Perhaps This is What “Health” Feels Like

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Baking powder biscuits made with cream and butter. Yum.

I’m not sure anymore what “healthy” feels like. Are you allowed to have a little bit of sniffles and still be healthy? This weekend I had more energy than I’ve had in weeks. My sister and her husband were coming to dinner on Saturday. I gave myself the luxury of sleeping late (or as late as BC allowed).  When I got up, I fed the cats, put away the dry clean dishes from the day before, made coffee and made up a batch of biscuits!!! I haven’t really felt like baking in WEEKS!
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Have I mentioned here what I’ve been doing with my coffee these days?  I’ve been adding chili powder and cayenne pepper to the grounds before brewing. I sometimes add cinnamon as well. I find the heat really helps to clear my sinuses and cut through any PND syndrome that is present. I learned that I liked the chili/cayenne/cinnamon combination added to chocolate so I figured that it might work well with coffee as well. I think it was on one of Jinjer’s posts that I ended up in a discussion about those flavors, and the fantastic designer chocolate that introduced me to the combination – Chuao Spicy Maya dark chocolate. I love their website as well. How can you resist the slogan: “For when wine just isn’t cutting it“? They sure have me pegged. 🙂
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Anyway, once I had my coffee, I was a fountain of energy. I had the energy to have a text conversation with my niece, I cleaned all the counters, wiped down the white cabinets, swept the floors, damp mopped the floors, and cleaned off the dining room table. I then took an hour to relax and make sure I hadn’t pushed beyond my reserves. Then I started baking the spice cake for dessert, and preparing the vegetables to go along with my husband’s cornish game hens. He was also making potatoes au gratin. Dinner WAS delicious. Apologies that I did not take a picture of the cooked hens & potatoes – you will have to trust me that not only where they delicious but they were beautiful as well. My brother-in-law made TWO delicious loaves of bread – a grainy bread with pine nuts and seeds. Also fantastic and we’ve been enjoying the bread since then. 🙂 They left BOTH loaves with us.

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GC and WC helped my husband research how to cook the game hens

I did send the spice cake home with them. The menfolk told me that they loved the spice cake (made using Tagatesse and Sukrin Gold sugar substitutes) but neither of them much care for cream cheese frosting (in general – it was not a comment on the frosting recipe, which I found tasty). If I’d known THAT, I’d have skipped it and just served the spice cake with whipped cream. 🙂 I’ll know for next time. I have to agree with them. That spice cake recipe made a tasty moist cake that really doesn’t even need frosting. It would be perfect with coffee in the morning.

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very moist and tasty. sorry for the blur. 🙂

So the thing that is totally frustrating me at this point is that it is becoming impossible to obtain Tagatesse in this country. I don’t even mind paying the outrageous price Amazon demanded – $18/1 pound box. (You do realize that white sugar sells for around $1.50-$1.99 for FOUR pounds???) I need to make friends with someone in Europe (NOT the UK)and/or find someone heading over to Europe. Damhert does not ship to the United States. I only have one more box of Tagatesse. 😦

8 Responses to “Perhaps This is What “Health” Feels Like”


  1. 1 Deborah Cohn January 21, 2020 at 10:46 am

    No one offered ME any biscuits. pout.

  2. 3 ahuva18 January 21, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    i didn’t bake any dessert for you either. You are supposed to be THANKING me, not pouting!

  3. 4 ahuva18 January 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    That is the company, yes – Dambert. But I don’t want baked goods that USE tagatose. I want the granulated tagatose so that I can bake my own goodies.

  4. 5 honourmcmillan January 21, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Well that’s a spread not baked goods but ok 🙂

  5. 6 ahuva18 January 21, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    It’s a flavored spread. it is NOT a sugar substitute.

  6. 7 Jinjer January 21, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I think I remember our conversation about chili/cayenne/cinnamon flavors and how they DO NOT belong anywhere NEAR my chocolate. And don’t put any espresso in my chocolate cake or brownies. And I only like MILK chocolate.

    Oh man…cream cheese frosting is one of my FAVORITES. Especially if it’s really cheesy and not too sweet. That spice cake looks really, really good. Yum.

    I’m not familiar with Tagatesse!

  7. 8 ahuva18 January 22, 2020 at 9:56 am

    oh dear. and here I thought you might be my long-lost twin. ONLY dark chocolate for me!!!! The spice cake was delicious and easy – you should give it a try!


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