Posted on Jul, 15. 2008 Category grab bag Tags
Today has been a great day. I thank the new puppy next door for letting me sleep in a little bit later than usual.
I was so excited to finish the last hoodie for my friend Erica. Her nickname is “Cakes” (Ericakes, get it?)
In case you think I am some kind of machine turning out projects left and right, it’s not quite like that. I’ve been working on these hoodies since before Christmas. Because I’m an awful, awful friend, I never got them finished. But tonight we’re meeting for dinner, so I thought this would be a good deadline to set for myself.
Kiss my cakes!!
…and some detail on the hood.
Today I made another loaf of no-knead bread, too. This time I used half a cup of rye flour, and it turned out great! This loaf is much more flavorful, but not too “brown” tasting.
Posted on Jul, 14. 2008 Category grab bag Tags
Did you ever read Eric Carle books? Either to your children, or since you were a child yourself?
At my elementary school, our librarian came into our class once or twice each week and read a book to us. They really pushed the Eric Carle books…Mister Seahorse, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket…we had them read to us by the librarian, and then the art teacher would come in and have us do a craft related to the book too.
The book that the librarian chose to read each week became the most popular…so I never got to check out an Eric Carle book at school. There was a looooonggg waiting list.
But at our local library, they had several copies. I remember picking out all the Eric Carle books at once, and carrying them in a big stack over to a beanbag like a big selfish baby. Hoarding all the pretty books. Poring over them with the knowledge that there was no waiting list–no one was impatiently waiting to open the last page of The Very Quiet Cricket or learn about the plight of the poor Hungry Caterpillar. I remember noticing and studying how the art was made by layering tissue paper. Wondering how I could make a Very Hungry Caterpillar too, to tape up on my wall. I spent so many summer mornings reading at the library–especially fancy books like those and all the craft books. Then I’d ride my bike a few blocks to the pool when it got hot in the afternoon.
Anyway. This is a hoodie for my friend Miss Erica. She works at a local preschool–a job I TOTALLY envy.
I know that she does a lot of Eric Carle books and crafts too. I hope Miss Erica’s kids notice her new Mister Seahorse hoodie. Art teachers are the coolest.
Posted on Jul, 14. 2008 Category around the house Tags
Sometime last year the New York Times published an article about baker Jim Lahey and his recipe for no-knead bread. My mom sent it to me a few days ago and the recipe looked so easy, I had to try it. Nothing to lose, right?
My first attempt sucked bad because my yeast was too old. But after a quick trip to the grocery store and another try? SUCCESS!
The technique involves letting the dough rise overnight (for 12-14 hours) instead of kneading it. This works for me–I can mix up the dough at night, put it in the oven in the morning, and have fresh bread for lunch and dinner!
The inside is fluffy and full of air holes. The crust is so crispy.
Baking bread always intimidated me. My mom does it really well–she bought me a bread machine when I moved into my first apartment and I just never got the hang of it. The temperature’s not right, the flour’s not right…I don’t know what it is, but the loaves never turn out well. This recipe is brilliant because you don’t need to knead, shape, or worry. Just mix it up, let it rise for freaking ever, bake it, and it’s perfect every time. You don’t need any special equipment or secret culinary skills.
So I think…I’ve been really dumb to wait so long to bake my own artisan bread.
It’s dumb to just buy it at the store and deny myself this pleasure.
Sometimes I blog about this, sometimes not. Every Friday/Saturday, Dave and I go to a dance club. Gay, goth, whatever–we dress up and go dance. On Saturday, two of my friends met us there and they ALWAYS take photos. (I never do, hate bringing a purse.) Just wanted to share!