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.
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:
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.)
Not just one… but two!!!
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:
And – I bought some (almost) matching silicone oven gloves!
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:
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!
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!
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?
Well, I think that’s enough of a food orgy for the time being. Time to go grab a beer.
Happy 15th of December!
PS. Oh, let’s not mention my other food acquisitions today…