Friday, October 26, 2012

"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first."

Wise words from Ernestine Ulmer.

I meant to do a series of posts about my various bday month projects - sewing, baking, knitting and general indulgences. But so many indulgences left little time for blogging. So, belatedly, here is a wrap up and also what I ate on my birthday:

Thank you, Dorie Greenspan!

I know. It isn't cake. But you have to admit that birthday Gianduja Pudding served in a champagne glass is pretty awesome. I keep a folder of recipes that I've ripped out of magazines and newspapers. This recipe was inspired by Dorie Greenspan's Chocolate Pudding. The only real change was that this version, by Sara Dickerman, incorporated hazelnuts for a nutella-like flavor. MMmmmm....

I've been on a pudding kick lately because of running. Drinking a tall glass of chocolate milk is actually one of the best things you can do for yourself to recover from a hard workout. So, it really wasn't much of a leap to chocolate pudding for post-run refueling, and from there to making my own from scratch. And from there to making this truly luxurious version.

Not jello pudding.

This pudding is an all grown up and no skimping on the chocolate and egg yolks version. If, like me, you grew up with Jello Pudding with Cool Whip on top, this will be a revelation to you. 

The Wrap Up
My first indulgence was to participate in K-Line's lingerie shop along. I'm happy to report that all my new lingerie fits beautifully, especially the Passionata set from Fig Leaves which is even prettier in person. It arrived from the UK in a speedy 10 days. Bravo, Fig Leaves!

I've been celebrating in waves all month - dinner with Phin on my Bday, dinner with my parents the weekend I gave my mom the Victory Socks, running with Mar Mar and an Oktoberfest party with my family... And now, I am at the start of my Kimono project -  sheer indulgence. But all things must come to an end. My last Bday festivity is tomorrow - a visit to a Haunted House and drinks with some close friends. And, ladies and gents, I will be wearing my completed leather jacket.

So, tune in on Monday! Have a great weekend!


K-Line said...

Words to live by! My mother always suggests, when you go out for a meal on your birthday, that you eat dessert first, then the "real food". :-) As you may know, pots de cremes/mousses/puddings/custards are my favourite treats of all. This looks beautiful.

I am also so glad to hear that the shop along yielded some excellent pieces. I'm sure you will look beautiful in everything for a long time to come.

Clio said...

Yes! I'm really pleased with the Passionata set. It's really practical (invisible under clothing) but oh so pretty. And the fit was comparable to the other brands I wear.

T. Sedai said...

That looks so good! I have a serious weakness for chocolate...

Sheila said...

That looks delicious and so looking forward to seeing your jacket. I know you rocked it like a rockstar

sheila said...

Heyyyy what happened to my comment. 0_o
That looks totally scrumptious and looking forward to your leather jacket reveal... I know you rocked it like a rockstar.

Meg the Grand said...

What a marvelous birthday festivities :) And "Not jello pudding" sounds DELICIOUS!!!