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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon

Tonight, we had Lindsay and Mr. Badger over for dessert. Before they came, I commented to Josh that it felt very adult to have another couple over for dessert. I remember my parents having people over when I was little and I was allowed to stay up as long as I stayed in a different room. They would brew coffee and my mother would sneak us out petit fours.

And then, when Lindsay was leaving she commented, "this felt very adult, going out to someone's house for dessert."

And that's how you know you're an adult. You are having another couple over for decaf.

It was actually a very good thing that I had Lindsay and Mr. Badger over because they were earlier testers for my Christmas candy spread--a series of toffees and chocolate barks and a gingerbread caramel. Right now, we've been concocting new recipes for my Purim baskets so they got to try my chocolate caramels with sea salt. Their poor mouths will be put through the sugar gauntlet these next few weeks, but how else can I ensure that my Purim baskets rock the palate?

I am uncertain of how one can take a picture of a piece of chocolate caramel and not have it resemble a square of feces.

Have I mentioned that I'm in the Purim zone? March 8th kicks off Adar II (in the Jewish calendar, we don't just have a leap day; we have a whole leap month. The month of Adar repeats twice certain years and this happens to be one of them). Which is the month that contains my favourite holiday, Purim. Think of all the best features of Halloween, Christmas and Mardi Gras and you have Purim.

To misquote the Orthodox Union: Be Happy, It's Almost Adar!


LJ said...

After the caramels and that cake and the cinnamon coffee, we are your willing guinea pigs. Though Mr. Badger agrees with Josh - more salt.

PJ said...

Wow! That sounds delicious! How fun!

Lori said...


Isn't Purim the one about Esther?

I didn't know it was about sweets. You Jews get all the perks.

Anonymous said...

Chocolate with caramel and salt is one of my favourite combinations. I wish I could be your guinea pig!

And gingerbread caramel sounds amazing.

Jess said...

Seriously. Sounds wonderfully delicous. Mmm, salted caramel. Mmmmmmmm.

ms. c said...

Yummy! It does not look like poo at all! If the testers like it, will you share the recipe? It looks awfully tempting. Sweet and salty are always a great combo.

I am due on erev Purim... I have never been so aware of Purim on the horizon in all my life. I nearly died the other day when I walked into the Kosher Bakery and they has humantashen out!

Michell said...

I would be more than happy to volunteer to be a taste tester of any chocolate you needed tested. You'd have to mail them but I'm just saying whenever.

TeamWinks said...

I'm thinking we need a bit of educating over here. Just sayin'.

Over for desserts is certainly very grown up!

FiestyKel said...

I'll take a piece of THAT faeces.. Hmm. :S

KLTTX said...

My one and only trip to temple was with a friend's family when I was in 6th grade. It happened to be the day they were celebrating Purium and it was so much fun I remember coming home and telling my parents that I wanted to be Jewish because church was so much fun. It was like a carnival and nothing like the church we went to. Have fun!

Jendeis said...

Looks so good! Dying for salt right now.

So excited for hamentaschen!

shinejil said...

Ah, what a great combo: carnival and Halloween and Christmas. And with those yummy chocolates thrown in (which, call me crazy, still look appetizing in that photo).

loribeth said...

Mel, I always learn so much on your blog, and not just about infertility. ; ) Would love to learn more about Purim (& the recipe too, of course, lol).

Vacant Uterus said...

Purim was my favorite holiday as a little girl, even though I was a Baptist. I used to spend time in church reading the book of Esther over and over instead of listening to my grandfather preach. (Interestingly, no one stopped me.) I made my childhood best friend listen to me read it aloud on a bus trip to D.C. in eight grade because I wanted her to love it as much as I did. (She didn't.)

Lucky for me, my mom was pretty into letting me express myself, so we celebrated Purim in our house. We made hamentashen and read the story aloud. Those are good memories; I haven't thought about that in a long time.

Happy Purim! I hope it's peaceful and beautiful for you and yours.

PS~I covet those caramels!

Julia said...

You are a dangerous woman. Remind me to bring extra metformin should I ever set foot near your stashes of sweets.