that time of the… ahem, of December

Q:  What do you get when you combine “that time of the month” with PayDay, and factor in a recent $$$-hemorrhaging move plus the holiday season fast approaching?

A:  A food spending orgy.  At least if you’re Brouhaha!

I blame this man, really.

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I picked up his book last week while on a pre-PayDay mini-bender.   If you don’t have a general resource cookbook that you find useful, buy this one.  He has EVERYTHING in this book.  
“Everything” includes a recipe for no-knead bread (which I first learned about from Chef Michael Smith).  I started it last night, and by this morning when I went to work it looked like this:

 
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However, it turns out that to make this bread in the best possible way, one requires covered pans (something like a Dutch oven).  Now, even though I have a Dutch over, I decided that today I needed some fancy yuppie-style ones, so headed over to Winners on the morning smoke break. 

And I scored!!!!

Le Creuset and all… for a third of the price.  Man, I’ve achieved true yuppiedom now (even though I’m not really all that “y” anymore.  Sigh.) 

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Not just one… but two!!!

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I thought photographing it on this table with the matching can of Pledge was a nice touch.  Plus, it might make you think that we’re actually doing some cleaning around here.  Heh heh. 

And, just in case you doubted the real credentials of this pot:

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And – I bought some (almost) matching silicone oven gloves!

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But even all this bread-baking orgy was not enough for me on this Day of the Month Days, as I decided when I had to run over to the grocery store for tampons and milk.  And only tampons and milk, mind you. 

Until I saw some other baking ingredients, of course, and then decided that I just had to try to make a yeasted coffee cake from Mr. Bittman’s magnus opus.    Here it is in progress:

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I must warn that I’m sure this is doomed to fail.  Why?

(a) I can’t bake.  I’ve never had any luck working with yeast. 

(b) I think I broke my food processor mixing the dough for this.  Smoke coming out the back of it is not a guid sign, right?  

(c) I’m fooling around with the recipe, which probably isn’t the swiftest idea given that I haven’t the slightest idea about how to deal with yeast. 

Oh well. If I don’t post here tomorrow, you know the whole thing went over the balcony.  

In the meantime, I did have some baking success already this evening with dinner: chicken pot pie!

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Looks lovely, no?  

Alas, I can’t tell a lie.  I did not make the pastry. However, I did an over-the-top thing – combining pie crust and puff pastry in the same recipe!

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And it was GUID. 

For dessert?  Did I mention that I now live about 100 metres away from a Dairy Queen?  And that they have a 1/2 price cake sale for the month of December?

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Well, I think that’s enough of a food orgy for the time being.  Time to go grab a beer. 

Happy 15th of December!

kb

PS.  Oh, let’s not mention my other food acquisitions today… 

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10 thoughts on “that time of the… ahem, of December

  1. Batty says:

    I bought How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and it’s a wonderful book too. My LeCreuset is the best money I ever spent on cookware. I made a potroast for Mr. Batty, the Dutch Oven turned all black and crusty, I thought I’d never get that off. But then… a bit of dishwashing liquid, gently wipe with a sponge, and… clean! You’d never know what happened. It’s magic and worth every penny.

  2. Soo says:

    Wow – I’ve missed so much in my absence from blogland. Belated congratulations on the move to the condo!!!! And now TWO Le Creuset pots??? You my dear, have it made. The DQ in such close proximity is just icing (or ice cream) on the cake.

    All the best for 2009!

  3. Amy says:

    Love the LeCreusets…can I have them?

    Hope you and JJ had a great holiday season. I miss our little “visits”, now that I am not working 10,000 hours a week anymore I will have to be better at emailing.

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