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Christmas Bounty

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Christmas 2017

summary: Happy Christmas; Oatmeal dressing (aka stuffing) is the best; what to do with leftovers; warm up by helping to feed/clothe everyone; It’s warm inside but outside, it’s coooooold! And snowy! It’s so cold and snowy that yesterday’s annual street hockey game was cancelled! But Christmas wasn’t cancelled, and it’s warm inside…. We happily feasted […] Continue reading »

Better Late Than Never not-Champagne Babas (BBB December 2017)

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

cork

summary: recipe for Champagne Babas; substituting more affordable sparkling wine from Argentina; using commercial yeast instead of wild yeast; a Bread Baking Babes project; Bread Baking Babes (BBB) December 2017: Champagne Baba Well, I considered translating this into a recipe with wild yeast…. And then I realized that it would prove that I’m completely out […] Continue reading »

Reparations after Bread Wars

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Mock Monsieur

summary: effects of weather changes on bread made with wild yeast; bread wars; counter-intuitive behaviour; rescuing failures and turning them into major successes; Mock Monsieurs; Avocado Toast; Winning; “If you have a lemon make a lemonade” – Dale Carnegie, after Elbert Hubbard“Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different […] Continue reading »

A Night to Remember

Monday, November 27th, 2017

summary: Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes 1990; almost like new after all these years; Picanha; Sauce d’Auvergne; crazed black cat; We used to splash out and go to a fancy restaurant for our anniversary. But every time, no matter how great it was, we would always end up thinking that we could have had […] Continue reading »

Pasta with Orange, Ham and Gremolata

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

summary: delicious pasta from Jamie Schler’s cookbook “Orange Appeal”; in praise of Ilva’s photography; minor substitutions; adding Gremolata and Swiss chard; Too bad they didn’t ask Ilva to take the photos…. -TPH, looking at the images in another cookbook The day after we had mussels with orange and fennel, T was leafing through Jamie’s book […] Continue reading »

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