“Savor Sister” Linda here with you today, celebrating small things.
There is a Hummingbird nest in the yard. It is magic. The nest is small, the eggs are small. “Big” has its place in nature for sure. But it can be overly admired.
I am in the mood these days to scale things back a bit – so it is the Call of the Small that I hear most loudly.
Small things speak in a different language. Peer into a hummingbird nest. Stand at the lip of a flower. Or hang out at the entrance of a bee hive. And take it all in. I feel a vast freedom as I get interested in what is in front of my nose. Other than my phone I mean.
Here are a few visuals of just some such “small” things this week. Then we’ll jump right into a fun, flourless, cookie recipe that features the tiny mighty chiltepin.
Call of the Small (flourless) Cookie Recipe – featuring chiltepin
Chiltepin may be tiny but they deliver a STRONG punch of heat directly to your tongue. Unlike most other chilies, these tiny wild chiles have a heat that flares hot and immediate on the tongue. It is not a subtle sensation. And the heat dies quickly. (Most domesticated chiles run the opposite direction: the heat builds more slowly to a peak).
I remember the first time I tried one. It was a hot October day in the foot hills of the Sierra Madres, and I was “set up” to be the butt of the chiltepin joke amongst a group of men. A fresh, bright red chile was picked directly from the plant and handed to me.
I popped it in my mouth. A good time was had by all as I coughed, sputtered and generally turned red. Now hardly a day goes by without me eating one. I even travel with them because I miss them. Their small size makes them super portable.
INGREDIENTS AND HOW TO:
I cup Sunflower Seed Butter
1/3 Cup “as local as you can get it” Honey
1 fresh egg – I used one turkey egg because they are known for being great in baking
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
COMBINE ALL THE ABOVE AND MAKE SURE BATTER IS SMOOTH
ADD chocolate chips and 3-5 ground chiltepin seeds and all. (I also added chia seeds, pepitas, and cranberries).
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until brown. Makes about a dozen cookies.
Let me know what small things call to you. And how you like the bite of chile in this cookie.