I am helping to plan a baby shower for this weekend (although Kyle has done most of the work since we are having a hard time meshing our schedules…for the last 6 months or so). I’m bringing some of the food, and for some reason this is proving to be more difficult than I anticipated. I have a mental struggle between serving people SAD food (that they probably expect and enjoy) and healthier food that they might think is weird.
I made Sarma’s macaroons yesterday—as I was mixing the batter, I checked my email quickly and got an email from One Lucky Duck saying they have improved their blonde macaroon recipe! Well…I used the old one from her book, which I think is totally fabulous (coconut, almond flour, maple syrup, etc.). I guess they took out the almond flour and made changes to lighten up the cookies, which also sounds great. Anyway, I made the blondies and the dark chocolate cookies, and threw them in the dehydrator…and sampled a few when they were warm.
I’m having a dilemma. Are they normal enough to serve at a party of Penn Yan-ers? Do people eat dark chocolate (and I’m talkin’ dark chocolate, like un-alkalized raw cacao…but with the maple syrup it tastes like regular super dark chocolate)? These cookies are so awesome—they are chewy in the middle and have a little crunch on the outside (yes, Petra and Dave, I’ll bring you samples at work this morning!).
The point of this?
I know I’ve changed a lot because I don’t know what’s normal anymore.
I know what my cousin eats after spending the week with her (and if I ate like her I would shortly curl up and die from too much meat and …she orders everything with the veggies taken out). But, I don’t know if she’s normal either.
What do you think?
Also, when Petra and I throw our raw dinner party, would you like to come? Only people who don’t use the word “ew” about raw food are invited!
The other things I’m planning for the shower (one or the other) are:
Pasta salad with tortellini instead of spirals (thanks Lisa B for that idea a few years ago—I make it for every picnic and people always think it’s so fancy!), with pesto
Red skinned potato salad (because red skinned potatoes are less starchy and I have to feel like I’m doing something right)