“My Heart is Bleeding for You” Cupcakes: Chocolate and Strawberry Bubblegum

“I don’t eat bubble gum, but I like the smell.” Karl Lagerfeld   According to historians the ancient Greeks chewed mastiche, a chewing gum made from the resin of the mastic tree. The ancient Mayans chewed chicle which is the sap from the sapodilla tree. North American Indians chewed the sap from spruce trees and passed the […]

Bite my Bundt: Traditional Marbled Kugelhopf

“Let’s just say you may regret that second piece of cake.’Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.” Rachel Hawkins   As a part of her Austrian heritage, my maternal grandmother has left me a gorgeous earthenware Kugelhopf tin. Kugelhopf is said to have originated in Austria and was […]

A perfect companion for Dunking: Nut Biscotti

“If your slave commits a fault, do not smash his teeth with your fists; give him some of the (hard) biscuit which famous Rhodes has sent you.” Marcus Valerius Martialis It seems that modern day dunking has its roots in naval history. From about the sixteenth Century onwards, biscuits were used as nutrition aboard ships […]

Sweet Winter Purity: Snowy Mountain Cookies

“Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.” Mary Oliver In life almost nothing is exactly what it appears to be. The soft snow being a really hard material is one of nature’s greatest contrasts. What hides behind the magical snowflakes floating gently […]