Monthly Archives: December 2011

Grey Skies with Sunny Memories or The Humble Greens of Spanakopita

It is raining in SoCal.  It’s been a gray couple of days, but the heavens opened up this morning and have been letting it all come down for hours now.  Currently everyone in the house is doing what we do best when it’s cold, we become sofa family.  It involves a HUGE dog, a little lady and a very tall man all piling onto a small small sofa.  Warm socks, heater, multiple bodies and a cup of tea aside remembering warm places I’ve been has always been a pleasure when I’m chilly.  Greece always comes to mind.  The stunning country is all Colors and History.  Myth and Valor.  Lamb and Machismo.  Religion and Debauchery.  Who wants to think about the clouds outside?

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Wanderings and Alchemy

Lately, on the western coast there has been a lot of mornings that look like this. For the last month I have been in a dough frenzy.  It would seem easy to attribute it to the time of year, but this has been going on since Halloween.  Halloween, when I first decided I would master the croissant.  After 4 recipes and a class where people may not have gotten perfect croissants but certainly got their frustrations out.  Beginners with rolling pins in hand…the dough never stood a chance.  But that is the beauty of baking.  Despite all the science, careful wording, and numerous warnings in most cookbooks and recipes, dough can take it. In fact dough can withstand the majority of mistakes the novice inflicts upon it, more likely it’s the novice who gives up before the dough does.

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