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Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

Amen
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Cream Puff Heaven

December 7, 2006


Photo by .michael.newman.

My mother was a cook, not a baker. She liked to mix things at will, go at her own pace, create her own masterpiece. Baking was too rigid for her, especially since she didn’t have a sweet tooth.

However, I had a sweet tooth so once in awhile when the mood struck her or a cold struck me, she’d make Æbleskiver or literally, apple slices despite the fact they never had apple in them! They’re simple little cream puffs that are easy to make and even easier to eat.

In 2005 I learned that I could no longer eat gluten which meant no more cream puffs. Take away my rye bread, my croissants, even my chocolate cake but not the Æbleskiver! So imagine my delight when tonight the wonderful girls that are the Celiac Chicks posted an easy, wonderful recipe for, what else, gluten-free cream puffs! With cream filling and chocolate glaze no less!

Danes are fairly conservative when it comes to food, appreciating traditional cooking, and often hesitating to embrace new “different” types of food. This is me completely which is why when I had to give up my puffs, I could find nothing else. But now, there’s a choice. The choice of cream, or sauce, or jam inside? Or glaze or sugar on the outside?

And those are changes I can live with.

  • Reply
    ElizabethNo Gravatar
    January 9, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Thanks for the recipe for glutenfree cream puffs. I will try to make them in the coming weekend, when friends come over. My son and me also have to eat glutenfree and I’m always happy to find a new recipe so I can make something delicous.

    Venlig hilsen fra Nordborg i Danmark,
    Elizabeth

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