Whew! Taking a breath now. Midterms are over. I have 4 weeks until finals (I hate quarters, I’m a semester kind of gal). Ah, that’s better.
Two of the button packages were sent back to me because they were “too thick” and required more postage, so I will be resending those tomorrow. I can’t imagine that the time it took to label it, the cost of the label itself and the work to get it back to me was less expensive than the .20 they are asking, but whatever. Who knows with the post office.
Last week I stopped at Whole Foods and decided that I needed some chocolate. It’s February and I’m at least sticking to one resolution! 😉 I noticed these Whole Foods Dark Chocolate bars, one with mint and the other with coconut, and knew they would soon be consumed.
Organic, responsibly harvested and delicious- just the way I like it. The mint one has little bits of crunchy mint candy in it and the coconut one had thin, shredded coconut in it. The texture of the coconut bar reminded me of a childhood favorite called Mallo Cups, minus the liquid marshmallow filling. They have this chocolate cup that has a similar coconuty texture.
Both of these bars were delicious and had a different level of eatability than the other artisan chocolates we’ve been eating. Those are delcious, of course, but are to be eaten in smaller pieces and savored. These bars are high quality chocolate, but they are in the 54% range for cacao, so they are a little sweeter and more candy bar-like when you just want to nosh on some chocolate. I highly suggest them, both because they are delicious and a very good bargain for organic chocolate bars of this size.
I will admit that there are some things I can be snobby about and chocolate is quickly rising to the top of that list. Jim is a big lover of coffee. Straight up, black coffee. His perspective is that if you have to put stuff in it, such as sugar or creamer, you don’t really like coffee. He’s a purist in that way. I used to think he was a little over the top about it, but then today a co-worker mentioned that she loves Hershey’s Kisses, I couldn’t help but think that anyone who enjoys something like that and considers it chocolate can’t possibly like actual chocolate. I mean, it’s waxy chocolate full of sugar and milk, there’s barely any actual chocolate in there! This, my friends, is chocolate:
So, what happens when you forget you have bread on its second rise in the kitchen? Monster bread. And I thought it was big while I was rising- look at this thing after baking!
Yeah, it was a tall loaf. Jim kept calling it “double-decker” bread. Thankfully, rising too long doesn’t affect the taste. This is “Goin’ Up North” bread, my homage to Minnesota loaf. Spotted with fragrant, chewy grains of wild rice, this bread was perfect with some Earth Balance and soup.
The only downside to double-decker bread is that the air pockets get bigger, so by the time we got to the middle of the loaf some of the pieces weren’t holding together as well, but it was still worth chowing down!
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