On New Year’s Day, I made gluten-free, milk-free, egg-free, nut-free donuts. DONUTS. I felt like a culinary genius. I wanted to stand in the middle of the kitchen, much like Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away when he makes fire for the first time, and yell, “I…HAVE…CREATED…DONUTS!”
Aren’t they just so cute? I amaze myself.
So the new diet thing is going okay, we are still sometimes (often!) running out of things to eat, like how many different ways can you prepare chicken breasts and potatoes? But there have been some successes. The donuts were made for the annual New Year’s Day feast at my friend LuckySevens’ house. I wanted there to be a dessert that was safe for the Captain (and Mr. LuckySevens, who is celiac). They turned out really well, although they do have that quinoa-flour taste that makes them kind of beany in flavour. It’s subtle, but you can tell that they aren’t your usual donuts, so I figured no one else would want to eat them.
At the party, after the desserts were laid out, I went down to the basement to notify the Captain. There were around 10 kids down there engaged in either trying to kill each other with pillows, or threatening to run and tell on those involved in the pillow war. I said to the Captain, in a normal tone of voice, that the donuts were out if he would like to come and get one.
Actually, I only got as far as, “Captain, the donuts are out –” before I was bowled over by a mad rush of kids screaming, “DONUTS!!” at the top of their lungs. It was just like a cartoon when a big crowd rushes by, then the smoke clears and you see the heroine lying dazed in the road. Those kids were ON IT.
Luckily Sir Monkeypants saw the crowd coming and nabbed a donut for the Captain. The rest were gone in SECONDS. Seriously. Every kid grabbed one and gobbled it right up.
So I would have to say that that’s the ultimate seal of approval right there – just as snarfable as real donuts! Seriously, I do take it as a huge compliment and a sign of success.
This morning Mrs. Carl Sagan and crew are coming by so I have made Timbit-style mini-donuts: