Today was all about books & bread; specifically, baguettes and non-fiction.
As soon as I woke up this morning, I started the sponge for my first-ever batch of real, home-made baguettes. It is now 3:00pm, and I only just finished shaping the dough into baguette-like forms – they are now rising for what seems like the hundredth time. My day has been punctuated by mix, rest, rise, punch, roll, rest, rise, punch, repeat, etc. I will definitely share the recipe in a post, but be forewarned: baguettes are not for the faint of heart! However, I am optimistic that it will pay off in the end.
As I’ve mentioned, about 95% of the books I read are fiction; I love meeting new characters and following them around on adventures. I am trying to bring a little bit more non-fiction into my life, as there is definitely much to be gained from reading about real life, and not just its mirror in art.
I am currently reading a historical biography (Cleopatra: A Life by Stacey Schiff) and a business/self-help book (Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg). Both are accessible, well-written and interesting. Part of me wishes all non-fiction were as easy to get into as these, but I know many things that are worthwhile aren’t easy.
Here’s what happened this week:
What I Posted:
- Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables and “We Were the Mulvaneys”
- Saffron Butter Buns + “Heidi”
- Apple Pie Bars + “Winnie the Pooh”
What I Read: In addition to the two books listed above, I am currently reading Ivanhoe by Walter Scott. I’m about halfway through, and although I will say that this novel isn’t necessarily for everybody, I am enjoying it. Set in 12th century England, it’s full of sword fights and chivalry, knights and Crusaders, and noble, fair maidens.
I also read an interesting article today about food blogs and nutrition. Check it out here. Essentially, there’s a study claiming that food blog recipes are high in sodium and fat, and that cooking from food blogs is making people unhealthier. I believe that consuming real food (e.g. butter rather than margarine, real aged cheddar rather than processed cheese slices, etc.) cannot be bad for you, so long as the higher-calorie items are eaten in moderation. I haven’t posted many salads or vegetable dishes (yet!), but the majority of my diet is made up of fresh fruits & vegetables.
What I Pinned:
- Turkish Delight from Epicurious. This is one of my favourite treats. Once my mom brought me back real TD from the bazaar in Istanbul, and Big Turk bars ceased to satisfy my craving…
- Pumpkin Pie Cake from Six Sisters Stuff. Yes please!
- Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai from A Couple Cooks. I love spaghetti squash. We grow it in our garden, and I’m always looking for new uses.
What I stirred into my coffee: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate mix that I picked up from the farmer’s market yesterday.
Until next time,