I have to admit that I wasn't feeling particularly revved up to do Random Acts of Cupcake today. Even though I'd made the cupcakes, I was wondering whether or not I could be bothered enough to pound the pavements in search of a random recipient, especially after my four rejections last week (a Random Acts of Cupcake record).

Nevertheless, I got my act together and got out there, which turned out to only be no further than a couple of steps outside my front gate because this time, my random recipient greeted me.
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This is Gregory. I've actually known him for a few years now, so he's not a stranger. However, he was the first person I came across today in my quest to perform a Random Act of Cupcake.

I used to teach Gregory's wife, a lovely sweet lady called Noel. I don't see Noel very often, as she spends a lot of time at home painting. But it's not unusual to bump into Gregory around town, so I figured he should be this week's random recipient.

Gregory was pretty happy with the random cupcake thing and cheerfully posed for the photo. He said he'd give the cake to Noel, but if it were me, my resolve wouldn't last and I'd end up scoffing it down, because these bad boys are seriously yummy.
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These are pistachio and cardamom cupcakes. I've actually made them for a previous Random Act of Cupcake (for more details, see The humble pistachio, 24 March 2010), so I'm not going to bother with the recipe here.

The reason for the repeat performance (apart from the fact that they are my all-time favourite cupcakes and never fail to win accolades from my cupcake-consuming friends) is that the book club I go to is having a Turkish theme tonight, to tie in with one of the books we've read recently, The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk. The person hosting the meeting (who happens to be a most awesome caterer) asked if one of us could bring baklava.  I don't think it can be procured in my town, or rather, I don't think I can be bothered tracking it down and I certainly can't be bothered with faffing about with all that pastry etc. So instead, I've come up with the next best thing, a slightly toned-down baklava flavoured cupcake. And boy are they lezzetli (that's Turkish for delicious, apparently).

Anyway, on that random linguistic note, I'll bid you hoşçakal. And I hope you have a wonderfully perfect random week ahead of you.