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If you follow my blog you may know that there is a young baker whom I’ve challenged (quite by accident) to produce expressions of culinary simplicity. Her first expression involved dark chocolate and cinnamon. The second was a shortbread cookie … with a center of soft rose-colored guava paste. The third expression was probably the most on point  … a macaroon with just four ingredients, like a little sweet cloud with a crust. And for my birthday out of nowhere appears a bag of sweet morsels, still simple, just colored orange ’cause that’s a favorite color I mentioned one day, and just a few sprinkles to brighten the day. I’m a rather lucky person, I have to say. 🙂

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The challenge of deriving expressions of simplicity continues … deliciously so. The latest expression from the young chef is shortbread cookies but “with guava paste in the middle. I couldn’t help myself!” she said. All the various taste testers in the room gave her two thumbs up.

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Now, I have this young friend who loves to bake. She is always regaling me with tales of items produced the previous weekend. All sorts of stuff that sounds quite yummy, and also sounds quite complex. One day, she grilled me, asking what kind of cookies I liked.

I said, “Simple ones.”

She frowned. “What does that mean?”

I shrugged. “I’ll eat most cookies but I tend toward short bread, Lorna Doones, chocolate chip cookies that don’t have many chips, that kind of thing.”

She slammed her hand on the table. “I’m going to make you some cookies. What do you want in them?”

“I want it to be an expression of simplicity.”

She didn’t quite curse but I did present her with a culinary challenge.

Recently I was presented with a tupperware of her first expression.

Mexican Chocolate Cookies spiced with cayenne pepper and dusted with cinnamon sugar.

As I looked up from the cookies she said, “I’m still working on it.”

I’m looking forward to more containers filled with her simplicity. 🙂

 

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