There is a certain pleasure in going to sleep with the air filled with freshly baked chocolate cake. It is one of those things you can’t explain but it is definitely something that wraps you around and makes it easier to fall asleep.
Baking, for me, is a simple pleasure. More than cooking in general, baking is what makes my heart race faster every time I get the chance (and the time) to try a new recipe. So every time I bake, the air in my house is filled by the sweet smell of sugar and butter, cinnamon or orange, chocolate or lemon.
I have tried dozens of Orange cake recipes but it is still my Great Grandmother one that has first place. I have tried several chocolate cake recipes but there are only two I use on a regular basis. They are full proof and everyone loves them.
More than eating the cake, which I also appreciate, making it and enjoying the scents it leaves makes me extremely happy. And funny enough, whenever I want to thank or cheer someone, I bake. Simple pleasures, simple gestures, things that cross the threshold of our lives and somehow have the power to heel, to comfort, to bring joy. In our ever so busy lives we often forget that simple, true gestures are far more appreciated…. and missed.
Last year I spent Valentine’s day with my husband in Amsterdam. We rarely travel just the two of us, the sacrifice needed to be able, if possible, to travel as a family. So I made a special dinner, I set up a little decor on our table and although I only got home from work at 10.30 p.m. the night before, I baked. And I went to bed happy as a little bird.
Here is my Chocolate Cake recipe in case you want to try it. I think I have posted it before but anyway… It is really easy so don’t stress, don’t fret, open your heart, you kitchen cupboard and simply bake. I promise you won’t regret it.
Life takes us to unexpected roads, some of which we wished we wouldn’t have to travel thru. If along such roads we are lucky enough to find a handful of good friends, a warm and loving family and someone who, even if occasionally, bakes for us, then we are all set to have a much nicer ride than expected.
And in the spirit of perpetuating Valentine’s day a little more, here is a music worth hearing, time and again.
Because Life is a Story worth sharing, Thank you for being part of mine!