Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Almost Time For a Celebration!
The festive bunting is up!
The blue sky... well, the blue sky is gone, but this colder weather that has returned is actually ideal for what we have in mind: Baking! Baking! Baking! A celebration of baking!
I know. It's just what you'd expect for this time of year, right?
But our oven has been a bust since October, when the power company caused an outage, which fried (roasted?!)the circuit board of our pretty, (useless?!), ginormous, fancy, double oven. We have been getting by with a very narrow side oven. It cannot handle a cookie sheet, or a Thanksgiving turkey... our dear neighbors roasted our turkey for our shared feast.
Fortunately, there is room in the side oven for our small cake rounds. Otherwise, how could Alex and William have baked a cake for Maria's birthday party? Didn't it come out beautifully? Maria added the snow flake sprinkles. It was Alex's idea to thin the frosting and let it pour down the sides.
But, besides small, tiered, scrumptious cakes, and narrow trays of muffins, we have been aching to bake! Big! Big baking, and roasting, and then more big baking!
How long has it been since we pretend to wake up in Avignon, France, with the heavenly aroma of fresh baked croissants? Answer: Too long.
Wouldn't some biscuits be delicious? This cold weather + a stew and biscuits would = warming comfort.
I miss pizza nights! I will never forget our first pizza night, but I cannot remember our last one. Pizza night does not happen without a big, hot oven.
This morning I shared happy news with Maria and her brothers: The oven is being repaired! Our fabulous repairman will arrive today with parts for the oven and our dishwasher (another sorry tale). Jamie really, truly is a fabulous repairman, and so I have super confidence that by this evening we can start the Oven Celebration! In fact when he called to confirm our appointment time, I was doing a little Blogosphere baking research... my, oh, my!
Big Oven Celebration Options:
Pioneer Woman's Chex Mix. It's the only kind I have ever made, and it makes me think of Grandma Nancy, and snow, and I like snacking something yummy and homemade. Who doesn't like yummy and homemade, and thinking fondly of Grandmothers?
From Anna Maria Horner, something comforting and sweet, like her beautiful quilts, only edible: Loukoumades! We had these at a Greek festival, and the delicacy of them, the honey... oh, I have been dreaming of them. I wasn't even sure what they were called, but this morning my heart raced, and my tummy murmured, when I saw Anna Maria's link.
Okay. If we actually get around to baking half of the recipes I have in mind, we might have to rent a jump-jump. It will keep us fit so we can keep baking and eating!
We haven't done any Christmas baking yet, and I have seen a baker's dozen of holiday recipes I would like to try... for example, Serena's "Woodsy Cake. It looks like such a fun decorating project. Maybe even simple enough for me to attempt. Or, better yet, hand this job over to the masters! Serena sweetly wrote back to me about where to find Chocorooms! If you get there first, save some for me!
Sorry to post and dash, but I gotta get ready!