The Exploding Chocolate Cake!

May 2, 2015 | 0 comments

 

Kristina Jones

Kristina Jones

My cousin Kris arrived last night laden with many parcels, not the least of which was an amazing-looking chocolate cake. One of those to-die-for dessert extravaganzas that looked totally decadent and inviting at the same time.

“I tried to get Nyel’s favorite Scharffenberger Bombe at Papa Haydn’s on the East Side, but they were closed,” she said.  ” This looked like a good substitute!” Oh my! Did it ever.

We spent a few minutes visiting or, more exactly, getting acquainted on a firsthand basis. Kris is a cousin I’ve heard about all my life (and she says vice-versa) and we’ve been together ‘in passing’ at various family events, but this weekend is our first Dedicated Get-Together.

I should explain that Kris and I are not cousins in the true sense of the word. Her mother’s brother, Bronk Williams, married my mother’s first cousin, Barbara Espy. We have cousins in common but Kris and I would be considered “shirttail relatives” in the South. In our family we call ourselves “connections” but it’s lots simpler just to be cousins. So we are.

Kris in the News

Kris in the News

Kris is a vocalist who “has performed nationally and internationally in a wide array of musical styles” according to her website at www.spiritualsinging.org, but she is enough younger than I that I have mostly heard about her through the family grapevine – about her years in New York singing with local and regional opera an musicak theater companies; about her appearances with the Portland, Seattle and Eugene Opera Companies here in the Northwest; and, about her stay in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she produced a song cycle and music video in support of humanitarian causes, rescuing young women from being sold into prostitution. Now she lives in Portland where she tutors, directs and has been deeply involved in establishing the Little Sisters Foundation whose goals are:

1.Raising awareness of anti-human trafficking.
2, Supporting NGO’s that work every day to keep children from being trafficked into sexual slavery.
3. Establishing safe houses and shelters for women and children that have escaped from human trafficking. Education is a key factor and the Foundation will work diligently with high schools and universities to provide this.

Decadence!

Decadence!

What a life she leads! What an amazing woman she is!  We were still talking at the dining room table enjoying Nyel’s delicious African Peanut Soup and a crusty baguette from Bailey’s Bakery when there was an enormous explosion from the kitchen. It turned out to be a strawberry that had leapt off the cake and landed several feet away on the kitchen floor. (Five second rule. I ate it anyway!) What a fantastic stand-in for that Scharffenberger Bombe. It promises to be an exciting weekend with Cousin Kris here!

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