The 1st Sunday of the month and SUNNY!
Get a move on, March! We’re done with winter and cold, done with being cooped up in the house really, and so eager to start moving around. This month is always when I want to shake off the lethargic effect left by January and February and get caught up on pet projects that were put on hold due to the holidays.
One of those projects is a load of recipes from old episodes of MasterChef Australia, and there is no better time to start cooking those dishes than NOW. Once spring gardening kicks into gear there won’t be enough hours in the day to plate up elaborate dishes, much less photographing them, tasting them (the best part) and cleaning up afterwards. This snow post is hopefully the last of the season but seeing as it is an icy element, fancy some frozen desserts next?
In the news they’re calling it Black Ice Monday because of dangerous road conditions, but today it’s just more cookie baking after a break over the past 3-day holiday weekend. So far I’ve made 24 dozen in an assortment of abbracci, thumbprint cookies (from the same abbracci dough), and nucatoli. Right now a batch of gingerbread cookies are cooling on the counter, ready to be turned into gingerbread mendiants, and because I’m ahead of the baking game, I changed my tune about not making a lot of different cookies and tried a couple of interesting recipes by chef Yotam Ottolenghi. More on that tomorrow.
I know that sounds downright ambitious of me but given the 4.1 kilos of Belgian chocolate from an Amazon order, I am ready to fire up the oven. During the holidays it is always a mad rush for getting cookies, cakes and those wonderful treats out on time, but this year will be less chaotic because 1) I’m not making a lot of different cookies, I’m just baking more of what we like best and 2) I’m going to cheat. How, you might ask? Well for starters, no gingerbread house from scratch. I picked up the house kit from IKEA and while it’s a small one, I’ll take small over having to mess with templates and all that goes with decorating the end product.
Today was predicted to be a snow day but it turned into a mix of flurries, sunshine, and passing clouds. Nighttime temps have dropped down to 0°C, the wood-burning stove is almost always lit, and so far it doesn’t look like any snowstorm is heading our way. What do you think Mister B? Poor guy. He’s having his teeth cleaned tomorrow and I’m going to be hearing a stream of annoyed huffs in the morning since he mustn’t eat anything before being put under.