Probably because I had dream group on my mind, I woke up one morning during the week with a dream that didn't evaporate the minute I opened my eyes. In fact, it was the dream that actually woke me. It had one of those common themes where the dreamer is trying to get somewhere but there are a series of delays, obstacles, or dead ends that don't allow the dreamer to fulfill the intention. The dreamer gets more anxious, frustrated, or even more determined as time after time the desire is thwarted. Often the dreamer wakes up feeling emotionally exhausted. This was one of those dreams in spades. I thought about it a few times during the week wondering if it was a dream I should share with the group. But mostly I was focused on what I was going to prepare for them to eat. I needed to make sure I had all the ingredients and that I knew what serving dishes were needed.
Finally I settled on a bundt cake with a cranberry topping. It called for almond paste, sorghum molasses, and cornmeal along with the normal butter, eggs, etc. I consider myself a fair judge of recipes and this one sounded like something a little special. It also covered category a. It would look pretty.
I followed the directions carefully and popped it into the oven for the designated 75 minutes. Because my stove is fairly new, I have been monitoring the oven temperature and have determined that things seem to take a bit longer than the suggested baking time. So, I set the timer for the recommended time and did not check the cake until the buzzer went off. Oops! Too late. The cake was a little brown on top but maybe it would be fine. The directions said not to turn it out of the pan until it was completely cooled. Again I followed the direction given. Oops #2. After, much assistance with a knife down the sides of the pan and some gentle prying most of the cake fell onto the platter.
dashingdish.comThe second recipe I had planned was a breakfast like mixture with oatmeal, yogurt, protein powder, coconut milk, almonds, and cocoa to make it a little chocolatey for Valentine's Day. It sounded like something my group would like. But, so as not to have two flops in one day, I made a one serving portion to test the results. It is meant to be refrigerated for a few hours or overnight before serving. I left it for about three hours and then tasted it. Really? Can this be happening again? It was bland, boring, and not something I would serve to guests. It was something you could call a treat if you were on a restricted calorie diet, I suppose.
Off I went to my party, happy that I was now prepared for guests at 9:30 A.M. on the next day.
Sunday morning I put the bread pudding into the oven for 75 minutes and then went about making the coffee and lighting candles and all those last minute things.
I don't really think it was anything I did that created these problems. I think it was life imitating a dream. My subconscious was not going to let me bypass that dream. By plopping the theme right into my waking life, I was again reminded that there is a message here that needs to be heard. Have I figured that message out? Not completely, but I'm not going to dismiss it.
here. Add raisins if you are a fan. I know I will next time I make it.
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