Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding

This is a post about pudding. I’m not going to start this post by saying that store bought pudding tastes awful. I’m not. Store-bought pudding can be awesome if you buy the right brand, like most everything else. What I’m going to say is that if you don’t want to go running out to the store you can make pudding from scratch almost effortlessly from home. It’s really not that hard and the results are downright amazing. It’s not that store-bought pudding is bad, it’s that home-made pudding is just so much better.

Dark chocolate and vanilla pudding topped off with sour raspberry compote

I’m also not going to tell you to use “the finest quality vanilla” or “organic milk and eggs” because pudding isn’t supposed to be “organic”. Pudding is supposed to be simply delicious, with emphasis on both simplicity and deliciousness. It’s also supposed to be how stereotypical grandmas make it, and I’m pretty sure they don’t use organic milk. I wouldn’t really know though – I don’t have a stereotypical grandma.

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“Eggs with Toast”

Uhg. It’s only eleven in the morning. Back to sleep I go. Noon? I could do a bit better. And then, at one, I rise. It’s cold. On the windows there’s condensation and I see the grass covered with frost. I shiver. Is it winter already? I put on a long-sleeved tee-shirt and a pair of track pants and head off to brush my teeth. Back and forth, back and forth. Up and down, up and down. Still tired, I creep down the stairs and have fried eggs with a bagel (also known as pure bliss). My dog scratches. I threaten to scratch him back if he doesn’t stop. He doesn’t stop. I scratch him back.

Trompe l'oeil "eggs and toast" with Meyer lemon pudding, lemon curd, and cinnamon cake

Hmm… what to do next? I lie down on the couch and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel lies on top of me. I feel warm as I watch a movie. I pet my dog and lie there happily  in my family room. Life’s good. Around 4pm I realize I have an English assignment due and run to my computer. I stare at the blank word document before me and wonder how writers do it. Perhaps they use SparkNotes?

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Strawberry Coconut Panna Cotta

One of my teachers has a red and white striped shirt, which he wears about once every two weeks with jeans, that makes him look exactly like Waldo. I’m not even kidding. Every time I see him wearing the shirt I start laughing so hard and everyone else in the class just stares. He’s grown accustomed to it (and told me he anticipates it when he puts it on).

Strawberry coconut panna cotta

The other day he told me that he put on the shirt specifically for me because it would make me laugh. Whenever I walk into math class and he’s wearing the shirt my eyes light up. That shirt always cheers me up. I asked him today if during the exam he could refrain from wearing the shirt because I wouldn’t be able to concentrate.

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