I am realizing the restrictions a person has when part of the body does not function as usual. Simple things that we take for granted have become frustrating obstacles.
Have you ever actually thought about the simple act of climbing or coming down the stairs? Living in a 3 storey house this has become my daily feat. Taking it for granted as I would often run up and down the stairs from kitchen to my studio to my prop attic.
It’s not easy now. I cannot bend the knee to a 90 degree angle so the extra angle I need to do the stairs is not easy. I am training everyday with my physiotherapist and it’s getting better and better. My legs need to be strong before I go into surgery. Then I will have to go through the whole thing again. The brace, the training … my knee will be my problem zone till summer comes around.
If it ever comes around that is! Right now it is looking more like a winter wonderland in Weimar. Everyday I wake up to a little more snow and apparently it’s supposed to stay this way till Easter. A white Easter? Imagine that!
I am defying it all I can with lot’s of colorful flowers in the house and dreaming of sensual ripe cherries and picnics in the park and just looking forward to spending more time in the warmth. I think my knee would like that too. It’s time that Spring shows itself soon!
A little while ago I received a big package from the lovely people at Blueboxtree Parties. Like a child on an egg hunt I dug into the styrofoam pieces and picked out, not eggs, but beautifully wrapped cake stands and decorations. The stunning mint green cakestand inspired the girlie in me and I found myself in the kitchen making cupcakes.
Now for those who know me will know that I am not the type to make cute little frosted cupcakes. It’s just not me. But something about browsing through the Blueboxtree website brought out the urge to make frosted cupcakes. These are not the real girlie cupcakes. Seriously! Look around the blogoshpere and you will see intricately decorated cupcakes with sprinkles and sparkles. Seriously? I’d rather spend my time eating my baked treats rather than spending all that time bent over the frosting. It’s not good for the back nor is it good for my knee. So folks this is the best you will get out of frosted cupcakes on What’s For Lunch, Honey?
The color of the cakestand inspired me to use a jar of pistachio cream I had in my pantry and trying to ignore the white and grey outside I used the cute Easter decorations I got from Blueboxtree Parties.
These cupcakes have a fantastic light and fluffy texture somewhere between a financier and muffin. I made these with Sandy who not only helped me whisk and pipe in the kitchen but was also my lovely model and assistant during the shoot. I feel that the recipe definitely needs more crunch so please go ahead and add a handful of chopped pistachios to the batter. They make a special treat to hide in the Easter nests and will be a hit on your Easter brunch or coffee table.
If you want the cupcakes to have a more vivid green color add some organic food coloring to the batter. I can also see these with desiccated coconut in the batter for a tropical flavor. Pistachios and coconut make a great flavor pairing … I might be experimenting with those next.
Next week I will take you on a virtual trip through the 2 workshop days we had here in Weimar last weekend. If you want to get a sneak peek at what we were up to check out the Storify page and our Pinterest board. Until then have an awesome week and a relaxing weekend.
You might like these Easter ideas from WFLH:
|Muscovado Sugar Orange and Cardamom Easter Wreath||Light Mousse au Chocolat with Baileys Crème Caramel||Buttery Saffron Brioche|
All photographs and written content on What's For Lunch, Honey? © 2006-2012 Meeta Khurana Wolff unless otherwise indicated. | All rights reserved | Please Ask First