Rob asked if I wanted a hot drink this morning, and I requested a cappuccino in one of the (rarely used) tea cups that match the river boat plates. Rob uses an AeroPress, which makes very nice espresso, but he doesn’t have a milk foamer. But I don’t like the foam, anyway, so I guess I just wanted a very-slightly-milky but strong cup of coffee. It was good, anyway.
Then I set to looking for a cake to bake. After spending way too much time scouring the internet, I realized I couldn’t decide because I didn’t want cake. But then I saw something that reminded me of Baby Nathan bars, so I made those instead.
I don’t know if they’re a universal or Midwestern type of thing (here’s a recipe), but they’re a little bit like Rice Krispie treats, except a hundred times sweeter (and better). Heat some sugar with other sugar and fat, mix in the cereal, spread it out, and top it with sugar and also sugar. Cool the pan, slice them up, eat too many, and then wonder why your eyes won’t close when you try to blink.
re: Rice Krispie treats — I always assume all vegetarians know this, but sometimes I learn that not everybody does: marshmallows are not vegetarian. There are special vegan brands, but pretty much anything you find on a supermarket shelf is going to contain gelatin, which is made from the hooves and stringy bits of cows, etc. Even Kosher gelatin still comes from an animal source. So if you’re trying to be a ‘good’ vegetarian, no marshmallows, Jell-o, or most of the mainstream yogurt brands (almost any organic yogurt is fine). I think regular Rice Krispie treats can be made with marshmallow whip, which has no gelatin (it does have eggs, I think), or you can stick to deliciously unhealthy corn-syrup-based treats, like Baby Nathan bars.