Saturday, September 27, 2008

September Daring Bakers challenge - Lavash Crackers

Okie.. so people that read this blog often enough know that this was not posted exactly on the day it was supposed to however it is here now and I am really glad to be posting this challenge!

The first time I read the challenge I had no idea what Lavash crackers were or what were they supposed to look like, after a week I saw them in the supermarket the following week every single food store that I went to had them.. it was like they were following me and trying to inspire me to do my challenge, so finally I did. And what can I tell you?

LAVASH CRACKERS ARE AWESOME!!! you don't need tons of complicated ingredients to make them.. nope.. you just need flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast, vegetable oil, water and your pretty hands to knead the dough. The dough is definitely a challenge to knead at the beginning it seems pretty hard and it doesn't take form easily but after like 5 minutes it turns into this wonderful incredibly velvety dough. The recipe said that after rising I might have some trouble shaping it into sheets and that I should wait 5 minutes between rolls of my rolling pin so it would be easier but let me tell you.. I had NO trouble it handled like a dream and it went really thin right away.

To top my crackers I used sesame seeds, paprika, sugar and kosher salt, my favourite ones were the paprika ones (maybe next time I'll try paprika and cheddar cheese) and the sugar ones which were delish. Even though I should have made some sort of dip I ate hem with goat cheese I thought that was the best dip for them besides me having an incredible craving for goat cheese.

And now.. a picture for your visual enjoyment!!!

I bet you.. you can't wait to see what we bake up next month, so please visit all of the other Daring Bakers to see their results.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Carlos Prieto and Me

Today I was fortunate enough to meet the Mexican cellist and virtuoso Carlos Prieto and his Stradivarius. Since I used to play cello long time ago this was extremely exciting for me and a complete honour...

Here I am with THE MAN

and he also signed my copy of his book "The Adventures of a cello" which narrates the story of his cello and it's masters since it was born.

Yay!!! I am so happy!! *twirls around*

Sunday, September 21, 2008

First day of Fall

Wow... I haven't posted in sooo long and perhaps that is because in the past few weeks things have spun a bit out of control... I've had so many things to worry about and I have not been able to sleep well AT ALL.. I also blame it on the construction that is going on in my apartment building.

Having my darling Monsieur Josh by my side has been GREAT it has also required a bit of adjusting.. go figure that living with a boy is not as easy as one would imagine .. heh.. but still I love it, I finally have someone to take out the trash .. among other things.

Oh.. but I miss posting I miss it dearly!!! and I've thought about a bunch of posts while I've been busy and they just never make it to the blog is kinda sad really..

And now is the beginning of fall... spring took sooo long to get here and summer was never really there it was always rainy and cold and now it feels like it is the end of October.. something really weird is happening with the weather.. is worrying me a bit... although it might have good things if we have a really long fall cause I love fall.

I should go now.. meatloaf is almost done .. yeah I thought that meatloaf would be a fine choice of first fall meal, I'll see you all really soon as I resume posting as usual ^_^