Chocolate, donuts, & piparkakku

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF my dear friend Jessica’s company today for coffee (she had tea) at Mesón Salvador. That’s Jessica my first English student in Fuengirola, not Jesica my current English student in Fuengirola (who’s currently on furlough because she’s not permitted to cross the border from Mijas). Anyway, as always, my time spent with Jessica was uplifting, even if we had to keep our distance.

I finished the last of Lulu’s chocolate yesterday, a milk chocolate bar filled with milk chocolate cream — like a truffle. San Geraldo and I immediately moved on to the piparkakku (gingerbread cookies). Although they’re bite-size, they’re so good that we could eat the entire box in one sitting. We allowed ourselves a few and I was told to keep the box in my office so SG would resist temptation. (So far, I’ve managed to do the same).

Jessica didn’t know (nor would she care) about all the chocolate or the piparkakku (I just like the sound of it in Finnish) and she arrived with half a dozen fresh, orange donuts made by the mother of her fiancé Juan Carlos. Once home, I took them out of the bag to take a picture. SG watched and said, “Hurry up, so we can try them!” Dense, fresh, orangey, and delicious.

The cats were in rare form this morning. I didn’t get out of bed until 9. They both immediately starting whining for their treats. After 10 minutes of non-stop hounding (catting?), I snapped, “It’s too early! What happened, did you get Jerry out of bed at 2 instead of 3 for your first treats?!?” He called out from his office, “Yes, they did!” So, I gave up and gave them their formerly 1 p.m. (13:00) then 11:30 then 10:30 treats at 9:15. Some days it’s just not worth the effort.

I showed Jessica my aloe-vera scratched arm (yesterday’s post) and she showed my a recent photo of Juan Carlos’s arm. He had accidentally dropped something over a fence. He reached under the fence to retrieve it and realised once he had squeezed his arm through that it wasn’t going to come back out the same way. He didn’t have any aloe vera handy, but he made a much more beautiful design. I hope when he looks at me he’s not looking into his own future.


TUVE EL PLACER DE LA compañía de mi querida amiga Jessica hoy para tomar un café (ella tomó el té) en el Mesón Salvador. Esa es Jessica, mi primera estudiante de inglés en Fuengirola, no Jesica, mi estudiante de inglés actual en Fuengirola (que actualmente está de licencia porque no tiene permiso para cruzar la frontera desde Mijas). De todos modos, como siempre, el tiempo que pasé con Jessica fue edificante, incluso si tuviéramos que mantener la distancia.

Ayer terminé el último chocolate de Lulu, una barra de chocolate con leche rellena de crema de chocolate con leche, como una trufa. San Geraldo y yo pasamos inmediatamente al piparkakku (galletas de jengibre). Aunque son del tamaño de un bocado, son tan buenos que podríamos comernos toda la caja de una sola vez. Nos permitimos algunos y me dijeron que mantuviera la caja en mi oficina para que SG resistiera la tentación. (Hasta ahora, me las he arreglado para hacer lo mismo).

Jessica no sabía (ni le importaría) todo el chocolate o el piparkakku (me gusta como suena en finlandés) y llegó con media docena de rosquillas frescas de naranja hechas por la madre de su prometido Juan Carlos. Una vez en casa, los saqué de la bolsa para hacer una foto. SG miró y dijo: “¡Apúrate, para que podamos probarlos!” Denso, fresco, anaranjado, y delicioso.

Los gatos estaban en forma rara esta mañana. No me levanté de la cama hasta las 9. Ambos inmediatamente comenzaron a lloriquear por sus golosinas. Después de 10 minutos de acosar (¿cazar?) Sin parar, espeté: “¡Es demasiado pronto! ¿Qué pasó? ¿Sacaste a Jerry de la cama a las 2 en lugar de a las 3 para tus primeras golosinas? Gritó desde su oficina: “¡Sí, lo hicieron!” Entonces, me di por vencido y les di su anterior 1 p.m. (13:00) luego 11:30 luego 10:30 golosinas a las 9:15. Algunos días simplemente no vale la pena el esfuerzo.

Le mostré a Jessica mi brazo rayado de aloe vera (la entrada de ayer) y ella me mostró una foto reciente del brazo de Juan Carlos. Accidentalmente había dejado caer algo sobre una cerca. Metió la mano por debajo de la valla para recuperarlo y se dio cuenta de que una vez que había pasado el brazo, no iba a salir de la misma manera. Él no tenía aloe vera a la mano, pero hizo un diseño mucho más hermoso. Espero que cuando me mira no esté mirando hacia su propio futuro.

As I tried to get pictures of today’s cloudy skies. They didn’t want out; they wanted treats.
Mientras trataba de tomar fotografías de los cielos nublados de hoy. No querían salir; querían golosinas.
65F (18C) and currently a 6 percent chance of rain. I don’t hold out much hope.
18C (65F) y actualmente un 6 por ciento de probabilidad de lluvia. No tengo muchas esperanzas.
And then there were four.
Y luego hubo cuatro.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

24 thoughts on “Chocolate, donuts, & piparkakku”

  1. Those arm-scratches, yes I know only too well how it feels and looks.

    When I oversleep – i.e. not getting out of bed by 3 a.m. to feed them – Bobby starts pounding on my feet, claws in and out, not very pleasant at all, but for him it works, while Blackso [The Second] keeps butting against my head, My very sweet and much-missed first Blackso who died 3 years ago would gently press his cold, wet nose against my eyelids until I opened them. They all have their methods to make you do what THEY want.

  2. Oh, yikes. That scratched arm looks pretty nasty. That must have been scary, to have his arm trapped that way. Those cats have you wrapped around their…paws!

    1. Steve:
      I think Juan Carlos simply had one of those “what was I thinking?” moments. And, yes, the cats are in charge.

  3. Kudos to your self control, Scoot! If something is put within my reach, I will eat it. Compulsive that way, you know. That’s how Balder gets me to eat carrots when I’m in the mood for Oreos. Those donuts look delicious. You said orange, so I was expecting them to look like those very orange cupcakes that Hostess used to make. These look so much better and I want one (yeah, one) to go with my coffee. Dudo and Moose always bring me joy, even when they’re being cats 🙂
    Such decorative scratches! For some reason, I always get a little melancholy when I realize your day is almost over while mine is just beginning. Don’t mind me, I’m just in the middle of my melancholy months. I think I’ll go hunt up some gingersnaps.

    1. Deedles:
      The chocolate is gone. The donuts are gone. I have a NEW KitKat bar and, amazingly, there are still gingerbread cookies. Of course, there really hasn’t been much opportunity to eat them what with everything else that’s been coming into this house!

      The donuts WERE so good. SG took one bite and said, “orange.” He then saw bits of orange peel. All natural… all delicious. I know what you mean about our 9-hour time difference. It’s strange to me that it’s 3:30 in the morning for you as I type this and you’re sound asleep (I hope).

      I’ve had three pretty good days. Don’t ask me why. A bit challenged today. Again… don’t ask…

  4. Are you sure the scratches on your arm were from the Aloe Vera plant and not some hungry kitties ?
    Goodness the donuts look so wonderful.

    1. Parsnip:
      Thankfully, Dudo and Moose are very gentle and never intentionally scratch us. Definitely aloe. The donuts WERE wonderful, and I’m not a fan of donuts. These are so completely different in texture and flavour.

  5. “And then there were four . . . .” Those look wonderful. I think I need/want to go bake something sweet. We had an impressive looking storm roll through very quickly yesterday. Dropped 1/10 inch of rain in 5 minutes and then was gone.

    1. Wilma:
      And then there were none… I’m feeling almost desperate for a big rainstorm, but i should probably be careful what I wish for. SG baked banana bread. Two loaves are in the freezer. We’re not deprived.

  6. Those donuts look yummy!!!! And the cats have the lool of….drop the camera…and gets us treats.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Oh these cats. Moose yowls. Dudo mostly just stares. Sometimes the stares are worse. The donuts were SO good. I’m not a big fan of donuts. Good, like these, Spanish donuts are very different.

    1. Jim:
      Arm looks much, much better today and doesn’t bother me at all. I’d say the aloe did the trick … on the aloe.

    1. Frank:
      I was surprised to find that donuts are popular here. But they’re very different in texture from American donuts… unless you go to Dunkin (called Dunkin Coffee here). Spanish donuts don’t give me heartburn!

  7. Those donuts look wonderful. Yes well we also know about treats, Nick and Nora know how to ask for them. Nick does not whine he just gives you a funny look and he is persistent. Nora does sharp modulated barks to command a treat, you cannot say no. Though they both sleep soundly at night.

    1. larrymuffin:
      Ah, for sleeping soundly at night. Dudo might give gentle mews but mostly just stares… and stares… and stares. He, however, eventually gives up. Moose yowls and could yowl continuously for hours. He never gives up.

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