Hello friends! Welcome to the 6th Sunday of 2021. They fly by if we don’t mark em down with out thoughts.
This particular Sunday happens to by my mom’s birthday so I’d like to take a minute to mentally hug Patty and thank her for making me the strong, independent, and appropriately nosey neighbor I am. Mom and I are friends for sure, but I sometimes daydream about what it would have been like to grow up alongside her as a friend because… she’s solid as a rock and so thoughtful and creative. I’m lucky, so lucky to get to call her Mom.
This week at The Bakehouse we wrapped a two week cake photoshoot for Swan’s Down Cake Flour (we made 40someodd cakes to photograph) and we celebrated appropriately with PIZZA made in a RoccBox. Pizza reward is the best reward and that’s just fact. Thank you, Annie (hey Pizza Delicious alum!) for helping me get my dough hydrations correct. I went with a dough at 69% hydration and it was successful! Your math really helped, Annie – thank you! I predict a spring and summer with LOTS OF PIZZA and while nothing beats the stretch of gluten in a long ferment pizza dough I’ll be experimenting with a gluten-free pizza using Caputo Fioreglut Gluten Free Flour next weekend.
The offering this week is below. I wrote this just before dinner so you’ll find a lot of food offerings below. I am hungry. As always, take only what you need.
• I Talked To The Cassandra of the Internet Age. On the inescapable attention economy and the man who predicted it. PS Cassandra: a Trojan priestess of Apollo in Greek mythology cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believe. (The New York Times)
• Let’s daydream: 5 Affordable Camper Vans For Sale. (Curbed)
• I think Boston’s Tatte Bakery is one of the best bakeries in the country and I admire its owner Tzurit Or so much. We met two years ago, both speaking at an event in Boston. She’s a powerhouse (and truly so funny) – here’s her story. (Tatte Bakery and The Thirty One Percent)
• This week my friend Cara sent me an urgent text about a baked good. Her boyfriend had just made this Almond Tart from Chez Panisse and David Lebovitz. It’s from David’s blog in 2008 so… sort of lost to the cacophony of modern blogging. The recipe itself seems super interesting – essentially making sweetened condensed milk, in a tart shell in the oven. I’m highly interested and making it this week! (David Lebovitz)
• On the ol’ blog this week I brought you a Texas Sheet Cake. A few of you emailed with your own TSC iterations including this chocolate cake, very similar to my sheet cake but slightly different. Listen… I’ll take all the chocolate cake recipes. There is no bad chocolate cake. (Joy the Baker and South Your Mouth)
• I don’t currently have the attention span to read books and I’m just going to let that be ok. Just added to my audiobook listen list is Dolly Parton Songteller: My Life in Lyrics. (Amazon)
• I’ve found my ideal t-shirt. It’s fitted but lot skin tight. Scoop neck. Perfect length sleeve. Soft and comfortable. I’m wearing the grey shirt pictured above. (Everlane)
• Someone had to tell me that it’s Superbowl Sunday and sure… ok. I’m into it for the snacks alone. See: Everything Fried Pickles. (Joy the Baker)
• I ordered some of my very favorite chocolates for girlfriends on Valentine’s Day. Have you tried Asheville’s French Broad Chocolate? It’s fantastic! I ordered the Raspberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nuts just for meeeeee thaaaanks.
• Speaking of raspberries and white chocolate – I’m completely smitten with this whole-food gluten, diary and egg free tart from the great Amy Chaplin: Raspberry and White Chocolate Tart with Cocoa Crust. (Food 52)
This week last year: Let It Be Sunday, 257! (Joy the Baker)
That’s all for this weekend! I hope you have a lovely Sunday!
My love to you.