Anyone in education knows that this is a rough time of year to be a teacher. Keeping the
jumping beans students contained is like playing Whac-A-Mole at the arcade. You know, the one where you bop one varmint down and another one pops up..
It’s also a rough time of year to be a person with celiac. Last week I walked in to the teacher’s room and some of the parents had laid out a whole holiday spread. For a fleeting moment, I got so excited. Pumpkin roll, cake pops, sugar cookies…all of my favorites! And then I remembered….
I actually looked around the room to see if anyone else heard the voiceover in my head that said: Step away from the table. It was the first time since my diagnosis that I felt a real pang of sadness. It’s Christmastime and I can’t eat any of it…. So I made small talk for a few minutes, then retreated back to my classroom.
Not one to be deterred for too long, I went home to my kitchen and had my own party. Chocolate pumpkin tart quickly turned that frown upside down.
The crust came together in no time:
I don’t have a Vitamix blender so my filling didn’t come out quite as smooth as Audrey’s. And I was too impatient to do the swirled spiderweb effect, but a few chocolate chips on top did the trick:
I shared some with the neighbors:
And settled in to savor a piece for myself:
One thing I should say is that this is not your mom’s Cool Whip and chocolate pudding pie. It’s a more sophisticated twist on an old fashioned classic. And it smoothes over the inevitable bumps of having to be gluten free (and a teacher) at Christmastime.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale