The Ying and yang of flavors

Vanilla becomes a backup to the deeper, darker side of me.

 

Daring Bakers – Chocolate Tuiles

Such a joy of the season: changing my choice to fit the weather! After Easter, vanilla, for Christmas, chocolate. And anytime I need a pick-me-up, a 3pm Snickers to make it thru another unending 12-hour shift, or just because no one is around at 10 pm, and I can watch a chick flick in peace. Goes great with coffee, latte’s, cappuccino’s or cake.

Vanilla becomes a backup to the deeper, darker side of me. Already having a great day? Vanilla latte. Not sure how the dessert will taste? Add a bit of vanilla and up the ante without overpowering everything. Vanilla was an easy spice to find in my mother’s cupboard, a familiar flavor in her baking.

Chocolate, on the other hand, was saved for special occasions. Chocolate takes over, takes control, relieves me from worry or sadness or discontent. It’s name hints at a subtle transgression, an unredeemable vice. Finding a new and darker variety is like discovering a new favorite pair of shoes in a consignment shop: the sigh of absolute contentment escapes without a thought.

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