I usually don’t gaze at a cup of pudding and find it to be a metaphor for my life but this week…I couldn’t help myself. This week’s TWD was split level pudding. One happy layer of ganache topped with a complimentary layer of pudding. Sounds simple, right? I was immediately drawn to the idea of coffee pudding with the chocolate ganache (coffee + chocolate = heaven). But then, I had to consider the fact that my kids like pudding but probably wouldn’t be clamoring for coffee. Since mint is (inexplicably) not universally loved in my house, that left vanilla as the safe choice.
And there you have it – the tension between being a parent and being an individual. Kelly wants coffee pudding, a condo and some new furniture. Mom wants to share her desserts, throw the kids outside to play, and sees the folly in investing in new furniture during these destructive formative years. Kelly loves that everyone can put their own shoes on, use the bathroom and get the food (in theory) into their mouths instead of the floor. Mom misses seeing little baby bottoms and dies a little inside every time she finds a long forgotten toy. You don’t think you will miss Elmo but…
The solution? I don’t know what yours is. Me? I made both and everyone got treated to real whipped cream on top (too late for pictures). It’s great being Kelly and Mom. We’ll leave the dilemma of new furniture for another day. Now, if I could just get someone to explain to me why my ganache was perfect last week but runny this week, I could find some peace. Unfortunately, the runniness had me wishing for the plain chocolate pudding. I am sure this would be great had I gotten it all right.
Next week: Allspice Crumb Muffins. I promise to spare you the allspice analogies. The full recipe is at Flavor of Vanilla by Garrett.