Most of us need no provocation to indulge in the pleasures of eating and drinking, unless, of course, we have taken up the cause of self-deprivation in the form of going on a diet. Diets derail at an amazingly high rate, likely around the same percentile as new restaurants going under. This food business can be pretty tough to negotiate.
Diets fail for many reasons, the greatest of which is boredom. You can assuage the hunger pit formerly known as your stomach with enormous portions of “safe” foods such as hot-air popcorn and celery sticks, but it takes stupendous willpower to resist breaking out of the bubble of agonizing boredom which comes from knowing that for the next several weeks or months, you will live on only hot-air popcorn and celery sticks in order to reach your goal. Boredom can get you into a great deal of trouble. Go ask
No sooner does
“ … finding it very nice (it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart, custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffy, and hot buttered toast), she soon finished it off.”
The drink, however, nearly finishes her off. Now shrunken to only ten inches tall, she spies another alluring directive, “EAT ME,” on a small cake housed in a glass box. Giving up any further debate,
Magical transformations of height and weight should be so easy. I cannot vouch that a sweet marked “EAT ME” will either shrink or stretch you, but I do know that if you eat too many of them, they will make you wider.
Speculaas - From Cookie Recipes Online. I made no deviations, except to roll out the dough approximately 1/4 inch thick before using assorted cookie cutters (not shown). The cookie in the photos was cut with a large oval jar lid and stamped with a letter press before baking. Traditionally, this dough is pressed into special molds, most commonly the image of a windmill, and often served for Christmas celebrations. It is important to allow the dough to soften slightly after chilling to allow for easy rolling. Makes approximately 32 two-inch cookies or 16 large ones. --
This post is being submitted to Simona of Briciole, and Lisa of Champaigne Taste, for their wonderful Novel Food event, highlighting the good food in the good books we read for body and soul.
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