I stepped into my familiar kitchen. It was so good to be back after a little hiatus. I missed that space. My mind was racing with all sorts of possibilities for this latest Sundays with Joy recipe: Chamomile Cupcakes with Honey Glaze from Joy the Baker. But I had to go and change all of that. I had been sleuthing all around town this past week for anything with lavender. One afternoon I found a lavender mocha coffee drink (French Kiss) while out on a spring walk. One spring evening I happened upon a lavender bourbon cocktail while out with my CincyBff. With lavender on my mind I knew just what to do.
The original cupcake recipe calls for chamomile tea. However, I spied my mortar and pestle, crushed a 1/2 teaspoon of dried lavender and into the mixer it went.
And what is the harm in adding in a bit of meyer lemon zest? Absolutely nothing, I thought to myself! So I added a 1/4 teaspoon of finely chopped zest to the batter. I knew I was taking a few chances and risks as I slid the cupcakes into the oven to bake. They emerged, in one piece, and I exhaled a big sigh of relief.
Next was the glaze. I usually find myself with an abundance of glaze so I halved this recipe. To the cream based glaze I added some lemon juice and zest. The honey and powdered sugar helped balance everything out.
I decked out a few cupcakes with extra zest and a sprinkle of lavender and started packaging them up. One went to my
neighbor Mom. (These would make a lovely treat for mother’s day!) I had some fun creating food art with zest and created this gem below.
It was a special occasion, friends. A celebration of becoming engaged! I carefully boxed up the treats for later and headed out the door.
Sweet Z and I met for dinner at a new Thai restaurant in town. We feasted like a king and queen all the while being waited on by a former student of mine. Small town living, friends. In the middle of dinner the waitress approached the table and she apologized to me. The apology was for ‘being a brat’ in band in middle school. To apologize, years later, for your behavior as a growing child takes courage. I was touched.
I wondered if I had made a few mistakes in taking a couple of risks with a seemingly delicious original recipe. Had I changed too much? Was I being obstinate and stubborn (much like that former student was on her ‘bad’ days)? The answer was no. The delicate lavender cake was a beautiful compliment to the honey lemon glaze. Sweet Z (a poet) called them exquisite!
“Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.”