January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day, which is wonderful, if a bit unnecessary. Every day is a chocolate cake day! That said, I’ll never pass up the excuse to incorporate more chocolate into my diet, so I’m glad we have a special day to celebrate.
I’ve clearly got summer on the brain, what with the mango muffins from two weeks ago and this week’s blueberry ones. What can I say? I’m a little sick of snow and negative temperatures. Windchill? More like wind, chill! I regret nothing – not these unseasonal muffins, and not that terrible pun.
When I was a kid, one of the things I was obsessed with clouds. I was always fascinated by how fluffy and soft they looked and my favorite day in elementary school was the day we learned all the different types of clouds – cumulus, nimbus, what was the other one, romulus? Oh wait, that’s from Star Trek.
Every time we took a family road trip, I would stare out the window and look up at those white puffs and think about how delicious they must taste. I was really into eating things that shouldn’t be eaten; in fact, I once ate grass in second grade on a dare. Sadly, since clouds were so far out of my reach, I ended up turning to the closest substitutes – whipped cream and cotton candy, which contributed to the half-dozen cavities I had growing up.
It’s 2014 and we still don’t have hovercars or teleportation or personal androids. Most importantly, space ice cream is still not readily available in grocery stores. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty gyped by this new year. I don’t want a watch that is also a phone, but I do want to be able to reach into my tv during commercials and pull out a sample of whatever food the commercial is for. Come on, scientists, if Willy Wonka could do it, so can you!
Apparently 2013 is the year I eat my words – quite literally. Despite my self-proclaimed love for gluten, this was the year I got really good at and started to really appreciate gluten-free baking. And despite my borderline-unhealthy obsession with butter and eggs (okay, there’s nothing borderline about it), I’m starting to really fall in love with vegan baking, thanks to these muffins.