I guess Summer’s little lovetap last month made her feel like round two – it looks like, in the last couple of weeks of picture perfect June/July weather, she’s been gathering up her oomph for a serious hit. Holy smokes. Literally. I know, I opened the last post with a similar message, but this time – instead of 2 days of blistering heat – we’re watching an open-ended “record heatwave” with temperatures of more than 40°C rolling towards us. I sincerely hope our jolly weather experts are merely promoting the “worst case” scenario and well… not much else anyone can do.
Looking out of my window – and at the somewhat concerning weather forecast on my cell phone – I think it’s appropriate to begin this post with a quote by one of my all-time favorite Goblins in a certain game universe: “Clobber-time go!”. Frantically trying to ignore the 39°C looming on the horizon of the fast approaching weekend, I can say that in the grand scheme of early Summer “clobber-time” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Do you know that smug’ish, kind of cat-that-got-to-the-cream feeling lighting a little fire in your tummy when things that are usually out of your/anyones control magically go your way after you’ve vented your woes out loud? Like… asking the ghost residing in your steering wheel “What’s the <insert profanities here> problem, why isn’t this avalanche of cars moving?” and the jam loosens up without much further ado (or signs of any reasons for a traffic jam even being there in the first place…).
These last few weeks have been one of those marvelous Signature February Specials with all the fixings… you know the type – the delightful full-on pull-blanket-over-head-and-hibernate-while-mother-nature-goes-nuts variety. Just when I was about to give in to the general greyness creeping up on me, I remembered a foodie conversation about the hoops, hurdles and spike pits one has to overcome get a piece of Caribbean’esue Summer onto a dinner plate on this side of the globe in mid-January.
I can’t believe another year has gone by. Honestly, I have no idea where all that time went – wasn’t it just a couple of blinks ago that I posted a Christmas Box of Chocolates Special? *sigh* For some reason, 2021 flew by as fast as 2020 was sloooooow – and then some. I even had to, as some of you might have noticed, slow down to one post per month in the second half of the year, much to my own dismay. Don’t think I’m loosing touch, though!
You know, when you’re living in an area surrounded by major wine producing regions, mid- to late Autumn will, for better or worse, bury you in grapes. Even if you don’t enjoy drinking wine and/or merrily participating in the inter-regional rivalry and the related (battle-)festivities, there’s basically no way around the grape as such and everything else you can possibly do with it.
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Once more 2021 keeps walking a very straight, very postcard’esque line through the seasons! Almost perfectly on cue at the beginnibg of October, the tell-tale autumn winds started chasing rain-heavy clouds across the skies above us, leaving just enough breathing room in between the gusts to allow us to hear the chestnuts falling off the trees left right and center. (my condolences to anyone who couldn’t find a better parking spot…) And, of course, allowing just the perfect amount of sunshine through for us to go for extended walks through the wild explosion of color that is the landscape surrounding us these days.
Alright guys, time to end our little summery trip around the world with a cooling bowlful of feel good creaminess~ Todays dessert bridges the watery gaps between Central Europe and Central America with the ease and breeze many of us wish our kitchen-endeveors in mid-summer could be managed with… Ah, but I shouldn’t complain! So far, Summer in our corner of the world has actually been quite comfortable – quite unlike the Summer that was raging on while I whipped up this ice cream for the first time.
And the summery Flavor Journey around the world on the hot and spicy side of things continues~ Today’s matchup: the forests and mountains of central Europe in one hand, the gem-studded chili shrubs of Mexico in the other… CLAP~!
Last time, I promised you guys (edible) punchy, summery heat – with a pinch of the great, wide world on top. And spicy, exciting recipes hinting at near and far destinations is exactly what I’ll deliver~! Today’s recipe was, in parts… a surprise, to say the least. A delicious little surprise that crept up on me on the back of a grocery shopping trip I went on before getting the necessary amounts of caffeine needed to function properly into my system. My efforts were further hampered by the fact that, in my severe state of pre-coffee-zombiedom, I left my grocery list behind along with my memory of ever writing one.