Fabulous Ricciarelli

I was recently asked why I ask everyone how they were.  Hmm  something to think about.  I don’t know, was my answer. 

This person told me that when you ask a person how she/he is feeling you will have no control over the karma that will envelop you.

My immediate reaction was to wonder whether I was in some sort of danger.  I have been reported for being in possession of copious amounts of naiveté, but I had never thought about the consequences of asking a simple ‘how are you.’  I thought about it, and it does make sense.  If you ask ‘How are you’ you will have no control over the words that will be spilt over your persona.

Who wants to hear about doctor’s visits, deaths, pain, and sacrifice?  No one.  

We live in strange times;  complaining and empathy with one’s pain are part of daily life.  No one will tell you how well they are doing.  They would be bragging, and no one likes people who brag.  So the obvious path to undertake is that of some sort of malady to complain about.  Whether it be about an offspring or some sort of joint pain for anyone who is over 50, you have to complain.   It just would not be polite to tell people that everything is just dandy.  


A few years ago I was mesmerised by a customer for a statement she made.  I still remember the morning she stopped by for a chat and a coffee.   

When I asked her how she was, she replied that she was feeling fabulous, just fabulous. 

I must have looked startled because she smiled and asked me if I was not expecting that answer.  

As a matter of fact, I was not!  

She explained that another friend of hers told her to shock people by telling them that she felt fabulous.  It’s contagious she told me.  You will see.  Never complain, tell people you are feeling fabulous. 

It is indeed contagious, and I use it every day.  I have decided to always be and feel fabulous with people I barely know.  

There is no better way to shut people up.  Just tell them you feel fabulous.  And Smile.  Even if it is not true, try it.  You will be surprised by the reactions people have.  


Be a better you.  Be fabulous.  


‘Tis the time for Christmas Desserts.  Cookies are a treat.  Up until 50 years ago, sweets were reserved for holidays and special occasions, and Fabulous Ricciarelli are a deliciously expensive Christmas cookie.  

These cookies call for egg whites, almond meal and sugar.  These were luxurious ingredients in the olden days.  It still is a luxurious cookie, but so worth the little time and effort it takes to make them.  



Vegan Ricciarelli
Yields 40
Chewey Vegan cookie.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 500 gr Almond Flour
  2. 450 gr granulated white sugar
  3. 2 tbs Maple Syrup
  4. Zest of two oranges
  5. 210 gr aquafaba
  6. 1 tbs Cream of Tartar
  7. Powdered Sugar
  1. Beat aquafaba with cream of tartar until stiff
  2. While the aquafaba is beating, assemble the almond flour, sugar, maple syrup and zest in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. When the aquafaba is ready, gently fold into the almond flour mixture. Mix well, but not vigorously. Form a long snake with a 3 inch diameter.
  4. Cut slanted in 1 inch thick slices. Gently press in powdered sugar and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 325°for about 20-30 minutes. Cookies should remain white. They are done when the surface starts cracking.
  1. Add the aquafaba a little bit each time. You may need less. The dough should be sticky.
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