Some comfort worth sprinkling

How are you?

If you’re anything like me and alternating between two realities of “occasional unsettling fear” and “snoozy TGIF feelings” every day, then we’re on the same boat. And maybe we can all be in both places these days and that’s okay. At the same time, I’ve been trying to practice social distancing as much as possible and embrace working from home (new discoveries include finding the noise from our dryer running in the background to be quite soothing when I write emails).

It’s quite unsettling that we somewhat have an idea of what’s going on but at the same time don’t have any of the answers. I personally think that this whole experience is the jarring reminder we all need that there are things in life which you are in control of, and those you’re not. Shit happens, but you can always control your attitude and how you deal with it.

It’s uncharted territory for us all and we’re all experiencing some disruption one way or another. Weddings get postponed, flights get canceled, and birthdays are spent at home. But in what is true and good news, if there is anything this whole event has taught me, is that 1). we’ve got each other while we navigate through this weird and temporary reality together, 2). some folks really can’t live without toilet papers, and 3). we’ve got plenty of time to bake.

As baking is what I do best in times of ease and times of trouble, here’s a foolproof tiramisu recipe worth making (heads up: very easy, requires no baking but a lot of patience), just to give you another reason to stay home. Hoping you’re all staying healthy and cozy indoors and finding the little things that bring you joy: it could be doing your nails, FaceTiming your friends and family back home, or maybe you want to sit on the couch and stare at the ceiling for 45 minutes, I’m not here to tell you that’s a bad idea. Sounds pretty chill if you ask me.

Be well, stay in, and see you on the other (brighter) side. X

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Ingredients:

125ml strong black coffee
3 tbsp Amaretto, brandy, or Kahlua (optional)
2 eggs
4 tbsp caster sugar
250gm mascarpone cheese
300ml double cream, whipped thick
50gm plain dark choc, chopped (I used 54%)
50gm plain milk choc, chopped
50gm white choc, chopped
2 packs of Italian Ladyfingers
Cocoa powder for sprinkling

Mix the black coffee with the amaretto or brandy (if I’m not self-isolating I would run off to the nearest BWS and get myself some liquor for that kick, but this time I just make a strong espresso base).

Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl until light and thick.

Put the mascarpone in a bowl and stir in a small amount of the egg mix. Fold in the rest, then the whipped cream.

In a large serving dish, dip the sponge fingers quickly into the coffee and liquor mix, then layer the sponge fingers as the base. Spread half the mascarpone on top, then sprinkle over half the white choc and dark choc. I substituted this with some Daim chocolate my housemate got me from Sweden.

Repeat the layers using the remaining ingredients and sprinkle the remaining chocolate and cocoa powder.

Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or even better overnight.

Served best with a cup of black coffee with a dash of milk!

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