I think my obsession with bread is getting a little scary. For the past few days I have been dreaming about dough and loaf pans. I’m sure part of this is due to agonizing over what to register for at Williams-Sonoma. Do I get the plain ones or the non-stick Goldtouch ones that Cook’s Illustrated gave praise to? In the end, I ended up putting both on the registry, the more the merrier. Will it all fit in our small space? That might be the tricky part.
I have made this grilled focaccia bread from The Bread Bible twice this week. Twice in 3 days actually. It’s good, it’s one of the few breads that I can make in the same day (most of the breads suggest popping the sponge in the fridge overnight for the most flavour), and it’s easy. I like how I can use the grill which is perfect for a hot summer’s day and the bread is small enough for 2 people to finish off in a day. There’s a step where you slide the bread off a baking sheet and put it straight on the grill for grill marks, then place it on the sheet to finish baking. I find that the grill marks get lost once it goes back on the pan and I’m thinking it’s an unnecessary step.
I plan on making the Challah from the book as it’s been on my list for the longest time. Sour dough is also on my list of things to do including making the starter from scratch. I’m not sure if I want to be that committed though…sour dough starter is more effort than taking care of fish. I won’t buy starter either, I want the full experience.
I’m all moved in and I am still trying to find lost kitchen boxes that never made their way here and are still at my parents’ place being held hostage. Things like my mixing bowls, my scale, and my candy thermometer. A very necessary box!
We don’t have a lot of kitchen space and we’re in the process of still buying things so we don’t have a toaster, good knives (or any knife other than a butter knife), and salt and pepper shakers. The George Foreman grill is actually getting some good use and buttered grilled bread in the morning is fabulous. Maybe we won’t need the toaster after all!
Baking has been non-existent. My plan for when I moved in was that I would clean for a little bit, make time to walk down to get some beer, bake a little something, and perhaps make a meal for Movie Man. I was under the impression that all my kitchen things would fit in one trip with the car. Meals haven’t been extravagant as I just recently got a table to help with the 2 feet of counterspace I have. I’m trying to find storage solutions for all my kitchen wares and food. It seems one cabinet for all our food belongings just isn’t enough.
My first homemade meal was a delicious scrambled egg sandwich:
Tonight I was finally able to use the Christmas gift our friends gave us when I made Asian Marinated tofu:
This is from Vegan with a Vengeance and it also makes a repeat appearance in Veganomicon. It is also one of my fave dishes to make because I love the sauce so much. I save the sauce and add a thickener such as flour or cornstarch and cook it on the stove top to thicken.