Although this post is hot and heavy, on sweet confections that is...you will not find pumpkin pie, chocolate candy, or jesus christ here - sorry! However, I promise the oodles of yums will not disappoint.
I think it is pretty obvious, I am by no means a pastry queen. My skillz in the kitchen are predominately of the savory kind. I can throw together a green monster of a soup or an apple wood smoked dulse mac and cheeze lettuce wrap in minutes and have it taste out of this world; my raw marinara sauce, fan-freaking-tastic. (I'm not bragging, honestly, it just happens...like divine-kitchen-intervention...)
Creamy Green Soup:
Apple Wood Smoked Dulse Mac & Cheeze Lettuce Wrap:
Are you listening Bobby Flay??? I'm ready for my throw down!
However, in the vast arena of raw desserts, I am not as blessed. Coming up with successful pastries that work is often more difficult then what I picture in my mind. Sure, they taste good -- it's not hard to make a tasty combination out of nuts and dates but, actually forming them into food that people want to eat? Well, that's a whole other ball game. And so it begins...
Some time around 1 am, when I know I should be sleeping, I quietly mosey on over to the kitchen and open the fridge- plotting. Unlike Daris from The Biggest Loser, my motives are not to stuff my face until four in the morning and sabotage my chances at winning $250,000- Jillian's words, not mine! Oh no, I gave up late night snacking long ago, I'm here purely for experimental reasons. (And, the fact that, well, I have a "Just Desserts" class coming up at the ENC and I want to make sure I'm super-prepared!)
Cacao Nib Walnut Butter Balls Rolled in Coconut