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Chocolate Babka Debacle – NOT Whole30 Approved

Chocolate Babka is NOT on the Whole30

Chocolate Babka is a wonderful, heavenly, delicious dessert made from chocolate, sugar, butter and flour.  Here’s a great recipe from the Smitten Kitchen.  Trader Joe’s describes theirs as:

Chocolate Babka is crafted from scratch, in small batches, using a sweet yeast dough that’s covered with a rich chocolate filling, and twisted by hand before being placed in a high loaf pan to be proofed and baked. The generous application of chocolate reveals itself as swirls in the finished product when the Babka is sliced.

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DDSO’s son and girlfriend came over and brought a Chocolate Babka gift.  Oh, my!  Toward the end of their visit, I made tea and we cracked open the Babka.

Swoon!

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I cannot resist the heavenly concoction of chocolate, butter and sugar rolled in flaky layers of dough, and then baked and melded into a sweet luscious delicious mouth watering gooey dessert.

Devouring more of the babka after my guests left was shameful, but oh so delicious!  I finally threw the leftovers out after the 5th “this is the last bite” (yes, only 5!).  And I took the garbage out to the curb.  Yes, I know myself.  And did consider having a 6-10th final bite in the evening before repeatedly remembering it was already in the trash bag, in the garbage can, on the curb waiting for tomorrow’s trash pick up.

Did I mention Chocolate Babka (or any Babka) is not Whole 30?

And boy, did I feel it.  The rest of the day was L E T H A R G Y personified.  I could not do a thing. I was tired, unmotivated. My body must have been in shock.  All plans…out the window!  I barely moved, binge watching The Last Alaskans (a great show!), and finally late in the evening managed to get myself up and into bed.

I forgot the next day about my fall from grace, or my fall into delicious heavenly but oh so dangerous chocolate delight. I went to work and found myself highly emotional. I got tears in my eyes when I received a very unprofessional email from a colleague who was trying to throw me under the bus.  Luckily I had enough sense, professionalism and experience not to respond in kind, and instead set up a meeting with my manager to let her handle it. I also got tears in my eyes during a staff meeting in which the Director of our department came in and thanked us for our work.  He wanted to acknowledge us and started with me, telling everyone else on the team what I do and what a “value add” I contribute.  Oh my!

A roller coaster of a day.  I forgot about the fall into the gluten chocolate-sugar buttery heavenliness and went to the Whole30 site to see if others had reported a high emotional state while being on the Whole30.  The light bulb went off while I was perusing the site.  DUH!  It’s not the Whole30 that’s making me crazy. It’s the “Not Whole30” that’s making me crazy!

Well, sometimes I need to fall off the wagon to remember why I’m on it.

Thank goodness that’s over.

Though, yes, very delicious.

Yum.

Gluten – Love it or Leave it – or both?

I ate entirely too much gluten this weekend.  Of course I feel much better when I eat no gluten at all. I have not been diagnosed as celiac nor as gluten intolerant. However, I do notice that I become extremely bloated, tired, lethargic, and feel as though my lungs are congested after I eat it.

So why on earth did I consume a sausage roll after playing golf on Saturday? (For those not in the Northeast, a sausage roll is similar to a calzone – sausage, peppers, onions and cheese baked in a pizza dough, served with a marinara dipping sauce.)  I was starving, and it seemed like it would be filling.  It was delicious.   But the after-effects reminded me why I do not eat that kind of food.

Imagine my surprise to realize that I am now finding myself absolutely addicted to The Great British Baking Show! This is a British baking competition where each week, the recurring contestants referred to as “the bakers” face a 3-round challenge, and at the end of the episode one is named The Star Baker and another is sent home.

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It is fascinating how these amateur bakers create wonders!  The judges and the tasks are extremely intimidating and the hosts are enjoyable.  Ready, Set, Bake!

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The funny thing is that I try not to eat gluten, and all the recipes contain it. Yet, that doesn’t make it lose any appeal.  It’s still wondrous seeing these bakers make these creations.

Typically, with most TV shows and movies, I am trying to catch up to see what everyone’s talking about.  I found out tonight that I’m actually watching the current season (at least current in the US – it may have aired already in England).  That’s why I thought of sharing it with you!

The first season is on Netflix. The third season is currently airing.  I’m catching up on the first season. I’m up to date on the third season.  Soon, I’ll have to find the second season.

But I’ll save my own creativity to knitting and beading (and avoid gluten consumption)!

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