I changed my cover photo on my personal FB page to a scene depicting a wintery sidewalk at night, with the word, "BELIEVE" written across it. That one word is 'Christmas' for me. It is a simple command, or request, to just have faith and let the magic of the season wash over you; to know that all is well, and even that dreams really do come true.
But what does it mean to believe? I think it has to do with the present. The more you immerse yourself in it, and try really hard to be a part of it, the more future "nows" have a chance to be just as amazing. If all you're doing is thinking about tomorrow, or 5 years from now, or even just a place moments away, you create a pattern that says you can't be in the now. And if you're not in THIS now, you won't be in THAT now. I don't want to miss a single moment. So I BELIEVE that every moment is special.
Cooking does that for me which is offer me the absolute bliss of the moment. Like how I felt when creating this very warm and tasty DOUBLE CHOCOLATE KAHLUA BREAD PUDDING, pictured here. Quite simply, what feeds me, even though that's a bad pun, is what I do in the kitchen when food is surrounding me, inspiring me, and nourishing me. It would be awesome if I could just stop my 'day' job, and open the oven PERMANENTLY. But of course that is a choice I am not prepared to make yet, and I always have a choice as to what I do. And the day when I can leave my primary business will come, but not today.
Yet, I believe that I can lead the life I have imagined, and I know that success WILL come in common hours, as Thoreau says. Until then, I will choose to find time to be in the kitchen, every moment I can, and try and create something amazing that makes you go, "wow..." and maybe it even inspires you to try something new or create a new dish.
Whatever happens between now and the next present moment, just know, I believe in YOU.
Charlotte, NC is slowly evolving into a more sophisticated location for outstanding restaurants. One of my favorites, and a darling of southern fare is Tupelo Honey. This is their second restaurant, the first enjoying phenomenal success and fame in Asheville, NC. Fresh, and inventive, dozens of southern favorites dominate the menu. I love it all.
Last Sunday we brunched our way through a few dishes and I ordered their sweet potato pancakes. That is a bit of an understatement as the two flapjacks were more like loaves. Easily an inch or more thick and sporting a diameter that would make a Frisbee jealous, they were dotted with pecans, and served with a crunchy granola. The only problem, and it was only a problem seeking a solution, was the fact that I had about 4 bites and I WAS FULL. I couldn't imagine leaving them behind, and no one at the table wanted these tempting manhole covers in their fridge. So, I packaged them up and waited for inspiration.
Not long after reaching my kitchen, and peering in to the paper to-go container, I realized these would make a fantastic bread pudding. I had a bit of french bread left over to stretch them, and eggs, sugar and cream always fix everything. Take a look at this YUMMY repurposed dessert, my SWEET POTATO PANCAKE BREAD PUDDING WITH MAPLE BRANDY CREAM.
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.