Tales From A Hungry Life

May 6, 2016

Rainy Day Surprises

Filed under: Uncategorized — talesfromahungrylife @ 7:42 pm

By Maria Schulz

The day started out soggy and gray. I walked the dog in a downpour, but I wasn’t unhappy. It was quiet and peaceful as we tramped up hills, stopped to take photos, walked through the park, and then ran down a few steep hills towards home.

When I got to work, I noticed a rainbow of umbrellas drying by the door. They made me think of a field full of tulips, preferably on a sunny day.

Okay, so maybe I’m just starved for Vitamin D, or I’ve seen some tulips that were on steroids. I just needed a pop of color and there they were. Sometimes, you’ve got to take what life hands you.

The day was long and uneventful. The funniest thing that happened to me was that my co-worker sent out a memo to everyone and called me Marilyn.

Which is fine, if your name is ACTUALLY MARILYN! I was half insulted (I’ve worked there for a couple of years) and half delighted. I needed something to make me laugh on this relentlessly gray day.

But guess what? When I got home I found what I needed.

An early Mother’s Day surprise.

It came with a card that said: To the best mom ever! We love you, Marilyn!

I made that last part up, but it was just the shot of color, dose of love, and reminder of summer that I’ve been dreaming of this whole rainy week.

Recipe: Zabaglione with Strawberries

This beautiful photo and recipe comes from Food & Wine Magazine’s Quick From Scratch Italian Cookbook. You can serve this hot or prepare it ahead and refrigerate it.


8 large egg yolks

3/4 cup dry Marsala

1/2 cup sugar

1 pint strawberries, sliced

1. Put the egg yolks, Marsala, and then sugar into a large stainless steel bowl. Set the bowl over a large saucepan with 1-inch simmering water. Set a hand mixer on low or use a whisk to beat  the egg-yolk mixture until it’s hot and the mixture forms a ribbon when the beaters are lifted (5-8 minutes). Don’t cook the zabaglione for too long or it will curdle.

2. Put the strawberries in stemmed glasses or in bowls. Top with the hot zabaglione and either serve the dessert immediately or refrigerate it for up to an hour.

For a zabaglione that will last up to six hours in the fridge, add whipped cream. Beat 1/2 cup of heavy cream until it holds firm peaks. When the zabaglione is done, remove the bowl from the heat and beat until cool. Fold the cooled zabaglione into the whipped cream. Put the strawberries into glasses or bowls, top with zabaglione, and refrigerate. You can use blueberries, raspberries, or peaches if you prefer. Enjoy!

So: what kind of surprises did you enjoy today? Please leave a comment and let us know. Thanks!



  1. So who the hell is Marilyn? Happy Mother’s Day little Daughter. Where did my little girl go? The flowers look great. Can’t wait for June.

    Comment by bglou — May 6, 2016 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

    • Your little girl is right here. And height-wise, I get “littler” every day! Just don’t call me Marilyn.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — May 6, 2016 @ 11:12 pm | Reply

  2. Maria! Maria! Maria! Happy Mother’s Day, Maria! Thanks for a delightful read.

    Comment by wordimprovisor177 — May 6, 2016 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

    • Darlene! Darlene! Darlene! Thank you. I miss my pen pal! So happy you enjoyed my post…and remembered my name.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — May 6, 2016 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

  3. Love this – “rainbow of umbrellas” – wished this post was longer – it is so good!!

    Comment by Pml — May 7, 2016 @ 8:13 am | Reply

    • Thanks! I posted from my phone, which made writing a bit more challenging. The umbrellas were my inspiration (I take it wherever I can get it). Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — May 7, 2016 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  4. The beauty in the ordinary…the laughter in a normal life…these are gifts we should never ignore! Happy Mother’s Day, Maria!

    Comment by Beth Goehring — May 7, 2016 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Beth. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I’m looking forward to your next one…they are always so much fun!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — May 8, 2016 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  5. You make me laugh! Great post. Enjoy the flowers they are beautiful!

    Comment by Kathleen — May 9, 2016 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  6. Maria my surprise today was realizing that eating McDonald’s doesn’t always agree with me and I had to take the day off. Not a happy one though!

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — May 26, 2016 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

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