GUYS, IT’S NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY!!

 

I’m celebrating Cupcake Day with delicious chocolate cupcakes baked with a hint of white rum and left-over coffee (fr. this morn’s brew).

Chocolate cupcakes baked in a hint of rum/espresso. Topped with slivered almonds
Chocolate cupcakes baked in a hint of rum/espresso. Topped with slivered almonds

In American’s culinary world, cupcakes have been around since the 19th century; and continues to put a smile on everyone’s face. HAPPY CUPCAKE DAY GUYS!!

AUTUMN’S GREENS CAN BE SUCH A TREAT

The great thing about autumn is that it has these awesome and wholesome vegetables. A couple of days ago, I picked up these goodies. Their brilliant green hues screamed out to me. Moreover, their prices were quite competitive compared to a few months ago. After all, it’s their season to be plentiful, so I nabbed.

AUTUMN'S BOUNTIES
AUTUMN’S BOUNTIES

I did a quick blanch. I cooked them in salted water for a few minutes. Then I shocked them in an icy bathe in order to stop the cooking process. Blanching helps to keep them super green. I dried them and gave a quick satay in a drizzle of olive oil with crushed garlic. I then topped them with a little slivered almonds I had on hand along with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

The result was a crispy and refreshing finish. I know what I’ll do. I need to stock up on these greens while the prices are not through the roof. Perhaps, you should too.