Last weekend, this yogi commandeered the kitchen and spent her Saturday in a sensuous haze of vegetables, olive oil, butter, and sugar. After an intense yoga class on Thursday night, another on Friday morning, then an exhausting, yet fun zumba/Balletone class on Saturday, energy coursed through my body. I shook my ass to some Pitbull and tackled the Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from my birthday and some Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bottomed Vanilla Cupcakes.
Post-yoga/Pre-cooking and baking glow pictured below.
The compact size, powerful mix of flavors, and nourishing ingredients of stuffed peppers render them excellent, convenient work week lunches. Plus, these babies delight the eyes and add some fun to eating at the office (they work for me, anyway). They’re cute. they’re colorful, they’re tasty. They’re quinoa-stuffed peppers!
My newest love in the blogosphere goes by the name of How Sweet It Is, an irreverent, seductive baking blog. After salivating over Jessica’s collection of recipes and food pornography, I finally decided to whip up a batch of seemingly gourmet, yet easy to make vanilla cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie bottoms. All you have to do is make chocolate chip cookie batter, spoon it into the bottom of cupcake liners, then make the vanilla cake batter, spoon that on top of the chocolate chip cookie mix, and shove it all in the oven.
At the risk of sounding a little dirty, I must say that my cupcakes were moist, sweet (though not overwhelmingly so, as I did not frost them), and smooth. They were very popular and pleased all who took a taste. After saving a portion of them for my family, I took the rest over a friend’s house that night to share with her and her boyfriend.
Alas, I failed to document my baking process, though I photographed my final product. While these cupcakes look rather plain, I assure you that their uniqueness excited everyone.
I’ve said this before and I shall say it again: I love making food for others. I revel in the tactile experience of working with whole ingredients and creating nourishing dishes that bring pleasure to people. I truly believe that food is an extension of love. Word.