I remember the days when I had time to read a good book. I was
up-to-date with all the Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende books; the
sky was the limit. Ever since my kids were born, I just don't have
enough time to add a good book to the parenthood equation. A book
requires downtime, and when the kids are napping I'll rather take a
shower or grab a quick bite; plus I could never stay awake passed 10:00
pm to read, I'd be way too tired the next day at 6:00 am when the kids
wake up. I honestly thought that I could never start reading again;
that is until I met Edward.
the fuss with the Twilight books? I couldn't comprehend how women
ranging from 10 to 100 were all reading these vampire books; how stupid,
I thought. What will anyone over twenty could get out of a teenybopper book about freaking vampires? Please, get a grip ladies; watch
the news, go volunteer, update your facebook page, but don't give me
that vampire crap. I was getting fed up with my friends.
a play date at a friend's house. We were all talking while the kids
were playing when all of a sudden, the Twilight conversation started. 'Oh, please, not again', I thought to myself. I was drinking my coffee
while half-listening to these thirty-something women talk about a
fictional-vampire-character. This is ridiculous. What is it with
these books that have half of the female population going gaga for a
character that doesn't exist? Like someone has time to read this crap.
friend gave me the book and said: "Just read the first twenty pages,
Nina. You are going to love it, and you'll get the butterflies!". OK, OK, I guess that I can read the first twenty pages to
see what the big deal is; so I gave in. This is crazy.
night I read the first twenty pages alright, followed by the rest of
the book! I read Twilight in one day, immediately followed by New Moon; which I
read in two days. Like an addict, I bought Eclipse the minute I
finished with the second book. I couldn't believe myself, I was
behaving like a freaking teenager; daydreaming about a fictional
character, looking for any opportunity to talk about the book. I was
obsessed and ready to be checked in.
My poor family was the victim of a mother-in-regression. Who was doing the dishes? Cooking? Going to
the gym? Playing with the kids? Not me. I was acting like a sixteen year old for about ten
days. All I could do was eat, dream, and talk Twilight. What the hell
happened to me? The kids were on a strict mac n' cheese diet followed
by hours of Ratatouille, Lazy Town, and the Imagination Movers in the
afternoon, while I was glued to my books. Enrico was also suffering
the Twilight effects; no good food, no conversation, and obviously, no
S-E-X. They were all eager to have me back. I needed to go on an Edward
detox program ASAP. What did I do? I started the 4th book to get it over
with. I had to get back to my family.
Thank God I didn't like the 4th book as much as the first three; and
the obsession finally ceased. The mother-gone-teenager was back.
All of a sudden I realized that my family needed a special treat, after all the mac n' cheese intake during my Edward spell.
Plus, I needed to win Enrico back after ditching him for my book crush.
Today, and just in time for Valentine's Day, I am sharing with you the decadent recipe that broke the spell and brought me back to reality. Trust me, everyone will love it. Enjoy!
Chocolate covered "besitos de coco" (coconut kisses) - Prepare to indulge!
-3 cups grated coconut (bagged shredded coconut will do)
-1/2 cup all purpose flour
-4 egg yolks
-1 cup brown sugar
-4 Tbsp. butter (room temperature)
-2 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels