Saturday, April 19, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
It is a tradition amongst many Christian bakers to produce a batch of Hot Cross Buns (Click to sing the nursery rhyme!) for Good Friday. And, if not, we stop at the local bakery and see if THEY made any. These barely sweet firm rolls, served on a day when no meat is eaten, are hearty tea treats of the first order--complete with a light buttery hum that is almost topped by the spice notes. The pretty "X" snipped into the top (and often emphasized with a bit of icing painted into the grooves) lets the world--and you, too-- know what kind of bread this is. An "X" on bread can also be assumed to keep evil away. (Or as some might put it: the "X" lets the devil escape from the dough ensuring great bread!)
Posted by Alyce at 2:55 PM
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
|My most recent lentil love soup -- happily vegan, curried, and garnished with sunflower seeds and scallions.|
Once, while visiting my sister, I said, "How about some lentil soup?" knowing I was cooking dinner. She shuddered and made as if to retch, all the while saying, "I love lentil soup, but..." Turns out that years ago, when she was still cooking for her family, a very large and delicious kettle of the soup went uneaten by anyone except by her. Days went by, the soup remained, she kept eating until....well, you might get the picture. If you are not used to eating lentil soup (or bean soup or beans) every day for days on end, and you embark on such a journey, you might find you are in a tad of intestinal distress. No one can fake-retch like my sister or show a horror of food quite like her; I wish I had a picture. I made chicken noodle or asparagus--something else anyway. Maybe we went out?
|Here's one of my oldest lentil soups.|