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The Aunt is the secret…

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Sometimes you just never know the what, the where or the who that will spark your creative juices and provide inspiration.

Your muse, eh?

I speak the truth when I say that I digest the universe for inspiration.  Don’t chuckle… for I am being serious!   Creative stimulus is abundant… literally every situation (good or bad) can be a catalyst.  As a matter of fact, a recent facebook message from a loyal blog reader proved as such.  Nothing lengthy, actually rather short and sweet… a few words that simply requested a lil’ motivation via my next blog post.

Motivation you say…

I can do motivation.  So NB, this one is for you… and hold on tight, because it is all about french toast!

Trying to connect the dots?  French toast… motivation… what in the hell do they have to do with each other?  Haha — in my world, they go hand in hand!

Define the word motivation as you may; determination, force, enthusiasm, drive, stimulation… in a nutshell, it’s basically something that gets you going.  Something that gets you excited, puts a pep in your step… makes you energized, eh?  Pretty much, it makes you feel good — and HAPPY!

Well, check this out…

As a youngster, breakfast was my FAVORITE meal.   Between my mother’s creations and scores of servings of my grandmother’s “can’t nobody cook like you” breakfasts, I was well feed.  Not to discount my mother… but my grandmother was a beast.  Not to go off on a tangent and deviate from my motivation topic… but remember the scene in the movie The Color Purple when Ms. Celie was making Mister breakfast?  If you can remember the manner in which those dogs on the front porch were hypnotized by the aroma — they were struggling… whining… trying anything and everything to get through the screen door to eat Ms. Celie’s food?  Yep… that right there describes my grandmother’s cooking!

At any rate… along with loving breakfast, like many children, I had an unquenchable sweet tooth.  The sweeter the breakfast the better.  Sugar and syrup were my best friends — a perfect marriage — and their presence at breakfast was mandatory.  Cream of wheat, pre-sweetened boxed cereals and pancakes were #1 on my list… and all was good.


I tasted french toast.

Honestly, the introduction is somewhat vague.  For certain, I remember eating this unbelievable treat during brunch at restaurants.  I also recall enjoying the tastiness numerous times at friends’ houses when they served “dinner for breakfast”… but as for home, for whatever reason, it just wasn’t on the menu.  You know I asked… basically begged… but the end result ALWAYS fell short of my expectations.  If I wanted to enjoy french toast, that irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness again, I knew what had to be done…

Ahem — did someone mention motivation?!

That damn french toast put me in a trance.  I wanted more… and if they weren’t going to make it properly… I would do it myself.  But, for someone who’s only cooking experience involved a carton of milk, boxed cereal, pop-tarts and peanut butter & jelly, the task appeared impossible.  Haha — and this was long before the days of the internet and Google.  So there was no quick search on the web to streamline the process.  Nope!  This process was truly an experiment — old school — and a massive amount of trial and error!

And I learned…

Through batches of soggy french toast.  Charred french toast.  French toast with too much egg.  French toast with not enough egg.  French toast with eggshells — ewwwwwwwww!  I learned.  Eventually, I got it right.

Even managed to create a “once you have my french toast, you’ll never crave another’s” recipe with a secret ingredient in the batter.  A recipe that some several decades later, I still follow to this day!

Most important, I learned what I know to be  an invaluable life lesson.

Motivation thrives on perseverance and perseverance will eventually afford a success.  How is that NB for a bit of wacky wisdom?!

As for my french toast and that secret I mentioned — 

always use 3 eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and add a little Aunt Jemima pancake mix to the batter.  It creates a better consistency in the batter, which sticks better to the bread and cuts down on the likely hood of it being soggy in the center.  Nice, eh?

But… since it is a secret, I’m not sharing my proportions of mix to milk — guess you’ve got to play that one by ear!




Good & Plenty can make it good and plenty?

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Good & Plenty an aphrodisiac?

How did I miss the boat on this one?   Lo and behold, it seems that there is an abundance of articles written to support this notion… including the Elle magazine write-up that I recently stumbled upon.  Reading that article sparked my curiosity and it definitely induced a desire (no pun intended) for further research.

Written back in 2009, by Rachel Grumman, the article outlines the top 10 grocery store items that can improve couple’s libidos.  The first item?  We could all easily guess… and rightfully so, it deserves its #1 status:  Chocolate.  The second, not as easy.  Honestly, it was another “who knew” moment for me… but after reading the article, I definitely understand the correlation:  Pumpkin pie.

The third item?

Haha… the third item immediately generated a raised eyebrow!  Who knew that Good & Plenty, my all time  F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E childhood candy can make you horny?  Really?  Those pink and white oblong candies?  The candies that as a child, I strategically ate — eating one piece at a time (alternating the colors), shifting it from side to side in my mouth, cracking the candied shell with my teeth until it disappeared and THEN chewing the black licorice center.  Those candies???

Apparently so…

According to Ms. Grumman and a host of others that I researched, the libido elevator comes from a mixture of the scent and taste of licorice.  That combination is supposed to pack a mighty punch — causing an increase in blood flow to your special parts — thus heightening your desire and putting you in the mood.  Although men too can be effected, it seems that women are most impacted…. haha – or should I say, stimulated!  Needless to say, you have got to be a fan of licorice and attracted to the flavor — if not, then it is a moot point, eh?!

And in a “keeping it real” kind of way, for me, it really does make sense.

I had an “ah-ha” moment… even more so after I went to the store and purchased a 99¢ box of my beloved candy.  No…no… NO — not what you are thinking!  Haha… I am not about to narrate steamy details of my bedroom affairs.  The store visit was mandatory because my memory needed to be refreshed.  It had been yearssssssssssssssss since I last tasted Good & Plenty.  After reading the article and spending way too much time googling information, I had to taste them again — with a “grown-up/adult” tongue!  It was an experiment…

Funny how you never forget habits.

Pink, white, pink, white… one after the other, I popped in pieces and devoured my Good & Plenty just as I did as a child.   BUT… this time, I analyzed the smell and the taste — as if it were a fine wine.  Yep… the licorice taste and scent was very intense.  Very warming… it gripped me in sort of hypnotizing manner.  The flavor… deliciously spicy and it lingered on my palate — and that is when I had that “ah-ha” moment.  The light bulb turned on and I made the connection.

Eating the Good & Plenty didn’t make me want to immediately hop in the sack… and I don’t think I had an increase in blood flow you know where, BUT — there was a bit of a euphoric rush.  The feelings that overcame me while eating Good & Plenty are reminiscent of the sensations experienced when drinking my favorite red wines.  That damn anise!!!  I love reds packed with anise… and since anise has a flavor that resembles licorice, it explains the attraction.  Truth be told… where the Good & Plenty fell short, a glass of a robust red, packed with anise will always do the trick! (Ahem — too much information?)

At any rate… so much for my experiment, eh?

Well… the articles that I found never did mention the quantity of Good & Plenty that needed to be consumed in order to reach that sexual peek.  Hmmm, and I do have a good portion of the box left over…

Haha… are you thinking what I am thinking?!