I think one of the nicest aspects of the food blog world is meeting people and having someone take the time to say, “I like your blog.” It’s not expected even though ultimately, that’s what most of us are working for, isn’t it? Maybe it’s not what we began blogging for, but it seems that in the long run, it’s a lot of work if no one’s enjoying what we produce.
Keeping a non-digital scrap book would be far less time consuming, but oh, so quiet. At this point, I could never give up the spirited noise that greets me each day that I sit down to work — whether it’s from twitter, or reading blogs, or responding to comments made on mine, the positive energy that greets me is invaluable!
Recently, I was tagged by Karen of Mignardise to share six random things about myself, and I’m grinning, because I like to have fun with these things. But I’m thinking you may need the bribe of a nice bowl of some warm Maple Apple Crisp and a cup of coffee to go with my random nuggets of information. I have a tendency to blather on a bit.
It figures that after a rather extended break from blogging for the holidays, I’d surface to confess that for the first time since joining the Daring Bakers 18 challenges ago, I decided not to participate in the bake fest this month.
I’m feeling quite sheepish about it, too, so I’m not going to bore you with my whining and excuses. Instead, I’ll send you to this month’s hosts, Hilda of Saffron and Blueberry and Marion of Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux to take a gander at the French Yule Log I was to have made — but didn’t. It is quite the beautiful creation!
Instead, I have a simple, but decadent chocolate mousse that we enjoyed after our Christmas dinner with some sweetened cream and raspberries. This is my favorite chocolate mousse recipe because it’s very straight forward, so quick to make, and very, very chocolatey.
Halloween officially launches the party season as far as I’m concerned. It’s not like we have a calendar full of swanky events scheduled…I’m counting zero right now…, but having any excuse to get together constitutes a party. Why not? Football, the holidays, and…..Election Night! Whether it’s a raucous group of good friends, or a more tame cocktail get together, the occasion is always better if the food is excellent.
And speaking of excellent, what could be better than a dish that can be a dip or a salad? It’s elegant, it’s healthy, and oh my goodness, it’s delicious.
The first time I made this, my brother dug in with a tortilla chip and popped it in his mouth, asking between chews and mmmming, “What is this?”
“Raw fish,” I responded. “Good, huh?”
And he thought he didn’t like avocados or fish — let alone raw fish.
I love bread. It doesn't really matter which type of bread — I love it. There are some kinds I enjoy more than others, but when it comes to the hypnotic smell of yeast and the contrast of a chewy crumb encased in a crunchy dark golden crust, I'm hopeless.
Nothing compares to home made bread. Most of my adult life has been so busy, that as much as I've always made time to cook, baking was pushed aside. The time to knead and proof a lovely loaf never fit into my plans. To be honest, it's also because I have no patience for much of anything, and what I do have, I've learned over years of practice. When you spend hours each day in front of energetic middle school kids who'd rather be anywhere than sitting in an English class, having a window to gaze out and the will to slowly count until your class is focused builds one's abilities in the patience department. Trust me. Invariably, one of my students would shush the rest in high dramatic fashion and hiss, "She's counting…" Calm would materialize and the lesson would resume. Ahhh….some very good memories there.
So what does all of this have to do with today? Well, considering that the Internet was effectively saturated with Peter Rinehart's pizza dough yesterday due to the very fine Daring Bakers, I thought I'd share what I've been working with lately.