#171: Cupcakes again!
Yup, I’m addicted.
These were my best to date, according to how much Mum and Dad were both raving about them — and not just when they were eating them, either! They were still talking about these yummy coconut flour cupcakes the next day, too.
These are a slightly different variation that the previous ones I did. For a start, they are chocolate. I added orange extract and orange peel, among other things. Dad said right away that they reminded him of the chocolates we used to get that were shaped and flavored like oranges — that you would whack on the table before eating to split into “orange” slices. Since this was the flavor I was trying to recreate, it was a perfect compliment! I also added coconut flakes over the top. They had a fluffy-fudge kind of texture and richness.
#172: Summer Solstice!
The Summer Solstice is the 21st or 22nd of June in the Northern Hemisphere, depending how you calculate it. Its significance is that it’s the longest day/shortest night. This was much more noticeable in North Idaho, where I grew up; but even in Hawaii there’s a slight chance. My family traditionally celebrates the Solstice on the 21st.
Since these three photos were taken on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, I decided to create a theme by mixing the tradition of the Solstice with the tradition that the energy of a Full Moon is felt on both the night preceding and following the actual night.
Also, remember the photo of the herbs and flowers I gathered for a Fire Ceremony? These are they, the centerpiece of my outdoor pagan alter. I spend most of the afternoon doing ceremony for the special day. It was quiet and magical and perfect.
#173: Pad Thai Salad.
A new dish I created, to much success. I mixed up my usual Pad Thai sauce using fresh-squeezed orange juice. Then with the sauce I sauteed onion, eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, daikon, basil, and pineapple Mum grew on the farm. I served it over a simple lettuce and green onion salad, and it was delicious!