So I, um, haven’t written anything in, um, about two weeks. Whoops! In my defense I had to move two weekends ago, in [3-4 consecutive days of] 100+ degree heat (without air conditioning at either apartment). During said move my couch got maimed by a rogue nail sticking ever so slightly out of our narrowly cornered stairwell. [Insert sad face here]
Anyway, a few days after the move I had visitors in town, so I had to play tour guide (follow the flower).
On top of this ever so hectic schedule I am still taking my Italian classes. I really like the language and am thoroughly enjoying learning it, but 8 weeks of 3 hour, 4 days a week classes have my brain running on about 2.37 cylinders (hence my lack of creative blogging energy). So here I am, on August 14th, not having written anything since July.
Aside from attempting to memorize the 5.83 thousand verb tenses of the Italian language I’ve been doing a fair bit of baking lately. I stumbled upon the Gluten-Free Goddess one night after a fleeting thought left me feeling like I consume too much gluten. I successfully baked her gluten free focaccia bread and some miniature (because I had to use a muffin pan for lack of ability to locate English muffin rings) English muffins. Both were pretty darn tasty. I also tried to make these vanilla brownie things but they were, um, difficult to eat. Perhaps it was an operator error but they seemed to have too much margarine in them and hence had a tendency to crumble upon contact with one’s fingers. Secondly they were a bit over the brown sugar top. In spite of these 2 inconveniences they did taste fairly yummy (probably because of all the margarine), I’ll just be modifying them next time I attempt the gluten-free.
I also tried to make these gluten-free buckwheat wraps. This little adventure in the kitchen ended with me almost tossing the bowl of batter out the hobbit window of my 2nd story kitchen. I don’t know what in the world I did wrong but these little buggars won’t be making an appearance in my kitchen again. I know I’ve only been cooking for about a year and a half but I’ve never had something go so horribly wrong as these did. We almost didn’t have dinner that night as I was so distraught. So, if you boldly go where no buckwheat has gone before I suggest you proceed with caution (and have a backup plan).
On a happier note I got to make cupcakes again last weekend. Always look for a reason to make cupcakes! My brother-in-law (who was visiting) evidently has a sweet tooth, which I was happy to oblige as I don’t bake sweets too often because I tend to eat most of what comes out of the oven. You just can’t go wrong with oreo cupcakes; again from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World! If you don’t own this cookbook you should be ashamed.
Today I went on a little walkabout to downtown (which is conveniently located just under 2 miles from the new hobbit house (which I will explain in a later blog)). I had 4 objectives: to locate a silverware caddy small enough to fit into a drawer only 9 & 7/8 inches wide, a coffee tumbler that will keep my coffee hot for a couple hours, an oven thermometer because I’m convinced my oven has it out for me, and 2 mini spring form pans (for cake of course!). Evidently only one manufacturer makes a caddy that small, and they are located out yonder by the airport so I struck out on objective 1. I did procure a coffee tumbler, though I’m not convinced my coffee will be warm far into the day but at least I donated a dollar to the Global Fund. I was able to track down a thermometer at Macy’s for only $9 (which I actually thought was a little high but whatever). And last but not least I did NOT find my mini (under 9 inches) spring form pans. Well, I could have found them at Williams Sonoma but of the few dollars that are in my bank account $24 of them cannot go solely to cake pans. I did, however, find some cute little oven safe ramekins at Ross; 4 for a total of $8. Wahoo! Now I can make personal desserts for all the guests we [don't] entertain… I’ll just have to actually invite people over now I guess. I went ahead and did a little test run on the ramekins though (and to also test out my backstabbing oven with the thermometer). The result? A blueberry upside down cake. Yep, it was good. And actually it wasn’t very bad for you. Hardly any oil in it (leave the canola, take the applesauce) and no frostin’.
Ok, that’s about all I got. Happy weekend to all!