Fougasse! A week ago I didn’t even know what the heck a fougasse is. Now? Boy, am I glad you asked! They’re crispy and golden and just awesome and gorgeous! And did you see the shape? They’re leaf-shaped! How cool is that? That untechnically makes them a vegetable and any day now I’m gonna make a fougasse salad, with some good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. No kidding.
This past week I’ve been in a bread-making frenzy, and these beautiful fougasse are my favourite so far! I have been so happy to stick my hands in a gigantic pile of dough and watch it rise and bubble and retrieve loaf after loaf of fresh, hot bread from the oven and stuff my face with a slice (or five) of fluffy, crusty goodness! My dad is happy too, but for a different reason- his days of eating dense, gummy loaves of brick produced by his daughter are officially over! Continue reading
The other day Evelyn brought home some beautiful strawberries and left them on my desk. And they smelled so good! Fresh, sweet, summery and perfumed. As the afternoon wore on I battled the intense desire to gobble them up then and there, and the result of my victory is this luscious strawberry marmalade that goes wonderfully with freshly baked lavender scones.
Confession: I’ve never made a bagel before, and while I was intrigued and excited to find a recipe for bagels from The Wednesday Chef, I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly hopeful- ask anyone I know, my attempts at baking don’t usually end well. Believe me, I’ve tried. Breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, even pizzas- more often than not, they end up turning from inedible hockey pucks to stale inedible hockey pucks because nobody wants to eat them. Yep, it’s that bad.
So apparently this is a magical recipe, because even I didn’t manage to screw it up. Continue reading