I sit with my afternoon coffee on the front porch on another slow April Sunday. Will rides his bike through the neighborhood while the children watch Clifford the Big Red Dog on television. A car door slams shut, birds chirp everywhere, and I smile to myself as I imagine Will chuckling quietly upon reading more… Continue reading Peace, Love, and Sourdough
This morning Piper and I enjoyed a bit of baking. Once the kitchen table was cleared and wiped down, I brought out all of our mixing bowls and ingredients to set up in our fresh work space. Even though I keep a lot of baking equipment tucked away in the lower shelves of our cabinets,… Continue reading A festive morning spent baking bread
Yesterday we packed Piper, a loaf of Challah, and a pan of Tzimmes in the car and headed out to my parents house to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown fond of New Year’s traditions, both those ubiquitously celebrated and those observed on a smaller scale. I love all of the possibility,… Continue reading For a good (and sweet) New Year.
Another quiet Sunday found me in the kitchen proofing yeast and flouring countertops while the little one slept. My heart has been set on baking Challah for some time now, and today seemed as good a day as ever to try something new. The sight of rainclouds kept me inside, where I could nestle up… Continue reading A first attempt at baking Challah
With one perfectly ripe little avocado, two sweet Campari tomatoes, and a can of chickpeas, we enjoyed ourselves a lazy hands-on lunch. Two other must have ingredients for a delicious Bruschetta spread are quality bread, of course, and lots of fruity olive oil for drizzling. I baked two fresh loaves early in the morning, and though… Continue reading Nigella’s Breakfast Bruschetta
The day began with a warm bowl of oatmeal. While I stirred in bed, Will cooked the oats and later topped my portion with a generous dash of cinnamon and a cooling trickle of almond milk. Slowly I ate and let the warmth and comfort of a quiet day enfold me. A full stomach, or perhaps… Continue reading A good day
The two loaves of sourdough bread that I baked this week turned out unexpectedly. I prepared my leaven and bread mixture the night before I intended to bake. I noticed the first signs of trouble in the morning, when my leaven failed the float test — an indication of weak yeast activity. I’m contributing the… Continue reading The trouble with sourdough bread, or, when the bread gets tough, the tough make panzanella.
Friday night while many reasonable people slept, I crowded the countertops with shredded coconut, rolled oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts for an evening of cookie delight. Daphne Oz includes a rather lengthy chocolate chip cookie recipe in her book Relish, and in a fit of inspiration / madness / hunger I thought to give it… Continue reading In our kitchen at night.
Slowly and surely I’ve been using up some of the foods we’ve kept for a while in our cupboards and on our countertops. Split-peas, tricolor quinoa, barley and an assortment of lentils have been sneaking their way into our meals as of late. Today I tried making apple chips for the first time. Thin shavings… Continue reading In the pantry, apple chips, brown bread, a good movie and thoughts on dinner.