Take one full-time job, add a dash of chronic fatigue and you end up with no time or energy to get very creative in the old food blog world. My energy tank is running on empty. Most days I manage to come home from a demanding day at work, sit in my chair in front of my computer and think I *really* need to get some work done on Culinary Zest. And that’s usually about as far as it gets.
I have spent very little time playing in the kitchen of late, exhaustion leaves me with very little want to do much. No, that’s not right, the want is there, the energy to drive that want isn’t. And that is really frustrating.
One thing that I have managed to do lately is satisfy my sweet tooth. Which is a good thing and maybe a bad one too. I’ll decide on the bad part if my jeans start to get snug 🙂
One of the few perks I get from working where I do is that we get a lot of really interesting gourmet foods from all corners of the world. This is something I really love. For me, opening those boxes up and discovering what lays inside is like foodie Christmas! It tempts me and inspires me all at the same time.
Just the other day, I had one of my foodie moments at work. I love marzipan. I love macarons. I love chocolate. Let’s just say my sweet tooth was talking fast and I was listening intently.
Culinary Zest is about sharing more than just things that come out of my kitchen. It was in that moment where I was indulging my sweet tooth that I thought it might be fun to share some of my sweet treats here. Little treasures I discover and taste for the first time or old favourites long gone unseen but not forgotten.
Chronic fatigue, meet my sweet tooth…
First up! This sweet little treat is new to me and tickles all my flavour centers. I love nuts. I love chocolate. I *freaking* love pistachio anything. Anything. End of story. I spied these little gems last week at my workplace. I bought one box. I devoured said box. It hit the spot so much that I bought the last box the next day. Let us not get into the “white chocolate isn’t real chocolate” deal. I was never all that much for white chocolate, but in the right place I like it. This is the right place, for me 🙂
During this one on one conversation I was having with my sweet tooth that day, I also found an old childhood favourite. Marzipan. Not unlike pistachio, I love anything almond. Almonds, almond paste, almond extract. *love* This little package of almond happiness went into my shopping bag as well.
Now this is a more recent foodie fixation. Macarons! I love to indulge in these little bites of yum. I’ve sampled some from France, Belgium and Italy so far. All good, but some just above and beyond others. I also had some really horrid ones on my trip to Vancouver in the Summer of 2014. I spotted them in a little local coffee shop and got all excited and stuff. I was sorely disappointed on the first bite, overly sweet…even for my sweet tooth. Let’s just leave it at they weren’t good at all.
For packaged macarons, these were really good. They disappeared quickly and really inspired me to get moving on experimenting with making my own. I have all the ingredients patiently awaiting me in my kitchen. I have my trusty copy of Pierre Herme’s Macarons to draw inspiration from, but did I mention I have this time issue. Yah, I do! I can’t seem to remember that I have to age the egg whites in the fridge in advance…Pierre says so!
Sweet tooth, you are awesome. Thanks for giving me something that I can share here, without having to find the energy to create in the kitchen. It helps ease the frustrations, to find small simple ways to get creative. Sometimes that is all you really need when your energy tank is running on fumes.
Thus ends my current edition of satisfying my sweet tooth! If you made it this far…Thanks 🙂