Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dessert Thursday

Yes when stressed, feeling blue nothing says, or maybe makes you feel a little better like oh something sweet.  Yes I know we should be watching what we eat, at times like these, seriously, is there anything I can do when I feel like the walls are crashing down around me?  Oh yeah I can come here an blog about these urges, share these feeling, and probably realize I am not the only one feeling this way I bet.  

I’m like a lot of other people and when stressed, I feel a strong urge to eat everything in sight.  Because there just may have been that one person way back when that when we felt bad, in order to make us feel better, gave us a little something sweet, and the love they showed us, that amazing gesture just stuck with us.  So when the walls fall in and all we want is cookies, ice cream, or cake, and when you take that first bite and that oh so wonderful feeling of warmth rushes over you, a hug of sorts.  That is the memory a wonderful memory not any soul on earth will ever take away from you.  So eat that cookie if you want and it will be fine.  

It has been a long week and so much has gone on, as I look at my favorite plaque in the house it says "Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts". 

It is that time of the week again to ready ourselves for desserts.  When we are feeling sad, many of us reach for comfort foods such as chocolate, ice cream, pie or cake. What are comfort foods? We know them as the foods that soothe your soul by reminding us of a comforting childhood memory. For most of us, these foods are soothing, comforting and generally epitomize home cooking. 

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly notborn until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world isborn." - Anais Nin
Let's face it kicking back with a friend is a comforting scene, it can make us feel good.  Just like that friend, there are are certain feel good foods we universally reach for when we need to be comforted.  How many of us have come home after a rough day of work and made your way straight to
the cabinet and tear into a bag of cookies. The result instant satisfaction, comfort, security and a general sense of well-being. "Happiness is life served up with a scoop of acceptance, a topping of tolerance and sprinkles of hope, although chocolate sprinkles also work."  ~Robert Brault 

“Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.” ~Pythagoras

Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie

1 cooked pastry shell

14 ounce can crushed pineapple in syrup
1/4 cup cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water
2 egg yolks lightly beaten

Coconut Cream Layer:
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 egg whites
4 tablespoons caster sugar


  1. Pour pineapple into a saucepan add cornstarch mix and bring to boil stirring constantly.  Cook 1 minute then remove from heatand quickly stir in egg yolks and leave to cool.  
  2. Heat milks and sugar together over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add cornstarch mixture and stiruntil it boils and thickens then remove from heat. Add butter, coconut and vanilla then mix well and set aside to cool. 
  3. Whip egg whites until light and fluffy then gradually add sugar beating well after each addition.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 then spoon half the coconut cream into shell. Add pineapple mixture then top withremaining coconut cream. Spread meringue evenly over top and bake 15 minutes.

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