Spring Forward… You have cost me one whole episode of Teen Mom 2. Thanks? I guess? I mean, I’d be mad if I were doing something valuable with my time. Like baking scones. If you’d taken these away, we might have to have capital-w Words. Maybe all-caps WORDS.
Ah, spring forward. The controversy! Morning people and night people: it takes all kinds. We can’t all do everything at once; that’d be madness. Like baking. Some of us get down with night baking, some of us wake up naturally with the sun, drink some green juice/chamomile tea/virgin blood (I don’t know how you people operate, forgive me) and bake up breakfast goods at an appropriate time.
Either way, we will have scones. Tender, slightly sweet, dotted with heavenly banana chunks and toasty hazelnuts.
Posted in Baking, banana, Breakfast, Vegetarian, weekend
Tagged baked goods, baking, banana, breakfast, buttermilk, cinnamon, hazelnut, nuts, pastries, scones, spices
You know what? Weekends were a fantastic idea. Just wonderful. A Sunday morning is one of the few opportunities I have to be as polite with myself as with everyone else–instead of mentally barking out orders to my sleepy brain to get out of bed and do X, Y and Z immediately, I can politely ask.
“Hey, self… You look awesome today–I like how your bangs are pointing to the left AND right… It’s visionary. Cutting Edge. Genius. Say, what do you feel like doing today?”
Well, this weekend, I wanted to (A) brush my hair and pin my bangs back into an acceptable situation–all hail dry shampoo!– and (B) make a cappuccino and a fat stack of pancakes. Citrusy ones, with poppy seeds.
Posted in Breakfast, Main courses, pancakes, Vegetarian, weekend, Winter
Tagged breakfast, citrus, Fruit, kumquats, pancakes, poppy seeds, tart, winter, winter fruit
Holy crap, I am obsessed with Weeds. These things tend to happen in the winter: Netflix streaming and dark evenings somehow make me extraordinarily motivated… To sit on my couch and catch up on pop culture. Watch all the things! Yes!
I’m not doing so hot; Weeds premiered in 2005, you know? I would have an easier time forgetting just how late I am to the party if it weren’t for the cell phones. Old-school flip phones with that familiar greenish-grey/black display. Shows about drug dealers feature phones A LOT.
On this schedule, I’ll be ready to discuss Girls and Downton Abbey in 2021. Let’s make it a date, okay?
I’ll bring homemade pop tarts.
This has been on my to-do list for a while. First thanks to the ever-brilliant and inspiring Deb from Smitten Kitchen. Then I had this killer homemade sweet potato pop tart at Dottie’s True Blue in San Francisco. I guess I tend to get around to baking projects slightly more quickly than I catch up to cool TV shows. Slightly.
And so, here they are! And they’re beauties. Tender, buttery pastry crust, and zesty, slightly sweet, citrusy, creamy-dreamy-cheesy, slightly vanilla-scented filling. A swirl of powdered-sugar icing on top. Pop tarts! Made from real food!
Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Vegetarian, Winter
Tagged baking, breakfast, breakfast pastries, cheese, childhood favorites, citrus, dairy, icing, orange, pastries, pop tarts, ricotta, zest
Dante from Clerks… I am Dante from Clerks, you guys.
I shut down the convenience store to go play hockey on the roof for a little while… And by that I mean: the convenience store is this blog and playing hockey on the roof is (a) working too much, and (b) holidays/socializing with out-of-town visitors, etc.
It’s not a great excuse, but it’s the truth… And I think part of the takeaway message of Clerks was: don’t take yourself too seriously. The world will go on without you. It’s all good. Life happens, and if I have disappointed you with my momentary sabbatical, I’m definitely sorry, but I want you to know: it’s okay to go play hockey on the convenience store roof. If you want to, I think you should. I think we should do exactly that, together… The world will still be there tomorrow.
The other takeaway message of Clerks: be careful in dark bathrooms.
Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining, Holidays, Vegetarian, weekend, Winter
Tagged breakfast, breakfast cake, bundt, buttermilk, cake, cranberries, meyer lemons, tart fruit
If my coworkers ever see me limping into the office on crutches, they should probably not assume I was kickboxing. Let’s not be ridiculous…
If they knew me at all, they would probably bring up this Office classic:
Except that it would be more accurate to replace “Foreman grill” with “waffle iron.”
I’m clumsy, but that’s neither here nor there–what I’m saying is, I’ve been making a LOT of waffles lately. And if I did have a kitchen appliance in my bedroom a la Michael Scott… It would be a Belgian waffle iron.
Anyway. The appliances will stay where they are for now, but still–no slowing down with the waffles! Inspired by these pear-gorgonzola beauties, I forge ahead. This time, there are cured pork products too.
Posted in Breakfast, Fall, Main courses, Meat, weekend
Tagged apples, breakfast, brunch, cheddar, cheese, Fruit, michael scott, prosciutto, sweet and savory, the office, waffles
Sometimes I can tell I’m going to be controversial. Today is… Such a time. Hide yo kids, hide yo pets, hide yo everybody. Politics! (Kidding) Religion! (Kidding) Stinky cheese in waffles! (Not kidding)
You might like weird food. You might like sweet-and-savory things. You might even like pears and gorgonzola together, which is generally accepted as a good combination. …Aaannnd, you might still not be on board, but that’s okay. I can’t promise you’ll like this–can I ever? I can only tell you I loved it, and why. So here goes!
Posted in Breakfast, Fall, Vegetarian, weekend
Tagged blue cheese, brunch, cheese, fall, Fruit, gorgonzola, pears, sweet and salty, sweet and savory, weird